Commentary

A sign made by Vicki Farrell, 65, in the back of her car at the Aragon Precinct in Virginia Beach urging calm following the 2020 election. (Roger Chesley/ For the Virginia Mercury)

Despite periods of hysteria’ Truman found cause for hope in the national character | Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2022

Americans have repeatedly shaken off self-imposed mental chains to overcome periods of instability like the one we are suffering.

Lies don’t have to spread far to cause problems. numismarty/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Conspiracy theories are dangerous even if very few people believe them | Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2022

Whether they were true believers or not, Capitol rioters were influenced by conspiracy theories.

US Constitution

Democracy: Use it or lose it

BY: - September 22, 2022

The Constitution does not mention democracy. But despite fits and starts the U.S. has become more representative since its founding.

Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read | Opinion

BY: - September 22, 2022

Many adults presume that exposure to particular literary content will invariably produce particular effects.

DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

BY: - September 21, 2022

'The migrants are human beings, and we’ve got to treat them like human beings. They are being used as political pawns to get publicity,' U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Texas, said

DeSantis, Abbott pull from segregationists’ playbook with their anti-immigration stunts | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

Then, as now, the message Southern racists aimed to send with their 'reverse freedom rides' was, 'Here, you love them so much, you take care of them.'

Prevent Crime: Protect children from lead poisoning | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

More than 9,000 young children suffer from lead poisoning each year in Pennsylvania.

About the laughable and offensive attacks on Biden’s student loan debt relief program | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

Where's the rage over government handouts for the fossil fuel industry, or other deep-pocketed interests?

Queen Elizabeth II Dies At Balmoral Castle

You can’t untangle Queen Elizabeth’s legacy from Britain’s cruel colonialism | Michael Coard

BY: - September 20, 2022

Britons continue to benefit from their supremacy – correction, savagery – throughout the world in 2022.

Dems shouldn’t get their midterm hopes up (Even if John Fetterman wins) | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - September 20, 2022

President Joe Biden is likely to face an empowered and hostile opposition in Congress over the next two years.

A legislative softball game won’t save democracy. But it can’t hurt | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 19, 2022

Lawmakers take the field Tuesday as the Capitol All-Stars Game returns to FNB Field in Harrisburg.

CURIOUS KIDS

How to keep kids curious. Five questions answered | Opinion

BY: - September 19, 2022

Curiosity is a natural capacity, present in nonhuman animals as well as in humans from a very young age.