politics

The Art of the Deal to Freedom

By Frank Blechman When I was a community organizer, I hung out with people who thought they could tackle any injustice, challenge any entrenched power, change any bad law or policy. Even in my most idealistic moments, I wasn’t that… Read More ›

We Deliver For You. Now Deliver For Us.

Email inboxes are bombarded by messages from a wide selection of sources. Many are easy to identify and delete; others often offer tantalizing messages in the subject line that may cause a brief pause. The messages from political activists are… Read More ›

Skipping Votes, Skipping Transparency

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from the Roanoke Times, April 19, 2020. Hats off to the Roanoke Times for its dedicated, extensive coverage of voting practices in the General Assembly. Legislative rules make it easy for elected officials to avoid recorded votes. Only… Read More ›

Leadership in a Time of Plague

By Frank Blechman President Donald J. Trump is correct about at least one thing. Maybe several things. First, as a responsible public leader, he is right that he has to consider both physical and economic health when he makes policy…. Read More ›

Ideology Blinds Public Interest

Mr. Shakespeare often displayed keen political insight. In Hamlet (Act I), a Danish officer, Marcellus, after seeing the ghost of Hamlet’s father, tells Horatio, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Horatio repeats the ominous warning to Hamlet who,… Read More ›

A Crime of Abuse for Our Enjoyment

Editors’ Commentary: The sensation and hype for this widely seen series has even prompted some fans to promote a presidential pardon for the convicted offender.  Not to mention the abuse of wildlife, the capacity of some to overlook such anti-social… Read More ›

Evangelicals and Coronavirus Hell

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, March 27, 2020. VoxFairfax has posted pieces from Ms. Stewart on several occasions. By Katherine Stewart Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government… Read More ›