COMMENTARY

Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and...
Two reports involving guns were released in the past week – one on possible firearms legislation in Richmond, the other studying the horror of the massacre at the Virginia Beach municipal complex this spring.After reading both, call me bewildered. The lack of recommendations from the former, and the absence of...
Has Virginia’s new Democratic legislative majority painted itself into a corner on redistricting? Can Democrats resist the temptation to derail a long-sought nonpartisan reapportionment commission already well on the road to becoming real? Back when they were the minority party (just two weeks ago), Democrats criticized majority Republicans for muscling...
The Weekender: a round-up of opinion and commentary from across Virginia In Mercury commentary you might have missed, Bob Lewis noted that Virginia is increasingly looking more like two states than one because of growing "economic, cultural and demographic differences." Guest columnist Irène Mathieu, a pediatrician, listed the risks of the...
By Irène Mathieu, MD As a pediatrician in Central Virginia, I see evidence of how environmental contamination can threaten children’s health, which is why I am opposing the Green Ridge mega-landfill that has been proposed in Cumberland County. Every day in my clinic, I encounter children with severe asthma or babies who...
By Susan J. DemasPresident Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached — it’s now just a matter of narrowing down the list of high crimes and misdemeanors and checking it twice.But as details emerge every day of his not-very-sophisticated plot to allegedly extort the Ukraine government into smearing a...
The headline from Tuesday’s election was that Democrats had taken control of both the legislative and executive branches of Virginia government for the first time since 1993.The blue sweep of the House of Delegates and the Senate combined with the party’s owning the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and...
The Weekender: a round-up of opinion and commentary across Virginia The aftermath: Tuesday saw a seismic election for Virginia, giving Democrats full control of state government for the first time since 1993. Commentary on what it means and what comes next dominated opinion pages in the ensuing days.From the Mercury: My...
Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s request to offer a new product to electric utility customers who want to buy renewable energy at a discount but lack the knowledge to understand when they are being taken for chumps. “Rider REC” is an ultra-cheap version of the company’s...
What a world of a difference nine months and an election make.In February, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam was fighting for his political life, with the blackface revelation and his less-than-inspiring response prompting widespread calls for his resignation from many in his party, which captured control of the General Assembly...