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A mom comes to grips with a life cut short
ATLANTA--It took a long time for Margy Agar to say the word "suicide" after her daughter, U.S. Army Sgt. Kimberly Agar, took her own life. Today, spreading awareness is her greatest passion. "My No. 1 mission is for people to learn that [people] don't commit suicide," Margy told me. "They die from it."...

Obama, poor voters, kids at border targeted
WASHINGTON--We Americans are marvelously inventive when it comes to dealing with our piques. That clever Speaker of the House, Rep. John "The Tan Man" Boehner, R-Ohio, figured that by suing the president he could:...

A generous gift
ONE OF THIS city's most appealing features is its river. So the city and its residents owe a debt of gratitude to Jenny-Lynn Franklin Guth....

A sensible solution
JUST BECAUSE something seems counterintuitive doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Banks, for exam- ple, charge bounced-check fees when obviously, if you had any money, you wouldn't have bounced the check. Similarly, kids who are chronically absent from school often get punished by being suspended, which takes them out of class even more....

The cost of complacency can be steep indeed
I was walking through the park, contemplating the burdens that come with paternal responsibilities, when a seemingly innocuous bee decided to sting my leg. My first reaction--an expletive that gave cause to scan the horizon for a previously unseen child--led to a quickly growing irritation and a search for the offending insect....

Better to spend money to aid our own kids
Better to spend money to aid our own kids We complain that our educational system is no longer the best. We need more money to attract better teachers. Now our government spends money to educate illegal immigrant children when our children need the money....

Air tragedy will mean added security, cost
Air fares are going to go way up. As nations like Iran, China and Russia proliferate man-portable air defense systems and ever-more formidable air defense weapons like the one that recently shot down a Malaysian airliner are introduced, some of these systems are going to fall into the wrong hands. Back in the late 1980s, the U.S. provided Stinger missiles to the Afghan rebels who were fighting the Soviets. Pakistani leader Zia ul Haq was part of the conspiracy to provide plausible denial for the U.S. because these "low-cost" stingers somehow kept disappearing from foreign inventories and were next seen shooting down all manner of low-flying Soviet aircraft. Ul Haq chuckled that it was that first time in history that anyone (the Afghan rebels) achieved air superiority without an air force. The "misplaced" Stingers were the major component in "Charlie Wilson's War." Many, but not all of the…

It’s time for Europeans to stand up to Putin
PHILADELPHIA--Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader's reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine....

Letter to the Editor: Jail issues are par for the course
Regarding the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail issues: I'm sorry about the inhuman conditions, but it's par for the course.

Don’t let the election come quietly
PilotOnline.com / Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
This Saturday, two of Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates will face off in the first debate of the election season, one that few will attend and even fewer will hear about. That's a shame. There's an unwritten rule in politics about debates: Incumbents shun them; challengers desire them.

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