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Opinion

  • In defiance of economic theory, financial analysis and logical reasoning, Senate Republicans approved sweeping tax-reform legislation projected to increase the national deficit by $1.4 trillion in the coming decade.
    The nearly 500-page measure was originally pitched as a way to streamline and simplify the tax code for millions of Americans, particularly those in the middle class. It promised to deliver corporate tax reduction, which has general support from across the ideological spectrum.

  • A Virginian Pilot Editorial

    Earlier this month, 13 federal agencies released an exhaustive assessment of the country’s climate, concluding that Americans are now living in the “warmest period in the history of modern civilization.”

  • You hardly know who to believe these days, when actual events can be very strange and comedians can imitate politicians so well you have to ask, “It that him, or someone pretending to be him?”
    There always seem to be experts who disagree on a given topic, and often, there’s no telling just how authentic an “expert” is.

  • Police officer down.
    The entire community holds its breath when it reads or hears those words, hands clasped and heads bowed, in the fervent hope that its worst fears are not realized.
    In incident involving a Portsmouth officer shot five times in the line of duty las week should spur us to take a moment to consider the challenge of police work in this day and age, a vocation that routinely requires the risk of life and limb in service to the public.

  • As the holiday season gets fully underway, we should remind ourselves that certain kinds of gifts are more appreciated than others.
    Once children are past the age of wanting – desperately! – the latest toy or fashion, it gets harder to provide a really special gift. We offer the excuses of “I don’t know what’s in style right now,” or “I don’t know what kind of music the kids are listening to these days,” or even, “I don’t know what size anybody wears.”

  • A Virginian-Pilot editorial

    Fresh from his sweeping victory on Tuesday night, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam on Wednesday outlined an ambitious agenda he intends to pursue for the next four years.
    Speaking the morning after his win made national headlines, the Eastern Shore Democrat ticked off his priorities for his administration, a list that included the economy, the environment, health care and sea level rise.

  • 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.