The More Things Change….

Editors’ Note: Last week, VoxFairfax offered Frank Blechman’s thoughts about a post-coronavirus world and the opportunity for change (“Carpe Diem for Change”). An Israeli writer offers a different perception of the post-traumatic experience and normalcy. From The New York Times Magazine,… Read More ›

Children of the Plague

By Frank Blechman Last week I spoke with many parents here in Fairfax struggling with the decision to select part-time-in-school-in-person education versus full-time remote learning. Meanwhile, both parents and children were expressing a lot of unhappiness about the loss of… Read More ›

Virginia and OSHA Fail Workers

Editors’ Note: Adapted from The New Republic (Timothy Noah), May 29, 2020, and the Daily News-Record (Ian Munro), June 29, 2020. While “essential workers” labor under treacherous conditions in face of the coronavirus pandemic, the terms of their employment are… Read More ›

Carpe Diem for Change

By Frank Blechman                         It is not hard to imagine a day early in 2021: A new administration has been sworn in. New congressional leadership is in place in… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY RECLAIM “SILENT SENTINEL” The Loudoun County chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has offered to provide a new resting place for a Confederate monument under consideration for removal.  Installed in 1908 on the… Read More ›

Baseball Benches Virginia Nut

Editors’ Note: Inspired by The New York Times, June 23, 2020. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks . . . well, it won’t be possible to buy peanuts this year or Crackerjacks, or hot dogs at the ball park. And… Read More ›

Signs of a Political Pandemic

Viral pandemics are initiated by one or a few infected carriers entering an area. Some are impossible to detect, and others appear to sprout in more than one place at a time. While there are no epidemiological studies or data… Read More ›

Being Numb, 2020

By Frank Blechman You may be familiar with an old vaudeville sketch in which a man is walking down a road when he sees another man hitting himself in the head with a hammer.  The first man approaches the second,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

PWC ESTABLISHES PUBLIC DEFENDER Virginia’s second-most-populous jurisdiction, and the only Virginia county that is majority-people of color, Prince William County, has lacked a public defender’s office. It relied, instead on a  system of poorly compensated, court-appointed counsel to represent low-income defendants…. Read More ›