Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving in Roanoke

It’s 7 a.m. on Friday morning and I’m setting up shop in the front lobby of my favorite hotel, the Hotel Roanoke.  The old Southern style lobby, with its large rooms and historic murals, is decorated with about two dozen … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone and the University

It’s been five days since Rolling Stone published its article on sexual assault at the University of Virginia, a.k.a. the shot heard round the Cavalier world.  As a father of three daughters,  I found it profoundly disturbing. I don’t envy … Continue reading

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A Few Numbers from Staunton

We learned a lot in Staunton.  Here’s a few numbers that will illustrate the economic trends in Virginia, most of which indicate the growth (or lack of it) in our state economy since the Great Recession, January 2008-March 2010, ended: … Continue reading

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Senate Retreats to Staunton

The Senate is in Staunton for two days for our annual Finance retreat.  It’s when our Finance staff briefs all the members on the state economy and budget issues in anticipation of the 2015 session.  Lots of knowledge going on … Continue reading

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American Spartan

Fairfax City Library is my favorite place to find new reading.  I was there in October and borrowed a great book, which I just finished reading. “American Spartan” is the story of Major Jim Gant, a Special Forces commander who … Continue reading

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