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

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Central Virginia Transportation Authority: recipe for more sprawl and traffic?

By: - February 19, 2020

By Stewart Schwartz  With all the attention given to the controversial Coliseum-Navy Hill project, another major tax issue has been flying under the radar screen. HB1541 passed the House of Delegates and is before the Senate. The bill would establish a Central Virginia Transportation Authority and raise taxes by 2.1% on wholesale fuels (7.6 cents […]

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Let’s rethink the immigration debate

By: - February 17, 2020

By Unni Kirandumkara This month, Americans began the process of selecting the next president of the United States. The Iowa caucuses kicked off Feb. 3, and Super Tuesday will be here before we know it. As Virginians consider who to vote for, we need to start thinking smarter about immigration. That’s especially true in Richmond, where […]

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Why Virginia needs the Wildlife Corridor Action Plan

By: - February 14, 2020

By Jenny Oren Driving down a country road winding through the countryside of eastern Virginia, I see my home in a new light: a valuable area with high ecological value, with land for people to enjoy and for wildlife to call home. It makes me wonder why there aren’t more areas like this, both in […]

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Why are Virginia Democrats using their majority to undermine the ACA?

By: - February 12, 2020

By Timothy Stoltzfus Jost Like many Virginia Democrats, I worked hard to elect Democrats last fall and rejoiced when we flipped both the House of Delegates and Senate.  Like many Virginia voters, high among my priorities was protecting Virginians from President Trump’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I am thus disappointed to see […]

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Virginia Senate should support rail innovation, not freeze it

By: - February 11, 2020

By Ian Jefferies The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill last month (HB 440) that would mandate all freight railroads to operate with two people in the cab of a locomotive now and forever. The bill heads to the Senate after crossover Wednesday, and while legislators in the state’s upper chamber may be tempted […]

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Support excluding cattle from streams

By: - February 11, 2020

By Bobby Whitescarver Farmers with 20 cows or more would have to exclude cattle from perennial streams. That’s the purpose of two bills moving through the General Assembly  — SB704 and HB1422.  I am a cattle farmer in Augusta County and I support these bills.  I gaze down at the river flowing through our farm. […]

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Protect Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

By: - February 7, 2020

By Terry White I attended the State of the Union on Tuesday as Sen. Mark Warner’s invited guest. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am grateful for the opportunity. I never expected to be in a room with the most powerful people in our government; however, it also helped me realize we need more […]

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Payday and car title loans need reform

By: - February 7, 2020

By Rabbi Gary S. Creditor When my wife and I applied for our first credit card, I waited with trepidation until it arrived. By the time we applied for our first car loan I had no doubt that we would be approved. When we applied for our home mortgage, I was also certain, but amazed […]

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Governor’s plan to boost access to community colleges would benefit people and businesses

By: - February 5, 2020

By Susan Gooden State lawmakers have the opportunity in the next few weeks to approve a plan that could improve the lives of tens of thousands of our fellow Virginians. When he laid out his agenda for the 2020 General Assembly, Gov. Ralph Northam offered a proposal he calls G3, “Get a Skill, Get a […]

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What does gerrymandering have to do with civil rights? 

By: - February 4, 2020

Virginia has an important decision to make. Its General Assembly should pass the constitutional amendment for redistricting, signaling to other southern states a new era of nondiscriminatory access to the ballot box. Gerrymandering, where legislators draw district lines to benefit themselves and preserve their seats, is a form of voter suppression because it takes power […]

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With redistricting reform, we can be stewards of our own communities

By: - January 30, 2020

By Golden Bethune-Hill  For the past decade, manipulated maps and unfairly drawn district lines have watered down the power of too many Virginians’ votes. Politicians, who were more interested in amassing power than improving life for everyone, gerrymandered the commonwealth and left poorer folks out in the cold.  I’ve seen this first-hand in my communities […]

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Setting a deadline for farm conservation practices would be a major step for Virginia water quality

By: - January 29, 2020

By Matt Kowalski As a restoration scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I’m often out in the field with Virginia farmers putting projects on the ground that benefit both stream health and farm operations. I also follow state policy in Richmond that could lead to more conservation practices on farms. Legislation proposed in the General […]