Author

Guest Column

Guest Column

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

COMMENTARY

Pharmaceutical industry ‘is working around the clock’ on COVID-19

By: - March 23, 2020

By Dr. Michael Ybarra As an emergency physician, I’m watching each day as COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, continues to impact patients and our entire country. Ensuring that individuals who become sick seek care and take proper steps with their health care professionals to limit spread of the disease is key. And […]

COMMENTARY

‘Virginia is for Lovers’ just became just a little more real for immigrants

By: - March 20, 2020

By Luis Angel Aguilar As an immigrant growing up undocumented in Virginia, my love for my community was challenged by a slew of anti-immigrant policies on a local and state level that treated me and the powerful undocumented immigrants in my life as subhuman. Although immigrants made enormous contributions to the commonwealth both economically and […]

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

By: - March 19, 2020

By Angela Ciolfi There is nothing like a crisis to expose the cavernous gaps in our systems of support. A few examples among many: Evicting people from public housing for unpaid rent when other affordable housing options are scarce has always increased homelessness and educational instability. COVID-19 just lays bare the naked cruelty of it. […]

COMMENTARY

7 lessons from ‘Hidden Figures’ NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson’s life and career

By: - March 10, 2020

By Della Dumbaugh Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the […]

COMMENTARY

Something’s rotten in Virginia

By: - March 6, 2020

By David Daley and Katie Fahey Something’s rotten in the state of Virginia. Legislative Democrats are on the verge of scuttling bipartisan redistricting reform and handing themselves unilateral power over the next decade of state legislative and congressional maps — embracing the same partisan gerrymandering that Democrats have so bitterly complained about when Republicans hold […]

COMMENTARY

Saving money for whom?

By: - March 6, 2020

Pharmacy benefit managers are claiming drug prices will go up if Gov. Ralph Northam signs two bills (HB1290 and SB251) that overwhelmingly passed both General Assembly houses. These identical bills would license PBMs under the Bureau of Insurance and address some of their business practices. The most interesting part of the PBMs’ claim is that […]

COMMENTARY

A tip for Virginia’s legislators: Get your health care priorities straight

By: - March 5, 2020

By Awesta Sarkash As the Virginia Assembly entered its last week of the 2020 session, I had hoped that state legislators were prepared to make good on their promises of protecting affordable health care for small business and all Virginians. Yet, late in the day on Monday, the General Assembly passed a bill that does […]

COMMENTARY
A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Time to deliver on economic policies for working families

By: - March 3, 2020

As we approach the closing weeks of the 2020 legislative session, Virginia lawmakers are poised to make significant and historic progress on issues that affect the economic opportunity of Virginia families. For too long, the conversation in Richmond has prioritized the needs of big business while working families continue to fall further behind. This year […]

COMMENTARY

What Pete Buttigieg’s historic candidacy meant for LGBTQ kids

By: - March 3, 2020

I feel like a jerk. Like a lot of people, I got caught up in the Democratic primary and whose plans I thought would be best for America at this critical time in history, given what Donald Trump has wrought. On one hand, there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s a fine way to choose […]

COMMENTARY

Clean Economy Act would make Virginia a leader on climate change

By: - March 2, 2020

By Matthew Burke, M.D. As a doctor, I believe it is the duty of all physicians to stand up to the health challenges of our day. The opening line of the Hippocratic Oath, to which we are all sworn as medical students, is “Primum non nocere,” which means “First do not harm.” This ancient saying […]

COMMENTARY

A little ‘horse sense’ could go a long way in gambling debate

By: - February 28, 2020

By Holly Hazard A few years ago, as lobbyists began pressing the General Assembly to resurrect the racing industry in Virginia, many of us were worried about the horses. It didn’t make sense that anyone would be instigating all this kerfuffle about a dying industry. The cost of keeping and breeding horses was rising, the […]

COMMENTARY

The power of a song in a strange land

By: - February 28, 2020

By Donna M. Cox, University of Dayton From the moment of capture, through the treacherous middle passage, after the final sale and throughout life in North America, the experience of enslaved Africans who first arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, some 400 years ago, was characterized by loss, terror and abuse. The Abolition of the Slave Trade […]