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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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Is democracy a thing of the past in the General Assembly?

Most of us think we live in a representative democracy, but in Virginia, when it comes to the General Assembly, that’s not necessarily so. Thanks to legislative districts drawn with the sole aim of achieving a desired result, most voters don’t have much of a choice. Democracy has been sacrificed to preserve the party in power. And lest you think I am just picking on Republicans, I’m not. In days gone by the Democrats abused the system just as readily as the Republicans do now. But that doesn’t make it right.

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Does Gillespie have a chance against Warner

Is Mark Warner vulnerable this year? Most political observers assume that he’s not, but that doesn’t mean that this fall’s contest between Warner and his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, isn’t going to be lively. Warner clearly, at this point, has a massive advantage going into the election. According to a Washington Post poll, he leads Gillespie by 56% to 37%. That’s an almost insurmountable edge. However, off-year elections, when voter turnout is low and often anti-administration feeling at its highest, have had their share of surprise results.

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Gone Fishing

There are sorts of bumper stickers, quotes and little sayings that capture the spirit of fishing. One of my favorites is “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” And of course, one I can relate to, “this vehicle stops at all fishing holes.” People all over the world fish. Some fish to survive, others for profit, and many like myself, fish because we love it. But, trying to identify the reason why we like it so much can be a bit challenging.

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Squirrel Nutkin hangs on

Almost everyone has read or heard of Beatrix Potter’s famous character Peter Rabbit. The tales of his adventures, first published in 1903, are delightful to read and the illustrations are timeless. But in addition to Peter, the occasionally hapless lead character in these tales, there were a long list of other animal characters. One of my favorites, because I am so fond of squirrels, was Squirrel Nutkin.

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The Impeachment game

It’s a dangerous political dance, one most responsible congressmen and senators readily shy away from, but unfortunately Congress, at least in the House, isn’t run by responsible adults anymore. The issue is impeachment and the House majority in particular, and even a few Republicans in the Senate, are talking about the notion of impeaching President Obama. The rationale behind impeaching the President isn’t particularly sound, but that’s not stopping some of the impeachment stalwarts.

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