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Reducing reimbursements for Medicaid recipients will make this pandemic — and beyond — worse

By: - August 4, 2020

By Dr. Todd A. Parker Imagine your house is on fire. You call 911, the fire department responds, puts the fire out, and saves your house. Now imagine the government decides they want to spend less on fire department costs, so they create a list of “preventable causes of fires,” like an electrical short from […]

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Stop Mountain Valley Pipeline from polluting Southwest Virginia’s water

By: - July 30, 2020

By Nan Gray and Freeda Cathcart Southwest Virginia’s ecosystem is in peril from the negligent construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Our government must protect the water and our environment from the harm of the out-of-control gas industry. Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is underfunded and unprepared to regulate a massive fracked pipeline through Southwest […]

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A plan for better health care

By: - July 29, 2020

By Brian Chiglinksy It was all so dramatic. Half past one in the morning. The chamber of the Senate. Packed with senators, their staff, and plenty of reporters. (It was three years ago, so no one was worried about social distancing yet.) Suddenly, the room hushed as a single senator walked on to the Senate […]

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Evictions are not a game: The governor must act

By: - July 28, 2020

By Tram Nguyen and Elaine Poon By midnight on the 25th, the federal eviction moratorium imposed by the CARES Act expired.  Days after that, the additional unemployment benefits will as well.  An eviction crisis is upon us, but two branches of Virginia’s government are pointing fingers and playing a dangerous game with Virginians’ lives as a result. […]

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What’s in a pledge: Joe Morrissey spins on utility contribution

By: - July 24, 2020

By Josh Stanfield “I lead by what I think is right.” “Just give me the facts.” Throughout 2019, then-candidate Joe Morrissey opened his daily radio show with these two pronouncements of principle. But now it’s 2020, candidate Morrissey is Senator Morrissey, and it seems he’s got a new idea about what is right – and […]

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We need universal access to COVID-19 testing and treatment

By: - July 22, 2020

By Allison Powell At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was terminated from the job I had been working at for the last four years. I was very fortunate to find another job within one week of being let go, as I know most people haven’t had this same experience. This new job was […]

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The Great American Outdoors Act nears the finish line: Virginians and the rest of the nation will benefit

By: - July 21, 2020

By Ray Palmer America is in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. By now, we all know the new rules: Wash your hands, wear masks and keep a safe distance from others. Thank heavens from the start we’ve been given the go ahead to spend time outdoors. Even before the virus cases began to […]

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If we’re serious about uprooting racism and abuses of power, we should start with restraints in our schools

By: - July 10, 2020

By Beth Tolley George Floyd’s murder is having a tremendous impact across the nation — and rightly so!  It is a terrible tragedy.  The fact that it occurred over a question about a fake $20 bill has struck a note with many parents and advocates who have seen the same thing happen to students in […]

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With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline dead, it’s time to topple remaining fossil fuel monuments

By: - July 7, 2020

By Mike Tidwell It’s been a tough year for the Old Guard in Virginia. Powerful symbols of the past are being shut down. Toxic systems and traditions are being defunded in favor of radically new ideas for running society. I’m talking about energy, of course. After decades of ignoring yet another elephant in the room, […]

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Don’t leave qualified immigrant health professionals on the sidelines

By: - July 6, 2020

By Ahmad Javed Momand I remember the day I was leaving for work in Kabul and found a letter from the Taliban on my front gate: “We will kill you and your family.” I was an anesthesiologist, treating war victims and helping the U.S. Army train Afghan medical personnel. As recommended by the U.S. Embassy […]

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Pipeline work threatens Virginians

By: - July 3, 2020

By Emily Little As health care professionals concerned about the health of our patients, our communities, and our planet, let us be clear: building out fossil fuel infrastructure that is neither safe nor needed is a bad idea.  Building it in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionately harming racial and ethnic minority communities […]

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How the ‘Pathfinder of the Seas’ sought to revive the antebellum lifestyle in Mexico

By: - July 3, 2020

By Dean Knight Confederate Naval Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury was lionized as the “Pathfinder of the Seas” for his work in oceanography along Richmond’s Monument Avenue for decades until his statue came down Thursday. But less well known is that at the conclusion of the American Civil War, Maury was one of the die-hard Confederates […]