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Whilst in the U.S. Navy a few decades back, I handled many classified documents and one day they made me feel much better.  You see, I was on the USS Belmont, one of those intelligence … more
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development would like to notify the public that Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) information, including whether a property is in a Special Flood Hazard … more
When Realtors, contractors, or homeowners lovingly say a house has “good bones,” what they mean is that its foundation is solid and its structure is sound. Without these two components, … more
There’s an old truism among the sensational tabloid newspapers on Fleet Street: “Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.”  That was my experience when, years … more
Are the holiday parties over yet? Are you doing anything about your New Year’s resolutions? Are you done preparing your taxes yet?  I think the parties are now over, so we now struggle … more
The transition to a new year is an opportunity for reflection, an opportunity for cultivation, an opportunity for commitment. How did the last year go – what did we achieve and learn? And then: … more
What if you could reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time? The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate bill in U.S. history, will help many Americans reduce their home … more
As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and … more
Wow, if you were a regular viewer of C-SPAN you had an exciting week with the voting for the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.  In spite of the incredibly gray weather, I did have … more
More than 60 years ago, as many are aware, civil rights activists began organizing to desegregate businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. By the spring of 1963, tensions were at a boiling point due to a … more
The drama surrounding Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid remains nothing short of surreal. It took 15 bids to secure the votes required to become speaker of the House. In his fatalistic … more
The filibuster has proved more pernicious to democracy than any other procedural rule of Congress. It’s time for it to go. These claims may seem excessive in view of the real accomplishments … more
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