We launched our Common Wealth Tour through Virginia… We arrived at a city park in Woodstock (no relation to the Woodstock), Virginia, just before sunset. A local kids soccer team, “The Tigers,” was practicing. They let our Jonathan, 7, practice with them. The coaches couldn’t have been friendlier and Jonathan, while not Pele, held his own… The next morning a Jehovah’s Witness approached me in Woodstock and asked if I’d noticed the world was getting progressively darker. I said yep. (Wouldn’t take a moral theologian rocket scientist…) We talked for awhile about spiritual philosophies. It was a friendly exchange, and probably a first for me. That is, this Jehovah Witness was actually able to laugh a bit in regard to his religion. He told me Johnny Carson, after one of the major earthquakes in California, joked that Jehovah Witnesses probably fared the best in the quake. “Because they’re always standing in doorways.” …Before leaving Woodstock, I passed out some campaign cards to a group of guys talking in front of a Sunoco station, all dressed in camouflage outfits. And not one of them (Are you ready for this?) asked me my stance on gun control… We then headed south on Rte. 81 through the Shenandoah Valley. Fog shrouded the mountains, pierced at times by scattered rays of sunlight… Down the highway, we campaigned in Harrisburg, Staunton and Verona. In Verona, we spent the evening with the Maggie and John Nilo family, including their 10 children. Our kids paired up with some of their kids and had an absolutley great time (except for the BB gun incident). This evening, several other couples stopped by for a Bible study. The reading was about the story of Zacchaeus (the tax collector). The Bible study leader said tax collectors in those days were scorned, in part, because they were known to skim some of the tax money off the top for themselves. I enjoined that with 173 loop holes in our tax code in America, don’t many of us (who really don’t need the money) skim tax money off the top with these deductions? Money that could go to schools, social programs for the poor, to pay off the $12 trillion National Debt… It got somewhat quiet in the Bible study room for awhile. There goes a few votes. But isn’t it time a politician called a spade a spade?