COMMENTARY

Out for summer, out till fall. We might not come back at all. School's out forever. School's out for summer. School's out with fever. School's out completely.―Alice Cooper, “School’s Out,” 1973When summers begin to fade into autumn, Andy Crawford knows it’s coming, just as sure as the first frost. They have a name for...
I've been thinking a lot lately about an interview I did on a bleak day in December of 2016 in Buchanan County.In the gravel lot of a maintenance yard for coal-bed methane machinery, a 68-year-old heavy equipment operator was showing me his truck — festooned with Trump and "Hillary...
Feelings of helplessness have enveloped Priscilla Stephens throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. The new coronavirus is ravaging nations around the globe and communities across America. But how could she fight back?Stephens decided to become one of hundreds – perhaps thousands – of Virginians who have stepped up recently by volunteering across...
By Tram Nguyen Every person in Virginia deserves to live in their community free from fear.The exclusion of undocumented Virginians from being able to drive has been a crippling barrier to that principle. But the state legislature has now passed a bill that will allow driving for many immigrant...
By the Virginia Asian Advisory BoardIn an already anti-immigrant environment, Asians, particularly the Chinese, are reportedly facing increasing acts of racism, xenophobia and stigmatization as a result of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Asian students have reported being victims of name calling, harassment and even violence. Asians, and even products made...
By Michael GilbertJohn Maynard Keynes, the famous economist who argued for fiscal stimulus during the Great Depression, said "in the long-run we’re all dead." Perhaps an appropriate equivalent is, if we fail to act, "in the short-run we’re all dead too." No matter how we choose to handle COVID-19,...
By Dr. Michael YbarraAs an emergency physician, I’m watching each day as COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, continues to impact patients and our entire country. Ensuring that individuals who become sick seek care and take proper steps with their health care professionals to limit spread of...
Eighty years ago, a virus dedicated to the evil notion that a “master race” should have dominion over the world was consuming Europe with beachheads in Asia and Africa.With this murderous tyranny forcing itself on one conquered nation after another, allied countries asked their people for sacrifices commensurate with...
By Luis Angel AguilarAs an immigrant growing up undocumented in Virginia, my love for my community was challenged by a slew of anti-immigrant policies on a local and state level that treated me and the powerful undocumented immigrants in my life as subhuman. Although immigrants made enormous contributions to...
It may be the height of irony during Sunshine Week — the access and transparency community's annual love letter to open records and open meetings laws across our country — to hear me say that all the rules of open government might not apply right now.I've never been one...