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Redskins fans: What’s in a name?

When I was little I had a Washington Redskins watch cap that I kept until it frayed so badly that it almost became unrecognizable.  Heaven help the kid who tried to take it away from me.  They were, after all, our team.  Names like Vince Lombardi, George Allen, Joe Theisman, Billy Kilmer, and Sonny Jurgensen are the stuff of legends.  Of course, that was then.  Today, I follow the ups and downs of RGIII with the same rapt attention I gave those now retired and departed greats.  But, over the past few years, a worry has crept into my thinking.  Perhaps, its time Washington’s football team changed its name.

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Virginia and King George are dependent on federal spending

For most people the economic situation, as compared to say four years ago, is substantially improved. In 2010, unemployment in King George County was 9.2%. Statewide it was 7.0%. That’s high by Virginia standards. Today, King George’s jobless rate is 6.3% and is trending downwards. The number of foreclosures has dropped substantially. Almost to the point where no one talks about them that much anymore, and the local real estate market, if not booming, is at least picking up steam.

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Ken Cuccinelli, the comeback kid

Some political watchers, me included, have had a tendency in their commentary to declare the Virginia Governor’s race all but over. However, that’s probably a mistake.

This race isn’t over. Ken Cuccinelli, whose campaign just a couple of weeks ago seemed in real trouble, is rebounding. A recent poll showed him gaining ground on his Democratic opponent. This race is likely to be a fight to the finish.

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The amazing oyster needs saving

Oysters go well with just about everything.  You can have them with beer, champagne, and even Coca- cola. They make a fantastic appetizer for a main course or, just as easily, make a fine dinner all by themselves.  I have fond memories of oyster festivals, fried oysters, and oysters on the half shell.  But, the days of

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Is bombing Syria the answer for us?

To some, the decision about what action to take in Syria is a national and international issue. It’s one that may not seem appropriate for a local paper such as ours. However, a quick look at the unique place where we live says otherwise. Our region has an unusually strong military presence. In wars and conflicts spanning generations, and most recently, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, our neighbors, friends, colleagues,

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Develop a habitat in your backyard

If you were a small animal, say a squirrel, or perhaps a frog, or a bird and you lived in the growing suburbs of Virginia, you might have one observation to make.  Namely, that the number of places where you can rest, get something to eat, build a nest, undisturbed are getting fewer and fewer.  Whether it’s finding a bit of

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