The National Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) recently reported that traffic deaths in the U.S. rose 7% last year, never mind that people drove many fewer miles due to the pandemic.
The NTSA blamed the increase on drivers taking more risks on less congested roads. These risks included speeding, failing to wear seat belts, or drinking and driving. I would add drag racing to that list and state that in Richmond, drivers have not given up these risky behaviors now that traffic has returned to normal.
While the pandemic has presented challenges over the past year, technology allowed us to connect with family, friends, colleagues and businesses from afar, and offered the ability to work from home and keep critical government services operating.
Yet, despite all the benefits of technology, eyebrows tend to raise when the idea of meshing technology with transportation is discussed.
But, like it or not, technology already is disrupting our lives. So, let’s embrace it.
As Richmonders and bus riders, we are grateful for fare-free transit this past year. It has relieved one pandemic burden and kept us connected to essential services.
But at the moment, the fare-free pilot program, which has been a silver lining for many during this stressful time, is set to end on June 30.
While there is potentially more funding coming from the state, it’s not set to arrive until 2022. Riders of the GRTC Transit System need help before then.
How can we combat racism in America if many White people see any attempt to remedy it as a threat and an insult? That question was front and center last week in Loudoun County at a rowdy school board meeting featuring outraged complaints from scores of conservative parents and activists. They objected to a racial equity initiative adopted two years ago by the school system in the affluent Northern Virginia suburb. The effort, ordered by the state attorney general, aims to improve treatment of students of color, who are a majority in Loudoun.
Last month, Sena. Mark Warner released “Overhauling International Taxation,” a framework for ensuring huge corporations pay their fair share so that we can invest in jobs, health care and other critical programs and services.
The plan, proposed by Warner as well as Sen. Wyden of Oregon and Sen. Brown of Ohio, builds on President Biden’s Made in America Tax Plan, which rewards corporations for keeping jobs in the United States and invests in building a prosperous economy financed by a fairer tax code.
"We write to express our deep concern about the clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism at the Virginia Military Institute.” This was the opening sentence of a letter sent to the President of the VMI Board of Visitors on October 19, 2020 by Gov. Northam based on a few individual allegations in the media of racism at VMI. The letter called for an investigation.
It’s hard to believe there was ever a chance it wouldn’t turn out this way. Fourteen years ago, members of Carilion Health System’s board had an existential decision in front of them. The healthcare industry faced an upheaval, and trends for traditional hospital systems were not favorable. One thing was clear: Proceeding with the status quo would not serve the community or the health of its members.
Dominion Energy takes seriously its duty to provide safe and reliable service while meeting our customers’ needs for affordable and clean energy. Our ability to do so is tied to the policy and legislative landscape in Virginia, which has kept rates low and stable while growing renewable resources. However, in his recent column in The Roanoke Times, Sen. David Suetterlein advocated for Virginia to follow Texas and other states down the path toward electricity deregulation — despite the catastrophic electric reliability failures and ensuing price hikes seen there.
Terry McAuliffe wins election as governor again in November and that’s it. The Democrats roll on. Why does this have to be complicated? Dr. Bold blew the doors off the joint in Tuesday’s primary and the immediate reaction was to say, “let the games begin.” It’s game over. Terry has already been out making nice with his former rivals, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, waving to the crowds, bragging about the 200,000 jobs he created as Virginia’s 72nd governor, on his way to becoming the 74th.
When the new $224 million mental health hospital and outpatient center for children opens next year on the campus of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, the region will be taking a major step forward in the availability of critical resources in the treatment of mental health conditions among the region’s children and adolescents. The need for such resources has been well documented. One in three visits to primary care pediatricians is related to mental health concerns, which is also the most common cause that youth ages 10-17 are admitted to the hospital in our region.
In the early 1970s, in the midst of the Cold War, one of the Potomac River farms once owned by George Washington was nearly sold to the Soviet Union for use as a retreat for embassy dignitaries. To prevent the sale, philanthropist Enid Annenberg Haupt donated $1 million to the American Horticultural Society (AHS) to allow the organization to purchase the property for its headquarters. Now, nearly 50 years later, AHS has announced its intent to sell the property, River Farm, for $32.9 million. When it listed the property for sale, the AHS likely had no inkling of the fierce opposition the sale would provoke in its neighbors and every local, state and federal official with even a remote connection to the property.
Our federal government’s most sacred duty is to safeguard the right to life for all Americans. Yet current federal law allows our most vulnerable citizens — newborn babies who are born alive after botched abortions — to be neglected, denied medical care, and left on the abortionist’s table gasping for air until they ultimately succumb to death.