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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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Electrify Virginia homes now

By: - August 30, 2021

By Chris Meyer and Ross Wood Recent extreme weather events such as the heat domes in the Western United States directly or indirectly impacted millions of people. Unfortunately, these events will likely become more frequent, eventually impacting Virginia as well, despite our traditionally more moderate climate. So, what can we do now to make our […]

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COVID-19 spurred investments in air filtration for K-12 schools – but it’s not an instant fix

By: - August 26, 2021

By Mark Thomas Hernandez, University of Colorado Boulder The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased attention to indoor air quality and the effect that ventilation has on reducing disease transmission in indoor spaces. A recent infrastructure survey reported that of the nearly 100,000 operating public school buildings across the U.S., more than a third have an […]

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Warner can help bridge divides on budget

By: - August 25, 2021

By Tram Nguyen, Alexsis Rodgers and Ashley C. Kenneth In the corridors of Congress, legislation is beginning to take shape that could help the country navigate this latest chapter of the pandemic and make historic investments in our infrastructure—but a final deal has yet to emerge. At a critical juncture like this, with so much […]

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Fluctuating work week: the devil’s in the details

By: - August 24, 2021

By Kim Bobo Late one night during the General Assembly’s special session this month, when the Senate was working on its budget amendments, senators approved Amendment 132 offered by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, by voice vote, which usually means it is not expected to be a close vote. The amendment was described as simply conforming […]

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An elite Virginia high school overhauled admissions – how to tell if the changes are working

By: - August 19, 2021

By Joni Lakin, University of Alabama For decades, gifted education and talent development services in public schools have been accused of creating inequities for students of color, students from low-income communities and nonnative English speakers. This year, there seems to be remarkable momentum to change some systems. Some changes defy common sense. In Virginia, the […]

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Do you need a COVID-19 booster shot?

By: - August 18, 2021

By William Petri, University of Virginia The increasing prevalence of new coronavirus variants is raising questions about how well protected those who’ve already had their COVID-19 shots are against evolving forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Here, microbiology and infectious disease specialist William Petri of the University of Virginia answers some common questions about COVID-19 booster […]

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750,000 Virginians are eligible for a new health care benefit. Now let’s make it happen. 

By: - August 17, 2021

By Steve Pollock and Sarah Bedard Holland  For adults who receive health care coverage under Virginia’s Medicaid program, access to oral health care was previously limited to emergency care only, which often meant care was only available when a person’s mouth was in such bad shape that tooth extraction was necessary, leaving a hole or […]

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COVID-19 brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good

By: - August 11, 2021

By Janice Ellis It seems that getting control of the coronavirus has brought front and center the question: When should an individual’s right become more important than what is in the best health and welfare of the people, the country? The Bill of Rights places high priority on individual freedoms — the bedrock of our […]

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Equipping the working poor with new resources for a better path forward

By: - August 10, 2021

By Glenn DuBois, Ph.D. It’s time we’ve had a frank talk about ALICE. After all, we have come to understand more and more the critical role that ALICE plays in Virginia’s economic health and prosperity, and after years of applying that learning toward strategies designed to help ALICE overcome generational inertia, we have reached an […]

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Stop whining about solar panels — we need more now

By: - August 4, 2021

By Bobby Whitescarver Clouds of soil stir around the hooves of our cattle as they walk through the brown, dried-up pasture. Smoke haze from the megafires out west 2,000 miles away permeates the sky. It’s just as the scientists said: The weather is getting warmer and weirder. We have a cattle farm in the Shenandoah […]

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What is a breakthrough infection?

By: - July 30, 2021

By Sanjay Mishra, Vanderbilt University If you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe you figured you no longer need to worry about contracting the coronavirus. But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like the delta variant come reports of fully vaccinated people testing positive […]

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Infrastructure investments can help the environment, improve health and create jobs

By: - July 30, 2021

By Peggy Sanner The August special legislative session brings Virginia the greatest opportunity in years to invest in infrastructure that will restore the environment, improve public health and create green jobs. Legislators will determine how Virginia will use approximately $4.3 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. Conservation groups across the commonwealth urge […]