FOR children, snow days are magical. They wake up and the whole world is covered by a glistening white mantle. School and after-school activities are cancelled. There’s nothing better to do than grab coats, mittens, boots, and sleds and go play outside to play with friends in the winter wonderland.

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OUTDATED zoning regulations make it difficult to attract the right mix of new businesses and residents to the Fredericksburg region. Public officials have to find a way to deal with increased demographic pressures without overwhelming existing transportation infrastructure and local governme…

FOR 47 YEARS, Norman Brooks devoted his life to protecting and saving the lives of the people of Spotsylvania County. He was a first responder long before the term was ever coined. He was a firefighter’s firefighter, and represented all the virtues—the dedication, the commitment and the self…

IN retrospect, it seems obvious that President Donald Trump would want to have his cake and eat it too by both signing a government funding bill that provides $1.375 billion for a barrier with Mexico and declaring a national emergency to allocate other federal funds for the same purpose.

ON JANUARY 3, China became the first nation to make a soft landing of a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The subsequent video footage of the Chang’e 4 rover making its way around this unexplored terrain, along with the images of their first-of-its-kind plant experiments, have hearkene…

DONNING blackface is a racial insult, an obscene gesture of scorn and ridicule. But sexual assault is a crime. That puts the serious accusations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in a different category than the self-confessed bigotry of Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring.

FOR MANY years, I taught Dale Carnegie’s famous book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936) in my undergraduate courses as a splendid example of modern self-help writing. Carnegie appeared as the 20th-century counterpart of Benjamin Franklin and Horatio Alger, a popular author who…

THE MOST joy-filled people I saw during the Super Bowl were in a Microsoft commercial titled “When Everybody Plays We All Win.” We were introduced to six kids who love to play video games with their friends. Each of these beautiful kids has a physical limitation that makes using standard vid…

THE TREPIDATIONS so many local government officials had three years ago about the General Assembly’s outlawing of proffers turned out to be well-founded. Local leaders soon realized they’d lost the ability to win any concessions from developers. The threat of litigation put them on the defen…

ALTHOUGH they were only children when they were illegally brought into this country, the 800,000 or so individuals who qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are not legal residents of the U.S. under federal law. DACA allows them to live and work here and onl…

AS PARTISAN wrangling in Washington continues, hamstringing the essential functions of the federal government, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia—the oldest legislative body in the United States, currently observing its 400th anniversary—is getting things done.

YOUTH sports once followed a natural progression with the seasons. Around the time the forsythia bloomed, kids put away the basketball and went searching for their bats and gloves. When the days grew shorter and cooler, the bats and gloves were stashed and (for the boys, at least) the footba…