COMMENTARY

One of the more entertaining exchanges I ever heard concerning Robert E. Lee went like this.It was after a public hearing attended largely by African-Americans and largely ignored by white people.‘"The white folks didn't come down because they knew the fix was in, and they didn't have to come...
Imagine that you have hired a builder to design and build you a three-story house. He brings you the plans for the first floor and proposes to start work right away. “These look okay,” you say, “but I need to see the plans for the whole house.”“Don’t you worry...
BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7.“I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads.And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service...
Most local governments and school districts in Virginia have a top administrator responsible for day-to-day management.Whether the job is called a manager, administrator, superintendent or something else, candidates are hired by the governing board and charged with both implementing and informing the board’s policies.The positions are extremely important and...
Raise your hand if you ever talked about the emoluments clause in our Constitution until about 18 months ago.Most Americans never heard of it before Donald Trump became president.Many Americans, in fact, knew nothing at all about the Constitution beyond the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, though...
Forget “all of the above.”Under Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia’s next Energy Plan will emphasize the features of a clean energy future: solar and wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and offshore wind. This marks a welcome departure from previous state energy plans, though whether the end result serves...
As Jim Bacon at Bacon's Rebellion chronicles ably and fairly here, an email by David Poole, executive director of the Virginia Public Access Project, to the nonprofit's board of directors that raised concerns about the source of our funding, leaked out to a wider audience this week.Poole had asked...
Lately, we have all been horrified by the spectacle of toddlers and other children, separated from their parents at our southern border, appearing in court alone to face deportation.While our collective distaste is justified, the truth is that people of modest means, like these asylum seekers, have been shuffled...
Thirty years ago, John Q. Public Servant had a report he had to produce for his boss, the county manager.He was tired and his kid was sick, so he left work a bit early to work on it at home.He sat down at the kitchen table after grabbing one...
You’ve heard of the “Virginia Way.”  For those inclined to consider it a cherished asset of the Old Dominion, the term conjures a tradition of restrained, courtly statesmanship and of high-minded legislating that puts principle over party and personality.At its best, they would argue, that approach to governing...