- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:00
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Those of us who have been alive since the 1960s have experienced something that the great scientists and explorers in our world’s history could have only imagined. Thanks to the advances in space exploration, we have seen images of our planet as viewed from beyond our world. We have seen images of Earth from our moon, and we have, quite literally, seen our planet in the rear view mirror of probes bound for the distant reaches of our solar system. What that perspective has taught us is that our planet, as majestic and remarkable as it is, is still just a little dot in space.
This is more than just an interesting factoid. This view of Earth, to anyone who takes a good close look, is a reminder of just how fragile, how little, and how delicate our planet really is. We may think it’s indestructible, we sure treat it that way, but when viewed from far away its surprisingly small and vulnerable.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 05:00
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Governor Bob McDonnell, during his first few months in office, has done just about everything right. He has been hard working, thoughtful, and has done his best to govern, as he promised, from the middle. It’s refreshing. However, last week, the governor managed to put a stain on his otherwise rather impressive start. He didn’t do it through any confrontational stand on education, transportation or health care. Rather, what caused all the fuss was “history.” Bob McDonnell failed to appreciate what he was signing when he issued his proclamation making April Confederate History Month.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 05:00
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There is a rare phenomena taking place in Richmond. Usually, it’s the governor who gets all the attention during the first year of an administration while the lieutenant governor and attorney general are all but ignored.
Indeed, for a moment, before writing this article it took me a moment to remember the name of our lieutenant governor. He operates just that far below the radar. However, when it comes to the attorney general, I have no such problems.
It’s Ken Cuccinelli.
During the first part of this administration, while our governor has been doing the hard work of governing, and going out of his way to just stay focused on the job, our attorney general has been out grabbing all the headlines.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 05:00
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I have lived in my house for more than 20 years. It’s a nice size for two people, and I think it’s safe to say I know everything about it. I know what the sub flooring is made of, the condition of the attic vents, where the leak is in the garage, and just how desperately the kitchen floor needs to be replaced. I am keenly attuned to any change in pitch that might indicate that there is something wrong with the heat pump.
However, it’s not an expensive house. Mind you, my income and that of my wife has gone up considerably over the past 20 years. We’re very fortunate, but prudence, and yes, and being honest about it, a little bit of indecision, has kept us in the same property all that time. I also have to admit that I have a low threshold for debt.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:06
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There are three kinds of economic indicators: leading, coincident and lagging. Leading indicators include measures such as stock market prices and consumer confidence. Coincident indicators include production and Gross Domestic Product. Lagging indicators, sadly, include the one measure that’s on everyone’s mind — unemployment. In an economic recovery, which we’re probably in right now, as good as the numbers may seem, just about the last decision a company makes is to offer new jobs. They don’t want to make a commitment until they are sure sales are solid. That’s all very nice from a theoretical perspective, and it’s very easy to write about. But if you’re the one looking for a job, or the spouse of someone looking for a job, or the parent or a friend of someone looking for a job, then that’s another matter. Suddenly it’s personal, and these days, many of us fall into at least one of these categories.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 05:00
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It was just a footnote on the local TV news, but for me, it was almost like a ghost from the past. A group of businessmen in Northern Virginia want to re-launch Gino’s. If this doesn’t ring a bell, I wouldn’t be surprised. It was a fast food chain whose heyday was in the 1970s. There was a Gino’s close to my high school in Falls Church and at least once a week a bunch of us would pile into my worn-out AMC Rambler and head over there for a sandwich and a Coke. The whole meal probably cost a dollar. They were around for years, but, in the face of tough competition, closed up shop in the early 1980s. I don’t know whether a new entrant into the dog-eat-dog market fast food market, particularly one trading on a retro name, has a chance. But the prospect warmed my heart just the same.