Immigration

Santorum’s Blank Slate of Culture

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has talked his way into any number of bone-headed corners. Sadly, many of his most notable blunders are related to his unabashed Catholicism and blind attempts to marry religion with the state. Now, Mr. Santorum… Read More ›

Commonwealth Metamorphosis

By Frank Blechman Virginia’s leaders have lately been basking in positive publicity for being “the first state in the South” to do this or that. First to end the death penalty. First to legalize recreational marijuana. First to end choke… Read More ›

Who Needs Bureaucracy?

News junkies would be hard pressed to recall praise from an elected official over the work of a federal bureau. Sometimes, and sometimes not, during hurricane season, FEMA is lauded for its relief and rescue efforts. However, a walk through… Read More ›

Colloquy: Reparations

Editors’ Note: This is the fourth in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Frank Blechman, Jim McCarthy, Michael Fruitman, Andrew Scalise, Barbara Johnson, and… Read More ›

White, Christian Extremism

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2021. Often overlooked is the relationship between religion and racial animus, particularly the reliance upon religious symbolism as justification for discrimination. This interview with a historian on the subject traces… Read More ›

Colloquy: Promote the General Welfare

Editors’ Note: This is the third in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Jim McCarthy, Frank Blechman, Barbara Levine, and Andrew Scalise. Our… Read More ›

Diversity Teaches

By Frank Blechman Living in the middle of ethnically and socially diverse Northern Virginia has some advantages. We have a lot of choices of cuisines, both in restaurants and in our grocery stores. We don’t have to go very far… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

ORGANIC FOOD FUELS CAPITOL ASSAULT The “QAnon shaman” (a/k/a Jake Chansley) has personal needs that must be accommodated. Chansley—easily recognized for his massive horns, painted face, and fur pelts—was among those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to… Read More ›