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Vote Yes on the Eminent Domain Amendment

Most counties, states, and even the Federal Government, tend to be reluctant to use their power of eminent domain.  As a rule, they much prefer a straight sale.  But, when they can’t get their way, or get the price they want to pay, their next step is eminent domain.  That way they can force the sale of the property at what they deem is the prevailing market rate.  It can seem heavy handed at times. I remember when I was on the Stafford school board, getting chewed out by a local property owner, because the school system was using eminent domain to purchase a small part of his property to use for a bus lane.  It was something we needed.  The current traffic pattern was unsafe, but the property owner, felt that knocking off the 12 feet, reduced the value of his remaining property to a level far below what we paid him.  I don’t know if was right or not.  He might have been, but it was then and there that I understood how personal this issue can be.  

Read more: Vote Yes on the Eminent Domain Amendment

Mitt Romney and his offshore accounts

Located in the midst of the fish markets, souvenir shops, and sometimes even within sight of visiting cruise ships, the offices of the world’s offshore banks seem out of place.  They are in dozens of often exotic and tropical locations.  Island nations that provide the banks with the freedom to operate in a way they can’t in much of the developed world.  The Cayman Islands host up to 40 offshore banks, Bermuda has just about as many, Britain’s Channel Islands have long been home to offshore accounts, and today these institutions have found homes in the Bahamas, Barbados and as far away as Malta, Cyprus and even Hong Kong.  

Read more: Mitt Romney and his offshore accounts

Cucinelli on his way to nomination for governor

A year ago, Ken Cucinelli, Virginia’s flamboyant and press hungry Attorney General, said he wasn’t interested in running for Governor.  It didn’t interest him.  With his lawsuits, covering everything from suing the University of Virginia, claiming that it’s research scientists misrepresented climate change data, to filing briefs in support of lawsuits against the Affordable Health Care Act, he seemed to be in his element.  

The activist right wing of the Virginia GOP, always a little impatient with the sometimes plodding “Virginia Way,” quickly warmed to their feisty Attorney General.  He shot from the hip, said what they were thinking, and was stirring the pot.  The ranks of his supporters began to grow and with his new found popularity so did the Attorney General’s ambitions.

Read more: Cucinelli on his way to nomination for governor

The day the world changed

The notion of independence had been discussed in the Continental Congress for months.  While there had been no official debate, the topic was always just below the surface and there were opinions on both sides.  Many in Congress, like much of the population, still considered themselves English.  They felt that what they were doing in organizing a Congress and then raising an Army was simply to protect their rights as Englishman.  

Read more: The day the world changed

Scotland’s annual State Fair — a real treat

In an 1867 edition of the Scotsman Newspaper, an Edinburgh newspaper that still publishes a daily edition, there is an article titled “Our Visitors.”  It mentions the unusual number of people from the Scottish countryside that were visiting Edinburgh.  Their dress, manner, and demeanor, seemed a bit out of step with the more cosmopolitan Scottish Capital and the reporter went on to note that they were in town for the Royal Highland Agricultural Show.  The Show had been an annual event since 1822 and brought together, much like a state fair does in the United States, almost every facet of Scottish Agriculture.  

Read more: Scotland’s annual State Fair — a real treat

Are you ready for all the candidate TV spots?

It’s been suggested that during the remainder of the 2012 election cycle that we Virginians will watch more political ads on television than we ever have before.  That’s hardly something to look forward to, but TV ads, and their sheer quantity, in such a highly competitive election, are likely to be overwhelming. 

 Of course, we’ve had competitive elections before.  That’s nothing new.  But this year, we have the Presidential race, and both Romney and Obama consider Virginia a must win, and a Senate race, which is, arguably, even more competitive.  None of these campaigns will lack for money.  Indeed, campaign spending in the Commonwealth could well set a record with most of the battle, as it so often is, being fought on the airwaves.   

It’s not unreasonable to expect that by late October almost every advertisement will be a political ad.  That’s kind of a scary thought, and the notion of hoping that the ad break might include, just as a diversion from politics, a deodorant commercial or perhaps even an ad for an injury attorney, is just a bit disquieting.  

Read more: Are you ready for all the candidate TV spots?

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