Potentate

new citizens
Monticello resumed being the site and allowing guests for a July 4 naturalization ceremony. It is a wonderful public event.
taking the oath
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”- Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America
Is Fred Flintstone still a known figure?
Former foreigners, flag, Fred Flinstone. Always an interesting mix of symbols

10 years ago

Hook staff on the road, Roanoke Virginia, April 21 2012 Virginia Press Association awards dinner.

A decade ago we had investigative journalism in Charlottesville. We had a team of reporters who worked together. They dug deep into stories. I think of the good work they would have done together in the past five years. Tremendous loss for this community. There are many stories that need to be told but we don’t have a news organization that is strong enough to write the articles.