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Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis covered Virginia government and politics for 20 years for The Associated Press. He is a columnist for the Virginia Mercury. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Spare us your thoughts and prayers. Do your damn job. | Opinion

By: - May 27, 2022

It’s an appallingly familiar plotline. Only the names and places change. Tuesday, it was Uvalde, Texas. Ten days earlier, it was Buffalo. Before that it was Boulder, or Sandy Hook, or Orlando, or Columbine. It was Virginia Beach and Virginia Tech. It goes this way: bloody mass murder is carried out by man (isn’t it […]

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Protest songs remind us in times of tumult that we’ve yet to realize our aspirations | Column

By: - April 13, 2021

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. You’re taking my life from me.  I can’t breathe. Will anyone fight for me?” — “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R., 2020 Music born of angry times of domestic disunity in American history leave indelible marks on us that speak loudly about who we are rather than who we propose to […]