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Kennedy’s words still inspire

Most of the people reading this column, or for that matter, most who might watch a TV program or a remembrance about the anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago, don’t remember the former President or his tragic death.

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Why was the election so close?

The TV ads are gone, the robo-calls have stopped, the morning mail is lighter without all the fliers, and slowly the signs on our roads are starting to disappear. Election 2013 is over. There were elections for everything from the Board of Supervisors to the House of Delegates. They each had their twists and surprises, but the contest that got the most attention was the race for Governor. These things never go quite the way the pundits predict and this year was no exception.  

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In the tradition of Cincinnatus

I am always surprised how many lessons which we hold dear have their beginnings in the ancient world. There are more than we realize.

On Veterans Day we celebrate what many people refer to as the citizen soldier. This is the average person who, when the need arises, puts down the tools of his or her civilian trade or profession, and takes up the tools of war.

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Humans and the need for speed

Several years ago I was in traffic court, as a witness, and was listening to the judge as he decided the cases ahead of us. Most were routine.  However, there was one that got my attention. A young man was charged with riding a motorcycle, at 100 miles an hour, through a residential area.  He hadn’t come with an attorney and the judge told him he had better get one because it wasn’t unusual for him to give jail time in cases like this. Borrowing a line from the Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun, the “need for speed,” had gotten the better of him.

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What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes.  Just after Mitt Romney lost his race against President Obama many in the Republican Party began asking the question, “where to next?”  This prompted a lot of soul searching.  The Chairman of the National Republican Committee even commissioned a study to recommend ways for the party to better connect with the voters.  There was something wrong with the Republican brand, and the party, in a unique bit of introspection, wanted to find a new course.  These were big words, and they were compelling.  Many Republicans talked about the importance of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans. They also wanted to improve their standing with women voters. At the same time, worried that they weren’t succeeding in repealing the Affordable Care Act, some thought that maybe it was time to try a different strategy.  Perhaps the better approach was to work to change and even improve what they considered to be a flawed initiative.  It was a heady few months, but almost as rapidly as this soul searching and quest for a new direction began, it ran out of steam.

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Goodbye Ruth and thank you for everything

There are some people that, based on the impact they’ve had on your life and their own force of personality, you think will live forever. And, then, in a moment, when it seems least expected, they’re gone. In a flash, a central pivot to an entire era has gone away and you’re stunned by the sudden cleavage of time. That was how I felt when I heard that Ruth Herrink, the publisher of this newspaper, and my friend for many years, had passed away.

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