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A loan shark by any other name ...

My grandad worked at a printing plant that ran twenty-fours a day.  This was back in the 1930’s and 40’s.  Across the street there was a hamburger joint, a bar, and a few other assorted small businesses that lived off the daily traffic of workers at the plant.  But, he also told me that were other unseen enterprises.  For instance, there was the guy who in exchange for a quarter took your lottery number.  Before lotteries were taken over by the government, lotteries were illegal and often run by organized crime.

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Simple lesson from snapping turtle on the sanctity of life

There is a small lake, more of a pond, not far from my house and it hosted everything from duck to fish and as I found out later, turtles.  Then it suffered a disaster.  The dam that held back the water was declared unsafe and until it could be fixed the lake had to be drained.  All at once, species that had thrived there for decades were gone.  The birds could relocate but most of the aquatic species paid a high price.  I thought they had all died.    

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Tell me a story

We humans like to tell stories.  Language was one of the first great inventions.  We learned to express ourselves through conversation and in the process developed our abilities as storytellers.  All of us have stories to tell.  Though we’ve had written language for several thousand years we’ve never completely allowed it to replace our ability to verbally share a story.  Whether it’s over coffee with friends, at a cocktail party, talking with the kids, in class, or for one of the best audiences there are, telling stories to the grandchildren.

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McAuliffe vetoes voter suppression legislation

Gov. McAuliffe recently vetoed yet another series of voter suppression initiatives passed by the General Assembly.  Some are a little whacky, some are a little mean, and some are just misguided.

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Open convention is real possibility

What do you say to Republican voters who supported Donald Trump, particularly those who supported him in Virginia (King George and Westmoreland GOP voters, both gave him big margins) that their man, even when he has the most delegates, or perhaps, even a solid majority, could still lose the nomination at the convention?

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It’s about time for high school to change name

How is it possible that it’s been 40 years since I graduated from high school? 40! But that’s how long it’s been since the JEB Stuart class of 1976 received their diplomas. For most people coming up on this milestone, the old Alma Mater is usually still carrying on under the same name and often in the same building. But, my high school is different.

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