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McAuliffe: Watch what you say in the pulpit

He is who we thought he was.
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would prohibit state censorship of certain military chaplains’ sermons, even though it easily passed through both the House and Senate Chambers. If there’s any silver lining, there just may be enough votes to override the governor’s short-sighted veto.


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For the kids

    Adults have many responsibilities when it comes to children.
    We feed them, house them and clothe them.  We provide for their education and for their well-being.
    We give them opportunities to have fun, and we provide them with models on how they should live their lives.
    Those last two responsibilities came into play in the furor over the Bedford Central Recreation Association.


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Make a decision

The time for delays is over; it’s time to make a decision.
    Long before the city of Bedford’s decision to revert to a town; long before the county and then city officials sat down to hammer out a voluntary reversion agreement; long before that reversion became effective on July 1 of last year; and long before a meeting Jan. 28 between the county supervisors and the school board on the subject, the need for a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone was a top priority for the county school system.


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No surprise

You get what you pay for. Or in this case, who you vote for.
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has shown its true colors from Day 1 of taking office, so nothing should surprise us now.
    But it is a little disheartening that a bill to uphold the constitutional rights of the commonwealth’s citizens is so easily dismissed by the governor.


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Send out the clowns

he story this week in the New York Daily News stated that there is a growing shortage of clowns.
    Please. They’re just looking for them in the wrong places.
    While membership in the clown trade organizations may be plummeting the number of jokers filling the halls of Congress and the federal government continues to multiply. It appears the circus has left the big top and headed straight for D.C.


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Blood in the water

Democrats can smell the blood in the water. And they’re going for the throat.
    Republicans may have no one to blame but themselves.
    It was just two years ago that Republicans chose not to share committee assignments with Democrats, using Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s vote as a tie-breaker to grab power in the state Senate. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time; but now that power’s gone and the Dems are upping the ante on the power grab.


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A sad ending

It should have been a time to sit back and relish his accomplishments. Instead, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are caught up in the midst of a criminal scandal.
    Whatever the outcome, McDonnell’s legacy is tarnished and his political career is finished. Even worse, revelations of his questionable ethics likely cost the Republicans one, if not several statewide offices. And those losses have already proven costly to the conservative values McDonnell touted during his tenure in office.


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Don’t forget about your pets

We all want to stay warm. Last week reminded us of that.
    But as we prepare for the next blast of winter weather, it’s important that we also remember to have a plan to keep our pets warm.
    After all, they are counting on us to take care of them, especially if they are outdoor dogs or cats.
    To help keep your entire family safe and warm, the American Red Cross and the Humane Society suggest a number of winter safety reminders for both you and your pets.


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Great expectations?

As 2014 gets underway, it’s time to hope that the workings of government—most notably at the federal level—get better.
    It certainly couldn’t get much worse than 2013, so expectations are somewhat low. For those in the White House and in Congress that’s good news; they have nowhere to go but up. At least that’s what you would think—we’ll have to see what happens.
    These aren’t the days of great expectations, but it is time to expect something of value from our elected leaders.


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Really Good News

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)


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