Long Distance Running

By Frank Blechman I have never been a long-distance runner, although I have a lot of friends who have taken up the sport. I have watched long-distance foot races at many different distances and levels. Before, during, and after, the… Read More ›

Over Here, Over There

 BANGLADESH VoxFairfax previously reported (August 2, 2021) the deaths of hundreds of factory workers in Bangladesh largely due to the lack of workplace safety regulations and protections. The widespread proliferation of industrial expansion in the country, however, was occasioned in… Read More ›

Virginia’s “Forgotten 14”

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The Washington Post, September 17, 2021.  As a bitter debate concerning critical race theory absorbs many, historical insights shed light on the nation’s blurred vision regarding race – another kind of lost cause.  Monuments to these… Read More ›

Political Calculus and Secularism

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 29, 2021.  As the nation’s population dynamics continue to reorganize electoral maps, other social forces shift and shape to affect political outcomes. By Ryan Burge There’s no more politically unified religious… Read More ›

Send in the Clowns

The clown figure in culture is far too often dismissed or  ignored, but most often misunderstood. In the United States, there is a tendency to pigeonhole the clown largely to circuses or children’s shows or birthday parties. At another extreme,… Read More ›

Who’s On First, Virginia?

In 1938, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello created the iconic dialogue referencing baseball in which Bud announces that he would be joining the Yankees as manager. Invited to New York to be part of the team, Lou inquires about the… Read More ›


By Frank Blechman Why do incumbent elected officials usually win reelection? Critics would say they win because the elections are “rigged.” For me, that’s a question of semantics. Yes, in the past, gerrymandered districts have favored incumbents, not just by… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

TEXAS The Lone Star State has been, over recent months, at the forefront of national news ignoring mask and vaccine warnings, banning abortion accessibility, and crimping voting rights. As voluminous as national attention has been on Texas, not every resident… Read More ›