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A thank you to law enforcement

Police are getting a lot of bad press at the moment. Various incidents around the country have raised serious concerns about police handling of suspects and the use of deadly force.
This is disquieting and raises some important issues, but it’s also important to step back and take in the whole picture.

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Remembering the end of World War II in Europe

By May of 1945 a lot had happened. Events moved fast in World War II.
The Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor, North Africa, Stalingrad, the invasions of Sicily and Italy, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge were history.

Read more: Remembering the end of World War II in Europe

General Assembly deserves a “well done” for passing gift limit

They did it. They actually did it.
The General Assembly, in its special veto and amendments session, enacted a limit on gifts to legislators.
This is a monumental step and they deserve a well done. For decades the General Assembly rejected calls for ethics reforms.

Read more: General Assembly deserves a “well done” for passing gift limit

An Ode to the Lawnmower

For centuries authors and poets have written in praise of everything from beautiful women, to starry skies, fast cars, and even one poem, written by the Scotsman, Robert Burns, about a field mouse.   So, the fact that I am writing an ode to a lawnmower shouldn’t seem all that bizarre.  

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The GOP’s Northern Virginia problem

Democrats used to have a tried and true formula for winning state elections.  They needed to win big in Northern Virginia and then hold, or at least not lose too badly, throughout the rest of the state.  Now the formula has changed a little.  As the election in 2013 and 2014 proved, Democrats can lose big in the rest of the state, but as long as they carry Northern Virginia, with its constantly growing population, they’ll still win.  This is frustrating for Republicans who have tried and repeatedly failed to break the Democratic hold on Virginia’s burgeoning Washington suburbs.  They have what one GOP leader called “a Northern Virginia problem.”  And until they fix it, winning statewide is going to be especially tough.

Read more: The GOP’s Northern Virginia problem

Is the death penalty more trouble than it’s worth?

According to national polls Americans are still in favor of the death penalty.  However, while still a majority, the number of us in favor of capital punishment has declined.  And so has the use of capital punishment.  States just aren’t as keen on using the ultimate punishment as they once were.   For example Virginia hasn’t carried out an execution since 2013.  That’s noteworthy since for a time the Commonwealth was running second behind Texas in the number of executions.  It was a dubious distinction.

Read more: Is the death penalty more trouble than it’s worth?

 

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