elections

Campaign Treachery

When power and influence shift from one side of the political aisle to the other, there are consequences, usually and unfortunately to the voters. The Commonwealth’s politisphere has long been a playpen among corporate competitors for advantage, prominently led by… Read More ›

Rearranging Totem Equity

In June 1381, a mere 600-plus years ago, the English crown enacted a tax on each member, or poll, in a household, to raise funds to finance the seemingly endless Hundred Years’ War with France. The new tax heavily burdened… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

POUND, VA, POLICE DEPOUNDED Pound, Virginia. Surely you’ve heard of it. Located in Wise County, in far southwest Virginia on the West Virginia border, it consists of 2.6 square miles (that’s two point six, not twenty-six) and has a population… Read More ›

Yute Voting

In the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny, Vinny Gambino (Joe Pesci) immortalized the term “yute” in an exchange with Judge Haller (Fred Gwynne): Judge:  “What is a yute?” Gambino:  “Oh, excuse me, Your Honor, two youths.” Gambino demonstrated that his… Read More ›

Who are the Real RINOs?

Editors’ Note: Editorial reposted from the Roanoke Times, May 13, 2021.  The morphology (study of the form of things) of the GOP across a few decades provides a more recognizable view of the present. Former President Donald Trump recently called… Read More ›

Cut Nose, Spite Face

THE SUM OF US, by Heather McGhee Book Review by Frank Blechman In The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee brings over 20 years of experience into a strong and very readable case that white supremacist racism hurts white people as… Read More ›

Labor’s Love Lost

Editors’ Note: Reposted from Mother Jones, May 10, 2021.  Voters often face issue choices that are complex and threaded across many years.  This synopsis of the history of organized labor in the US provides a comprehensive sketch of the topic…. Read More ›