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Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

A year ago, as Thanksgiving approached, I lay in  a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. At the time, my wife did not know…

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party…

The day someone killed the President of the United States

The day someone killed the President of the United States

On November 22, 1963, I worked on a story in a high school journalism class in Floyd, Virginia, when assistant principal William Davis came on the intercom to announce President…

Political parties? We don’t need no stinkin’ political parties

Political parties? We don’t need no stinkin’ political parties

Always happens.  I write something that raises the question of misdeeds or dishonesty of an elected official I get accused of being a member of the “other party.” Recent pieces…

Obama’s humble act was just that…an act

Obama’s humble act was just that…an act

Barack Obama strode to the podium of the White House press room Thursday wearing a carefully-prepared face of humility as he told the nation that he realized he needed to…

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare and once considered the President’s signature accomplishment, is now the latest example of inept administration, flawed policy and glaring failure. With increasing…

The election that Democrats lost big time a week ago

The election that Democrats lost big time a week ago

Which is the most important result of Tuesday’s election? A. A Republican governor won a landslide election in a blue state. B. A Democrat was elected governor in a purple…

A Veterans Day that was important to cover

A Veterans Day that was important to cover

As a newspaper photographer, I normally spend Veterans Day photographing parades and other events surrounding the special day. Last year, I missed Veterans Day because I was lying in a…

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

The Senate Thursday accomplished something that rarely happens in Washington nowadays — it passed bipartisan legislation to help end discrimination against gays and trans-gender Americans in the workplace. Amazingly, 10…

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

On Tuesday across America, voters had a strong message for tea party extremists who have hijacked the once-proud and formidable Republican Party. “Go to hell,” they told the tea party.…

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