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‘We the people’ are in dangerous territory

By: - March 4, 2022

By Jay Bookman The state of our union is precarious. It is precarious not because of some outside threat – outside threats we can still handle. It is precarious because we have forgotten our way, because we find ourselves increasingly seduced by a perverted, stunted and selfish notion of freedom. It is precarious because some […]

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Waste Management’s ‘bait-and-switch’ sustainability continues to harm communities

By: - March 2, 2022

By Charles Mullis and Mary Finley-Brook  We need to rethink waste. The waste sector is booming and market forecasts are bullish even as landfills are getting bigger. Runaway waste flows profit already-too-wealthy investors; for example, Bill Gates is a leading shareholder of both Waste Management and its major competitor, Republic. Meanwhile landfill operators continue a […]

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How the Ukraine invasion could affect you: Higher food, gas prices, risk of recession

By: - February 25, 2022

By William Hauk Americans may be tempted to view the war in Ukraine as an unfortunate, but far away, crisis. As an economist, I know the world is too connected for the U.S. to go unaffected. On Feb. 22, 2022, President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian invasion of Ukraine – and U.S. efforts […]

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Hold the line. Our future depends on it. 

By: - February 23, 2022

By Kate West As a climate advocate in Virginia, the election of Gov. Glenn Youngkin was a disappointment of immeasurable proportions. For me and so many of my fellow Virginians, it was tragic that someone with some extreme policy positions is now at the helm of our state after years of great progress. Based on […]

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Remember that living in a divided America is nothing new

By: - February 22, 2022

By Janice Ellis We are the United States of America. At least, that is who we have always claimed to be. But are we? Have we ever been? Considering where we are today, and the state of our public discourse, it begs the questions. The brazen and hateful divisions playing out in almost every aspect […]

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Governor’s schools bill is bad policy and in bad faith

By: - February 22, 2022

By Akshay Deverakonda and Carrie Kahwajy A new bill seeks to deprive local school boards of the tools needed to achieve diversity at governor’s schools throughout the commonwealth. This regressive bill, which has passed Virginia’s House of Delegates and is now in the Senate, must be defeated. The bill defines “proxy discrimination” broadly when it […]

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Air and water board bills hurt businesses and communities

By: - February 21, 2022

By Freeda Cathcart  SB 657 and HB 1261 are air and water pollution bills that appear to have been crafted to help the Mountain Valley Pipeline, after the State Air Pollution Control Board denied the MVP Southgate permit for the Lambert Air Compressor Station. MVP’s lobbyists have misled legislators to try to remove the “power” […]

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What ‘second look’ legislation means to incarcerated individuals in Virginia

By: - February 18, 2022

By Quadaire Patterson Right now, as an incarcerated person in Virginia, I do not have a lot of options when it comes to obtaining any form of relief from a lengthy prison sentence – and it’s definitely not based on my own willingness to rehabilitate. Incarcerated people are housed for years and years with little […]

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Whether up in smoke or down the toilet, missing presidential records are a serious concern

By: - February 15, 2022

By Shannon Bow O’Brien We may never get to the bottom of whether Donald Trump flushed documents down a White House toilet. “Fake story,” says the former president. “100 percent accurate,” retorts a reporter. But even without having to unclog plumbing in search of missing papers, national archivists have their work cut out trying to […]

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What I learned from watching more than 500 Jan. 6 videos

By: - February 11, 2022

By Quentin Young I recently watched hundreds of videos from the Jan. 6 insurrection. Many of the stark moments from the attack on the U.S. Capitol are well-known — the battle at the west terrace tunnel, the shooting of rioter Ashli Babbitt, the desecration of the Senate chamber. But nothing provides the kind of granular […]

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Bill to strip state environmental boards of permitting authority is a big mistake

By: - February 10, 2022

By Shelton Miles  There are not many tree huggers in my part of the commonwealth, but there are huge numbers of fishermen, canoeists, boaters and waterfront property owners who see the citizen members of the State Water Control Board as the forum for a fair hearing and securing minimal environmental protections that the Department of […]

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Youngkin’s education email hotline is unwarranted step backwards

By: - February 9, 2022

By Amanda Creasey Back in December, I stood in front of 13 high school students. One had failed my class the year before. But on this day, he sat in the front row, a copy of Zora Neale Hurston’s”Their Eyes Were Watching God,” in his hands. His shoulders shook with laughter as he read. In […]