COMMENTARY

St. Augustine — who famously longed for chastity and continence, but not just yet — would recognize a similar spiritual conundrum in Virginia senators on campaign finance reform.Sure thing. Just not right now.Last month, in the waning days of the 2021 General Assembly session, the Senate, on a voice...
Before the start of the 2021 legislative session, I highlighted three areas where Virginia needed to make significant progress to support its climate agenda: transportation electrification, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and giving consumers greater access to renewable energy. The General Assembly delivered on one-and-a-half out of three. If...
By Will ClevelandAmerica’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...
I understand the wariness so many people harbor toward the new vaccines to fight the coronavirus. Some segments of the population, especially Black Americans, can point to a litany of egregious medical incidents over the decades, including sinister neglect, mistreatment and lack of consent for specific medical procedures.There could...
Although the General Assembly approved a $83.5 million budget amendment this session, in part to extend passenger rail service deeper into Southwest Virginia, that doesn’t change the fact that there isn’t a train station or even a platform in the New River Valley. However, legislation from local lawmakers that...
Throughout Gov. Ralph Northam’s tumultuous term as Virginia’s 73rd governor, he has benefited during his lowest moments by the perception that while he might be a bit bumbling and slow on the draw, his heart was in the right place.Hating on the amiable 61-year-old country doctor with a disarming...
It is never fun to see our fellow Americans suffer, whether it’s from pandemic diseases or weather disasters. Our hearts go out to the residents of Texas who suffered without electricity and heat for days, some of them also without safe drinking water, and a few of them even...
We don’t have to. So we ain’t gonna.That’s been the response by law-enforcement agencies in Virginia to requests for records and details from the public, virtually all of the time. The state’s feckless Freedom of Information Act provides an easy escape hatch for many government agencies, including police. Unless FOIA...
By Dr. Michael WilliamsPresident 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...
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”– President John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961. Pardon me while I irritate some progressives.Government spending and programs are not the only answer to some of the nation’s most persistent needs.That’s not to...