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Say what you mean and mean what you say

(11/08/09 7:50pm)

“Women are impossible to understand.” “Men have their own language.” “She speaks in codes.” “He doesn’t listen to a word I say.” We’ve all heard the arguments and probably participated in a few. Personally, I think all people are hard to decipher, no matter the age, gender or native language. And I’m here to say, I think I have a solution to this problem in communication and it’s called … (wait for it) … the truth.


Supplement regulations need strengthening

(11/08/09 7:52pm)

Next month will mark the 20th anniversary of a mass poisoning in this country that almost everyone has forgotten. But for all Americans who use dietary supplements today, the lessons to be learned from this tragic event are certainly worth remembering. In late 1989, thousands of people across the country purchased pills containing an over-the-counter dietary supplement called Tryptophan – a vital amino acid found in foods like turkey and bananas. What they didn’t know was their pills were contaminated with one of the most lethal human poisons ever created.



GOP recovering; Democrats need more unification

(11/11/09 7:05pm)

Bob McDonnell won Virginia. Or as the Associated Press put it “Conservative Republican Bob McDonnell's victory in the Virginia governor's race over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds was a triumph for a GOP looking to rebuild after being booted from power in national elections in 2006 and 2008. It also was a setback for the White House in a swing state that was a crucial part of Obama's electoral landslide just a year ago.” No matter how you say it, it seems the future of the coming elections is all ready being decided.


Letter: Proposed weapon legislation good for colleges

(11/11/09 7:07pm)

In the Echo’s recent article on the proposed legislation to allow the carrying of weapons on campus, a variety of critics voiced their concerns. As a supporter of this bill, I would like to address those points. First, to Police Chief O’Dell, who said, “Say you have a situation where officers are pulling up and everyone has guns. There’s no way of telling who the bad guys are.”