COMMENTARY

By Kendyl Crawford and the Rev. Dr. Faith HarrisDoes COVID-19 have the potential to change everything for our world?It is hard to tell at this stage of the pandemic. What has changed for most of us is Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 55 (Temporary Stay at Home Order Due...
The United States was introduced this week to a reality that many in the military community have known about for decades.Yes, Thomas B. Modly, the acting Navy secretary, resigned Tuesday over the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and comments he made about Crozier's character....
By Dr. Thomas Perls, Boston UniversityThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its policy and is now advising everyone, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19, to cover their face with a mask or cloth covering whenever social distancing is difficult to maintain. To be clear, the CDC...
Every detail of the interview for my first full-time newspaper job editing a small Mississippi Delta weekly remains vivid and indelible in my memory.The paper’s owner asked me what the first duty of a newspaper was, and I was ready with a load of fresh journalism school rhetoric...
By Dr. Clifford L. Deal We are living in the greatest public health crisis in the last hundred years. COVID-19 has quickly taken hold of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health announced 1,706 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout Virginia as of Thursday.  We expect the number of cases and deaths to...
By John WhitfieldAs thousands of Virginians now face financial insecurity due to COVID-19 and the economic turndown, here are some legal suggestions if you're struggling or are concerned about what happens next.I've spent the last 39 years as a legal aid lawyer providing free legal assistance (at Blue Ridge...
With Democrats in charge, Virginia passed a suite of bills that establish a sturdy framework for a transition to renewable energy in the electric sector.At the center of this transformation are the Clean Economy Act, HB1526/SB851, and the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act, HB981/SB1027. Other new...
By Christopher G. MillerIn these emotionally and physically trying days of COVID-19 quarantines and social distancing, many people are increasingly turning to iconic parks, trails and green spaces for solace, exercise and restorative access to nature. And that’s great news.But our current situation is showing us, loudly and clearly,...
Out for summer, out till fall. We might not come back at all. School's out forever. School's out for summer. School's out with fever. School's out completely.―Alice Cooper, “School’s Out,” 1973When summers begin to fade into autumn, Andy Crawford knows it’s coming, just as sure as the first frost. They have a name for...
I've been thinking a lot lately about an interview I did on a bleak day in December of 2016 in Buchanan County.In the gravel lot of a maintenance yard for coal-bed methane machinery, a 68-year-old heavy equipment operator was showing me his truck — festooned with Trump and "Hillary...