COMMENTARY

New York investment bank Goldman Sachs was once memorably called "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money," by Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi.In Virginia, many would argue we have long had our own bloodsucking cephalopod...
In late summer 2018, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to impeach its Supreme Court's four sitting judges; the fifth one had resigned earlier.What started the whole ball rolling was a TV news report that found the justices had been throwing money around like newly signed professional athletes.Collectively,...
Virginia Beach officials, just about now, should be planning a statue for music impresario Pharrell Williams right near the ocean. The frequent Grammy winner and Virginia Beach native solved an excruciating headache for leaders of the commonwealth’s largest city: How should they respond when tens thousands of — mostly black...
When your kid greets you at the door with the cheery news that he’s swept the floor for you without being asked, you are probably right to wonder which breakable item is no longer in its usual place.  I have the same feeling about the series of full-page ads...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration will not veto GOP-inserted budget language that thwarts Virginia's plans to join a network of carbon-trading states, throwing a wrench into a regulation developed over nearly two years and approved by a state board last month.In a statement announcing his approval of the state budget...
The first time I moved to Richmond, in 2002, this city was a very different place in many ways, with the brewery and culinary explosion of today just a gleam in the eyes of people looking farther ahead than many of us at the time.That year, 83 people were...
President Donald Trump's administration has shelved for the moment a plan to potentially open vast stretches of American waters, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil drilling, The Wall Street Journal reports.The announcement comes after a federal court decision that blocks drilling in the Arctic, setting up...
By Beth RoachServing as the vice chair of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice has given me a unique perspective on equity and environmental justice in the face of the Northam scandal. This Earth Month, I have been reflecting on my childhood growing up in Surry County,...
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a consultant to perform an environmental justice study for the agency aimed at recommending regulatory and statutory changes "to promote equity in environmental decision making."In a request for proposals Tuesday that closes on May 10, the DEQ says "there exists an...
It seems like every time some organization publishes a ranking of states according to their green energy achievements, Virginia gets listed as an also-ran.We’re 26th in energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The U.S. Department of Energy lists us 37th for renewable energy. Our...