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Blood on the Mountain, Poison in the Soil

Blood on the Mountain, Poison in the Soil

By Al Markowitz   And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away. – John Prine   I’ve written on a number of occasions about the toxic

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Reconsidering the ABC

By Al Markowitz Like many of you, I have been increasingly appalled by the abuses of our state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC, especially their attempts at law enforcement at UVA. Last year armed under cover ABC agents attacked Elizabeth Daly, a twenty year old student after she and two classmates bought sparkling

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Getting Things Done in Virginia

By Al Markowitz   Most of us often feel frustrated and powerless as individuals regarding issues that affect us. We can sometimes feel utterly depressed and beaten by self-serving corrupt politicians and by the idiocy of people around us who are taken in by the judgmentalism, hate and blind nationalism pushed by the right-wing corporate media machine.


America at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Al Markowitz     Let this be the year that police revolvers, stove-hot, blister the fingers of raging cops and nightsticks splinter in their palms this is the year that dark-skinned men lynched a century ago return to sip coffee quietly with the apologizing descendents of their executioners – Martín Espada   I found the

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Reaching Critical Mass

By Al Markowitz I hate summer. The torpid heat we usually suffer through for months in our area takes a heavy toll on me. This has been a much cooler summer for us than usual, even a little chilly at times. I’m not complaining. Unfortunately, while we got a break this year the unusual weather

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Military Madness is Killing Our Country

By Al Markowitz   This is a Navy Town. I was in the Navy as was my father before me. Chances are if you haven’t been in the Navy you have connections to it or to another military service. People enlist for many reasons; to get educational opportunities, to escape small towns or family, to

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Change is In the Air – Legalizing Cannabis

By Al Markowitz A few weeks ago the Virginian Pilot ran an article about a child with uncontrollable seizures. Caleb Thomas had been through the mill of medications that didn’t work. Like others with the same, or similar conditions, his symptoms are abated with the use of cannabis – in this case cannabis oil. I