Opinion Archive

The truth about Medicaid in Virginia

Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion seized on a state report last month showing Virginia’s Medicaid program eating a substantial and growing portion of the state budget. The response, of course, was predictably partisan and shrill, steeped in half-truths and devoid of inconvenient facts that otherwise dismantle their position altogether.

In D.C., they call it “surge pricing” because the truth is harder to sell

Hunting for street parking can be a pain on Granby Street in downtown Norfolk or around the Virginia Beach Oceanfront – especially if you’re in a hurry. You try to find a spot that’s legal and will last the duration of your trip. You hunt for enough quarters in the little spaces, the glove box and maybe under the floor mats. If push comes to shove, whip out the credit card.

Groupthink solution is worse than the problem

The American Enterprise Institute is a think tank that generally favors free markets. Its president, Arthur Brooks, recently took to the pages of The New York Times to warn that the marketplace for ideas is failing.

Flavelle: Rubio's confusing rhetoric on carbon taxes

  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who seems to have a genuine chance of becoming his party’s presidential nominee, said this week that carbon taxes “will do nothing” to alter the advance of climate change.

The state's inhumane failures

The disgraceful and lonesome death of Jamycheal Mitchell in a concrete cell should compel state lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to prevent such a death from ever happening again.

Bershidsky: It's popular, it's a comedy, and it's about Hitler

The movie “He’s Back,” a comedy that revolves around the return of Adolf Hitler to modern-day Germany, is a huge hit. There may be more than meets the eye to this success, however.

Allen: Men, women, violence and gender equality

Here’s a question for your next cocktail party: Do women civilize men? To your average feminist, that’s an arcane and sexist notion — maybe even a ploy to bridle women into unfulfilling monogamous relationships.

Chalmers: The work of oysters

Virginia Beach's Lynnhaven River has always been a working river. The watermen fishing, crabbing and oystering are part of the river's history and charm. The Lynnhaven once served as a water highway connecting the plantations and villages along its banks. At that time, it became one of the country's top oyster producers.

Pahl: Looking for transportation parity in N.C.

To the state of North Carolina, tolling the Ocracoke/Hatteras ferry is a cherry for the picking. And that's why officials won't leave this alone.

Kaszubowski: At ODU, from government to commerce

Hampton Roads has a long and storied history as home to the original NASA center, a large and well-respected Department of Energy laboratory and a variety of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard installations.

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