- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 20:49
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When I was a student living in Scotland, I attended the Methodist Church in downtown Edinburgh. It was a friendly place, and I was particularly fond of the minister. He was gentle, kindly, witty and had wonderful insights on life and the world. He was also bald, terrifically overweight, and because of all that extra girth, occasionally had trouble getting up and down the stairs.
What can I say? When he was around, no biscuit and no doughnut was safe.
Though the British don’t celebrate a holiday like Veterans Day, they still honor Nov. 11. That’s the day the first World War ended and the Sunday nearest that date is called “Remembrance Sunday” in honor of those who served and those who fell in war time. It’s also traditional on that Sunday for British war veterans to wear their medals. Some do, some don’t. The British, by nature, are a bit reserved, but Reverend McPherson wore his.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 05:00
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Tuesday, with Governor-elect Bob McDonnell at the head of the ticket, Virginia Republicans scored an overwhelming victory in the 2009 statewide election. It represents a dramatic reversal of fortune. Republicans, who had been losing ground in every statewide election since 2001, turned the tide. Now, after eight years of Democratic administrations, it’s the Republicans who will be in charge in Richmond.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 14:24
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Campaign 2009 hasn’t been one of the highlights of Virginia political history. The rhetoric has been negative and there has been very little discussion of the issues or the real problems facing Virginia. It’s no wonder that many expect the turnout on Nov. 3 to be unusually low. However, there is still an important choice to be made. The candidates offer two distinctly different views of the future, and all the campaigning aside, that’s really what this election is about. Which one do you want?
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 05:00
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They’re sometimes called the down ticket races and refer to the often forgotten, or at the very least sidelined, campaigns for lieutenant governor and attorney general. If asked, most Virginians would be hard pressed to name all the contenders. Some would have a tough time naming any. Sometimes, as much as I watch these contests with considerable interest, there are times, try as I might, that I get their names mixed up. But that’s not necessarily the case this year. It could even be argued, that some of the best talent of this campaign is running for those down ticket slots.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 19:01
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There are still nearly three weeks until the election. The candidates have turned up the volume and are working frantic schedules. Indeed, the campaign has reached that critical stage just before the big push. That’s when most of the money, mostly on TV advertising is going to be spent.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2009 18:07
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This is a statistic that will take most people by surprise. During the past five years, the number of new kilowatt hours added to our national power generation capability through the application of wind technology has dramatically exceeded that of coal.
Really, it’s not surprising.