I’m driving. If you know me, you’d know I do that a lot these days. Sometimes I have friends there with me; we laugh, sing — badly, in most cases — and talk until the sun sets. We even argue every once in a while. The car is an intimate place, though. Going 60 mph, it feels like you never move at all — you’re protected from the elements, the sounds, the breeze. When conflict arises, you’re in a safe space — you can hash things out, reach true understandings. In other words, there’s no pressure — no pressure to act a certain way or put up a certain appearance. You can’t say that about many places anymore.

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Everyone seems to believe that the United States is more divided now than it has ever been. Whether this is true or not — it’s not — it is clear that America needs a method of solving conflicts quickly and indisputably. Arguments on Twitter haven’t been working, so there is only one good alt…

Virginia Tech is losing money because of its investments in fossil fuels. The university’s endowment is operated by the Virginia Tech Foundation (VTF) and holds $1.15 billion in assets as of last year. Approximately 10% of this amount is invested in fossil fuels, which includes the productio…

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I’m driving. If you know me, you’d know I do that a lot these days. Sometimes I have friends there with me; we laugh, sing — badly, in most cases — and talk until the sun sets. We even argue every once in a while. The car is an intimate place, though. Going 60 mph, it feels like you never move at all — you’re protected from the elements, the sounds, the breeze. When conflict arises, you’re in a safe space — you can hash things out, reach true understandings. In other words, there’s no pressure — no pressure to act a certain way or put up a certain appearance. You can’t say that about many places anymore.

During the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019, President Trump asked Congress to ban late-term abortion. He framed his appeal as a reaction against New York’s Reproductive Health Act — which signed into law on Jan. 22 — and Virginia’s HB 2491 bill, which received support from Gov. Ra…

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The first memory I have of Gov. Ralph Northam is from February 2014 when I was a nervous Virginia Senate Page, and he was the freshly inaugurated lieutenant governor. The day my name was drawn to help out at his office, the Capitol grounds were covered in ice, dangerous territory in the faux…

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This year, Delegates Chris Hurst, D-12, and Danica Roem, D-13 of the Virginia General Assembly put forth their own bills to protect reporters in Virginia, as it is one of the few states in the country that does not have a shield law — a law that protects journalists from being compelled to r…

Theft by a fellow citizen is a crime. After all, the Declaration of Independence did originally say that people had a right to property. But while theft by a fellow citizen is a crime, theft by the government is perfectly legal.

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As Virginia Tech students and residents of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, we are ashamed, disappointed and angered by the news that has come out regarding our governor and state attorney general. The recent revelations that have come out about their past behaviors are shocking and unacc…

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I voted for the genial pediatric neurologist in the 2017 general election. The man I thought I voted for — despite objectionable policy positions on pipelines — was one of honor and principle, having served as an Army medical officer before returning to eastern Virginia to practice medicine.

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On Nov. 11, 1918, World War I officially ended with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allies. Because this event happened so long ago, it might be easy for some to dismiss its significance — and the significance of the events which led up to it. Specifically, it can be easy…

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I’m from Florida, which is known for being a weird state. I mean, we’re home to the infamous “Florida Man” stories that feature a man throwing an alligator through a drive-thru and a drug dealer calling 911 to report that his inventory had been stolen, among other odd occurrences.

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Disagreement has always been a part of my life. In my household, debate was always encouraged, and most dinnertime conversations revolved around current events — many of them controversial in nature. My parents and I would spend hours trying to convince one another to agree with a certain st…

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Recently, President Trump was interviewed on “60 Minutes,” and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it here. One of the first topics Trump is asked about is climate change, which he has repeatedly denied exists. In response, he avoids a yes or no answer, but instead states, “I don’t wan…