Guest Column

Guest Column

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A growing coalition for a Green New Deal in Virginia

By: - September 15, 2020

By Beth Kreydatus, Golden Carter, Emily Satterwhite and Kim Williams National news has been brutal and relentless lately. Reasonable people might question whether we can actually fix any of our problems when so much of our collective energy has been sucked into division and vitriol. But there are good reasons to be hopeful. In Virginia, […]


Restraint and seclusion regulations are finalized. Now it’s time to prohibit their use.

By: - September 14, 2020

By Beth Tolley On Aug. 22, regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia were finalized, with an implementation date of Jan. 1. Virginia now has regulations that legitimize practices that are ineffective, cruel and harmful. For those unfamiliar with restraint and seclusion, here […]


‘Growing Climate Solutions Act’ gives farmers a seat at the carbon market table

By: - September 10, 2020

By Robert Whitescarver At last, farmers and foresters might have a seat at the carbon market table. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House to create incentives and remove barriers for farmers and foresters to receive credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing soil organic matter – carbon. The […]


Virginia is for workers. … Almost. 

By: - September 7, 2020

By Kim Bobo On Labor Day weekend as we honor America’s workers, we recognize Virginia’s complicated history with worker’s rights. Our legacy of slavery — the ultimate exploitation of workers — left us with many discriminatory and racist laws and few protections for workers.  But the last few years have seen significant strides in creating […]


We must work together to halt the spread of COVID-19

By: - September 3, 2020

By Renee Allen As a nurse and the current administrator at Lucy Corr, a long-term care facility in Chesterfield County, I have seen firsthand the staggering impact of COVID-19 on our industry. Our hardworking and devoted staff of caregivers provide services to more than 200 residents each day. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, […]


Treat evictions like a chronic disease

By: - September 1, 2020

By Susie Turkson and Dr. Alan Dow Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Richmond was already afflicted by other public health crises, including an eviction epidemic. Our city ranks second in the nation in the rate of evictions. Within the Commonwealth of Virginia, four additional cities rank within the top 10. Because of the […]


Don’t rush school reopenings

By: - August 27, 2020

By James J. Fedderman, Ph.D There’s a clear-cut path in public education: Certain standards must be met, and certain knowledge gained, before students can move on to the next level of their schooling. You can’t build a promising future without a sound foundation. We’ve approached the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown […]

The upper reaches of Lake Anna have been hit by algae blooms that can cause illness, prompting state officials to warn visitors against swimming and wading. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Don’t let water quality become another COVID-19 casualty

By: - August 18, 2020

By Peggy Sanner You often smell them before you see them. Harmful algal blooms are an annual summer curse in Virginia’s waterways, staining waters shades of red, green and brown. This year has been no exception, with blooms observed from Lake Anna to the James, Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers, to the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia […]


Don’t miss this chance to fix redistricting

By: - August 14, 2020

By Chris Buchheit In November, Virginians have a unique opportunity to fundamentally improve the structure of democracy, the likes of which only presents itself once in a generation.  A constitutional amendment (the “Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment”) will appear on the ballot to hand over redistricting to a bipartisan commission that includes citizens. As you may […]


More dominoes need to fall in ACP’s wake

By: - August 13, 2020

By Wanda Roberts, Barb Adams, Elizabeth Kreydatus and Denise Robbins The cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was welcome news. Many of Virginia’s citizens, nonprofit groups, and legal defenders that fought for years to keep that pipeline from being built, and we are grateful for their tireless work. It was a rare victory for the […]


Another type of front-line: There’s an urgent need for funding for children’s mental health

By: - August 12, 2020

By Dr. Arshia Qaadir On a recent day at his pediatric office in Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Michael Martin noticed something unusual about his schedule. “Twenty-five percent of my visits that day were related to mental health issues,” said the president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  “During the winter and with […]


Title IX changes could shield predatory faculty

By: - August 10, 2020

By Erin Coogan People may assume that sexual advances by professors toward students are confined to the scripted drama of movies or television shows like “Legally Blonde,” “You,” or “Jane the Virgin.” Over the past year, I found myself in the middle of a Title IX case against a longtime, tenured professor. I worked with […]