COMMENTARY

I bet you can name the largest city in many states across America. But what about the second largest? California’s is easy: San Diego trails Los Angeles. North Carolina? Many know Raleigh, the state capital, is No. 2 behind Charlotte.  What about Virginia? Spoiler alert: The city of Norfolk, long the...
Remember that marathon State Water Control Board meeting from last year? The board agonized behind closed doors for hours with its legal counsel over whether it had the authority to revoke a certification it issued for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which had been spilling sediment all over its Southwest Virginia...
It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS. It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy...
By Stewart Schwartz  With all the attention given to the controversial Coliseum-Navy Hill project, another major tax issue has been flying under the radar screen. HB1541 passed the House of Delegates and is before the Senate. The bill would establish a Central Virginia Transportation Authority and raise taxes by 2.1% on...
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s cowardly abdication of its responsibilities two weeks ago, the Republican president now feels absolutely emboldened to trample on what few constitutional norms remain standing in...
By Unni Kirandumkara This month, Americans began the process of selecting the next president of the United States. The Iowa caucuses kicked off Feb. 3, and Super Tuesday will be here before we know it. As Virginians consider who to vote for, we need to start thinking smarter about immigration. That’s...
Not many people would bet next month’s rent money on the accuracy of the next political horse race poll proffered by the media. Can you blame them? The perception is that recent polls have failed us spectacularly.  Just ask Joe Biden, whom polls showed firmly in control of the Democratic...
By Jenny Oren Driving down a country road winding through the countryside of eastern Virginia, I see my home in a new light: a valuable area with high ecological value, with land for people to enjoy and for wildlife to call home. It makes me wonder why there aren’t more areas...
By Timothy Stoltzfus Jost Like many Virginia Democrats, I worked hard to elect Democrats last fall and rejoiced when we flipped both the House of Delegates and Senate.  Like many Virginia voters, high among my priorities was protecting Virginians from President Trump’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I...
By Ian Jefferies The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill last month (HB 440) that would mandate all freight railroads to operate with two people in the cab of a locomotive now and forever. The bill heads to the Senate after crossover Wednesday, and while legislators in the state’s...