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State of the Union? One does not exist

State of the Union?  One does not exist

As each year passes in the spectacle-driven drama called lackluster government of the United States, the annual State of the Union address features, at best, a failed President addressing a…

Dr. King’s dream is not yet realized

Dr. King’s dream is not yet realized

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, one that several states attempted to ignore for too many years. Sadly, too many Americans still ignore the dream that Dr.…

Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy

If one browses through social media sites or the comments sections on news sites, the only conclusion that can be reached is that we, as a nation, are extremely unhappy…

Gay marriage is a legal and moral right

Gay marriage is a legal and moral right

Attended a wedding in Richmond, Virginia, recently between told old friends — both retired Navy officers. They are both men and both are now happily married in the Old Dominion,…

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

When a federal judge handed down a two-year prison sentence to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon debate started loud and rancorous over whether or not it was enough,…

Return of the wayward columnist

Return of the wayward columnist

Two years ago, I was pretty much home bound a week after spending 45 days in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Much of the past 24 months…

Michael Brown crossed the line

Michael Brown crossed the line

Over the years I have covered many stories involving encounters between police officers and suspects. When I wrote a newspaper column for The Alton Telegraph in Illinois — just up…

Capitol Hill Blue: 20 years and counting

Capitol Hill Blue: 20 years and counting

My God, has it been 20 years?  Yep.  To the day. On the morning of Oct. 1, 1994, I logged on to PSI Net, my Internet Service Provider (ISP) at…

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Turn out the lights.  The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in…

The Easter Bunny and other great lies we tell children

The Easter Bunny and other great lies we tell children

Besides the religious implications of Easter, this particular Sunday is also dedicated to one the “three great lies” that parents tell their children. That lie, of course, is claiming that…

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