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To Do Or Not To Do

By Frank Blechman Many, many times, I have been in “strategic planning” sessions in which someone has insisted that we had to pick one goal or one approach to that goal. Recognizing that time and other resources are limited, I… Read More ›

Campaign Treachery

When power and influence shift from one side of the political aisle to the other, there are consequences, usually and unfortunately to the voters. The Commonwealth’s politisphere has long been a playpen among corporate competitors for advantage, prominently led by… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

OLIVER LAURENCE NORTH The name Oliver “Ollie” North resonates with many people today, either as a conservative hero who tried to serve President Ronald Reagan or as a criminal who took the law into his own hands (albeit at Reagan’s… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

NEBRASKA The official motto of the Cornhusker State is “Equality Before the Law.” Two inmates convicted of murder in separate instances became engaged to marry in 2011, having been introduced to one another by a mutual friend before they were… Read More ›

Rearranging Totem Equity

In June 1381, a mere 600-plus years ago, the English crown enacted a tax on each member, or poll, in a household, to raise funds to finance the seemingly endless Hundred Years’ War with France. The new tax heavily burdened… Read More ›

Longshots, or Not?

By Frank Blechman I am about to say something here that should discredit me as a political pundit forever. I like underdogs and longshots. I celebrate those out of step with their times, those who use honesty and integrity to… Read More ›

Just WIN, Baby

By Frank Blechman I have written before that electoral campaign strategies actually aren’t that complicated. I often quote long-time Fairfax County political sage Larry Byrne (husband and strategist of former State Senator and US Congresswoman Leslie Byrne) who said, “In… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

POUND, VA, POLICE DEPOUNDED Pound, Virginia. Surely you’ve heard of it. Located in Wise County, in far southwest Virginia on the West Virginia border, it consists of 2.6 square miles (that’s two point six, not twenty-six) and has a population… Read More ›

Erasure

In grade school, we unquestioningly accepted the duty of a teacher erasing the blackboard no matter what material had been chalked. Sometimes, we might have had some concern that we had failed to copy some vital information into our notebooks…. Read More ›