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    Listening to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s State of the Commonwealth speech before the General Assembly Wednesday night, we’re guessing he’s a fan of the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit.”

      No one who watched Damar Hamlin go down on Monday Night Football last week, and then watched as announcers tried to make sense of the near-fatal tragedy that unfolded, will ever forget that moment. The question that is increasingly being asked in the wake of that episode is, will this be the…

        The debate over violence and guns in Virginia is far from hypothetical. From 2011 to 2021, the state’s murder rate has risen to 6.59 per 100,000 people in 2021 compared with 3.69 in 2011, according to Axios’ analysis of the Virginia State Police’s Crime in Virginia report.

        This morning is about belief. And that truth has never been captured better than it was 125 years ago in the pages of the New York Sun.

        The editorial page has undergone significant changes over the past year. Among those has been a focus on civility, and finding a way out of the increasingly uncivil climate we find ourselves in.


        The recent decision by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system to do away with late fees and fines is a welcome and long-overdue change in policy. It’s also in step with the growing number of public libraries around the country that have done the same.

        A report last month by Virginia’s nonpartisan Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which conducts policy evaluations and oversees state agencies on behalf of the General Assembly, made a close inspection of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 education.

        In the pantheon of sports legends, there are a select few names that stand alone: Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Walter Payton. These players transformed not only their sports, but the American culture.

        If you feel safe in your car, thank the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, located just over an hour away from Fredericksburg. Founded in 1959, it conducts and publishes the results of crash tests, and its findings have forced manufacturers to greatly improve cars’ crashworthiness.

        On Monday, Richmond removed its last city-owned Confederate statue — that of A.P. Hill. As our sister publication the Richmond Times–Dispatch wrote: “[T]he last of Richmond’s Lost Cause icons has finally been toppled and removed.”

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