- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 18:17
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Economists are all saying the recession is over. They point to a growth in the gross domestic product and an increase, at least when compared to last month, in retail sales. Even automobile sales improved slightly. And then there is the modest uptick in home sales. All of this sounds encouraging, and it should be, but it still doesn’t feel like the recession is ending. If anything, it seems unusually persistent and sometimes like it’s actually getting worse.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 05:00
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Ask several people what Thanksgiving means and you will get all sorts of different answers. To some it’s a feast. Turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes … and, well, I better stop there, because for someone on a diet, several days before Thanksgiving, all that food imagery can be unnerving.
To others, like my dad, Thanksgiving was about football on TV. The Thanksgiving meal, hopefully, occurred at half time. To others, it’s about family and spending some time together. However, for many, the original founders of the holiday, the Pilgrims, are an afterthought at best. Perhaps that’s because to most of us they seem remote, a bit odd, you know, the funny hats and all, and maybe not all that relevant. However, that’s probably selling the Pilgrims short. The Pilgrim story is more than just a story about a meal — it’s a saga — one that shows the persistence and character of some of our earliest American settlers.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 05:00
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Virginia Republicans are still basking in the glow of one of the most sweeping statewide victories in the history of the commonwealth. In fact, it was the largest lopsided win for any party for governor since 1961. The GOP won the governor’s mansion — the first time they have done this since 1997 — and at the same time won both down ticket positions with easy wins for Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. They also won a net gain in the House of Delegates of six seats. This completely reverses the seat-by-seat gains the Democrats have made during the past six years and once again gives the Republicans a whopping majority in the House. Right now the Republicans can count on more than 60 votes.
- 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?