COMMENTARY

The tendency is to just dismiss 2020 by saying it sucked (it did) and bidding it good riddance. We’d like to toss it out like last night’s fish dinner and move on.It’s not that easy. Yes, 2020 was brutal and painful. We’re going to grieve what we lost, and...
Last year Virginia’s General Assembly passed more than 30 separate clean energy bills, which together put Virginia on a path to zero-carbon electricity by 2050, enabled massive investments in renewable energy, storage and energy efficiency and eased restrictions on distributed solar. But many of the bills that passed were not...
Journalism, of course, isn't a popularity contest. The value of the work isn't meant to be judged by how many people click on a given story.Indeed, wise reporters and editors stop questioning early in their careers why some stories, especially those that might seem more trivial, take flight while...
By Kelley Fanto Deetz, University of California, BerkeleyAmong the many treats of the holiday season are chocolate and hot cocoa. While these traditions provide a hefty dose of sugar, there’s a bittersweet side to chocolate’s history, too.This year, at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, a plantation museum where,...
Is it weird that I equate the best of the holiday season with firefighters and big red fire trucks?OK, don’t answer that. Or at least hear me out before you do.Context is everything, and to make sense of this seeming Yuletide fever dream, you’d need to mentally project yourself...
By Angela CiolfiThe CDC guidance released on Sunday night leaves many heart-wrenching decisions to state and local governments regarding who will be given priority access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. We know these decisions are difficult, and we hope that Virginia officials will take this opportunity to follow the...
No new law regulating police confrontations with the mentally ill probably will comfort Princess Blanding. After all, a Richmond police officer gunned down her brother as he was undergoing a crisis two years ago — after he’d struck other cars while driving; fled his own vehicle while naked; and...
By Katie Platz and Hannah Adams Ten months ago, many people might not have known what telehealth was let alone visited with their health care provider through their phone or computer screen. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Virginians have now seen their doctor online. It is now...
We’ve entered a new election season in Virginia with recriminations of the election seven weeks ago still raging and the Grand Old Party facing a moment of reflection on the course it will take in Virginia as November approaches.On one hand is a party that in 1969 broke the...
By Trish Zornio The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58 percent of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets giddy,...