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 ›

Never Fading Away

On April 11, 1951, President Harry Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his command of the United Nations forces defending South Korea following a number of critical statements by MacArthur of the Commander-in-Chief’s policy decisions. Eight days later, the General… 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 ›

Around the Novahood

LOUDOUN SHOWS THE WAY WITH THREE PROGRESSIVE ACTIONS In recent weeks, Loudoun County has taken steps in three separate areas in ways that promote progress in the community. It will apologize for formerly operating segregated schools, backed the creation of… Read More ›

Gideon’s Trumpet Continues to Blare

Unlike Gideon’s biblical victory over a larger army (Judges 7:16-22), neither Virginia’s nor the nation’s criminal justice system has succeeded to a clear and convincing standard of equal justice for all. Virginia’s experience with the frailties and inconsistencies of its… Read More ›

Brief Cases

VA GOP LEADERS SUPPORT BIDEN Last week, 13 current and former Virginia Republican leaders voiced their support for Joe Biden for President–including former Senator John Warner. In addition, the list provided by the Biden campaign includes six Republicans described as… Read More ›

Reflections on Labor Day

By Frank Blechman When my children were small, I taught them that holidays on the civil calendar are monuments to political strength. Columbus Day, for example, only became a ‘thing’ in places with large enough Italian-American communities to make it… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

JAMES DANFORTH QUAYLE James Danforth Quayle (“Dan” as he was familiarly called) was the 44th Vice President of the United States under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993. Dan Quayle is one of five former living vice presidents; the others… Read More ›

Exploded: The Myth of Virginia Dare

Racially tinged material is often more easily identified by a reader from its blatant content. White supremacy (or white identity) writings are more subtle, appealing to what we now describe as white privilege. Sadly, Virginia has been a petri dish… Read More ›