Guest Column

Guest Column

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Why voter suppression probably won’t work

By: - February 8, 2022

By Alan Abramowitz Former President Donald Trump and his political allies continue to push baseless allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election more than a year after Joe Biden’s inauguration. Largely in response to those allegations, Republican state legislatures around the country have enacted dozens of laws intended to tighten identification requirements, limit […]

Expanding optometric scope of practice will improve health care delivery

By: - February 7, 2022

By Dr. Lisa Gontarek In his Feb. 4 opinion piece, “Eye surgery should be left to the experts,” Dr. Michael Keverline blurred the lines of reality regarding critical legislation that will help Virginians see more clearly. During this year’s General Assembly, legislators are considering optometry legislation to allow Virginia’s optometrists to perform three in-office laser […]


Eye surgery should be left to the experts

By: - February 4, 2022

By Dr. Michael Keverline: In recent years, Virginia lawmakers have reviewed many proposals that would expand certain health care providers’ “scope of practice.” That term refers to the level of care a health care provider can offer, based on education, training, experience and state law.  Scope rules prohibit your primary care doctor, for example, from […]


Support health care for every child in Virginia

By: - February 3, 2022

By Matt Van de Graaf and Elizabeth Beverly Among the hundreds of bills the 2022 General Assembly is considering are Senate Bill 484 and House Bill 1012.  These bills would establish a program that ensures access to health insurance for all children who call Virginia home, regardless of immigration status. It is crucial that Virginia […]


Reject anti-abortion legislation in the General Assembly

By: - February 2, 2022

By Ashleigh Crocker Earlier this month we celebrated the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision. This landmark decision paved the way for people all across the country to access abortion and decide whether and when to become a parent for themselves. From the moment the decision came down, conservatives worked […]


Governing isn’t the same as campaigning

By: - February 2, 2022

By David Toscano As a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016, I was deeply disappointed when she lost. But I also believe in the peaceful transition of power, and even had a bit of optimism that Donald Trump, because of his independent streak, might do some positive things for the country. Boy was I […]


Existing Virginia landfills and gas operations should face renewed scrutiny

By: - February 1, 2022

By Beth Kreydatus  In recent years, residents of Charles City County have been battered by two massive gas plant proposals, proposed pipeline projects and most recently, the proposed expansion of the landfill owned by Waste Management into previously approved, but not yet permitted, trash cells. This landfill dominates the county landscape in many ways. As […]


Create a prescription drug advisory board for Virginians

By: - January 28, 2022

By Darnell Coleman The high cost of prescription medicine snuck up on me. I went to the doctor with knee pain and ended up seeing a cardiologist. That led me to the Massey Cancer Center, which led me to kidney specialists. I was already taking Atorvastatin for cholesterol. But because of the other diagnoses, I […]


It takes all of us to make ‘never again’ a reality

By: - January 27, 2022

By Megan Ferenczy When we ask people why we study the Holocaust, the first answer, 100 percent of the time, is, “So we learn from it and not repeat what happened.”  We read about the Holocaust, watch films about the Holocaust and often times we are left with more questions than answers, asking ourselves why […]


Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives

By: - January 26, 2022

By Dr. Randy Olson Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in […]


Alpha then delta and now omicron: six questions answered as COVID-19 cases once again surge

By: - January 25, 2022

Guest column by Sara Sawyer, University of Colorado Boulder; Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero, University of Colorado Boulder, and Cody Warren, University of Colorado Boulder Editor’s note: The omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has fueled a rapid surge in cases globally. We asked a team of virologists and immunologists from the University of Colorado […]


Youngkin steps into the D.C. swamp with Wheeler pick

By: - January 24, 2022

By Michael Town One of the best ways to tell how an administration intends to govern is by who they surround themselves with – the people they tap to lead agencies and the individuals who will be in the room as decisions are being made. Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s nomination of Andrew Wheeler, a former coal […]