Guest Column

Guest Column

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

Earth Month: a moral obligation to prioritize people over profits

By: - April 24, 2020

By Geran Loraine Becoming a father has forever changed the way I look at the world. It has created a growing sense of urgency. I see the impact my current decisions will have on my children’s future as I watch them barrel down the sidewalk on their bikes. On a day last month, they were […]


Legal aid, facing state cuts, remains crucial during pandemic

By: - April 22, 2020

By Mark D. Braley The deeper we get into the COVID-19 pandemic, the more challenges we face regarding the health and economic hardships facing Virginia’s communities. It is clear that the outbreak in Virginia leaves countless people with new and unanticipated civil legal challenges: securing unemployment benefits, remaining safely in their homes without being evicted […]


However lawmakers feel about gambling, they should allow proceeds to be used for school facilities

By: - April 21, 2020

By Keith Perrigan Over the last several weeks our commonwealth has dealt with a tremendous amount of troubling news. However, high poverty school divisions, especially small and rural school divisions, got some much needed good news this weekend when Gov. Ralph Northam proposed amendments to dedicate a portion of the commonwealth’s casino revenues to school […]


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is looking like a riskier investment every day

By: - April 20, 2020

By Thomas Hadwin When announcing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, its owners, including Dominion Energy, said the project is essential for us to have the energy we need, will save us millions of dollars each year, foster economic development and be a windfall for shareholders. Events since the announcement demonstrate that none of the claims are […]


Facing the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia without government relief

By: - April 17, 2020

By Jennifer Romero As a DACA recipient and daughter of undocumented parents, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic has become a struggle. My father’s boss has cut several hours off his job, and my mother can’t work for the next few weeks due to her health condition. My brother and I will receive stimulus checks from the […]


Virginia’s new gun restrictions have been 13 years in the making

By: - April 16, 2020

By Lori Haas “Hi Mommy, I’ve been shot.” Those were the words I heard 13 years ago today when I picked up the phone. I was speechless. My daughter was supposed to be safe in her French class at Virginia Tech. She was supposed to be learning. Instead, she’d been shot twice. I was panicked. […]


How Virginia’s new gun laws will reduce intimate partner homicide

By: - April 16, 2020

By Jonathan Yglesias and Justin Lingenfelter Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam took historic action to sign several gun safety bills into law. This came in the wake of a tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach, followed by a special session on firearms that concluded within three hours with no action taken and the emergence of […]


How to thwart ‘Zoom-bombing’

By: - April 15, 2020

By Claudia Sachs The virus of hatred and bigotry is on the rise in the United States, and now it’s digitally creeping into our classrooms, offices, and bedrooms. As the number of cases of the COVID-19 virus is on the rise and schools and houses of worship have shuttered their doors, the global disease of hatred […]


Plummeting tax revenues will put governors in tough budget situations

By: - April 14, 2020

By Raymond Scheppach “Governors Have the Best Political Jobs in America” is the name of one of my lectures in a leadership course I occasionally teach at the University of Virginia. In that class, I describe how governors have huge appointment powers for their personal staff, agency directors and even boards and commissions. Governors dominate […]

Correctional officers stand at the entrance to the Greensville Correctional Center on Nov. 10, 2009, near Jarratt, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Correctional facilities are Virginia’s landlocked cruise ships

By: - April 13, 2020

By Drs. Scott Heysell and Rebecca Dillingham In February, the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined in the port of Yokahama, Japan, harbored the largest cluster of people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), outside of mainland China. As the global pandemic has spread, COVID-19 outbreaks have been associated with more than […]


Inequality, race and COVID-19

By: - April 10, 2020

By Kendyl Crawford and the Rev. Dr. Faith Harris Does COVID-19 have the potential to change everything for our world? It is hard to tell at this stage of the pandemic. What has changed for most of us is Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 55 (Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)). […]


Debacle over captain’s firing is a window into military mismanagement

By: - April 8, 2020

The United States was introduced this week to a reality that many in the military community have known about for decades. Yes, Thomas B. Modly, the acting Navy secretary, resigned Tuesday over the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and comments he made about Crozier’s character. But Modly had been following […]