COMMENTARY

Self-interest partly motivated me to get my coronavirus vaccinations. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t want to get gravely ill and possibly die as too many friends and acquaintances have from this microbe from hell. I also want to go to California and meet my 6-month-old grandson. I traveled...
By Makya Renée Little A few years back, I visited upstate New York with a friend to celebrate the medical school graduation of another friend. We both forgot to pack lotion and decided to grab some on our way to the celebration. Unfortunately, the pump on the bottle was defective. Sensing...
Dominion Energy will be holding its annual shareholder meeting virtually on May 5. For the most part these meetings are scripted and self-congratulatory, but they also make space for individual shareholders to ask questions. For ordinary people who may own just a small number of shares in the company,...
Police officers in Windsor’s small, now-maligned department will receive training next month on best practices and de-escalation techniques during encounters with citizens, the executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police told me this week.  Dana Schrad said her organization helped set up the two-day training session, following...
From new walking paths at First Landing to freshly forged mountain biking trails in Pocahontas State Park, Virginia’s General Assembly isn’t unfamiliar with putting money towards outdoor recreation. However, the $10 million for regional trails included in the most recent state budget sets a new precedent for trails funding. Although...
Q & A with William Petri, University of Virginia Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on April 23, 2021, but the labels and fact sheets given to patients will carry a...
One thing the 21st century has taught us is that Americans are losing the essential ability to disagree agreeably and that free speech can be expensive. Speak your mind and you might just pay with your job, your business, your sponsorship deals, your college admission, your friendships — you name...
It may not be Teapot Dome or Iran-Contra, but it seems some Democrats would have you believe the nearly year-long Parole Board scandal is nothing more than those ol' pouncing Republicans seizing on minor procedural mistakes to gin up election-year attacks — even after audio emerged of the browbeating...
By Mark Hoggard and Aliya Farooq As we move toward Earth Day 2021, we do so in the shadow of Derek Chauvin’s trial in the murder of George Floyd and remembering countless victims of police violence who sparked last summer’s protests. Last week, a police officer right here in Virginia...
By Cheryl Harris Sutton Uncertainty. Fear. Worry. These are just a few of the thoughts and emotions that run through the minds of almost every expecting mother.  For many expecting Black moms, those feelings can be more acute. That’s because for many, having a child is ultimately a life and death struggle. Last...