pandemic

Rara Civis [Rare Citizen]

By Frank Blechman The polls say that although the creature is rare (less than 5% of the voting population), there is still such a thing as an “undecided voter.” Maybe the quarantine is keeping me too isolated, but I have… Read More ›

Responsibility v. Immunity

Few, if any, will deny that each individual owes some duty of care to neighbors and the community at large. That responsibility may be expressed in a myriad of ways including, among others, paying taxes, voting, respecting street and road… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

‘UNIQUELY HARMED’ DELEGATE UNIQUELY PEDESTRIAN Del. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, claims that he has been “uniquely harmed” by executive actions taken by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board, Gov. Ralph Northam, and state Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver in July,… Read More ›

Voting in a Pandemic

By Frank Blechman At the end of last week, the first absentee ballots were sent out here in Virginia. In Fairfax County alone, more than 100,000 have already been requested; in Loudoun, over 40,000. For comparison, in the entire 2016… Read More ›

Brief Cases

DEPRESSION ERA FOOD LINES “The line on Route 10 for the Chesterfield food bank … currently a double wide line that stretches nearly half of a mile.” A striking image of tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic, the disastrous lack… Read More ›

Hijacking America

Editors’ Note: From the New York Times, Book Review, print edition, August 23, 2020. EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen Reviewed By Anand Giridharadas Commentary: Occasionally we discover dynamic ideas in unexpected places, such… Read More ›

Virtues of Virtual Conventions

By Frank Blechman For at least a generation, political conventions have been “made for TV,” more infomercials than reality. Major events such as nomination speeches were keyed to “prime time,” speakers used teleprompters, and the network commentary teams were as… Read More ›

Promises

By Frank Blechman Several months ago I wrote a column here expressing my concern that expectations for deep system changes were getting so high that elected officials would inevitably fail to meet the advocates’ demands. I worried that candidates and… Read More ›