COMMENTARY

The smart money is on a fruitless stalemate during the special session Gov. Ralph Northam has called on gun violence in the wake of the shooting that killed 12 in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. Republican leaders, who cling to narrow majorities in the House of Delegates and Senate,...
Virginia Beach, with its 450,000 people, typically boasts of its stellar public schools, miles-long sandy Oceanfront, high median household income and the Navy’s East Coast master jet base. Native son and entertainer Pharrell Williams put the place on the global map just a few weeks ago, when he hosted...
When utility regulators gave Dominion Energy Virginia the go-ahead to build two offshore wind turbines last November, it was still unclear whether the pilot project might be the end as well as the beginning of offshore wind in Virginia. Now, however, Dominion seems to have decided it’s game on. Although...
Maybe he'll tell us about the UFOs. If there was a sliver of a silver lining to the election of a vacuous, mendacious reality show star, conspiracy theorist and mediocre insult comic to the highest office in the land — someone with little respect for the presidency except as a...
It’s easy to think we’d never get taken for a chump the way septuagenarian Judy Fern was — to the tune of nearly $200,000. Phone scammers convinced the woman in November 2017 to turn over access to her computer. Then, these so-called “tech support experts” persuaded Fern she needed...
Slaves were treated well. Blacks fought in large numbers for the Confederacy. The Civil War was about states' rights. These are myths, spread to dress up the horrors of slavery and justify Confederates, historians say. Many have racist origins. Historians and others say we can never achieve racial peace in America unless we...
Police in the Big Apple use every technique at their disposal – including DNA – to solve horrendous crimes in the nation’s largest city. Even when New York’s cops play fast-and-loose with the constitutional rights of residents. Even when they conduct large “fishing expeditions” that lead to legitimate allegations of...
The investigation into the racist photo found on Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page is reportedly complete and results are expected to be released Wednesday at a news conference. Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk did not respond to a request from the Mercury to confirm the announcement. However, the...
Recently I criticized a Dominion Energy advertisement that boasted, misleadingly and inaccurately, about the company’s investments in solar energy. By contrast, the company’s investments in greenwashing are transparent and heartfelt. Dominion has had several bad months here in Virginia and would very much like to change the conversation. In fact,...
High health insurance costs and high numbers of uninsured have generated political pressure to adopt a single-payer health care system. The challenge for single-payer advocates is to convince the general population that a conversion to a single-payer system will not bankrupt the government nor deprive them of quality healthcare. The solution...