The Moral Soul of America

Connect some distant-seeming dots with me, won’t you? Dot 1: Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the… Read More ›

Craft Beer’s Elephants in the Room

On Saturday, I spent a sunshiny early spring evening at Devil’s Backbone. Conveniently situated for Wintergreen vacationers willing to come down the mountain, the brewery’s Basecamp Brewpub on the “Brew Ridge Trail” bustled this weekend with a multigenerational crowd of… Read More ›

Pacing Ourselves

The federal courts administrator’s office is turning an enormous profit on fees for court records, to the detriment of lawyers, researchers, and the public, argues an amicus brief filed this week in the D.C. Circuit. The brief claims that a… Read More ›

Just (Im)Peachy

Most accounts of the 1787 Constitutional Convention emphasize how the framers designed checks on the president to prevent tyranny. But delegates feared an out-of-control legislature, too. Some thought it was a bad idea to give Congress the power to remove… Read More ›

On Account of Sex

Yesterday the Virginia Senate voted in favor of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the proposal also clears the much higher hurdle of passage by the House of Delegates, Virginia would be the 38th state to… Read More ›

You Better Work

How is the historical institution of slavery connected to the workforce patterns of 2019? That was the question Richmond’s Valentine Museum posed Jan. 8 at the latest program in its “Controversy/History” series, “Race & Labor.” The free event challenged about… Read More ›