One of the urges that I have to suppress when writing op-eds is that of a blogger, where we opine on the latest information. I think I’ve done a fairly good job of doing that over the last 20 months that I’ve been writing a weekly column for The Virginian-Pilot.
Until yesterday’s column. Honestly? I think I blew it.
In light of the turning back of the personhood amendment and the shelving of HPV vaccination repeal, I was hopeful that sanity had returned to the General Assembly, in the form of the Senate. Writing Tuesday morning, I was hopeful that they would send the ultrasound bill back to committee. When the vote took place that afternoon, I had to rewrite a line, which I replaced with this:
It passed with further amendment in the Senate, which generally has become the place of reason in the legislature.
Truth be told, I was hopping mad that the Senate passed the bill, especially with the two so-called “Democrats” who voted for its passage. But with a deadline approaching, there simply was no time to re-write the entire piece.
The Senate has brought some sanity – that part is true. But not nearly enough – at least for me.
I’ve learned an awful lot in writing for the newspaper. This is a lesson that I’ll never forget.