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Humans and the need for speed

Several years ago I was in traffic court, as a witness, and was listening to the judge as he decided the cases ahead of us. Most were routine.  However, there was one that got my attention. A young man was charged with riding a motorcycle, at 100 miles an hour, through a residential area.  He hadn’t come with an attorney and the judge told him he had better get one because it wasn’t unusual for him to give jail time in cases like this. Borrowing a line from the Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun, the “need for speed,” had gotten the better of him.

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What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes.  Just after Mitt Romney lost his race against President Obama many in the Republican Party began asking the question, “where to next?”  This prompted a lot of soul searching.  The Chairman of the National Republican Committee even commissioned a study to recommend ways for the party to better connect with the voters.  There was something wrong with the Republican brand, and the party, in a unique bit of introspection, wanted to find a new course.  These were big words, and they were compelling.  Many Republicans talked about the importance of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans. They also wanted to improve their standing with women voters. At the same time, worried that they weren’t succeeding in repealing the Affordable Care Act, some thought that maybe it was time to try a different strategy.  Perhaps the better approach was to work to change and even improve what they considered to be a flawed initiative.  It was a heady few months, but almost as rapidly as this soul searching and quest for a new direction began, it ran out of steam.

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Goodbye Ruth and thank you for everything

There are some people that, based on the impact they’ve had on your life and their own force of personality, you think will live forever. And, then, in a moment, when it seems least expected, they’re gone. In a flash, a central pivot to an entire era has gone away and you’re stunned by the sudden cleavage of time. That was how I felt when I heard that Ruth Herrink, the publisher of this newspaper, and my friend for many years, had passed away.

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Redskins fans: What’s in a name?

When I was little I had a Washington Redskins watch cap that I kept until it frayed so badly that it almost became unrecognizable.  Heaven help the kid who tried to take it away from me.  They were, after all, our team.  Names like Vince Lombardi, George Allen, Joe Theisman, Billy Kilmer, and Sonny Jurgensen are the stuff of legends.  Of course, that was then.  Today, I follow the ups and downs of RGIII with the same rapt attention I gave those now retired and departed greats.  But, over the past few years, a worry has crept into my thinking.  Perhaps, its time Washington’s football team changed its name.

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Virginia and King George are dependent on federal spending

For most people the economic situation, as compared to say four years ago, is substantially improved. In 2010, unemployment in King George County was 9.2%. Statewide it was 7.0%. That’s high by Virginia standards. Today, King George’s jobless rate is 6.3% and is trending downwards. The number of foreclosures has dropped substantially. Almost to the point where no one talks about them that much anymore, and the local real estate market, if not booming, is at least picking up steam.

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Ken Cuccinelli, the comeback kid

Some political watchers, me included, have had a tendency in their commentary to declare the Virginia Governor’s race all but over. However, that’s probably a mistake.

This race isn’t over. Ken Cuccinelli, whose campaign just a couple of weeks ago seemed in real trouble, is rebounding. A recent poll showed him gaining ground on his Democratic opponent. This race is likely to be a fight to the finish.

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