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Almost everyone has read or heard of Beatrix Potter’s famous character Peter Rabbit. The tales of his adventures, first published in 1903, are delightful to read and the illustrations are timeless. But in addition to Peter, the occasionally hapless lead character in these tales, there were a long list of other animal characters. One of my favorites, because I am so fond of squirrels, was Squirrel Nutkin.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:59
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It’s a dangerous political dance, one most responsible congressmen and senators readily shy away from, but unfortunately Congress, at least in the House, isn’t run by responsible adults anymore. The issue is impeachment and the House majority in particular, and even a few Republicans in the Senate, are talking about the notion of impeaching President Obama. The rationale behind impeaching the President isn’t particularly sound, but that’s not stopping some of the impeachment stalwarts.
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It was a strange year when it came to news coverage of the debate and eventual enactment of a budget for the Commonwealth. To read the news reports, whether in the newspaper or the internet you would think the only issue was the expansion of Medicaid and Obamacare. Almost every other topic, save some relatively short lived coverage concerning mental health care funding, got pushed aside. No one was interested in talking about anything except Medicaid expansion.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:10
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Almost every human, staring up the stars, whether on the plains of central Africa 3,000 years ago or on my back porch in Stafford last night, has pondered the question, is there anyone else out there? The numbers say there should be. Quoting the late Carl Sagan, our galaxy, the Milky Way, has “billions and billions of stars.” And until just a few years ago, we had no conclusive proof that were other planets. But, now, thanks to some magnificent scientific wizardry, we do, and so far, have detected about 1,800 planets. A handful meet the basic criteria for supporting life. Given these numbers, it seems a statistical certainty that somewhere out there in the cosmos, there are civilizations. Maybe millions of them. But, still, until we know for sure, that’s conjecture.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:32
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Like most Congressional districts in Virginia, the First District, where we live, isn’t drawn to be competitive; at least not usually. Thanks to some creative Gerrymandering, districts in the Commonwealth are drawn to all but guarantee the desired outcome. Only the eleventh district, which is north of us, can be considered competitive. As for the rest, they are designed to fall into one column or the other.