Commentary

The GOP offensive against climate action begins

BY: - January 20, 2022

Even before taking office, Gov. Glenn Youngkin made two rookie mistakes: he declared his intention to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by executive order, not realizing it can only be done by legislation; and he nominated the much-reviled Trump-era EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to be his secretary of natural resources, apparently […]

Youngkin quickly embraces culture wars, telegraphing a worrisome four years

BY: - January 20, 2022

That didn’t take long. At all. Gov. Glenn Youngkin roared out of the starting blocks after being sworn in a few days ago: He issued executive orders and authored proclamations and promulgated his own share of wrongheadedness. His actions will surely inflame the culture wars. The moves won’t necessarily be effective, either.  His fellow Republicans […]

Governor should reconsider policy decisions that will hurt the environment

BY: - January 19, 2022

By Tracy Kelly and Neelu Tummala As health professionals in Virginia, we look forward to working with Gov. Glenn Youngkin to promote a healthy environment for families in the commonwealth. As a nurse and a surgeon, we see the impact of climate change in the stories and faces of our patients. This is why we […]

Going to jail for giving someone the finger? Mattaponi governance dispute deepens.

BY: - January 17, 2022

What if you could do time for flipping somebody off? It’s not a classy move, but the middle-finger salute has been deemed by the courts as free expression protected by the First Amendment. When Steven Custalow was accused of doing it a month ago to the chief of the Mattaponi Indian Reservation, it landed him […]

Bolster our dispirited medical workers by getting vaccines, wearing masks, being unselfish

BY: - January 13, 2022

We have broken our frontline health-care workers during the pandemic, mostly because of the intransigence of too many Americans. A microcosm of those results can be seen in the death of Alva Daniels, a respiratory therapist from Roanoke. You should read The Washington Post’s recent feature on Daniels. He was just 38 when he committed […]

Takeaways from a snowy night in I-95 purgatory

BY: - January 12, 2022

“My boss told me if I didn’t come in, I’d get fired.” So spoke a rather grumpy but nonetheless sight-for-sore-eyes Exxon attendant near Manassas last Monday night around 10 o’clock, as he mercifully allowed my wife, Noelle, and I to fill our gas tank and use the restrooms. The circumstances of our visit – we […]

The shadow Jan. 6 still casts: ‘James Madison’s ultimate nightmare’

BY: - January 12, 2022

It was not unlike the formulaic false ending in a horror movie. You could have been forgiven for thinking the worst was over when the mob of MAGAns had been repulsed from the halls of the U.S. Capitol and Congress resumed its duty of certifying the presidential election returns last year. But the spectacle of […]

2021’s biggest climate and weather disasters cost the U.S. $145 billion

BY: - January 11, 2022

By Stacy Morford, The Conversation The disasters just kept coming in 2021, from Hurricane Ida’s destruction across Louisiana and the Northeast to devastating wildfires in the West and damaging storms, tornadoes and floods. Nearly half the U.S. was in drought, and extreme temperature spikes disrupted power supplies just when people needed cooling or heating most. […]

The strange, roller-coaster term of Virginia’s improbable governor, Ralph Northam

BY: - January 10, 2022

Happy trails, Governor Northam. By the end of this week, the strange, improbable four-year tour of Virginia’s 73rd governor, His Excellency Ralph Shearer Northam, will be over. In a time-honored ceremony on Saturday morning, surrounded by living former governors dressed befitting a high-society church wedding, the mild-mannered Eastern Shore-raised country doctor who ambled into the […]

How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert

BY: - January 7, 2022

By Ken Hughes, University of Virginia Now that a full year has passed since the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, the 2020 election and the republic, it’s evident that the attack never really ended. Instead, it spread out to other, less visible, more vulnerable targets. Donald Trump had hoped to reverse his election […]

The outgoing AG threw down a gauntlet on discriminatory policing. Will his successor pick it up?

BY: - January 5, 2022

Mark Herring, the soon-to-be former Virginia attorney general, has thrown down the gauntlet against the policing practices in the small town of Windsor.  The question is whether Jason Miyares, Herring’s successor, will take it up – ensuring fair treatment of Blacks, Latinos and other people of color during traffic stops by law enforcement agencies. We’ll […]

Has Virginia done enough to end housing discrimination?

BY: - January 5, 2022

Amidst the frantic flurry of legislation that Democrats proposed upon taking control of all branches of Virginia’s state government in 2020, a surprising share of bills were dedicated to ending housing discrimination. LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans and those paying their rent partly with housing choice vouchers or another form of government assistance were all enshrined in […]