COMMENTARY

By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue UniversityAs the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising.In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among...
A few thoughts about Election 2020 and its aftermath:• Why did two men from Chesapeake – supporters of Republican candidates, and one an adherent to bizarre QAnon conspiracies – tote an AR-15 style rifle and handguns to Philadelphia while trying to monitor vote-counting in the closely contested Keystone State?That’s...
By Lisa C. Lindley, University of TennesseeThe Affordable Care Act once again is headed for a date with the Supreme Court, with health insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans possibly on the line in a case that will be heard Nov. 10, 2020.But a much smaller group...
That sense of whiplash you may have felt as you watched election returns in Virginia after its largest turnout election ever —more than 4.1 million votes — is not your imagination.Some Republicans were excited for most of Tuesday evening as ballots cast on Election Day at Virginia’s nearly 2,500...
By W. Joseph CampbellElection polling is facing yet another reckoning following its uneven-at-best performance in this year’s voting.Although the outcome in the 2020 presidential race remained uncertain the next day, it was evident that polls collectively faltered, overall, in providing Americans with clear indications as to how the election...
NBA superstar Bradley Beal and other Black players say they’re voting – for the very first time – in this year’s presidential election. The Washington Wizards shooting guard thus joined colleagues who are finally heading to the polls today, or who voted early in their respective states.I’m encouraged by...
The electric blue arc from an exploding transformer nearby lit up the blustery, gray gloom of Hurricane Zeta’s remnants as it barreled across Virginia Thursday, just hours after it battered poor ol’ whupped-down Louisiana. It was the fifth named storm this year to ravage Cajun country and, landfalling at...
A version of this article originally originally appeared in the Behavioral Scientist, a magazine that examines the world through the science of human behavior. By Elizabeth Weingarten and Rosii Floreak If you were trying to picture a misinformation spreader, your first step probably wouldn’t be to look in the mirror. But in our work examining the...
With Virginia fully committed to the clean energy transition, you would think that by now, residents would be able to check a box on their utility bill to buy solar energy, or at least be able to call up a third-party solar provider to sell them electricity from solar.Not...
Americans can be a selfish lot. Not everybody, of course. But too many people couldn’t care less about taking the necessary steps to keep deaths and infections from COVID-19 at bay.It’s not that hard: Stay at home as much as possible. Wear a mask out in public and in...