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The speed at which the coronavirus has changed our lives in Virginia is breathtaking. By Feb. 28, 2,000 people worldwide had been infected and 2,800 had died of the virus. There were 60 cases in the U.S. with no deaths, and the virus had not yet reached Virginia. Officials were urging school…

The dramatic juncture in the world reminds one of the old saying: If Athens weeps, Sparta is not laughing. Athens, the great power of millennia ago, suffered at the hands of the Spartans but Sparta too was in grave peril. It is happening now to the great power of our era, the United States, …

"Politics abhors a vacuum," said the late John McCain, as have others. The coronavirus menace shows the truth of it. President Donald Trump's floundering response created a void into which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sucked.

It is not cognitive dissonance – the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously – to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearin…

Yes. The world is in the midst of a pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. But in between all the political posturing and breathless, fear-inducing media coverage, can we all just take a deep, cleansing breath? In fact, take four or five.

It's easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for everything.

One of the more tiresome partisan polkas we’ve witnessed in the years of President Donald Trump is the herky-jerky one around White House briefings. First, journalists insist that avoiding daily briefings is a dangerously undemocratic practice. Then when there are suddenly daily briefings fo…

It's unnerving, and perhaps instructive, that the arrangements elites have been prescribing for dealing with what they call our most dangerous environmental threat – climate change, formerly known as global warming – are almost precisely the opposite of the arrangements deployed to deal with…

Milan is the V-8 engine of Italy's economy. Known as an industrial and financial powerhouse, Milan is also famous for its foul air. Now the city and its region, Lombardy, have become the epicenter of Europe's coronavirus pandemic. To stop the virus' spread, factories, offices, restaurants an…

The coronavirus epidemic that's crashing the U.S. economy, putting lives at risk and derailing our entire way of life should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. government must stop being reliant on China and other foreign nations for prescription drugs, medical supplies or any supply chai…

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster – a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge.

To say that our lives have changed in a matter of a few weeks is an understatement. To think we’re going to go back to normal in three weeks is wishful, naive thinking. The coronavirus wave that’s left death in its wake is now at our doorstep in the valley, with at least nine positive cases …

West Virginia’s Senate recently passed a resolution to remind the citizens of Frederick County, Virginia, that since West Virginia was formed in 1862, Frederick County has had a standing invitation to become part of the state of West Virginia. Times being as they are, there is now talk in so…

As the coronavirus stops normal life, trapping more Americans in their homes, some have raised the specter of another health threat: loneliness. Before this crisis seized our anxieties, much discussion centered around the dangers of perceived social isolation and feeling cut off from others.

We live in strange times these days. Nearly every American's life has been upended by something we can't even see, a miniscule coronavirus that has proven most deadly to those who already have compromised immune systems due to age or existing illness.

A recent report by Chris Stewart has shed new light on some of the educational problems faced by black youth. The report is titled "The Secret Shame: How America's Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All." Stewart is a self-described liberal and CEO…

One of the smallest countries of Europe is way down in the Mediterranean sea, rich in history and archaeological attraction. Cyprus is the third major island in the Mediterranean, right after Sicily and Sardinia, but particularly resemblant, historically and ethnographically, to Sicily. Both…