COMMENTARY

Members of Virginia’s Parole Board repeatedly ignored state law and several of its own policies in its decision to grant parole to a man who had served 40 years of a life term, according to a report by the state Inspector General.In a scathing, six-page report released by Republican...
By the Rev. Dr. Keith Savage, the Rev. Clyde W. Ellis, Jr. and the Rev. James V. JordanAs pastors of African-American congregations, we are gripped with uneasiness and frustration about the potential of hundreds of thousands of people in our congregations and around Virginia potentially losing their homes because...
A few months ago, COVID-19 was turning nursing homes in Virginia into charnel houses, including one in Henrico that had one of the highest known death counts in America at the time. Virginians were frantic to know which extended care facilities were reporting outbreaks.Using a ridiculously contorted interpretation of...
MacKenzie Scott, author and ex-wife of Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos, has elevated her profile in a humongous way. You can bet historically black colleges and universities are grateful for her attention. As well as the stroke of Scott’s pen on checks worth at least tens of millions of dollars. Scott announced...
By Dana Wiggins and Benjamin Hoyne We have been battling predatory lending in Virginia for more than 20 years. The Virginia Poverty Law Center’s hotline has counseled thousands of payday and title loan borrowers trapped in a cycle of debt. For many, an unaffordable payday loan of a few hundred dollars...
By Dr. Todd A. ParkerImagine your house is on fire.You call 911, the fire department responds, puts the fire out, and saves your house. Now imagine the government decides they want to spend less on fire department costs, so they create a list of “preventable causes of fires,”...
In March, the nation watched in horror as refrigerated trucks appeared outside hospitals in New York City to handle the overflow of bodies of people who died from COVID-19.In July, more than four months after the pandemic was declared, Texas and Arizona were among states requesting the morgue trucks...
Considering the scope of a virus that has killed nearly 700,000 people, wrecked national economies and brought superpowers to their knees, a fall without high school football seems barely worth a footnote in the already voluminous tragedy that is 2020.This pathogen from hell has already deprived the world of...
By Nan Gray and Freeda CathcartSouthwest Virginia's ecosystem is in peril from the negligent construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Our government must protect the water and our environment from the harm of the out-of-control gas industry. Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is underfunded and unprepared to regulate a massive...
If you take state Sen. Steve Newman at his word, he merely wants to recalibrate the relationship between the executive and legislative branches when an emergency strikes – like during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The Lynchburg Republican has introduced a bill for next month’s special session that would limit the...