The long road home

Unlike Rome, all roads do not lead to Washington, DC. Yet enough routes to and from the National Capital Region exist to give a visitor options when it comes to routes back home. So, after a good weekend at Rolling Thunder,  I left Manassas, Virginia, early Monday morning with no particular route in mind. I […]

Glock and load

Like many Floyd Countians, I own enough guns to start a medium-size revolution. My weapon of choice is a Glock 17 semi-automatic 9 mm pistol — the big brother of the Glock 19 that Jared Loughner is accused of using to kill six six people — including a nine-year-old girl and an Arizona Federal Judge […]

Foolish Parkway tolls idea resurfaces

Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times resurrects a column from last year today to — once again — propose tolls or a fee for use of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Casey points to the crappy condition of some sections of the Parkway — especially the section between U.S. 460 and U.S. 220 — which many […]

Going home again…via the Internet

Thanks to online news sites and the proliferation of “hyperlocal” news sites, those of us who have lived in multiple places throughout out lives can keep up with what’s happening in our old hometowns. My daily Internet cruises includes visits to web sites that provide news and information about Tampa, Florida (the city of my […]

McDonnell panders to Northern Virginia

Newly-elected Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will do just about anything to keep his Northern Virginia cronies happy, even if it means screwing other areas of the Old Dominion. McDonnell wants to mess with Virginia education funding formula to send more money to Northern Virginia while cutting state contributions to school systems in our region. […]