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A 303-mile hole in claim new gas pipelines are critical to energy security

BY: - June 22, 2021

After the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, fossil fuel industry advocates have redoubled their efforts to frame the completion of other U.S. pipeline projects as a critical energy security issue. However, there is a 42-inch wide, 303-mile long gaping hole in this line of argumentation: the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Originally slated to be […]

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Independent inquiry says Parole Board investigator was biased, but not whether she had reason to be

BY: - June 21, 2021

A white-shoe law firm the Northam administration hired to examine the scandal surrounding disclosures of the state inspector general’s inquiry into controversial inmate releases last year — allegedly with little or insufficient notice by the state Parole Board — delivered its report last week. The firm of Nixon Peabody found that the lead investigator at […]

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Why nobody will ever agree on whether COVID lockdowns were worth it

BY: - June 18, 2021

By James D. Long; Mark A. Smith and Victor Menaldo As an increasingly vaccinated world emerges from lockdowns, lots of people are talking about whether the fight against the pandemic was too strong or too weak. Some people argue restrictions did not go far enough; others maintain the attempted cures have been worse than the […]

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Support heat protections for Virginia workers

BY: - June 17, 2021

By John Ryan Extreme temperatures place outdoor workers at increased risk of heat illnesses, which if untreated, can lead to death. Even though I’m generally considered young and healthy, I have experienced heat illness first hand. Heat-related illness is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. It is a terrifying thing to personally […]

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Overcoming vaccine hesitancy with FOMO

BY: - June 16, 2021

Too many people in Virginia and nationwide are refusing the COVID-19 vaccines that can help us quash the current pandemic. It’s a dying shame.  That’s not a misprint. As I write this, about 600,000 Americans have perished since February 2020 from the disease. The rate of deaths, though, have dropped considerably since the advent of […]

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A testament to Virginia’s Black union members

BY: - June 16, 2021

By Julius Reynolds Almost exactly 108 years ago, a convention was held for workers in Alexandria. It was June 1913, and for the first time, the Virginia Federation of Labor allowed Black workers to join. Many of the oldest, all-White organizations in attendance left the convention in fury. The federation chose to dissolve the delegation […]

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What will it take to modernize Virginia’s public transit systems?

BY: - June 15, 2021

A bus stop in a bucket is by no means representative of the average amenities provided by transit systems across the commonwealth, but the all-too-common sight is far from befitting 21st century public transportation. In a way, it’s as much a testament to the resourcefulness of Virginia’s transit providers as it is to the decades […]

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Trump has been a gift to Va. Democrats for years. Now can they win without him in the White House?

BY: - June 14, 2021

Winning elections for the past five years has been low-hanging fruit for Democrats in Virginia, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump. The divisive former president’s unpopularity in the commonwealth has had the net effect of turning Virginia – where no Republican has won a statewide race since 2009 – […]

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Protecting utility profits is the point

BY: - June 10, 2021

Four things happened after I wrote last week about Power for Tomorrow’s strange advertising campaign attacking Clean Virginia. The Fredericksburg Freelance-Star ran an op-ed from Power for Tomorrow’s executive director, Gary C. Meltz, opposing deregulation in the electric sector; the Virginia Mercury ran a response to my article from Mr. Meltz; another mailer arrived from […]

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System ‘needs to be broken’: Pharrell Williams launching Norfolk private school

BY: - June 10, 2021

Virginia Beach native and multiple Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams has announced he’ll create a private school in Norfolk initially aimed at third-to-fifth-graders from low-income families. He will thus become the latest entertainer around the country to spearhead an alternative to traditional schools.  It will be called Yellowhab and provide tuition-free education for the original […]

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We need true universal internet access now 

BY: - June 9, 2021

By Lawrence Framme The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans learn, work and interact. In a matter of weeks, kids suddenly had to take their classes online, family members could only visit virtually and coworkers could only meet on Zoom. These changes meant that universal access to fast and secure internet became a necessity, […]

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End wildlife killing contests

BY: - June 9, 2021

By Sydney Hearst I was lucky enough to learn early on what the phrase “Virginia is for lovers” truly means. Virginia has exquisite and diverse outdoor landscapes, and I started exploring them at a young age. My father’s family is based in the Virginia Beach area, so my earliest memories include seeing dolphins in the […]