Letters to the Editorhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/LettersAll the FLS News Lettersen-usajschmdit@fredericksburg.comsupport@fredericksburg.com Can the divided party govern if it wins?http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/858323 F<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">OR MOST of the year, it seemed almost certain that Republicans would win the six additional U.S. Senate seats they need to oust the Democrats from their majority and take control of Congress.</span> But the outlook has turned murkier in recent weeks. While a GOP majority is still the most likely outcome, it's no longer as sure a bet. Endangered Democratic incumbents in North Carolina and Alaska are waging surprisingly strong campaigns, and a Republican incumbent in Kansas is in unexpected trouble. "We don't have a lock on this thing at all," one GOP strategist told me recently.... 'Accredibility'http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/858254 W<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">E SET HIGHER standards in education not because they are easy to achieve; we set higher standards because they are hard.</span> This adaptation of President John F. Kennedy's 1962 pitch for putting Americans on the moon applies to the challenge facing school districts across Virginia in light of declining Standards of Learning test scores and school accreditation levels....Mistrusting the feds on Medicaid expansionhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/858104 Mistrusting the feds on Medicaid expansion The letter from Dr. Don Bley (a personal friend) regarding the lack of support for "the president's signature program" is beneath him ["Refusing Medicaid aid is the real scandal," Sept. 16]....Border securityhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/857905 Border security Recently, our government launched a major border security program in Nigeria. Amazing!... Food banks need donationshttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/857888 Families are in need of food today, tomorrow and always. There will always be those who are struggling with basic food needs. These basic needs are not based on the seasons, politics or calendars. They are basic needs that do not fluctuate....Christianity in the Medicaid debatehttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/092014/09232014/857882 Christianity in the Medicaid debate Having read Dr. Bley's provocative comment in his Sept. 16 letter to the editor about Virginia's refusal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid ("But then, in the capital of the Confederacy, no amount of money is too much to waste so as not to appear to be supporting the signature domestic program of a black president"), I would suggest that there is something far more important than money being "wasted" by this decision....