Wagner: Help 2 million Virginians with tax credit, not just 400,000 through Medicaid expansion alone

Ed. — State Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, signaled support for a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion with the following statement on Friday, April 6, which has been edited for style and clarity. He suggested including a tax credit for insured working… Continue Reading


Column: A football upbringing leads to enduring gridiron appreciation

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — I am in front of the television for hours on Saturdays during the fall. I’m a college football fanatic. I can watch any team play – usually not rooting for any particular team but hoping… Continue Reading


Farmer John: With biochar, looking at past practices for better soil today

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Imagine being in the paradise state, inside a condo on a beautiful day. I was there, in Hawaii, back when I was blond-haired. Now I still have three or four blond hairs left. My dermatologist told… Continue Reading


Column: Now my toddlers are kids — and here come the team sports

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — First time soccer mom here – and this gig is no joke. Both my kids have grown out of the adorably tumultuous toddler stage, and now they are full-blown K-I-D-S.  Kids with unabashed six-year-old… Continue Reading


A sand soccer pitch stands ready behind medical office in Virginia Beach’s Corporate Landing area

BY ANGELA HURNI CORPORATE LANDING — People driving down Dam Neck Road or Corporate Landing Parkway may never realize that there is a regulation size sand soccer pitch – or playing field – at Corporate Landing Medical Center. It is a… Continue Reading


With help, folding paper cranes at the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Katie and Justin Copeland were together during the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing at Mount Trashmore. With the help of a volunteer, they learned to fold paper cranes, a symbol of hope.… Continue Reading


A young survivor’s message of strength from the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY ISABELLE KESSLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Sharing a story of hope is something I never thought I would be able to do. That is exactly the reason why I write – to share with you the uphill battle it took for… Continue Reading


Essay: Making things grow in a Virginia Beach community garden

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I’m no farmer, but I can get stuff to grow. Whether I can get family to eat all their vegetables is another matter.  I planted myself out of our Strawbridge-area yard a while… Continue Reading


Column: With curtain of paper cranes – and more – event Saturday at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach seeks to end stigma of suicide

BY POLLY SIEMANN VIRGINIA BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 9, I will  again be one of thousands coming together as a community to walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. This walk, the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing,… Continue Reading


Letter: Trumpcare is a hazard to our health and our pocketbooks

Dear Editor: Some members of Congress claim the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reduces healthcare costs relative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are physicians and scholars from Hampton Roads who have examined healthcare policy, and we believe the… Continue Reading