Guest Column

Guest Column

Views of guest columnists are their own. To submit an op-ed for consideration, contact Editor Sarah Vogelsong at [email protected]


How states can use the pandemic to reform our meat supply chain

By: - June 12, 2020

By M. James Faison COVID-19 has brought to the forefront fundamental issues within our food system; mainly that the “good” of providing inexpensive food is largely dependent on the “bad” of an exploitative agricultural system. As Americans, we have constructed a system that allows us to spend the smallest percentage of our household income on […]


Access to credit should not mean credit at any cost

By: - June 11, 2020

By Chris McKinley Whether the borrower is from the suburbs of Alexandria or a rural town in Virginia’s coal country, access to fairly priced consumer credit that permits both sustainable lending markets and affordable repayment terms for consumers is more important today in the COVID-19 environment than ever.  Affordable and accessible access to credit helps […]


Let’s rename military bases honoring Confederate officers

By: - June 9, 2020

By Jeff South Now that Virginia’s governor has announced plans to remove the 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, it’s time for government officials to train their sights on an even more imposing symbol honoring the Confederate commander: the U.S. Army base that bears his name about 30 miles south […]


For survivors, families and friends, the bloody summer of 2019 isn’t a distant memory

By: - May 29, 2020

By Thomas Kapsidelis The traumas suffered by so many communities across the nation in the violent summer of 2019 have receded from the public’s attention. And that’s a problem. On May 31, Virginia Beach will mark one year since an employee fatally shot 12 people at the city’s municipal center. Gun violence nationwide over the […]


Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

By: - May 25, 2020

By Jamie Rowen As the nation takes a day to memorialize its military dead, those who are living are facing a deadly risk that has nothing to do with war or conflict: the coronavirus. Different groups face different degrees of danger from the pandemic, from the elderly who are experiencing deadly outbreaks in nursing homes […]


A doctor shares seven steps he’ll review to decide when and where it’s safe to go out and about

By: - May 25, 2020

By William Petri As we return to some degree of normalcy after weeks of social distancing, we all need a plan. As an immunologist, I’ve given this a lot of thought personally and professionally. When I venture out, I am first going to check the number of new COVID-19 infections in my community. In Virginia, […]


It’s time to electrify Virginia

By: - May 21, 2020

By Chris Meyer and John Semmelhack  In Virginia, the time to adopt policies to promote electricity over natural gas has come. Widespread electrification of space heating, water heating and cooking has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and improve public health.  As our electric grid’s renewable energy has grown, the climate argument favoring natural […]

Where was Paylor on the Mountain Valley Pipeline?

By: - May 20, 2020

By Bob Peckman David Paylor wrote a very nice piece on April 24 about the urgent need to protect our environment and about the progress we have made doing that. They are very nice words, but where was he when we were reporting egregious violations by Mountain Valley Pipeline?  We sent photographs and, rather than send […]


On Chesapeake Bay pollution, Virginia should also take a look in the mirror

By: - May 19, 2020

By Tom Pelton and Mariah Lamm With a Chesapeake Bay cleanup deadline bearing down in less than five years, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring yesterday joined his counterparts in Maryland and the District of Columbia in filing a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to enforce a landmark 2010 bay restoration agreement. Virginia […]


More testing is needed before Virginia, nation reopen

By: - May 13, 2020

By Anna Jeng The federal government has pushed for reopening nationwide as COVID-19 cases continue rising in many parts of the country. In Virginia, with anticipated decreased death tolls and reduced spread, Gov. Ralph Northam has set May 15 for gradually reopening businesses with enhanced safety measures in place. Such decisions may be ahead of […]


Do electric co-ops speak for their members? Not us.

By: - May 12, 2020

By Mike Murphy and Kathy Freise In March, Virginia’s electric cooperatives quietly signed a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and members of the General Assembly asking them to delay the implementation of several new laws. The letter bore the letterhead of a group calling itself the “Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy,” and the […]


Even after pipeline pollution, DEQ is still resisting water protections and public participation

By: - May 11, 2020

By David Sligh In March, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a new stakeholder advisory group to discuss numeric criteria for turbidity in streams. Turbidity is a measure of sediment (dirt) and organic materials that make waterbodies cloudy or muddy, harm fish and other critters and impair human uses. Numeric criteria are an important […]