Briefly Opinionated

Blacks, others shouldn’t have to obliterate their presence to receive fair home value

BY: - August 23, 2022

Another case of likely racial discrimination in housing appraisals has cropped up, this time in Baltimore. The New York Times recently reported a Black husband and wife first received an appraisal of $472,000. After they “whitewashed” their home – removing family photos and having a White colleague stand in for them as the “owner” – […]


Estimates from government officials are no more, no less than that

BY: - July 26, 2022

Another embarrassing result has befallen the government officials who tried for decades, unsuccessfully, to erect a mammoth reservoir in King William County. The project ultimately disintegrated in 2009. The city of Newport News has begun selling off the nearly 1,500 acres it acquired, but at just a fraction of the $8.3 million it paid for […]


Late attorney’s pardon work revealed sentencing madness

BY: - June 28, 2022

John Coggeshall could’ve easily been called “the anti-Sisyphus.” The late Norfolk defense attorney handled the pardon applications for several state prisoners, and the self-taught jurist won them freedom after years — even decades — behind bars. Defendants and prisoners sought him out after other lawyers rejected their cases. Coggeshall represented people who faced insanely long […]


Amid Texas tragedy, an unsurprising, red herring-laden speech from Winsome Earle-Sears

BY: - June 1, 2022

No one is shocked that Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears refused to say new gun restrictions are needed in the wake of the mass slaying at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last week. After all, she posed with a military-style rifle in campaign mailers while running for office in 2021.  For staunch believers in gun […]

Remembrance and a warning from Hyannis

BY: - May 30, 2022

Past the oft-imminent tears threatening my face at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum …  Past the solemness and respect owed to a family that lost three men in service to America – in a wartime explosion and two assassinations that altered U.S. history … And past the images of JFK, toting around a gaggle […]


Just deserts for Alex Jones

BY: - April 25, 2022

Why should anyone believe Alex Jones ever tells the truth? He’s an execrable conspiracy theorist, huckster of dietary supplements and vile tormenter of parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook massacre. Jones’ Infowars site filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy recently in Texas, delaying civil litigation while his business reorganizes its finances. He claimed Infowars, […]