COMMENTARY

Amber Dimmerling is scared. She’s angry, too. And she has every right to be. Left jobless when the pandemic crushed the restaurant industry  14 months ago, the 40-year-old single mother did her best to make ends meet and care for her 12-year-old daughter with the weekly Virginia unemployment insurance benefits...
By Terry Thompson, Johns Hopkins University The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline on May 7 exemplifies the huge challenges the U.S. faces in shoring up its cyber defenses. The private company, which controls a significant component of the U.S. energy infrastructure and supplies nearly half of the East Coast’s liquid fuels,...
By Skip Stiles About this time, every four years, I am reminded of the cruel trick that Virginia’s Constitution plays on those of us working on the commonwealth’s nagging issues. It seems we’re just making progress when our one-term, four-year governor has to leave office.  Virginia’s short, single term for governor...
By Sun Hee Choi On Mother’s Day, I took Sunday off because my daughter wanted me to go to her college graduation. I felt pride when I saw her in a cap and gown. But because of my undocumented status, I cannot relax. I have been living in the U.S. for...
By Beth Kreydatus State agencies have good reasons to uphold regulatory standards when fossil fuel developers propose big new projects in Virginia. First of all, it’s the law. But after watching the destructive chaos unfold in Texas this February, we know that regulations protect citizens from significant economic risks and ensure...
By Tyran Green Today in Virginia, Black mothers like me still struggle to survive having children. Virginia’s maternal mortality rate for Black mothers is more than twice what it ought to be (compared with White mothers). That’s the statistic, but people need to know what it’s like to be a young,...
Here’s a story for all the folks who thought Virginia shouldn’t have raised its minimum wage this month to $9.50 an hour, from the previous rate of $7.25. It’s the first increase in a dozen years in Virginia, which had followed the federal standard.  Yours truly entered the workforce back...
By Freeda Cathcart Dominion Energy shareholders today have an opportunity to vote on a shareholder resolution calling for a full disclosure of the company's lobbying activities and expenditures. “We believe in full disclosure of Dominion’s direct and indirect lobbying activities and expenditures to assess whether Dominion’s lobbying is consistent with its...
By Michael J. Armstrong and Paul Seaborn The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for example, Virginia recently became the latest jurisdiction to allow adult cannabis use, effective this July 1. But just days later, a court upheld United States...
A few weeks ago, I was talking with one of my friends and mentioned my upcoming appointment to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a healthy 23-year-old, I patiently waited for my age group to be eligible for the vaccine, which wasn’t made available to all Michiganders...