From The Editor

Bring those quotas to my street

A police patrol car whisked by me at about 60 MPH. You’ve seen it before. You wonder why the cops have to go 60 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. Surly they are not out to make the second part of their quota for the day. There is not an emergency that calls for a cop to go that fast.


Rick Gray

What great Presidents do

History is a slow process. It’s easy to predict what history will say, but extremely hard to get it right.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Farewell for now

The most difficult time of my career occurred when I was transferred from Fire Station 1 to Fire & Life Safety, as the department’s Community Programs Coordinator. I started with this opening because 2004-2006 was tough for me to get up and go to work.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max has boundaries

Hello and welcome to the extra distance issue of the Dogpound. Well, my poor laptop has bitten the dust. Well, not really. The on-and-off button has decided to stay in the off position, so I have been forced to sneak back into work and use my office computer to keep the supply-chain full of Dogpound wit and humor.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Healthy Plumbing

Infections of the urinary tract are among the most common diagnoses seen in the primary care physician’s office. It is the fourth most common diagnosis treated by your Family Doctor.


Gardening With Gita

A vegetable and berry day, literally

Although I am not a commercial vegetable or berry grower, I rarely miss the opportunity of attending events held at the Randolph Farm of Virginia State University, which explains why the pouring rain and thunderstorm prediction on July 24, the day of the 2014 Commercial Vegetable and


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

In the great wide world

The boy spent his first week away from home at Paleontology Camp last week. He left on Sunday and went down to Yorktown to stay with his grandparents for the week where they would ferry him back and forth to the Virginia Living Museum to camp every day.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.