COMMENTARY

By David Herzberg/ University at BuffaloPurdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin and other potentially addictive prescription opioids, has agreed to plead guilty to three felony counts and reached a settlement potentially worth at least $8.3 billion with the Justice Department.The deal could clear the way for Purdue to...
People in most places would be appalled if the chairman of the court-appointed Electoral Board — which is supposed to guarantee fair and accurate voting — tried to encourage a mayoral candidate to drop out with just weeks left in the campaign.In Portsmouth, the quaint city of just under...
If you vote, you know them.They greet you at the doorway to your polling place. They examine your identification, match it to registration records and verify that you’re an elector eligible to vote at that precinct. They hand you a ballot and show you to a voting booth where...
In a tumultuous 2020, when it seems like everything is fraying at the seams, there are still certainties.Death. Taxes.And Virginia officials flouting the spirit and letter of the state's Freedom of Information Act — which says it "ensures the people of the commonwealth ready access to public records in...
By Michael Murphy and Steve RichardsonVirginians have a proud legacy of significant contributions to the creation and preservation of the Republic. The words "Give me liberty, or give me death!" were uttered by Virginian Patrick Henry in Richmond. The decisive victory at Yorktown won our independence. And of course,...
Virginians obviously didn’t get the memo from pundits that we’re not a swing state in the 2020 presidential election. Residents around the commonwealth have cast ballots in huge numbers, taking advantage of early voting options amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Thousands of voters have already avoided the long lines that are...
By Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State UniversityAs a political battle over the Supreme Court’s direction rages in Washington with President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, history shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the court are nothing new.In the 1860s, President Abraham Lincoln worked with fellow...
A Black Lives Matter flag flies proudly in my front yard.I’ve become estranged from people I’ve known forever for insisting that monuments to Confederate figures come down and that peaceful protests over the slayings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other unarmed Black people were not only...
Too many times, over too many years, Black and brown motorists are pulled over by police for the flimsiest of purported reasons. Officers say it could be for a busted taillight, not using a turn signal, or other minor violations.These can be highly charged, anxious encounters — for law-enforcement...
By Hayes HoldernessThe New York Times’ exclusive on President Donald Trump’s taxes contains a lot of startling new findings.A few noteworthy examples: He paid only $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017 – and nothing at all in 10 of the previous 15 years; he took massive...