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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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If McDonnell resigns, will Bolling run?

Many, and this has been brewing for several months now, have been urging Bolling to mount a write-in campaign

The first popularly elected governor of Virginia was voted into office in 1851 and since then no Governor has ever resigned from office.

However, there is a first time for everything and Governor McDonnell, with revelations about the Star Scientific scandal getting progressively sleazier, may be the first.

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Veterans are an untapped resource

The unemployment rate for returning veterans in Virginia is 12.2% as compared with 5.5% for rest of the working population. It’s a serious problem. However, its solution, narrowing that gap, and getting veterans back into the workforce isn’t necessarily a government responsibility. Rather, it’s something that we as a community need to encourage and support.

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A breach of trust - Sexual assault in the military

Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me that his daughter wanted to join the military. She hadn’t decided on a branch of the service, at least not yet, but his quandary wasn’t in advising his daughter about whether to choose the Navy over the Army or to suggest the Air Force or the Marines.

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Ken Cuccinelli for President?

There are a host of prominent tea party conservatives who are interested in running for President in 2016. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Governor Rick Perry, and libertarian/conservative Senator Rand Paul.  That isn’t the entire list.  There are others who believe that if the timing is right, the party might turn to them.  One of them, to many people’s surprise is our own Attorney General and GOP candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli.

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