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Black History Month, sometimes called African American History Month, occurs every year in February. Officially recognized by then-President Gerald Ford in 1976, the commemoration grew from groundwork established by Carter G. Woodson and others during the opening decades of the twentieth cen…

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First and foremost, this week I want to once again talk about devastating storm that hit my district last week.  As soon as the storm hit, I reached out to the counties in my district to make sure they had a contact person in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  There is a syste…

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Foreword: It’s Black History Month but let’s read Black Herstory...Yesss....Her....Story. I have had the honor of doing shows with this woman. She definitely brings her A Game every time. She is one of Virginia Hottest and Dopest Poets. She truly intrigues the soul with her captivating words…

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A  funny thing happened as Barbra and I went to the “forum” last weekend – we lost our power at home and I lost my ability to even do something as simple as being able to stand.

Foreword: This poem speaks to me because I recently went through this journey. The journey of self healing, self love, self discovery, and self awareness. I had to shed alot of things that were weighing my soul down and prohibiting me from growing into my true self. Once I let go and healed …

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We have completed another week of the 2021 General Assembly Session, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on last week’s proceedings.

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Three issues have been causing turmoil for a year:  unemployment, schools, and vaccines.  Governor Northam closed down the state with power not seen since colonial times, successfully driving folks into frenzies often asking for our help.

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The 2021 General Assembly session has reached it’s halfway point, known as crossover. This is the point where the House and Senate complete work on bills originating from the respective chambers, and the successful bills “cross over” to the other chamber.

Foreword: This is an extremely powerful piece by Lyrikal Sauvay. I’ve had the opportunity to see her perform once and it was nothing short of amazing. This is an excerpt from her upcoming poetry book “Journey To The Center Of Myself” which is an amazing title by the way because we are all tr…

When I was growing up, I knew my father was a Democrat.  In the 50s and 60s, if one wanted a voice in Virginia’s government, they had to be a Democrat.  The primary in June was when the real competition occurred; the General Election in November was a mere formality.

I am so sorry, folks, but I goofed up – AGAIN! Isn't there a song that explains – “It's getting to be a habit with me.” Oh, well, I admit I knew better, but I did it anyway.

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond.

That was my kind of snow last week. It was light, the roads were relatively snow-free, and it was so beautiful. In my way of thinking, though, I did not have to get out in it. Except to give the birds, and squirrels, some water and food. In my back yard, Barbara and I have five feeding stati…

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The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred last week in the House of Delegates.

While most were focused on events in and around Washington, the General Assembly was going about the business that we were sent to Richmond to do, represent the views of our constituents.

I admit up front that I have been a little lax in reporting two important issues, and if you did not see it somewhere else, I blame it on my upstairs “man cave” for being late. Fortunately, you do not have to see the “man cave”. To be honest, it is in a mess. My wife, Barbara, tells me it is…

As you know, the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session.

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Foreword: This piece has so many different directions, interpretations, and expressions. It is profound it can be used to discover something significant about one’s self. What is it that you hope to discover about yourself? It doesn’t have to be New it can be old such as what’s holding you b…

     For some of us, we like things to make sense.  Being consistent is important in pursuit of that.  When the same person sees a problem when one group does something and does not when others do similar things is a great example.

It is funny how I will sit in front of my computer with no idea whatsoever as to what I will write about. Then there are other weeks that I have a thought in my head, but because of other developments I have to push it aside. Such was the case back on December 24, but it got pushed aside (an…

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Last week’s events in Washington are at the top of everyone’s mind right now.  What happened last Wednesday was unacceptable. 

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Foreword: We often get caught up in the positions we have in life. It can be hard to decipher when it is time to grow when we’re comfortable where we’re at because with growth comes change. People don’t always adapt to change so well because it can get uncomfortable although it can be reward…

     As you read this, we have returned to Richmond.  At least the Senate has returned.  What the House of Delegates is doing is something different.  They have opted to operate by Zoom for the most part.  Some of that is because of their fear of COVID-19, but I expect they believe it is a m…

This is the beginning of 2021. We made it. It feels different doesn’t it. We’re still in a pandemic so as always stay safe and cautious. This year feels like peace and healing after all of the turmoil and chaos from last year. We have so much hope for this year without a doubt. I want you to…

For months now, everywhere I have gone, people have been saying “I can’t wait until 2020 is over”.  With all that has occurred in the world, all of us have been stressed out by not only the COVID-19 virus and the daily news about it, but as well riots in our cities, and politics in a deeply …

Here I sit at my computer, trying to get ahead with my weekly column. My calendar tells me it is Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. But as I sit here looking out the window, it looks exactly like what I just had so many days in December – cold and dreary.

Thank you to Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review, for printing the truth, not a bunch of trash.  Also, thank you to Senator Frank Ruff for sharing updates from our State Capitol. You have been completely honest with the people in your District and I feel that you and others who are loy…

This is the last week of the year 2020. We have all faced trials, tribulations, and have been on an awful emotional rollercoaster during this pandemic. We have had to adapt to public schools becoming virtual, completely transforming our everyday routine, being quarantined even feeling so dis…

Every year, the most important thing that the Governor of Virginia does is produce a budget or a revised budget.  Yet, way too frequently, a governor will offer the desert first with new spending rather than starting with the basic meal.  Because there is never enough money to provide for th…

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Foreword: It is time for you to heal. I know healing seems like a long process but I promise you that it’s better than wallowing in the lake of your pain reliving every struggle, regret, and hurtful situation time and time again. Forgiveness is your power too! Forgive yourself first then for…

     As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day, and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all.  Let us pray that all will have a blessed…

Finally, it will be Christmas Day two days from today. It seemed like Christmas took forever to get here, due to the COVID-19 and our having so many rules and regulations being put on us. I can remember as a young child it taking what seemed to be forever for Christmas Day to finally arrive.…

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Foreword: We are in trying times especially in this pandemic. People are struggling more mentally now then they ever have. Anxiety is a common mental health issue affecting a lot of the population these days. If you are dealing with anxiety. Take a moment to breath slowly, listen to your fav…

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Where do I go from here? The Press was being lambasted, last week by Fox New​s? Excuse me, but aren't they part of the Press too? At first I was taking it to heart, even though I have been retired some 22 years. But then as I listened a little harder, I realized Fox News was blasting the Nat…

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     In the last couple of weeks, the number of identified individuals that have or have had COVID-19 has increased dramatically.  We should all be concerned and do everything possible to protect our loved ones.  Some, like Governor Northam, are focused on impeding businesses and religious a…

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You have heard the explanation that you know you are getting old when you get up to go into another room, then forget why you went to that room in the first place. Mind is a little different. I will get into my pickup truck and drive downtown. Then I will forget and not remember until I driv…

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Over the years that I have been in the General Assembly, there has always been an effort by some to change the laws on the use of marijuana.  This year it rapidly came to a head.  The debate probably reached a peak with Governor Northam’s decision to push for recreational use.  This is a pos…

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Welcome to December to all my readers. I hope you are doing well. As for me, I had a terrible July but gradually got better and for the last three months I have felt better than I have for the past three years. Now do not mistake what I have written. I am far from being well. But my thanks t…

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     For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.  He became most famous for his piece at the end of each weekly show.  It was called “Give Me A Break”.  Each week, he would focus on one issue…

Welcome to December to all my readers. I hope you are doing well. As for me, I had a terrible July but gradually got better and for the last three months I have felt better than I have for the past three years. Now do not mistake what I have written. I am far from being well. But my thanks t…

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I am writing in response to the article titled: “SSHD Encourages Individuals to Quarantine After an Event at Dogwood Auditorium” published to your newspaper on November 11, 2020. Although the quarantine is warranted, it has repercussions in regards to a person’s state of mind. Being locked i…