Fall here. Most of us have a yard-full of leaves that have fallen much earlier than usual. 29 and 66 are lined with leaf watchers, many headed to the skyline drive to observe Mother Nature at her very best.
Its time to plant bulbs. Iris, daffodils and tulips all get planted in the fall. In spring we are always surprised and treated to the joy of our efforts.
Where are you leaf-watching? What are you planting?
Everyone else had other jobs to do. Klain has a reputation for getting things done and being able to network. He understands policy.
Do we need an Ebola Czar? It probably wouldn’t hurt. Meanwhile, the jury is still out.
If I were a betting woman, I would bet that we temporarily suspend commercial air travel between Western African countries and the USA. What do you think?
The United States has been without a Surgeon General since July, 2013. The acting Surgeon General is Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Why is this position temporary? The Senate has refused to push through President Obama’s nominee for the position. While the Surgeon General cannot enact laws, this person can influence policy by discussion and is the national spokesperson for health related issues. Think back to comments from people serving in this position over smoking cigarettes, AIDS, and teen sex. Many folks just don’t want to have any discussion at all. This time, the NRA is leading the charge. Apparently, it fears any talk about gun violence or suicide. I can’t imagine a doctor worth his or her salt not talking about the importance of gun safety. Maybe we just won’t find a Surgeon General. Let’s examine what the problem seems to be, according to Billmoyers.com:
[T]he NRA has tried to bar pediatricians from counseling parents about the risks of keeping guns at home. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that doctors begin to talk to parents about gun safety even before their baby is born and continue the conversation yearly, just as doctors talk to parents about the dangers of swimming pools and the importance of bicycle helmets. Florida passed a gag law in 2011; crafted by an NRA lobbyist, the bill forbids doctors from “making written inquiry or asking questions concerning the ownership of a firearm or ammunition by the patient or by a family member of the patient.” A district court ruled the following year that the law restricted physicians’ rights to free speech and the case is now in the appeals process. Murthy’s opposition to pediatrician gag laws was one of the reasons cited by the NRA and Rand Paul in their attempt to disqualify him.
Eric Young has announced his candidacy for the BOCS seat vacated by former supervisor Wally Covington. Young is a life-long resident of Prince William County and grew up in Nokesville where he currently makes his home . He will be running as a Democrat.
I am glad to see Mr. Young throw his hat in the ring for this race. Even though I cannot vote for him, all supervisors influence the county. There was just something about that other race that wasn’t quite meeting all requirements of my sniff test.
Mr. Young has taken the pledge to take no developer money. Now there’s a switch. It isn’t that Young is anti growth or even anti development. He seems to want decisions based on what is best for the county, rather than who can throw the most money at each supervisor. Novel concept, eh?
Mr. Young’s website:
Many athletes have wind beneath their wings. It might be a parent, a coach, a teacher. Kevin Durant basketball star player of the Oklahoma City Thunder thanked those who helped him along the way during his acceptance speech when he was awarded The NBA Most Valuable Player award on Tuesday. He said his mother was the real MVP in his life.
Jon Wertheim, executive editor of Sports Illustrated wrote about the current struggling athletes for an upcoming issue. He wonders what is being done for those who haven’t reached the level that Kevin Durant has. At least 100,000 kids sleep under bleachers or shower in the locker room. Often coaches and teachers know and bring extra peanut butter sandwiches. Sometimes the kids hide it. Some of the kids are literally homeless.