Not that many people remember when I took a step toward politics a couple of years ago. It was one of the most emotional experiences of my life. Two months to gather real friends and real money. Whew, I’m sure glad that’s over, after all, the world didn’t fall apart and Chesterfield didn’t slip into the Chesapeake Bay.READ MORE
In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.READ MORE
With this “pending” ice storm on the horizon, I want to spend a little time talking about preparing for, living through and recovering from a weather event. I know that this information will come a day late and a dollar short for what is supposed to begin tonight, but there will be other weather events that will affect our lives.READ MORE
Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. You know that old saying ...”Your house is your castle?”…well, it appears it is getting less and less so. The town of San Rafael, California has passed a ban on smoking that is deemed as the most stringent in the country. The ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes.READ MORE
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is the common condition in which the body is unable to correctly process sugar. There are two major subgroups of diabetes, Type I, which is juvenile-onset or insulin dependent diabetes, and Type II, which is adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes.READ MORE
Camellias are, indeed, very versatile additions to any garden, for just as cold weather arrives, the great majority of flowering plants become dormant, but not the camellias; from early fall to the middle of winter, depending upon the species, these evergreen shrubs come to life by setting spectacular blooms so much so that it is not easy for a gardener to stop at growing just one in the garden.READ MORE
Although the up and down temperatures lately may not seem to be winter, it is definitely winter. The cold temperatures and bad weather bring less desire, and sometimes less ability, to go outside, get exercise, socialize with friends, go to church, or just get out of the house.READ MORE
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year...” We are all hopped up on candy canes, holiday parties, and hot chocolate and good cheer. Sometimes I wish this feeling would last forever, but then again, if it did it wouldn’t be very special anymore.READ MORE
My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.READ MORE
A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.READ MORE
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I applaud Congressman Randy Forbes for his responsible and intrepid “no” vote over last week’s debt ceiling/government shutdown fight. Just like his numerous votes against TARP, last week he showed a resoluteness and understanding of the ramifications of supporting such a measure, that far exceed that of the political pundits and editorial boards that drive our political discourse.
I was in Walgreens waiting in line to pick-up a prescription when two men were sounding forth on the government shut down. They were angry veterans who were turned away from national monuments.
I wanted to personally applaud [Rick Gray’s] article “Those Who Walk in Darkness.” His comparison of the biblical verse and our society’s approach to global climate change creates a perfect picture for the reader.
First, let me congratulate you on a fine local newspaper. I read it frequently and really appreciate your efforts. That being said, I could not pass up the opportunity to respond to your editorial “Patriots?”