When the General Assembly short session begins today, abortion is going to be one of the most-discussed topics.
In journalism, stories, columns and editorials carry names and publication dates called “slugs.” Our dilemma today is how to label an editorial whose subject is simultaneously unthinkable, inexcusable and inevitable. Please tell us, all you blood-soaked sons and daughters of the Second Amend…
Here at the Tribune Editorial Board, we all have a number of years on Prince Harry. And it is with the perspective of age, and the greater knowledge of life’s fragility that it affords, that we suggest he call a halt to his public attacks on a family he knows is unable to respond in kind. In…
The wacko fringe of the Republican Party turned the selection process for the Speaker of the House into a farce with Virginia’s own Congressman Bob Good as the chief jester. Good, the election-denying, abortion-criminalizing, hate-mongering, gun-loving, Trump-worshipping Christian-nationalis…
When it comes to singing the praises of local newspapers, we know we can be a bit of a broken record — with print newspapers and vinyl records both being delivery systems for information that younger generations, these days, mostly have no familiarity with at all.
Judge James P. Jones did all Bristol taxpayers a favor with the decision to send the federal court case between the two Bristols to mediation.
Betting on sports isn’t inherently wrong. If you’re going to take that risk, though, it’s best to be smart about it: Do your research. Plan your strategy. Don’t get carried away. Know when to say no. Otherwise you could be heading for disaster. The same cautions, apparently, hold true for st…
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.
Dickenson County government and school leaders spent some time last August talking over concerns and issues with Senator Mark Warner during the senator’s three-day swing through Southwest Virginia.
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.
Tax dollars budgeted to imprison Virginians who violate new abortion restrictions in the state.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Bristol’s homelessness crisis returns to the forefront of people’s minds this week as temperatures will plunge into the single digits Friday and refuse to rise above the freezing mark for four consecutive days.
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.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has an excellent description of what it will be like in Congress if the Senate and House of Representatives fail to pass a new federal budget bill by the end of 2022, or at least extend the current budget for another year.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s energy plan makes solar farms and wind farms sound like a threat to the availability of the commonwealth’s diminishing supply of farmable and developable land.
So when was the Washington County Service Authority (WCSA) Board going to tell us they are going through a leadership change?
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.
Diverse perspectives enhance discussions, build bridges of understanding between those of different backgrounds, and increase the sources of knowledge that can contribute to the solving of a problem.
Hard Rock could not have picked a better time to break ground on its $500 million permanent casino.
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.
Upsetting as it is that mental health system reforms only seem to be spoken of with urgency by those in power during the aftermath of horrific tragedies, remedies to the system’s too-often neglected problems are still badly needed and therefore welcome.
By THE TIMES-DISPATCH EDITORIAL BOARD
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.