Commentary

Up in the air, down on the ground and in between: loads of thankfulness

BY: - November 24, 2022

Teachers go to great lengths – and even heights – to provide the best learning environments for their children. Sometimes literally.  Let’s praise Rebecca Muir, a Georgetown Primary School third-grade teacher in Chesapeake, for combining education and skydiving to pique her students’ interest. We have YouTube and Facebook to prove this daredevil inspires you to […]

Governor Glenn Youngkin, YIMBY-in-chief?

BY: - November 21, 2022

Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin and California Democrats could hardly be further apart politically; however, their diagnoses of what is wrong with America’s housing market sound uncannily similar: Excessive regulation has hindered new housing construction, driving up home prices to the point of hurting the broader economy.  After a string of big legislative wins in Sacramento […]

Kitchen table conversation

BY: - November 21, 2022

From Capital News Service: “Sea level rise will continue to impact the Hampton Roads area, scientists warn, but climate change was not necessarily an issue that pulled 2nd District voters to the polls — and it was not a part of the candidates’ platforms either.”

Be bold in overhauling state’s individual income tax system 

BY: - November 18, 2022

Virginia’s income tax brackets have always shocked me, especially because of their glaring lack of fairness.   When I was a newspaper columnist in South Hampton Roads, I eventually earned in the upper five figures annually. That placed me into the same category as someone who made just over $17,000 a year.   We both paid an […]

It’s important to know everything that led to slayings of UVA football players

BY: - November 18, 2022

This isn’t another anti-gun tirade, though I have every reason and urge to launch into one after Sunday’s cold-blooded killings of three University of Virginia football players. Suffice it to say more convincing voices than mine have made those arguments better and more abundantly than I ever could, sadly to little discernible effect. Guns still […]

A warning siren on Virginia students’ mental health

BY: - November 14, 2022

By Keith Perrigan Recently, a tremendous amount of attention has been paid to the decline in student achievement in Virginia since 2019. Simply enter any combination of “Virginia,” “NAEP,” “SOL,” “cut scores,” “higher expectations” and so on, and a plethora of news articles, op-eds and reports will fill your screen. Rightly so. Ensuring our current […]

‘Sincerest gratitude …’

BY: - November 14, 2022

From The Virginia Mercury: “As the GOP surveyed the disappointment of a surprisingly lackluster performance in the midterm elections, [Del. Tim] Anderson is the first Virginia Republican to call bluntly for a full breakup with former President Donald Trump. ‘He will lose Virginia. Just like he’s lost two other times. And he’s going to bring […]

Maybe it’s not just ‘the economy, stupid’: winners and losers from the 2022 midterms

BY: - November 11, 2022

Elections have a clarifying, refreshing effect. Whether at the local, state or national level, an election authoritatively settles things. A nation whipsawed and left on edge for months on end at last gets relief from a hyperventilating, self-contradicting media, venomous political ads, and pundits who know nothing and race to the nearest microphone to discuss […]

Orwellian snitch line shuts down. Will guv end assault on teachers?

BY: - November 10, 2022

It was so punitive. So unnecessary.   And so past time for Gov. Glenn Youngkin to shut down his teacher snitch line. His spokeswoman, Macaulay Porter, confirmed to me the euphemistically named “help education email” was deactivated in September, eight months after Youngkin announced its start.   The acknowledgment finally came after Axios reported last week that […]

Virginia is for voters

BY: - November 7, 2022

Don’t forget: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. For more information on where to vote, go to https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/polling-place-lookup/

By now, who doesn’t expect the unexpected from Doug Wilder?

BY: - November 7, 2022

It amuses new generations of Virginians who see the commonwealth’s Democratic 66th governor, L. Douglas Wilder, get all lovey-dovey with the Republican 74th governor, Glenn Youngkin. Perhaps also perplexing: As Wilder warms to Youngkin, he has become an unabashed critic of fellow Democrat Levar Stoney, who holds Wilder’s old job as mayor of Richmond and […]

How gender, race, age and voter ID laws affect whether a voter actually casts a ballot

BY: - November 4, 2022

By Jane Junn, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; John Holbein, University of Virginia; and Nazita Lajevardi, Michigan State University Who shows up to cast a ballot and who is allowed to mark a ballot and have it counted will determine which candidates take office and what issues they focus on. The Conversation […]