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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, January 29.

  • Quizzical

    I read the RTD editorial about lack of school funding with interest. I have a philosophical question myself: why, in the age of the Internet, where anybody with a network connection can access millions of free books, and access high quality free education (like Kahn Academy) – why is the cost of education increasing way faster than inflation? That’s a question I have for colleges as well.

    Some innovative schools have switched to what they call “upside down” classes, where the students’ homework is doing Kahn Academy and classroom work is devoted to working problems.

    I voted against the Fairfax County school bond, which I have never done before, because when I read up on it I saw they were going to build a $27 million school and there was no explanation of why had to be so expensive. And I was angry about the changes to federal tax law that were taking away a large part of state and local tax deductions, and I was trying to send a message to Barbara Comstock and her supporters that it’s not going to be business as usual after these tax code changes. We’ll see how things go next election.

    • Quizzical

      Concerning the rural Virginia schools, tellingly the school bond issue in Lee County was defeated. I can understand why. If you were a Lee County parent, with a child in school, your own children may or may not ever benefit from the new facility, depending what grades they are in and how long it takes to build the school. On the other hand, if you can afford a high speed internet connection, and afford a cheap laptop like a chrome book, you can get help for your children overnight, if you can get them to do Kahn Academy. How would you choose to spend your money?

      • Quizzical

        Another example of the lowering of cost barriers to an education is that you can buy the Kindle version of the entire Harvard Classics library, more than 50 volumes, for less than the cost of a Whopper, large fries and a large soda. Ok, granted that you have to have a Kindle reader or some other device to read them. A base Kindle reader costs 80 bucks. Or, you can get a chromebook with some memory — which you need for Kahn Academy anyway — and install the Kindle Cloud reader.

        • Quizzical

          The Roanoke Times editorial bases its entire argument on spending per student, but does not explain what is included in that. If it includes the cost of building and staffing new schools, then the spending per student figure for areas with rapidly growing school age population is naturally going to be higher. Same if the school age population requires English as a second language instruction. On the other hand, an area with a shrinking school age population can defer new school construction.

          We can all agree I think that leaking roofs on schools is unacceptable. However, what is the rest of the story? Did they defer installing a new roof because there was going to be a vote on a bond issue for a brand new school?

          The other odd thing about the Roanoke Times editorial is that Roanoke is 175 to 200 miles distant from Lee County and Buchanan County. There are no statements from school officials in those Counties saying that they cannot provide a high quality educational program with their current resources. Why not?

          I think a large high school, like Westfield High for example, is always going to be able to offer more extracurricular activities than a small high school, like Grundy High for example. But I would never just assume that Westfield offers a higher quality educational program than Grundy.

  • Jason Peterson

    The best way to derail a blue wave in 2018 is to insert that woman into the middle of it.

    • “That woman?” Seriously?

  • Video: Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Only Black Statewide Officeholder Bows Out Of “Stonewall” Jackson Tribute


  • Video: Senate Republicans defeat AG Herring’s/Sen. Lucas’ SB987 (“Paramilitary activities; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity if such person assembles with another person with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm or explosive or incendiary device or any components or combination thereof. Such unlawful paramilitary activity is punishable as a Class 5 felony.”)


  • Just to illustrate how utterly pathetic Dominion Energy is, check this out from NY State and contrast to Dominion’s pathetically small, timid offshore wind plans for Virginia!


  • Video: Virginia Legislative Black Caucus School-To-Prison Pipeline Press Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMpIuzYEBtg

  • From Progress VA:

    Women’s Equality Coalition Condemns Anti-Woman Members of Senate Committee For Passing By Common Sense Birth Control Bill

    Richmond, Virginia—On Monday afternoon, anti-woman members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed by for the year Senator McClellan’s SB907, a bill that would have allowed Virginia women to more easily afford the cost of birth control. SB907 would require insurers in Virginia classify birth control as preventative care and provide coverage for it with no copay and at no additional cost to people who need it. This is a common sense proposal that is widely popular, and the Women’s Equality Coalition is disappointed that the committee voted to pass it by for the year.

    “Everyone should be able to choose how and when to start a family, and that starts with affordable access to birth control,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia said. “Ensuring everyone has access to birth control regardless of income or zip code just makes sense, and it is absurd that conservative members of this committee would stand in the way.”

    “When women have reliable access to birth control, they are able to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. However, President Trump and his administration have taken direct aim at the Affordable Care Act, leaving all of us uncertain if insured women will continue to have access to free birth control. Women in Virginia deserve elected leaders who will fight for access to basic reproductive health care services, and I am disappointed that the Senate passed by SB907 for the year,” said Jennifer Allen, CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia.

    “This bill is as commonsense as it gets,” said Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “It would enshrine in Virginia law a benefit that insurance companies are already providing, and it would protect Virginians who depend on no copay birth control from whatever attacks the White House throws at us next. It is not extreme, it is fundamental and commonsense. I wish I could say I am surprised by today’s vote, but the last two weeks of General Assembly have made one thing very clear – anti-choice extremists did not take the lessons of last November to heart. They have no interest in working with their colleagues and passing good policy on behalf of the women and families of Virginia.”

    The Brookings Institute estimates that unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers an average of $11 billion per year. The average cost to an insurer of birth control for one year is $160-$600. The average cost to an insurer of a birth is $18,329-$27,866. A 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that over 77% of women and 64% of men support laws requiring health insurance plans to cover the cost of birth control. A 2017 poll showed that over 77% of women don’t want these benefits to stop. The Women’s Equality Coalition, a statewide coalition made up of 14 member organizations dedicated to ensuring that all Virginia women are able to fully participate in social, economic, and political life.

  • From the VA House Dems:

    House Dems Respond to GOP Statement on Medicaid Expansion

    RICHMOND, Va. – House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring today issued the following statement in response to House Republicans’ threat against Medicaid expansion:

    “House Democrats are encouraged that Republicans are ready to seriously address the health care needs of nearly 400,000 Virginians. However, we are disheartened that Republicans want to begin the conversation by reducing, rather than expanding, access to affordable health care. This is a critical issue. We’re ready to sit down and make this work for Virginia.”

  • marquinho santos

    {Fato da bitcoin não poder ser inflacionada como uma moeda de cunho forçado, como comentei anteriormente, e pelo fato também de ser protegida por todo sistema da segurança do blockchain, bitcoin pode ser uma alternativa interessante ao ouro como reserva de valor.|Especialmente se você contar com uma exchange sólida, que lida com um grande volume de transações, a liquidez do seu investimento estará garantida.Ninguém usa bitcoin como moeda porque 1. existe essa volatilidade gigantesca no preço e 2. existem limitações na própria tecnologia que a impedem de escalar globalmente (veja na wiki do bitcoin para informações detalhadas).}

    Segredos do Bitcoin

    {Muito se tem falado sobre Bitcoin ultimamente e sempre que é uma moeda valiosíssima. A característica de descentralização do Bitcoin – ou seja, não existe uma instituição que controla – também permite que qualquer investidor possa ter acesso a instrumentos assim. Com mais e mais regulamentos e aceitação vindo, Bitcoin torna-se mais legítimo e a tecnologia por trás fica ainda melhor. Outro fator que corrobora Bitcoin rumo a 100.000 dólares é a demanda da parte dos investidores, que só faz aumentar. Curso Segredos do bitcoin do Ronaldo silva funciona para pessoas comuns ,que sonham com a possibilidade de mudar de vida da água para vinho,trabalhando no conforto do seu lá não importando em que lugar esteja. Investir tempo e recursos em qualquer coisa relacionada ao Bitcoin requer certa dose de empreendedorismo.|Bitcoin e tecnologia são termos com íntima ligação, essa moeda digital trouxe inovações que conseguem garantir máxima segurança, eficiência e agilidade nas transações online, é por essa razão que ela se mantém como um investimento sólido , duradouro e excepcionalmente lucrativo.}

    Segredos do Bitcoin

    {Mineração de Bitcoin é então processo de adicionar registros de transações ao livro razão público do bitcoin, que armazena transações passadas. Quando contador parar, será lançando maior conteúdo sobre bitcoin já revelado no mercado brasileiro atualmente.|Agora que você conhece sistema, entendeu como funciona a segurança das transações na rede e até mesmo onde você pode negociar, é hora de saber um pouco mais sobre a valorização do Bitcoin para definir se vale a pena aplicar seu salário na moeda. Só você pode determina se ethereum vale a pena, nós acreditamos que sim, vale a pena, pois já demonstrou potencial de valorização.}