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  • Clean water must remain a top priority

    Editor's note: This column is part of a series of essays written for The Times-Dispatch by some leading advocacy groups regarding issues state legislators face in the session that starts Jan. 11. Previous items appeared on Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 30 and on Jan. 1, 2 and 3.

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  • Russian Roulette with America's future

    There are moments when our political system, whose essential job is to mediate conflicts in broadly acceptable and desirable ways, is simply not up to the task.

  • Running mates and the Rubio factor

    The great thing about Iowa is that no matter whom the voters select in their neighborhood huddles, it doesn't really matter.

  • Virginia is ready to invest in higher ed

    At a time when many state governments have reversed support for higher education, it is enormously encouraging to see Virginia moving in a positive and optimistic direction.

  • State-local financial partnership is unraveling

    Editor's note: This column is part of a series of essays written for The Times-Dispatch by some leading advocacy groups regarding issues state legislators face in the session that starts Jan. 11. Previous items appeared on Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 30 and on Jan. 1 and 2.

  • The Regulatory Pendulum Has Swung Too Far

    We need some regulation. Even the most bombastic conservatives recognize this. So everyone also should recognize that when President Obama says the GOP favors "dirtier air [and] dirtier water," he is committing the fallacy of the false alternative. The political dispute is not whether to regulate, but how much.

  • Lawmakers should protect family values

    Editor's note: This column is part of an extended series of guest essays written for The Times-Dispatch by some of the state's leading advocacy groups. The series provides an advance look at top issues that state legislators will face in the session that starts Jan. 11. Previous items appeared on Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 30 and on Jan. 1.

  • Legitimate questions aren't petty or personal

    Editor's note: The following is a response to remarks by Mayor Dwight Jones, which appear nearby.

  • Let's work together for a better Richmond

    Editor's note: In late December Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones had a monthly luncheon with the City Council at which he called for improved relations and a united front. Below is an abbreviated version of his remarks.

  • A promising new year for conservatives

    Although they have become prone to apocalyptic forebodings about the fragility of the nation's institutions and traditions under the current president, conservatives should stride confidently into 2012.

  • Is cosmic silence sending a political message?

    Huge excitement. Two Earth-size planets found orbiting a sun-like star less than a thousand light-years away.

  • Public education faces urgent needs

    Editor's note: This column is part of an extended series of guest essays written for The Times-Dispatch by some of the state's leading advocacy groups.

  • 10 ways boomers will transform 2012

    The big generation continues to change the way we live.

  • Give a gift to another – and to yourself

    When making New Year's resolutions, you're probably thinking exercise, diet and time management. My challenge to you: Consider mentoring.

  • On reflection, I might not have been absolutely right about absolutely everything

    If progress is defined as making the same mistake less often, or making new mistakes of a higher caliber, then by that one narrow measure this column was slightly better than it was last year. Or at least slightly less awful. A review of the past 12 months' output turns up only a couple of real wincers.

  • To promote prosperity, focus on essentials

    Editor's note: The following is one in a series of commissioned guest columns from activist groups about the legislative session that starts Jan. 11. Previous items in the series have appeared on Dec. 26, 27 and 28.

  • You can say that again

    Cogent commentary from around the country and the world.

  • Environmentalists should help repeal Sunday hunting ban

    In the messy world of politics, the most basic rule is — when you philosophically can — support those who support you and your causes.

  • Carl Tobias: a salute to Judge James R. Spencer

    This month, Judge James R. Spencer completes his seven-year assignment as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is the federal trial court that serves the eastern half of the commonwealth and has earned the moniker "Rocket Docket" for the speed with which it resolves civil cases.

  • Opinion Roundup: You can say that again

    Cogent commentary from around the country and the world.

  • Czech Hero: Remembering Havel

    Each year at Christmas, my wife and I reserve special pride of place for the "official" Charter 77 ornament that Olga Havlova, Vaclav Havel's wife and fellow dissident (who died of cancer in 1996) gave me one December afternoon in 1986, when I was visiting the Havels in their closely watched apartment overlooking the Vltava River in Prague.

  • Opinion Roundup: You can say that again

    Cogent commentary from around the country and the world.

  • General Assembly: A blueprint for fixing Virginia

    Editor's note: The following is one in a series of commissioned guest columns about the legislative session that starts Jan. 11.

  • Opinion Roundup: You can say that again

    Cogent commentary from around the country and the globe.

  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Key to manufacturing progress - low taxes, regs

    Editor's note: The following is one in a series of commissioned guest columns about the legislative session that starts

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