Commentary

Fluctuating work week: the devil’s in the details

BY: - August 24, 2021

By Kim Bobo Late one night during the General Assembly’s special session this month, when the Senate was working on its budget amendments, senators approved Amendment 132 offered by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, by voice vote, which usually means it is not expected to be a close vote. The amendment was described as simply conforming […]

Eyeing November: Trump trouble ahead for Youngkin? A Biden burden for McAuliffe?

BY: - August 23, 2021

Democrat Terry McAuliffe views Donald Trump as a key to his second tenancy in Virginia’s Executive Mansion. At every turn, the former governor tries to tether his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, to the unpopular immediate past president. After a rotten week for President Joe Biden from the wakeful nightmare that is the botched U.S. withdrawal […]

An elite Virginia high school overhauled admissions – how to tell if the changes are working

BY: - August 19, 2021

By Joni Lakin, University of Alabama For decades, gifted education and talent development services in public schools have been accused of creating inequities for students of color, students from low-income communities and nonnative English speakers. This year, there seems to be remarkable momentum to change some systems. Some changes defy common sense. In Virginia, the […]

Do you need a COVID-19 booster shot?

BY: - August 18, 2021

By William Petri, University of Virginia The increasing prevalence of new coronavirus variants is raising questions about how well protected those who’ve already had their COVID-19 shots are against evolving forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Here, microbiology and infectious disease specialist William Petri of the University of Virginia answers some common questions about COVID-19 booster […]

750,000 Virginians are eligible for a new health care benefit. Now let’s make it happen. 

BY: - August 17, 2021

By Steve Pollock and Sarah Bedard Holland  For adults who receive health care coverage under Virginia’s Medicaid program, access to oral health care was previously limited to emergency care only, which often meant care was only available when a person’s mouth was in such bad shape that tooth extraction was necessary, leaving a hole or […]

Most men can’t fully understand what women go through with guys like Cuomo, but we have to try

BY: - August 16, 2021

The message has been out there for decades, but for whatever reasons, guys have been too slow to heed it. And it’s not complicated. Or at least I don’t think it is. Respect women. Respect their work and their right to do any work they set their minds to. And pay them commensurately, as you […]

Could Virginia Rail Express serve as a second Metro?

BY: - August 13, 2021

Commuters who drive I-95 between Fredericksburg and D.C. will not be surprised to hear that they face the consistently worst traffic in the nation. After decades of lane widening have only worsened congestion due to induced demand, Governor Ralph Northam’s administration has doubled down on increased train service as a faster, cheaper, and greener way […]

Walking a tightrope on ‘election integrity’

BY: - August 12, 2021

If Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor, displayed the same analytical skills he’s trumpeted on voting for any other issue, most Virginians would laugh him off the stage.  His claims that elections need greater scrutiny in the commonwealth are ludicrous – and besides, Youngkin should know better. Yet the longtime businessman continues to highlight […]

COVID-19 brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good

BY: - August 11, 2021

By Janice Ellis It seems that getting control of the coronavirus has brought front and center the question: When should an individual’s right become more important than what is in the best health and welfare of the people, the country? The Bill of Rights places high priority on individual freedoms — the bedrock of our […]

Equipping the working poor with new resources for a better path forward

BY: - August 10, 2021

By Glenn DuBois, Ph.D. It’s time we’ve had a frank talk about ALICE. After all, we have come to understand more and more the critical role that ALICE plays in Virginia’s economic health and prosperity, and after years of applying that learning toward strategies designed to help ALICE overcome generational inertia, we have reached an […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of America’s pandemic struggles

BY: - August 9, 2021

When August arrived, millions of Americans — most through no fault of their own — faced the loss of their dwellings with the expiration of a moratorium against evictions that had been put in place during the pandemic. It was a moment that was inevitable. It has, for some, been postponed for a few weeks […]

Stop whining about solar panels — we need more now

BY: - August 4, 2021

By Bobby Whitescarver Clouds of soil stir around the hooves of our cattle as they walk through the brown, dried-up pasture. Smoke haze from the megafires out west 2,000 miles away permeates the sky. It’s just as the scientists said: The weather is getting warmer and weirder. We have a cattle farm in the Shenandoah […]