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Federal lawmakers aim to crack down on ‘dark patterns’ that trick users online

BY: - June 29, 2022

The legislation would place limits on how internet firms with over 100M monthly users could ask for information

COMMENTARY

Spare us your thoughts and prayers. Do your jobs | Bob Lewis

BY: - May 30, 2022

The United States is a nation awash in firearms and lacking the political will to enact commonsense reforms to address it.

COMMENTARY

We need to find a better way to balance police budgets | Roger Chesley

BY: - November 5, 2021

Local police officers shouldn't be revenue-generators for their municipalities. Making the switch would improve police-community relations.

COMMENTARY

Don’t be surprised if the GOP tests its anti-crime message in Virginia. But will it work?

BY: - July 20, 2021

July is on its way toward being the deadliest month because of a grisly Independence Day weekend in which more than 150 people were fatally shot in 400 separate shooting incidents.

COMMENTARY

Protest songs remind us in times of tumult that we’ve yet to realize our aspirations | Opinion

BY: - April 13, 2021

Music born of angry times of domestic disunity in American history leave indelible marks on us that speak loudly about who we are rather than who we propose to be.

COMMENTARY

Home care is a lifeline for people with disabilities. We need to fund it that way | Opinion

BY: - January 1, 2021

We need to stop treating nursing homes as the default option for people who need care. People with disabilities have a right to live in the least restrictive environment possible.

COMMENTARY

Times have changed, but the disenfranchisement game is the same | Opinion

BY: - October 4, 2020

Republicans concede that if as many people vote as possible, they’re toast. They want their voters to cast ballots, but not all voters. 

ICE ordered her deportation. Instead she’s spent the last year living in a Va. church

BY: - July 22, 2019

Abbie Arevalo-Herrera is one of two women living in Virginia churches to avoid deportation by ICE, which has a policy of not arresting people in locations it deems “sensitive.”