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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, people wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. At least for now, U.S. health authorities say after being vaccinated, people should follow the same rules as everybody else about wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot distance and avoiding crowds even after they’ve gotten their second vaccine dose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Ettinger: Outdated Laws Like A Face Mask Ban Only Help Those in Power

BLACKSBURG- We need to get our priorities straight and focus on protecting children, Eve argues, rather than enforcing a face mask ban.

Rashid: The Voters Spoke. Now It’s Time for Virginia Democrats to Unite.

STAFFORD-Why should Virginia Democrats stay engaged? Because that's the only way we'll ever see change, columnist Qasim Rashid argues.

Ettinger: The LGBTQ Community Needs More Than One Month of Support

BLACKSBURG-As we celebrate the LGBTQ community during Pride Month, it's important to recognize the fight for equality doesn't end on June 30.

Martin Luther King Jr., gives his "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd before the Lincoln Memorial during the Freedom March in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. The widely quoted speech became one of his most famous.
Rashid: Dr. King, Not Joe Manchin, Was Right About the Filibuster

STAFFORD-America stands at a filibuster crossroads. Do we uphold a racist Senate rule? Or do we move forward and protect voting rights?

FILE - This photo provided by the Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa shows the ruins of Dunbar Elementary School and the Masonic Hall in the aftermath of the June 1, 1921, Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, Okla. (Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa via AP, File)
Rashid: Virginia Can Still Learn Lessons From The Tulsa Race Massacre

STAFFORD-As we mark the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, columnist Qasim Rashid argues we still haven't learned from it.

Ettinger: Why The Colonial Pipeline Will Change My Primary Vote

BLACKSBURG-There was a detail about the Colonial Pipeline situation that we missed, Eve said. It's making them rethink their primary vote.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb on an inauguration platform on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Rashid: Why Wouldn’t You Want a January 6 Investigation?

STAFFORD-Why would you vote against an investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection? Wouldn't that help the country? Qasim has some thoughts.