The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a mess, a grammatically challenged pair of clauses that allows two or more readers to insist that it says two starkly different things, both of which are of life-or-death importance and each of which can be only partially defended.
Videos of people abusing local public servants should worry all of us. And unless we reduce the toxicity and make public service attractive to a broader chunk of the population, our future leaders are going to be worse than they are now.
Governments and agencies and families have to ask themselves: Why? What could possibly be the appeal? Sure, humans have dabbled with opium for millennia, but while the smoking dens of old might have resulted in listlessness, they didn’t threaten death with every puff.
Next year, we told ourselves while shivering through the alfresco meal with our pandemic pods, Thanksgiving will be back to normal. Big time. But while 2021 is definitely an improvement over 2020, this pandemic is not over. We are heading into a second COVID Thanksgiving.
Once again, America is mourning the senseless deaths of innocents — this time the result of a mass killing in a city just west of Milwaukee. And this time, the weapon was a vehicle instead of a gun.
Things are better at the VEC. Three hundred more people have been hired since spring to handle inquiries. There is at last a 21st century IT system. However, foot-dragging and inefficiency turned the coronavirus epidemic into a long-running financial crisis for thousands of Virginians.
Kids come packaged in different hues, genders, experiences and maturity levels — they aren’t one size fits all. The books should be available for those who can handle the material. Schools need to quit the book banning. Censorship’s main lesson is exclusion.
Forget the mandate, the public should demand that every health care worker who is able be vaccinated. Period. Our health care workers shouldn’t need a mandate, a deadline and the threat of unemployment to do the right thing for our community.
Del. Chris Hurst made news in a way most politicians don’t want to make news as polling precincts opened on a drizzly Election Day morning.
Biden could mimic the disastrous program of Gerald Ford, whose solution after an Arab oil embargo was a national cheerleading campaign called Whip Inflation Now. Or he can draw from the successful economic-management policies of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Glenn Youngkin may find some things missing in the job description for an incoming Virginia governor.
It’s time to end “springing forward” and “falling back” twice a year, which has been blamed for everything from seasonal depression to robberies. But the real reason is most of us hate the back and forth — resetting clocks, losing sleep and dealing with shorter winter afternoons.
Passing any kind of election bill as the midterms approach won’t be easy, but the issue is too important to shelve. Biden and the Democrats should focus on the essential, and try again.
If you ask the nation’s 19 million veterans what they really want this Veterans Day, they would probably trade the free doughnut and other grubbery for a reformed and efficient Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.
The first Virginia Redistricting Commission accomplishes its basic goal in a backhanded way, with the task of drawing new maps now out of the General Assembly’s grasp, dropped in the robe-draped laps of the state supreme court justices.
If our moment of racial reckoning in Virginia has an expiration date, it will go down as Nov. 2, 2021.
The failure of the bipartisan Virginia Redistricting Commission, which hasn’t been able to agree on legislative maps and now seems to be taking the same path regarding congressional districts, is more evidence that neither major party should take commonwealth voters for granted.
The case for closure goes even beyond the current human impact. For starters, the design of the landfill is fundamentally flawed. All of this points to a conclusion: the landfill is a failed endeavor that is harming residents and our city. This landfill needs to be closed.
Joseph R. Holmes, born into slavery in Charlotte County, Virginia, emerged after emancipation as an outspoken advocate for the rights of freedpeople. Resentment in Southside Virginia led to his murder on May 3, 1869. Saturday, a marker will be unveiled where Holmes was slain.
Colin Powell was America’s first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff but also a bridge-builder and champion of political moderation as a Republican who challenged his own party’s orthodoxy and tried to avert its drift toward right-wing extremism.
Mary Sue Terry, the first — and until Nov. 2, the only — woman elected statewide in Virginia has had seven careers. Her latest career: the ministry.