Monthly Archives: November 2010

METRO Reform

Last week, the Greater Washington Board of Trade released a 35-page report  on improving the  METRO system. Considering that the METRO is the largest public transit system serving Virginia (providing about 400,000 daily trips in the Commonwealth), its improvement is a … Continue reading

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Time Out for Rugby

Back home today.  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria for the annual ”Old Boys” rugby tournament. My usual team (NOVA Old Boys) was not entered so I picked up a game with “The Wild Geese,” … Continue reading

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What’s Going On with Medicaid?

Critics of government talk about its inexorable expansion, oblivious to political or social trends.  Even in Virginia — a model of conservative and parsimonious state government — our state spending has steadily increased in real dollars (with the conspicuous exception … Continue reading

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The Old (Debtor’s) Dominion

Staunton is a hilly town.  This morning, I ran up West Johnston Street which stretches for a mile  from the downtown up a steep slope.  Straight up.  In Virginia, we are creating another mountain which is hard to climb.  It’s called … Continue reading

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Staunton on my Mind

I’m headed to Staunton tomorrow a.m. for the annual Senate Finance Retreat.  Unique to the Senate, the Retreat is an opportunity for all members to receive a staff briefing on the state economy and its impact on our state budget.  … Continue reading

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