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Chessie, the GEICO Gecko and friends

Advertisers had my type figured out a long time ago. If you want to sell me a product or a service, sure, wow me with facts, pictures of the product, and testimonials. I’ll listen. But, add a cute little animal, real or imagined, and I will readily identify with your product and what’s more, I will probably buy it. Not necessarily because of its alleged superiority to its competitors, but because the cute cat, dog, or whatever, said I should buy it.

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A kind word for Bob McDonnell

Virginia’s political history goes back a long ways. It has its share of heroes and villains, but it’s hard to think of anyone who has fallen further and harder than our former Governor, Bob McDonnell.

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There IS more to the unemployment rate

Economists by nature tend to be a bit gloomy. As the old joke goes, they find the dark cloud behind every silver lining. And while yes, they can be a depressing bunch, they also are good, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, “…at telling the rest of the story.”  That’s the case with the current unemployment situation.

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Understanding the Virginia Way

(Editor’s Note: David is on personal leave this week. This is a reprint of one of his first articles written for The Journal in 2003.)

Being a Virginian is probably one of my greatest sources of pride.  And yet, when asked why I have such enthusiasm and why I carry on so about being a Virginian, I sometimes have trouble explaining myself. What is it about being from the Commonwealth that evokes such a response? It is, after all, just one of fifty states, and by no means is it the largest, the most prosperous, or even the most well known.

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Mark Warner for President in 2016?

I am sure if you asked Mark Warner what his political ambitions are he would say, simply, getting reelected to the U.S. Senate and to continue representing the Commonwealth.

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The first day of the 20th century

Is it possible to define the beginning and end of a century by something other than the calendar? The immediate answer is no. But, one history professor I remember tried anyway. His view was that centuries could be defined in terms of eras and events.

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