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    In the Herald Courier’s series on skill games, typically known as “Gray Machines, we have found an industry in need of regulation, structure and attention from the legislature in order to protect consumers, the owners of properties where these games are played and the skill games industry itself.

      One wonders whether an alternate universe exists in which Virginia got the best of Glenn Youngkin, rather than the version we have in this reality whose governance has been diluted and warped by greater political ambitions.

        The issues with water and electricity outages brought on by Christmas weekend’s frigid temperatures are clear signs that our infrastructure is near a breaking point and needs immediate attention in order to avoid more serious problems in the future.

        A report last month by Virginia’s nonpartisan Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which conducts policy evaluations and oversees state agencies on behalf of the General Assembly, made a close inspection of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 education.

        Sometimes justice and common sense win out over politics and pandering. That happened Monday when the state of Virginia settled a lawsuit brought by the parents of disabled children put at health risk by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s attempt to ban mask mandates in public schools. Youngkin made killing school mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic his second executive order upon taking office in January. (The first banned teaching children about Virginia’s long history of institutional racism.)

        The picture that recently graced the Patrick County Republican website was either an incompetent attempt to disguise Ku Klux Klan symbols within an image of the GOP elephant or a picture that included pieces of pachyderm poop. Either way, an arguably symbiotic relationship exists between both the racist hate group and excrement.

        Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, expects to be playing defense during the upcoming General Assembly session, at least when it comes to the ongoing push by Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Republicans in the state legislature to carry out a culture war crusade in state education.


        The checks and balances of the American legal system depend on zealous investigations. As information drips out about the behavior of the University of Virginia student who shot to death three fellow students and wounded two others on Nov. 13, the question of urgency arises again and again.

        A tone of futility and resignation consumes much of the conversation about gun control in the United States. That despair has been on full display since the murder of three University of Virginia students on Nov. 13. The alleged killer, also a student, had stockpiled weapons and ammunition in a campus apartment even though he had been on the school’s radar for two months as possibly being armed. He went on a field trip to a play in Washington, D.C. with classmates, then pulled out a handgun and opened fire on them as their chartered bus arrived back in Charlottesville.

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