Commentary

Why the voices of descendants of the enslaved at historic sites matter

BY: - June 2, 2022

By Stephen P. Hanna, Amy Potter and Derek H. Alderman On May 17, after weeks of negative stories on Montpelier in the national press, the foundation that operates the Virginia plantation home of James Madison finally made good on its promise to share authority with descendants of people enslaved by the man known as “the father” of […]

Youngkin leveraged public education to beat Democrats once. Will they let him do it again?

BY: - May 31, 2022

Sometimes in debates on public policy, it pays to slow down, think a minute and ask whether the other guy just might have a point. When Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued his report earlier this month that the status quo in Virginia’s public education has not held its own relative to achievement rankings of other states […]

Storm warning

BY: - May 30, 2022

More information: NOAA forecasts busy Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 3 major storms

Six charts show the key role firearms makers play in America’s gun culture

BY: - May 27, 2022

By Michael Siegel, Tufts University Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. The latest, which occurred on May 24, 2022, at a Texas elementary school and left at least 19 children and […]

Spare us your thoughts and prayers. Do your damn job.

BY: - May 26, 2022

It’s an appallingly familiar plotline. Only the names and places change. Tuesday, it was Uvalde, Texas. Ten days earlier, it was Buffalo. Before that it was Boulder, or Sandy Hook, or Orlando, or Columbine. It was Virginia Beach and Virginia Tech. It goes this way: bloody mass murder is carried out by man (isn’t it […]

Restoring rights a good gubernatorial move, but automatic restoration would be better

BY: - May 26, 2022

Former felons in Virginia, if they want to become better citizens, should be heartened.  Gov. Glenn Youngkin just announced he’s restored civil rights, including voting, to nearly 3,500 people since he took office in January. The move continues a less-cumbersome process initiated by his predecessors, both Democratic and Republican. “I thought it was amazing in […]

Newspapers on the press

As government becomes less responsive to the Fourth Estate, it’s the governed who suffer most

BY: - May 23, 2022

I could tell something was bugging Bill when we sat down for lunch not long ago, and it didn’t take long to find out what it was. Bill Fitzgerald and I have been friends for years. He’s the evening and night anchor for the newscasts of WTVR-TV in Richmond, the CBS affiliate in Virginia’s capital […]

vehicle tax reminder letter

Two words for local governments considering keeping windfall car tax collections: Jim Gilmore

BY: - May 20, 2022

You’ve got to hand it to Jim Gilmore: the Republican former governor knew a winning issue when he saw it. In 1997, Gilmore and his political team came up with the most potent three-word, perfect-for-bumper-stickers campaign mantra I’ve ever seen. “NO CAR TAX.” It was the rocket fuel that propelled him into the Executive Mansion. […]

The tip of the turbine

BY: - May 20, 2022

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Who are the governor’s marine commission picks there to serve?

BY: - May 19, 2022

By Stephen Atkinson In a news release late Friday evening, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced appointments to various state boards, including the nine member Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the body that manages the commonwealth’s fisheries.     Of the governor’s four appointments to the VMRC, three represent commercial fishing interests from the Reedville area.   For the hundreds of […]

As cases climb again, just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain.

BY: - May 17, 2022

By Nathaniel Hafer and Apurv Soni As of May 2022, the U.S. is experiencing another uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. High rates of infection in Europe and Asia, along with the continued emergence of new sub-variants, such as omicron BA.4 and BA.5, raise concerns that another surge could be on the way. Even […]

The federal rescue plan helped rural Virginia. Why not make parts of it permanent?

BY: - May 17, 2022

By Anita Royston In early 2021, rural communities like Pittsylvania County were struggling. A full year of the pandemic had taken its toll on us — some schools were still closed, health care costs were still going up, many people couldn’t return to work, and even more were struggling to make ends meet. The American […]