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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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It’s time to pass a real paid sick day standard

By: - January 27, 2020

By Kim Bobo People get sick. At this time of year, many of us get colds or the flu. We slip on ice. We need to take a sick day off of work to visit a doctor or care for a sick relative. But 41 percent of private sector workers in Virginia (1.2 million workers) […]

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My students will not be silenced on climate change — or anything else

By: - January 24, 2020

By Christine Hirsh-Putnam Young people usually don’t have a say in the laws we all must obey. They are deemed too young and/or naïve to make sound political choices. Yet they are passionate about major political issues because they will be affected by these issues throughout their entire lives. Recently, young people have answered the call […]

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Stand up without fear for gun safety

By: - January 21, 2020

By Lori Haas In January of 1957, 12 sticks of dynamite were found at the Rev. Martin Luther King’s home in Montgomery, Alabama. The fuses had been lit, but were smoldered out. At the time, he was a 28-year-old Baptist minister and lead organizer of the Montgomery bus boycotts. Authorities later speculated that the segregationists […]

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The Virginia Clean Economy Act is a giant leap forward for Virginia energy policy

By: - January 15, 2020

By Karla Loeb Last month, a broad coalition of clean energy companies including energy efficiency providers, rooftop solar installers and utility scale renewable energy developers joined with leading environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers to unveil the key pillars that will make up the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a bill that thoughtfully and simply puts Virginia […]

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Numbers don’t lie: Virginians need oral health care

By: - January 14, 2020

By Sarah Bedard Holland As the 2020 legislative session begins, a recent study from Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services on emergency department use for dental issues among Medicaid recipients shows an unavoidable truth: Virginians are in desperate need of oral health care.  Under Virginia’s current Medicaid program, adults in Virginia do not have a […]

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Why some public universities get to keep their donors secret

By: - January 13, 2020

By Alexa Capeloto  In April 2018, the public learned that George Mason University had let the Charles Koch Foundation have a say in the hiring and review of faculty. The revelation confirmed long-held suspicions that Virginia’s largest public university was susceptible to pressure from wealthy people who make big donations to a foundation that solely […]

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

It’s time for Virginia to get a raise

By: - January 10, 2020

By Joyce Barnes When my grandson was 15, he got a job as a janitor. He was so excited to have a few dollars in his pocket. When I asked him how much he was making, I found out he was making $10.50 an hour. That’s $2.25 more than I make. It’s hard to be […]

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The time for comprehensive redistricting reform is now

By: - January 7, 2020

By Kathay Feng Voters should choose their representatives. This is the simple notion that forms the foundation of our democratic system. The philosophy is embedded in the United States’ Constitution’s opening three words, “We the People.” It inspired the 17th Amendment that declared that Americans should elect their senators directly. It inspired women as they […]

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The time has come: Congress must fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

By: - January 3, 2020

By Rebecca Rubin Our country’s lands and waters are more than stunning natural features. They are the very foundation of our health, security, way of life and all life itself. This is why Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in 1964, which uses revenues from the depletion of one natural resource — […]

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Climate change threat doesn’t get the Y2K urgency

By: - January 3, 2020

By Jay Bookman Take a moment to think back to simpler times, to a long-gone era exactly 20 years ago this week, when we celebrated the dawn of a new millennium under the shadow cast by Y2K. Remember all that? Y2K was a universal computer glitch that threatened to shut down power grids, paralyze banking […]

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Confederate Christmas ornaments are smaller than statues – but they send the same racist message

By: - December 24, 2019

By Nicole Maurantonio, University of Richmond As Christmas approaches, many families undertake a familiar ritual: an annual sojourn to the attic, basement or closet to pull out a box of treasured ornaments bought, created and collected over years, even generations. Hanging these ornaments on the tree is an opportunity to reconnect with memories of personal […]

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When a chief justice reminded senators in an impeachment trial that they were not jurors

By: - December 18, 2019

By Steven Lubet, Northwestern University Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell created a predictable stir when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would structure the impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in “total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.” He added, “There will be no difference between the president’s position and […]