gun control

The Limits of Freedom

The current debate in opposition to mask and vaccine mandates explicitly and implicitly resonates with a notion about freedom, or to be more precise, restrictions thereon. At its July 2018 convention, the nation’s Libertarian Party platform set forth in a… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

POLICE ACTION HAS EXPENSIVE BACKFIRE State Sen. A Louise Lucas (D) has won a $300,000 settlement from the city of Portsmouth in her suit against its former police chief. Lucas plans to donate the money, which will likely come out… Read More ›

No Honor, No Decency

It is something of a general maxim that political leaders rely upon the short term memory of the public to continue in their roles, even after exposure of horrendous behavior. Faith, however, in the collective sensibility of that Great Unwashed… Read More ›

Police Reform, Reducing Deaths

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, October 6, 2021.    By Charles Blow In a shocking revelation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released provisional data suggesting that between 2019 and 2020, the country had its biggest… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

UNSILENT SOUNDS UNWELCOME A family in Virginia Beach has been terrorized for months by the actions of an obnoxious neighbor–with slurs, monkey noises, even strobe lights–and the police say they can do nothing to stop it. The woman says the… Read More ›

Over Here, Over There

AUSTRALIA As the US Congress and a number of state jurisdictions fumble with discussing reparations for wrongs committed in the past, Down Under Australia has determined that it will give one-off cash payments to Indigenous “Stolen Generations” survivors who were forcibly removed… Read More ›

A Lesson (a tone poem)

By Barbara Baum Levine It’s 2016 and the Party is coping With 17 candidates, each one hoping To be the next Republican President And undo the distasteful precedent Of the man from Kenya. White men from the Senate, A political… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

FLORIDA If ‘ya can’t beat ‘em, assassinate ‘em! So it appears to one GOP congressional candidate in Florida. Heated political contests are common in these wonderful United States, and no more so than in the Sunshine State. However, unlike the… Read More ›

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NO GAMBLING = A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION? Six Norfolk and Virginia Beach business owners have sued the Commonwealth in hopes of keeping skill games in operation beyond July 1 — the day they are scheduled to be banned. Attorneys argued… Read More ›