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  • 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 ›

  • Political Parties and Race in America

    Recently (June 8, “White Fear, White Guilt, White Silence, White Paralysis”;, VoxFairfax offered an opinion that the root of racism in America derived from white guilt and fear leading to white silence and paralysis of leadership. While fear generally… Read More ›

  • The Neverending Story?

  • Fail-Safe Accountability

    The recent firings by P45 of four inspectors general in little over a month is unprecedented, demonstrating a determination to create unaccountable executive authority advocated by the radical right through elimination of oversight. Fortunately, this country has created a fail-safe option:… Read More ›

  • It Happened Here

    By Barbara Baum Levine It seems as though every news cycle is introduced by the word “unprecedented.” We reel in wide-eyed amazement at every action taken by the current Administration and ask how we got here. This week, we’ve watched… Read More ›

  • The Wall of Silence

    By Barbara Baum Levine With respect and gratitude to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, whose lyrical poetry and music continues to enlighten our perspectives. Hello, black folks, my dear friends, I’ve come to shoot you down again So racism keeps… Read More ›

  • White Fear, White Guilt, White Silence, White Paralysis

    By Frank Blechman I used to think that white fear was the root problem of racism in America. As a white guy, I had some reason to believe that nonwhite people might not feel kindly toward us. White people could… Read More ›

  • Police Unions: Power Behind the Badge

  • Around the Novahood

    PWC ESTABLISHES PUBLIC DEFENDER Virginia’s second-most-populous jurisdiction, and the only Virginia county that is majority-people of color, Prince William County, has lacked a public defender’s office. It relied, instead on a  system of poorly compensated, court-appointed counsel to represent low-income defendants…. Read More ›

  • Remove Trump and His Senate Enablers

    Editors’ Note: Reposted from The Washington Post, June 1, 2020. George Will is a well-known conservative columnist.  By George F. Will This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph —… Read More ›