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Re: “Lessons in Sacrifice

There's always hope. Really. My grandfather was a cop in a small town Virginia. Really. Only to later borrow $500 to found the largest iron works in Virginia. Remember many a Sunday when we all had to go over to the plant and walk around dressed in our Sunday best to see how things were going. My mother not really all that pleased. First at the Alexandria waterfront and later 6 acres beside Shirley Highway now Rt 395 in Springfrield Va. While today Southern Iron Works is no more having fallen into hands that wanted to cash out for a quick buck rather than to continue the legacy, Tom Boguess' pride and joy lives on in our memory and those who patronized the company and made it great. Many a time Tom received a phone call in the dead of the night wanting a piece of iron before daybreak and got out of bed and went down to do the deed. THIS is what you do to build a great company and make money. You meet the customers' needs. However and whenever the occasion arises.

Posted by 1Ronald on 05/15/2020 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Pressing Issues

In order for a newspaper to be viable and readable it must be cutting edge. It must be willing to publish all the news for all the people. Tales do get twisted down the ages from person to person and as I remember Ed's angst against Dickie was about having a "four inch tongue and a two inch dick." Something that may make some women sit up and take notice. You consider the source. From a punk rocker. Seeking attention. When he has nothing else to sell although some may weakly call that music talent. And Virginia's sordid history on abortion rights when religion decided what you could and couldn't do taking away why this country was founded in the first place. Amazing how America was settled by Founding Fathers seeking escape from a church run Spain only to now be literally surrounded by a gaggle of "Guess Who Came to Dinner?" Recalling John Dryden's "I am as free as Nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran." Yes, some of us still have fun on Sundays. Some of us. Some may think it's great that Bill and Pam put their name on that (your word for it) piece that put VMFA on the map but such a rechristening of our state museum will drive the cognoscenti elsewhere in defining purpose and intent. Perhaps Lil Nas X's Old Town Road would be appropos for a playin' to those still stayin'.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 05/15/2020 at 8:19 AM

Re: “OPINION| Hey Feds: Local Government Needs You

We are tired of businesses using COVID-19 as an excuse not to work, not to accept more business or make us jump through hoops to get done what needs to be done. To make an appointment just to drop off a bicycle for repair is beyond ridiculous. To discontinue weekend hours when many continue to telework during the week prevents us from getting things done. When my AO had to get his wife to cut his hair was an apparent hardship for him. You can imagine how that turned out. People are more than eager to get the wheels of commerce again going and like any other time you walk out your door you hope to safely return.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 05/15/2020 at 7:55 AM

Re: “OPINION: Pulling Together

1. Immediately release as many prisoners as possible from local jails, state prisons and juvenile detention centers, including nonviolent offenders--
a. This would cover those teachers jailed by consensual sex and/or finding themselves in compromised situations--decriminalize sex among consenting partners.
b. Removing teenagers from a religion imposed Slave Class by lowering consent to 15.
2. Devise a serious plan for educational reparations? OR get serious about cost effective Distance Learning and instilling personal drive and responsibility in students.
3. Rethinking Governor Northern's destruction of Virginia's history by his edict to remove statues placed for and by the will of the people. Never in the history of the Commonwealth.
4. Build urgently needed low-income housing units with meaningful qualifications other than having a pulse. Qualifications with consequences that train and teach a lesson. That door swings both ways.
5. Make permanent the waiver of fares for riders--Cities who use revenue wisely offer free bus/trolley transportation. Make it happen. I've used it often in cities where my bicycle is with me but not always feasible and the cars are at home.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 04/28/2020 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Strange Days

Yes to that lady holding the sign "My Body, My Choice, To Work." Or to get an abortion. Or do anything else she wants to do to enhance the quality of her life. Politics aside, Bill O'Reilly had it right when he said those dropping were about to drop anyway. I was in a grocery store early part of the week and the lady behind Customer Service started coughing. Immediately I exclaimed "COVID-19" to her whereby she replied she was a smoker. And a drinker too? Didn't get into that but these two will drop you sooner or later. Which no one likes to talk about. Or that sunlight kills viruses. And is good for you. Either. Remember (how can you forget?) we live in a country that practices medicine as a Sickness Paradigm NOT a Wellness Paradigm. Meaning they sit around waiting for you to get sick and then proceed to offer help. Nothing, virtually nothing, in Preventive Medicine to stop it before it happens. The difference between Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. Even Donnie has mentioned the healthy sun if you can forget that other Lysol stuff that even got Lysol awakened like a sleepiing giant telling us No, No, No.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 04/24/2020 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Henrico Citizen halts print edition

Smaller more obscure online digital media are also disappearing particularly those who overestimate public acceptance of a pay wall. We don't like it. Only when you're in it for the long haul and get a deal do you cave and accept one. Even mainstream newspapers are predicting the future and changes that may have to occur. Yesterday, I received a call at home on landline from the Miami Herald advising to expect all digital access should a worst case scenario become necessary. Normally, I don't answer the phone, never answer the phone, and let all flow into voice mail unless the call is from Washington. But these calls always come as a surprise even with so many "stay at homes" and those opting to lose revenue by the truck loads. Yes, this angers me and perhaps you too. But. If you're a guy you know the booming business at power tool locations that has hit them virtually nonstop since COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Manufacturers pick up on this by offering temporarily reduced prices on select new items to get them out into the public domain. Good time to get a self-propelled battery powered lawn mower. Who buys them in April? I did. At a great price.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 04/24/2020 at 10:06 PM

Re: “OPINION: Artists Matter

And that mask. That picture of a mask. Above. if she's cute you may want to kiss her. But remember. It's not mint chocolate chip ice cream. With a splattering of raspberry. And mustard? Yes, that lunch time dog must have been good.

Posted by 1Ronald on 04/17/2020 at 6:31 PM

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