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Opinion

  • A Virginian-Pilot Editorial

    It will happen again. That much is nearly certain.
    It may be at a concert or at a nightclub. It may be at a university, a community college, a high school or an elementary school. It may be at a ball field or in the welcoming confines of a church.
    Nobody knows where or when the next deadly mass shooting will take place in the United States — only that we lose dozens more American lives when it happens, as it eventually will.

  • By KERRY DOUGHERTY
    pilotonline.com

    One dead. Dozens injured. It’s time to stop calling what transpired in the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday a white supremacist “rally” and say what it really was: a riot. A brutal clash between protesters and counter-protesters swinging clubs and baseball bats, throwing bottles and spewing expletives. And finally, a car plowing into a crowd of pedestrians that left one person dead and 19 injured, at last count.

  • The recent success of the first-ever LandCare Rocks the River outdoor event in Fries is just one notable example of how the little riverside community has stepped up its level of appeal to tourists and locals alike.
    Organizers expected around 150 people for the LandCare celebration, which was put on to celebrate our many local, natural resources used for livelihood, as well as recreation (the river, the trail, etc.) The final total not only met this goal, but went over by 500 more.

  • By Stephen Nash

    It’s a little mystery that Galax-area voters have almost figured out, but not quite. Why are realtors, the health industry, beer wholesalers and bankers, coal operators and electric utilities shoving all that cash into the Virginia legislature?
    “Puzzles plus money produce the view that the money explains the puzzles,” legal scholar Lawrence Lessig wrote. “In a line: We don’t trust our government.”

  • A Virginian-Pilot editorial

    While serving as U.S. minister to France in 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to future Chief Justice of the United States John Jay about the prospects of the new nation. As a farmer, Jefferson was particularly optimistic about the potential of vast and fertile land.

  • It has been more than half a year since the events of last November’s presidential election, and probably even longer since most of us have made it through a quiet morning of checking emails and reading news articles without seeing something questionable related to our nation’s politics. There’s no doubt, no matter which side you take in the argument, that our nation is very divided right now; and those who are not still angry towards either the left or right side (or both sides) may have fallen into a bit of a slump when it comes to staying informed.

  • A Virginian-Pilot Editorial

    Shortly after his election as president, Virginian James Monroe, a veteran of America’s founding war, climbed upon his horse and set out to visit all of the existing states. No president before had done so.
    Time and again, in his long journey, as Monroe trotted up to a new community, his compatriots in the American Revolution — veterans — appeared along the road, cheering on the new president as one of their own.

  • When you go to the doctor’s office or hospital, no one asks if you are covered by a Republican health plan or a Democratic health plan.
    But as Congress returns after its July 4 recess, Senate Republicans will try again to approve a health care plan that likely will be opposed by every Democrat in the Senate and House. Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was approved in a down-to-the-wire Senate vote without any Republican support.

  • More than 3,000 rape kits ― some up to 25 years old ― are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.
    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • By Adam Martin, Interim CEO, Wythe Community Hospital

    Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue providing the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff.

  • A Landmark News Service Editorial

    In 1924, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law empowering local registrars to draft certificates of racial composition for all individuals in their jurisdictions, using those certificates to restrict marriage within the commonwealth.
    It’s best to use such comparisons sparingly, but Virginia’s Racial Equality Act reads like something from Apartheid-era South Africa or the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler.

  • In the past year, the subject of politics has been at the forefront of almost everyone’s minds… or at least, it is certainly a topic people can’t seem to get enough of.
    But in spite of this growing trend, there is still a strong sense of disconnect in attention spans for local politics.

  • By REP. MORGAN GRIFFITH

    This month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act to repeal Obamacare and start a health care reform process to return power to the states, drive down costs, and offer options to American families.
    Across the country, costs have sky rocketed and choices have decreased.
    In Iowa, 94 out of 99 counties will be left with literally zero insurance options on the Obamacare exchanges, when insurers pull out as they have announced. It’s the same for 16 counties in Tennessee.

  • Ever since its closing was announced five years ago, everyone from parents and county leaders to advocacy groups and state legislators have been fighting to prevent the closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in 2018.
    This valiant effort continues, even after years of discouraging results and their pleas falling on mostly deaf ears in Richmond.

  • The highlight of 2016 was, inarguably, a highly publicized and at many times, controversial, presidential election.
    While the results of 2016’s controversial presidential election brought about equal parts celebration and panic, we can’t deny that politics on a local level in Grayson County did a better job of bringing people together — even in times of opposition and tragedy.

  • By KERRY DOUGHERTY
    Landmark News Service

     
    It’s been nine years since my daughter played her last varsity field hockey game. That means it’s been nearly a decade since I delivered my final stop-complaining-you-lost speech to her and whichever of her teammates were griping from my backseat.
    The girls won plenty of games. And when they did, there was no happier or more gracious crew. But when they lost, the vanquished players inevitably erupted in a Greek chorus of excuse-making.
    The other team cheated.

  • One of the warmest feelings this time of year is sitting down for dinner with family and friends and celebrating the season.
    But, not everyone has the means to provide a hearty Christmas dinner. Unemployment, disability, sickness and the infirmities of age are the Grinches that so often rob this time of cheer.
    That’s where some true holiday heroes come in.

  • By Rep. Morgan Griffith

    Every four years, American news is dominated by the presidential election. Pundits and analysts play up the drama, predict the outcome of the Electoral College, and endlessly analyze the results. 
    Discussions of this year’s results are unavoidable. Since the Republican candidate won the election, yet lost the popular vote by less than one percent, speculation has started on the purpose of the Electoral College.

  • The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.
    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.
    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • [Last Friday]. communities across the nation paused to mark Veterans Day. Unlike Memorial Day, which commemorates those who have given their lives in defense of the nation, the Nov. 11 holiday pays tribute to all those who have worn the uniform, including the men and women who do so presently.
    While it is right and just that Americans do this, one day is not nearly enough to pay heed to the very specific concerns of those who serve or have served in the armed forces. While Hampton Roads knows better than anywhere about these issues, they should be given greater voice.