COMMENTARY

If you step on it, you can drive from the Atlantic Ocean to Nelson County, Va., in about three hours. In the not-too-distant future, you could be able to make the trip in a lot less time.That’s not because we’ll have flying cars or frictionless roads, or because Great...
Many Virginia leaders seem to have the notion that if our environment is being polluted and ordinary people are having their land destroyed, that must be good for business. And as a corollary, if a business wants to pollute the environment and destroy private land, that must be good...
Years ago, I worked at an afternoon newspaper called The Richmond News Leader. It was a great place to work, populated by reporters and editors who ground it out every day, against the odds, hitting very tight deadlines.As the police reporter, I started my workday at 6 a.m. and...
Since before he took office in January, opponents of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, including a list of lawmakers and officials from his own party, have begged and cajoled Gov. Ralph Northam to get tougher on the contentious natural gas projects.Work on both pipelines is now at...
One of the more entertaining exchanges I ever heard concerning Robert E. Lee went like this.It was after a public hearing attended largely by African-Americans and largely ignored by white people.‘"The white folks didn't come down because they knew the fix was in, and they didn't have to come...
Imagine that you have hired a builder to design and build you a three-story house. He brings you the plans for the first floor and proposes to start work right away. “These look okay,” you say, “but I need to see the plans for the whole house.”“Don’t you worry...
BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7.“I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads.And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service...
Most local governments and school districts in Virginia have a top administrator responsible for day-to-day management.Whether the job is called a manager, administrator, superintendent or something else, candidates are hired by the governing board and charged with both implementing and informing the board’s policies.The positions are extremely important and...
Raise your hand if you ever talked about the emoluments clause in our Constitution until about 18 months ago.Most Americans never heard of it before Donald Trump became president.Many Americans, in fact, knew nothing at all about the Constitution beyond the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, though...
Forget “all of the above.”Under Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia’s next Energy Plan will emphasize the features of a clean energy future: solar and wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and offshore wind. This marks a welcome departure from previous state energy plans, though whether the end result serves...