Commonwealth Commonsense is a new weblog — or “blog” — that hopes to engage Virginians and all Americans in the political dialogue that must take place if we are to solve looming problems our state and country faces — education, health care, economic and personal security and America’s role and impact in the world.

The average school in America is 40 years old. Good teachers are harder to recruit and keep. Health care costs are rising at an alarming rate. Social Security will not be solvent in a few years and our level of personal debt suggests people, especially young folks, will find it increasingly difficult to assure financial security in their retirement years. And our troubled world could make any one of us a victim in an instant.

I encourage every visitor to leave comments. (Click the comment link below each post.)

Everyone won’t agree with me and that’s fine. Talking and writing about issues can help. Letting our political representatives know how we feel is paramount.

I look forward to hearing from you.