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Finding out how Uncle Sam spends our money may get easier

The word transparency in government is used quite a bit by politicians and various watchdog groups. But, what exactly does it mean?  A good example was an experience I had a long time ago working for a Republican Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo. I wanted to find out about a grant program for research on additional uses for wheat stalks. Idaho, in addition to its famous potatoes, grows a lot of wheat. I searched and I searched.

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Help Dan Snyder think of a new name

Redskins fandom runs deep in our area. During the 1950s, the old Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (RFP) ran special trains to take fans from all over the area to Sunday games in Washington DC.  It was a popular service, and if the Redskins still played in DC (their stadium is in Maryland now), the VRE would probably still be running it. As for my own fan credentials, I think they’re pretty good. I can tell you the details of the 1972 Super Bowl Game the Redskins lost to the Dolphins, and I have vivid memories of the terrible game in November 1985, when Quarterback Joe Theismann broke his leg. I have stuck with them during bad seasons and good ones; just like any good fan does.

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The challenges of a Hillary candidacy

Some people think that Hillary Clinton, all but guaranteed to get the Democratic nomination for President, is in the best position possible. According to this line of thinking the Democratic nod is hers for the asking. All she needs to do is play it cool, look Presidential and at a time of her choosing throw her hat into the ring. But this role of heir apparent or presumed nominee is, historically at least, a hazardous one.  Many never make it to the final stretch and some crash and burn long before the convention.

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Building the Keystone Pipeline is a good idea

Most people don’t know it, but there is a major oil pipeline very close to where we live. It runs through both Stafford County and Fredericksburg and is called the Plantation Pipeline. It supplies refined oil products to airports and the military. The pipeline starts in Louisiana and runs over a thousand miles through several states. By pipeline standards this a fairly large line. But there is nothing unusual about it. 

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The case of the purple squirrel

Squirrels. They are just about my favorite outdoor creature, and almost every spring I like to write about them. I am fond of a lot of other animals, but squirrels with their amazing acrobatics, their ability to find things, get into things, and most of the time, get out of things, is remarkable. However, it’s that ability to get into things that occasionally causes them trouble.  Take an incident in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week.

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Is the GOP losing its flagship issue?

It’s not a hard prediction to make. The Republicans, as they face this year’s midterm elections, are in a good place. The House should remain firmly in GOP hands, and the Senate, could, though it’s not a given, flip to Republican control. It is, after all, an off-year election, and historically, the party not in the White House does well. Also, President Obama, for all practical purposes, has no coattails. He can raise money, but most Democrats who will be on the ballot this fall won’t be inviting him to their districts.

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