I'm looking to get a wide angle lens for my Nikon D5000 but notice that none of the available wide angles (Sigma, Tamron, Nikon) seem to have stablisation (VR) in them.

This may be a daft question, but do you not get VR stablised wide angle lenses? If not, do you have to use a tripod to use the lens or can you still shoot handheld whilst getting sharp pictures?