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Gone Fishing

There are sorts of bumper stickers, quotes and little sayings that capture the spirit of fishing. One of my favorites is “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” And of course, one I can relate to, “this vehicle stops at all fishing holes.” People all over the world fish. Some fish to survive, others for profit, and many like myself, fish because we love it. But, trying to identify the reason why we like it so much can be a bit challenging.

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Squirrel Nutkin hangs on

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.

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The Impeachment game

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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The underreported story of the state’s budget cuts

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.

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Is anyone out there?

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.

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The Tea Party comes into its own

There isn’t much more to be said about Eric Cantor’s defeat earlier this week.

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