COMMENTARY

By Renee AllenAs a nurse and the current administrator at Lucy Corr, a long-term care facility in Chesterfield County, I have seen firsthand the staggering impact of COVID-19 on our industry. Our hardworking and devoted staff of caregivers provide services to more than 200 residents each day. Since the...
Voting drop boxes aren’t sinister repositories of fraud. They’re not working overtime to deny candidates their proper electoral victories.That’s true no matter what opponents of greater ballot access contend. Their fevered suspicions aren’t supported by something I call “proof.”That’s why the Virginia General Assembly deserves kudos for passing initiatives...
Following the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have not been shy about talking up their own project in the Appalachian region. However, behind the rosy pronouncements of late, all is far from well with the MVP.In early August, Reuters reported that...
By Susie Turkson and Dr. Alan Dow Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Richmond was already afflicted by other public health crises, including an eviction epidemic. Our city ranks second in the nation in the rate of evictions. Within the Commonwealth of Virginia, four additional cities rank within the...
Watching the Dow and the New York Stock Exchange take their deepest single-day dives ever back in March and April was terrifying. It continued day after day it seemed, and doing the math only freaked me out more when I saw what that came to in value lost to...
A federal judge’s impassioned comments about police overreach provide powerful evidence for Virginia legislators who want to weaken something called “qualified immunity.” The legal doctrine makes it nearly impossible for citizens to win certain civil suits claiming wrongdoing by police officers — often in excessive force incidents. Here’s how the...
By James J. Fedderman, Ph.DThere’s a clear-cut path in public education: Certain standards must be met, and certain knowledge gained, before students can move on to the next level of their schooling. You can’t build a promising future without a sound foundation.We’ve approached the arrival of the COVID-19...
It’s just after 3 a.m., and a navy blue Cadillac Coupe DeVille glides westward on an otherwise empty stretch of Interstate 64, slicing through ghostly pools of mid-April mist gathered just above the blacktop.At the wheel is John Henry Hager, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, and he’s hell-bent on making it...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s hurricane season could set a record for the number of storms big enough to be given names. NOAA now predicts a total of 19 to 25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) in the Atlantic, of which 7...
For all the hand-wringing over the supposed demise of free speech in this most savage season of politics and social upheaval, expression has never been more uninhibited or robust. I just checked the vitals of the First Amendment and, while it’s getting a good workout, it’s just fine.Turns out,...