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Rabies vaccinations save lives

Ask anyone whose pet has had a run-in with a rabid animal, and they will tell you how important it is to keep pets’ rabies vaccines up to date, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Health.
    This year during Rabies Awareness Week, September 24-30, the VDH and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) are stressing the importance of safeguarding the lives of pets and family members by vaccinating pets against rabies.


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The War on Terror

The attacks this past week on diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and the world were because of the hatred by radical Islamists of the United States, not because of a film.
    It would be laughable to consider such speculation credible—that a low-budget movie sparked such venom—if it weren’t that the official position of our federal government is just that. What does our government say?


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Let the races begin

he Republicans had their day in the sun down in Tampa last week; the spotlight is on the Democrats this week in Charlotte.
    And on Friday, following the last speech at the convention Thursday night, the countdown to election day is officially on.
    For Virginians, that’s a good-news, bad-news scenario.


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One giant leap

    There’s no doubt: His step truly was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
    Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He died this past Saturday at the age of 82.


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Straighten the road

It’s time to straighten out the dangerous curves on U.S. 460 east of Montvale.
    Enough damage has been done; a life has been lost.
    This past May, a 31-year-old tractor-trailer driver died and his tanker dumped 6,800 gallons of fuel into the ground as the result of an accident on those curves. The environmental cleanup has been ongoing ever since; the eastbound stretch of that road has been closed for more than two months.
    The road has been a known problem for years.


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To the dogs

Early this summer, a Bedford County man received a document seeking to register a new voter from his family. Unfortunately the document was sent to his dog Mozart.
    And Mozart had been dead for two years.
    When the form first came Tim Morris said he laughed at first, thinking the solicitation was a joke. Then he realized it was real.
    And that’s a problem.


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Let the Games begin

he athletes, by the thousands, gathered together Friday.
    From some 200 countries they came together in London for the 2012 Olympics. The flags were raised, the flame was lit; Paul McCartney sang.
    And then the games began.
    The scene that played out in women’s gymnastics Sunday displayed both the magic and the heartache of the games that will follow the next two weeks.


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The usual suspects

The usual suspects showed up following the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., Friday.
    As if someone shooting 70 people in a packed movie theater—killing 12—wasn’t enough, there are always those ready to pounce on any opportunity to get their face on TV, or to use that opportunity to trash an opponent.
    Those included:
    • the political hacks, trying to blame the other Party’s supporters for being at fault;


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Did he really say that?

    “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.


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Helping out or taking advantage

When the worst of times hit, there tends to be two very different scenarios that happen.
    Ideally, dealing with turbulent times brings out the best in folks. They band together, lock arms and plow through whatever problem they face.
    In most cases that seems to have been the case through the recent devastating windstorm that blindsided folks in and around Central Virginia these past two weeks.
    Thousands lost their electricity, but they tapped into the enormous power of a community coming together.


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