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Virginia and OSHA Fail Workers

Editors’ Note: Adapted from The New Republic (Timothy Noah), May 29, 2020, and the Daily News-Record (Ian Munro), June 29, 2020. While “essential workers” labor under treacherous conditions in face of the coronavirus pandemic, the terms of their employment are… Read More ›

Hard Right Worries Virginia GOP

Editors’ Note: Sourced from Virginia Mercury, June 23, 2020. By Graham Moomaw U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, the only Republican victor in Virginia’s four competitive congressional races in 2018, was just ousted by conservative constituents upset he officiated a gay wedding. Riggleman claims… Read More ›

Black While at Liberty University

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from Slate, June 16, 2020. By Ruth Graham A member of the administrative staff thought it would be “the simplest of actions” for his department at Liberty University, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, to post on… Read More ›

Great Expectations Face VA Dems

By Frank Blechman Democratic leaders in the Virginia General Assembly have created a trap for themselves, from which I see no easy way out. Because of the economic disruption of the novel coronavirus, revenue projections made six months ago for… Read More ›

Brief Cases

SHENANDOAH COUNTY PASTOR CALLS 911, IS ARRESTED A black pastor in Woodstock Virginia was visiting an apartment property he owns when he saw a man and woman he knew did not live on the property dragging a refrigerator to the… Read More ›

Virginia’s Protest Sites

The protests across the nation in response to the deaths of Black Americans in questionable circumstances have occurred spontaneously and in remarkable sizes and geographic distribution. And all of them in just a few weeks since the murder of George… Read More ›

Loving Pocahontas Day Redux

Editors’ Note: Republished from June 8, 2018. In light of recent events and in relation to June 12, 1967, the date of a Supreme Court opinion striking down Virginia’s Jim Crow anti-miscegenation law, we re-present. June 19th witnesses  the 99th… Read More ›

Many War Monuments, Too Few for Peace

By Frank Blechman Before humans had much language, we drew pictures. Our ancestors understood that images were so potent that they imbued them with supernatural qualities. In the Ten Commandments, there is an explicit rule denouncing “graven” images. Today, we… Read More ›