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June 16, 2014

One more look

It is awfully easy to be intimidated as we get older by computers, tablets and smart phones. Instant information from Internet access through all the different tools available can be a little scary for those of us who grew up with Walkmans, Palm Pilots and even remember rotary dial phones.

Once I got it in my somewhat thick skull that these were just tools similar to a hammer, wrench and other helpful tools and I needed to learn how to use them, it became easier. The fact of not having great administrative assistants after retirement may have forced the issue just a little bit.

A lot of my columns are focused on either informing — or some would say being highly critical — of the soaring cost of health care and the selfish, corrupt political system we find ourselves exposed to. This one will not be very different except to rehash some local issues.

We may be seeing a major shift in things at the federal level. When a relatively unknown candidate in Virginia with only a reported $200,000 in campaign funding unseats the majority leader of the party with years of seniority and $5 million in campaign funding, something is definitely going on.

Only time will tell if this is an isolated election. We are told the unknown won by telling the folks what he would do about issues important to them and not issues important to the special interest groups funding the incumbent’s $5 million campaign. Just maybe, we are starting to see a shift in the attitude of the folks in the middle class that are fed up.

Now to what I consider a simple rehash of why I think we need to use our votes wisely and maybe convince you that you and only you can change things for your kids and grandkids and maybe even yourself if you are not in the senior category. I will be asking you to really think about the following issues.

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