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Margaritaville

The news these days is flush with accounts of the proposed sale of Virginia’s post-prohibition monopoly of ABC stores. For generations, the Commonwealth has controlled liquor by the bottle through a state-based network of about 300 stores that…

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Hampton Roads Latinos find love and friendship at Puerto de Gracia

This is a guest post by the Rev. Greg West. Greg is pastor of the Puerto de Gracia Hispanic outreach at Grace Harbor United Methodist Church in Suffolk. This article was originally published in the April 2010 issue…

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“What part of illegal don’t you understand?”

This is a guest post by Darren Rippy. Darren is a graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at the College of William & Mary. He is a summer policy fellow at the Virginia Interfaith Center…

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Virginia’s Incomplete Family History

Rev. Crystal Sygeel wrote a moving op/ed which was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 23, 2010 about her Native American roots and the current struggle of Virginia’s tribes to get federal recognition. The only surviving photo…

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Virginia’s Split on Arizona Immigration Law

This is a guest post by Darren Rippy. Darren is a graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at the College of William & Mary. He is a summer policy fellow at the Virginia Interfaith Center…

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Righting a 400-Year Wrong

This is a guest post by Darren Rippy. Darren is a graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at the College of William & Mary. He is a summer policy fellow at the Virginia Interfaith Center…

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The DREAMs of a child have another chance

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” -Inscription on the Statue of Liberty Immigrants were the founders of our great nation, which was established on the values of democracy, civil liberties, and…

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What is Poverty? Campaign Edition

It’s that time again. We are deluged with campaign news and candidate information, about how the incumbents have helped us and how the contenders hope to help us. One candidate claims he holds those crucial small-town values, like…

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Fuzzy Numbers: Gov Bob McDonnell and His ABC Plan

Yet another mathematical analysis of the Governor’s plan to privatize the state’s ABC  operation clearly demonstrates why citizens are showing  no enthusiasm for his illogical plan.  This is particularly important because even with dramatically higher taxes the plan…

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Thrice the number of McDonald’s

Like you, I’ve seen the faces of substance abuse—the familiar knock at the back door of the church by someone whose world is in turmoil as a result of alcohol abuse. And like you, I know that this…

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