Ron Cooper

Local officials say nearly 20 percent of inmates in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail are on medication for mental illnesses, and that there are more who are going untreated. File photo.

Prison as psych ward: The cost of incarcerating the mentally ill

High-profile acts of violence tend to bring with them a spike in public awareness of mental illness, but the stigma associated with being mentally ill never subsides. The system still seems to favor locking people up rather than treating them. My wife and I lived five minutes away from the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, where […]

Albemarle County office building. File photo

Former Albemarle staff sue county to get their jobs back

Imagine your boss approaches you one day, takes you aside, thanks you for your many years of dedicated service to the company, and then offers you a chance to retire early with increased retirement pay. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Now imagine that you accept the offer, taking early retirement in reliance on the […]

Eric Trump wants to turn the old Kluge property into a world-class golf course, but a conservation easement is standing in the way.

Proposed Trump golf course runs afoul of conservation easement

Like my golf game, the proposed golf course that Eric Trump envisions for Albemarle County may never materialize. While Trump purchased the land encompassing the former estate of Patricia Kluge, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) holds a conservation easement on nearly 217 acres. After more than two years of correspondence between the VOF and Trump […]