Guest Column

Guest Column

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


Virginia’s next governor must be a climate champion

By: - April 9, 2021

By Jolene Mafnas With early voting beginning later this month in the gubernatorial primary, candidates for Virginia’s highest political office are already off to the races. As candidates work to carve out a niche for themselves among the crowded field, they are turning to climate change to make their boldest proposals. A few weeks ago, […]


Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine – even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

By: - March 30, 2021

By Jennifer T. Grier, University of South Carolina A few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people who have recently had COVID–19 getting the vaccine?” A friend of mine was eligible for a COVID–19 vaccine, but she had recently gotten over an infection with […]


Lawmakers must protect Virginians from the harms of gold mining

By: - March 25, 2021

By Christopher Leyen In 1990, heavy rainfall overpowered a holding dam at the Brewer Gold Mine in Jefferson, South Carolina, where gold had been pulled from the earth going back to 1828. The spill sent 10 million gallons of the cyanide solution used to process gold into a nearby tributary to the Lynches River, killing […]


Biden immigration overhaul would reunite families split up by deportation

By: - March 23, 2021

By Robert McKee Irwin, University of California, Davis Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been separated by deportation from the United States, in many cases with a parent on one side of the border and children on the other, according to estimates by the Urban Policy Institute and Migration Policy Institute. Reunification is a […]


Fairfax County is first in Virginia to end voluntary cooperation with ICE: It shouldn’t be the last 

By: - March 19, 2021

By Diane Burkley Alejandro and Luis Aguilar  In a ground-breaking measure, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week unveiled its “trust policy” to prohibit voluntary cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The policy forbids county employees, including police, from asking about or disclosing a person’s immigration status unless required by law, a judicial warrant […]


The COVID-19 crisis and senior living: an insider’s perspective

By: - March 17, 2021

By Morris S. Funk The pandemic has made this past year unlike any other at Beth Sholom, a senior living center in Henrico. In late February, it seemed we were facing a typical long-term care viral threat, but I could not shake the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that this was going […]


Participation in Virginia’s Immunization Information System is critical for keeping Virginia healthy

By: - March 12, 2021

By Dr. Michael Martin As Virginia continues to combat the public health challenges of COVID-19, the distribution of vaccines in the commonwealth provides a long-needed glimmer of hope. The complex COVID-19 vaccine distribution process underscores the importance of accurate immunization histories and records. While Virginia had the foresight years ago to invest in an immunization […]


Virginia is becoming more welcoming

By: - March 10, 2021

By Yely Montano As a daughter of immigrants, Virginia has always been a home for my family. It wasn’t until I got older when I started hearing how other immigrant families outside of the state perceived Virginia. Virginia is unsafe for immigrants. Virginia is where the police will hand you over to Immigration and Customs […]


Virginians deserved better from senators on electric rates

By: - March 4, 2021

By Will Cleveland America’s eyes and hearts turned to Texas last month when a devastating energy crisis brought about by unexpected winter weather left at least 24 people dead and millions stranded without power and water for days. Now, armchair pundits are on the hunt for a scapegoat, even though none of them has all […]


Public option in Biden plan could change the face of U.S. health care

By: - February 23, 2021

By Dr. Michael Williams President Joe Biden issued 10 executive orders to fight COVID-19 on his first day in office on Jan. 20. Among those orders: Speed up vaccine production, expand testing, support the safe reopening of schools and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care and treatment. As a physician and health care researcher […]


We need real privacy protection in Virginia

By: - February 16, 2021

By Irene Leech and Susan Grant We support Virginia legislators’ desire to protect their constituents’ privacy. Unfortunately, the Consumer Data Protection Act falls short in many ways. Not coincidentally, this bill is nearly identical to one in the state of Washington that is supported by major tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google.  It […]


Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’: partisanship overriding principles

By: - February 15, 2021

By John E. Finn The Senate’s decision to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial may have been a victory for Trump, but it is a clear sign that democracy in the U.S. is in poor health. As a constitutional scholar, I believe the United States — the world’s first constitutional democracy […]