Finding Truth in Noah Thomas’s Death

4 Clad in a bulletproof vest, Ashley White arrives for a court hearing on the death of her five-year old son, Noah Thomas.

I have spent the majority of my adult life working on, consulting with, and learning about truth and reconciliation commissions. These bodies are generally tasked with investigating human rights abuses or other injustices so that a community or nation can learn from the past, establish accountability for what happened in some way, and make recommendations […]

I ♡ Poor Boys Produce, Part 2

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Around this time last year, I published my first love letter to Poor Boys Produce Stand, but over the past year, I discovered more reasons to love the place, so here I am again. While I appreciate that I can find Daisy’s Bread in the local produce stand all year round, Doug Steger’s story about […]

On expanding Medicaid: “Virginia’s money needs to stay in Virginia”

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One of my hardworking colleagues just found out that her family’s health insurance premiums are about to go from about $250 to $1200 a month. Upon hearing that, I was tempted to sarcastically exclaim, “Thanks Obama” and rethink my limited support for the Affordable Care Act. But then I looked into the reason her premiums […]

Beth O’Connor: When a Hospital Dies

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At a recent media event sponsored by Virginia Organizing, Beth O’Connor, executive director of the Virginia Rural Health Association shared the following remarks. We are publishing them in full here because all of us in Pulaski County – insured or not, health care professionals or not – have a stake in our local economy and should […]