• Our status is quo

    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were more gracious and eloquent after the election than during the long campaign. They each sent the right signals Tuesday night, but will anything change? The real news of the ’12 election is that the nation is more sharply divided …

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  • No, Virginia, this hyperpartisanship will not last forever

    “DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade. “Some of my friends say America will never be able to put back together after the highly divisive Presidential election and that due to hyperpartisanship people will never work together to solve our …

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  • What happens next in the state House

    Election night is just the beginning for those who will be elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly. Just days after the election, newly elected members will gather for the first time on the House floor to make some very important decisions that could …

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  • Football, ice and snow

    As we approached the last football game of the season, the final one that would determine if we made it to the playoffs, Coach reminded us that, above all, good sportsmanship was highest priority. He also informed us that snow was predicted and told us …

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  • At last: Veterans Day comes to TV

    TV is about to begin an annual event of honoring our nation’s veterans and — with some 900 World War II veterans dying each day — it can’t come a moment too soon. On Sunday at 7 p.m., PBS and Capital Concerts (the company responsible …

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  • Jeep: Another American brand being made overseas

    “China is one thing, but Italy?” “Ah, yes, you speak of the recent hullabaloo surrounding the Jeep brand.” “You got that right. I don’t want our prized American brands being made anywhere but America!” “Relax. Mitt Romney was playing footsie with the truth when he …

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  • Corporate copyright cartels

    Over the past couple of days, I’ve seen a lot of alarmism over Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm. That’s to be expected, of course. As someone who hates large corporations, copyright and copyright-enabled corporate control of information, I sympathize — believe me. The fears of Star …

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  • Who will win the 2012 presidential election — and why

    Looking for the dead-solid skinny on the upcoming presidential election? You’ve come to the right place. As a public service, we’re going to tell you right here and now who wins this thing, and why. Mitt Romney will win because of Hurricane Sandy. Barack Obama …

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  • Town-ball was once popular at rural schools

    It was a little like baseball, but with all the rules changed. Town-ball had many variations, but the one thing that all versions had in common — the team at bat furnished their own pitcher! Also, the method of keeping score made it possible for …

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  • Some kids getting left behind in Texas

    No one really expected public schools in border towns such as El Paso to do well on under No Child Left Behind. Their tax base is too small to educate so many poor kids, many of whom don’t speak English when they begin school. Despite …

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  • Will Sandy wreak havoc on election?

    As I write this, residents of the Mid-Atlantic states are being warned to prepare themselves for a long-lasting power outage because of Hurricane Sandy, billed as “the perfect storm” and the storm of the century. When Hurricane Irene roared through New England last year, many …

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  • Message in a bottle: Romney’s presidency, two years in

    I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress. Now that we are half …

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