COMMENTARY

Most people have no idea how powerful voting actually is. I know because I have spent the last two years helping Virginians register to vote and utilize this opportunity we have to make our values a reality in our communities. I have the honorable but arduous task of convincing people who...
It's no secret that the State Corporation Commission didn’t like this year’s big energy bill, the Grid Transformation and Security Act.SCC staff testified against SB 966 in committee, and their objections played a major role in amendments removing the “double dip” provision that would have let Dominion Energy...
These times are so uncertain There's a yearning undefined And people filled with rage - Don HenleyReporters have always lived on outrage.They discover, or stumble upon, or hear about some egregious behavior that really gets their blood up and they go after it.Sometimes it’s a government official abusing his position or maybe...
Almost four years ago, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission approved a request from Appalachian Power to impose “standby charges” on grid-connected homeowners who installed solar arrays between 10 and 20 kilowatts. The approval came not long after the SCC had given the same authority to Dominion Power (now Dominion Energy...
Two weeks ago, Gov. Ralph Northam's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice sent him the final version of a letter long in the works — the latest in a lengthy series of attempts to push Northam's administration somewhere it steadfastly refuses to go.The council had telegraphed its recommendations months ago...
Think about how many people work at your local supermarket. There is a manager, likely a butcher or two, a green grocer, half a dozen stock clerks, a dozen cashiers, maybe a baker or even a pharmacist. Multiply that across your town, county, the commonwealth as a whole and...
Ever since I was a small boy I have always admired police officers.Due to the senseless civil war that plagued my country for more than a decade, my family was victimized by a home invasion by the rebels who invaded the capital city of Sierra Leone. They entered our...
As of Tuesday morning, 75 percent of the journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, both owned by Tronc Inc., had signed cards authorizing representation by The NewsGuild, part of the Communication Workers of America.Tronc purchased the Pilot, Virginia's largest paper, in May, and recent reports indicate the...
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...