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  • Nobody’s Purfekt!

    Editors’ Note: Bill Watterson’s last published Calvin and Hobbes cartoon was 25 years ago, Dec. 31, 1995.

  • Will a Post-P45 GOP Emerge?

    Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, December 22, 2020. Whether the GOP can reconstitute itself and engage once again as a viable political party remains unclear. Recently, Steve Schmidt, McCain campaign manager and force behind the Lincoln Project,… Read More ›

  • Briefly Noted

    Editors’ Note: This town is about 50 miles from the site of the Tennessee refrigerated morgue trucks noted in our article of 12/7/2020 []. COMMONWEALTH’S LARGEST NURSING HOME SEES COVID OUTBREAK In Big Stone Gap, VA, the ladies inside a… Read More ›

  • Alfie Remains Questioning

    Burt Bacharach’s lyrics from the 1967 hit song and movie seem an appropriate inquiry contemplating the content of the presidential period from the 2016 campaign to Election Day 2020. What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment… Read More ›

  • We All Live in a Crowded Submarine

    In March 1919 (Schenck v. US), Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes penned the oft-quoted phrase certifying that “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic” was speech that Congress could prohibit and prosecute offenders. The defendant Schenck… Read More ›

  • How Was the Social Contract Broken?

    Editor’s Note: New York Times book review of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, by Robert D. Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett, review published December 13, 2020. Occasionally, a well… Read More ›

  • Once We Were Blind

  • Virginia Voices on the 2020 Election

    The defiance, disbelief, and remedy for the 2020 election results voiced across the nation are stunning. From baseless allegations of fraud to hoarse cries for martial law, voices of folks from the Old Dominion match those in other corners. In… Read More ›

  • On Being Governed

    There are other dates in history that live in infamy. Exactly 160 years ago yesterday, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina’s legislature voted to withdraw from the Union known as the United States. That Union had been enshrined in a… Read More ›

  • Unpacking Supreme Court Gridlock

    By Andrew Scalise One might expect that the entire country grieved on the evening of September 18 with news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but perhaps the only thing sadder than learning of her death… Read More ›