COMMENTARY

By Dr. William Petri With COVID-19 vaccines currently in the final phase of study, you’ve probably been wondering how the FDA will decide if a vaccine is safe and effective.Based on the status of the Phase 3 trials currently underway, it is unlikely that the results of these trials will...
By Chris DuncombeThe pandemic has devastated the economy, and people in Virginia are struggling to stay afloat. Yet, even though the House of Representatives passed a major relief package on May 15, the U.S. Senate has failed to find agreement on a comprehensive relief bill since March. Their inaction...
Bereft. That’s the only word I can think of that fits how I felt at the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. It’s not just about the loss of a stalwart warrior for equality and justice for people like me. Without Ginsburg, perhaps our country still would not recognize a...
Guess who just emailed me. Jeb Bartlet!You know, the greatest president of the United States in the last million-and-a-half years!President Bartlet sent me a really nice note – addressed me by name and everything! – asking if I could spare a few bucks ($20, $50, $100 … every little...
Protests this summer nationwide – including here in Virginia – have correctly focused on police brutality against Black and Brown people and the quest for humane treatment. Most interactions with officers, especially for minor crimes, shouldn’t end in death.Another issue dealing with racial inequity doesn’t involve law enforcement, but...
By Sam Wang, Aaron Barden and Jason RhodeThis year, Virginia once again has the chance to act as history-maker. Amendment 1 on the statewide ballot will create a hybrid, bipartisan redistricting commission that meaningfully includes citizens for the first time. We are proud to endorse Amendment 1 because never...
By Beth Kreydatus, Golden Carter, Emily Satterwhite and Kim Williams National news has been brutal and relentless lately. Reasonable people might question whether we can actually fix any of our problems when so much of our collective energy has been sucked into division and vitriol. But there are good reasons to...
By Beth TolleyOn Aug. 22, regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia were finalized, with an implementation date of Jan. 1. Virginia now has regulations that legitimize practices that are ineffective, cruel and harmful.For those unfamiliar with...
For a while now, but especially in the past few weeks, I've been thinking about "The North Wind and the Sun."If you know your Aesop, you've read the fable. The Sun and the North Wind engage in a contest to see who can get a traveler to remove his...
Over the next 50 days, we have the chance to vote in arguably the most consequential election in American history at a time when doing so carries significant personal risk.As scary as the headlines surrounding this election have been, there’s no need to be afraid if you arm yourself...