Commentary

Endless outrage is exhausting

BY: - September 21, 2018

These times are so uncertain There’s a yearning undefined And people filled with rage – Don Henley Reporters 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 […]

Are state utility regulators at last ready to embrace customer-owned solar?

BY: - September 20, 2018

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 Virginia). The standby charges, dubbed a […]

Hey environmentalists, maybe he’s just not that into you

BY: - September 11, 2018

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 on the ultra contentious Atlantic […]

Advanced energy: Thousands of Virginia jobs rely on it

BY: - September 7, 2018

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 you get a big workforce. Big […]

Fixing a ‘tarnished relationship’ between police and communities

BY: - September 5, 2018

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 home and violated our space […]

Two visions in conflict

BY: - August 31, 2018

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 Birnam Wood is moving to […]

Virginia’s high court passes on chance to stand up to Dominion for conflicts of interest on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

BY: - August 24, 2018

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 for Virginia. So maybe it shouldn’t […]

Trust me, I’m a reporter

BY: - August 20, 2018

Years ago, I worked at an afternoon newspaper called The Richmond News Leader. It was a great place to work, populated by reporters and editors who ground it out every day, against the odds, hitting very tight deadlines. As the police reporter, I started my workday at 6 a.m. and my first deadline was, as […]

With pipeline projects halted, there’s a golden chance for the state to require more review. Northam doesn’t seem likely to take it.

BY: - August 16, 2018

Since before he took office in January, opponents of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, including a list of lawmakers and officials from his own party, have begged and cajoled Gov. Ralph Northam to get tougher on the contentious natural gas projects. Work on both pipelines is now at least temporarily stalled amid court […]

What is it about Lee anyway?

BY: - August 10, 2018

One of the more entertaining exchanges I ever heard concerning Robert E. Lee went like this. It was after a public hearing attended largely by African-Americans and largely ignored by white people. ‘”The white folks didn’t come down because they knew the fix was in, and they didn’t have to come down,” said Official A. […]

On the heels of its big legislative win, what kind of grid does Dominion want to build for us?

BY: - August 6, 2018

Imagine that you have hired a builder to design and build you a three-story house. He brings you the plans for the first floor and proposes to start work right away. “These look okay,” you say, “but I need to see the plans for the whole house.” “Don’t you worry about that,” says the builder. […]

In Buckingham’s Union Hill, a center of resistance for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion brings in a ringer

BY: - August 2, 2018

BUCKINGHAM — The sermon came from Ezekiel 33:7. “I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” the verse reads. And, from the pulpit at Union Hill Baptist Church during a Sunday service last month, Pastor Paul Wilson was fully […]