The Historic Cavalier Hotel, grand dame of Virginia Beach, has been brilliantly restored by Bruce Thompson and his talented team. Many of us in Hampton Roads have spent meaningful moments and life events celebrating at the beautiful hotel. The years had taken their toll and we almost lost this icon, steeped in our stories and our history. A notable historic hotel, it was recently awarded a coveted place on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The hotel has also been recently awarded the prestigious honor of becoming a AAA Four Diamond Hotel. If you haven’t treated yourself to everything The Cavalier has to offer, you are really missing something special. Stay tuned to Hampton Roads Weekly for all the fun and interesting events taking
She’s exasperating. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that is. The charismatic freshman congresswoman from New York who runs her mouth constantly while only sometimes engaging her brain. Her latest bloviation? In an Instagram live video this week she proclaimed millennials and Generation Z to be members of the greatest, smartest most enlightened generations. They’re “badass” she boasted, noting that young people are fearless protesters, fueled, I suppose, by avocado toast, Starbucks and weed. “I think this new generation is very profound and very strong and very brave, because they’re actually willing to go to the streets,” Ocasio-Cortez said. How ’bout that? How about this: Read a history book, Congresswoman. You sound like a ditz. Look, I would never declare that my
By Kerry Dougherty It’s official. We’re turning into a nation of sniveling babies. Always looking for new ways to be offended. Exhibit A: Macy’s. Seems a “podcast host” most of us never heard of spied some novelty dinner plates in the popular department store and was so outraged by the sight of them that she started yapping. On her podcast, I presume. Next thing you know, the milquetoasts running the company knuckled under and announced that they’d stop the sale of the horrifying plates. What was on them, you ask. Something racist? Homophobic? Vulgar? Nope, the plates had concentric circles, for portions. The smallest said “skinny jeans” the next bigger had “favorite jeans” and the biggest circle said “mom jeans.” How dare they! Apparently these plates are guilty.
Director of Operations for Hampton Roads Weekly MPS Political Management While many will blame my millennial generation for the lack of civil discourse, they are certainly not the only generation to blame. With the rising use of technology in our lives, it has prompted many individuals to hide behind screens. People feel much more powerful when they can “hide” behind their computer screens. Comments and discussion threads online have become sets of personal attacks on others. People are more willing to speak their mind through an online post, rather than having an open conversation, face-to-face, in real life. These viral arguers do not feel threatened or show any remorse when posting their negative opinions online. There has been a fine line cre
On Tuesday, July 30th, the Virginia General Assembly hosted a Special Joint Session in Jamestown, Virginia to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first legislative body to operate in the New World. The featured guest was the President of the United States - Donald J Trump. This ceremony was supposed to be a non-partisan celebration of Virginia’s rich history and the foundational beginnings of what would one day become the United States of America. For the most part, all of the goals were accomplished. We had dignitaries from throughout the world in attendance; however, some of Virginia’s own elected officials unwisely decided to play partisan politics and “boycott” because President Trump was to be in attendance. There are certain special occasions when po
Dr. Kara Coe MA, PsyD, MS Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CSOTP, CGS, CSAC, GS Fellowship/Post-Doc Training at Harvard Medical School-Dept. of Psychology Owner, The Bishopsgate Department Store Without other recourse, the American media has recently focused its lazy eye on human morality in response to many of President Trump’s decisions. A cursory Google search of “has America lost its moral compass” provides an arsenal of scathing interpretations. In an article from The Daily Caller, Christine Dolan posits “America sold its soul to fame, power, money, and celebrity long ago,” citing the Kardashian Empire as an example of our moral compass. Similarly, in The Washington Times, Cheryl Chumley writes “President Trump’s decision making, and behavior exhibit…amoral(ity)” wi
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he said, in no uncertain terms, that he would transform this country. This made me extremely nervous as I thought America was the land of equal opportunity but not necessarily equal outcomes. Obama’s positions on public policies, especially healthcare, were very troubling to me. And, as a business owner, expensive! His policies would have a significant impact on my business and our company’s bottom line. While Obama was President, I did the best I could with the policies, taxes, and regulations imposed by his administration. I had to come to realize that whether I liked it or not, Obama was the President. And, yes, he was my president. To me, it was going to be a long four years. I had no
According to definitions.net, “civil discourse is engagement in discourse intended to enhance understanding.” Kenneth J. Gergen describes civil discourse as “the language of dispassionate objectivity,” and suggests that it requires respect of the other participants, such as the reader. “It neither diminishes the other’s moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility, direct antagonism, or excessive persuasion; it requires modesty and an appreciation for the other participant’s experiences.” (www.definitions.net, 8/4/19). Social media is anything but social. It has encouraged anonymous posts that are full of anger, disrespect, rancor and ignorance. Let’s have a conversation begin with sincere listening to one another’s side of the issue. Let’s thoughtfully point out
HRW was able to sit down for a chat with the Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer “One of the biggest problems that we have in our country is a lack of civility and a lack of respectful and effective communication. We have become smitten with social media to the point where people don’t talk to one another anymore; they have more comfort in texting. We have certainly lost the human touch. I also attribute the lack of civility to social media, since this is where people feel that they can say anything online, regardless of whether or not they hurt someone else’s feelings. We have become desensitized and ineffective communicators. In terms of politics, people don’t trust government anymore and they feel they can say or do whatever they want in the p
At age 16, Washington had hand copied 110 rules on civility and decent behavior, originally attributed to a 12-year-old boy. While some might be relegated to the arcane and silly, the spirit of the majority of the rules was the code of politeness and respect for other people. It is the essence of the Golden Rule; to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In the words of Scripture, the second great commandment, is to love thy neighbor as thy self. Where is this virtue in our culture and political discourse today? While it is alive and well in our churches and synagogues on Saturday and Sunday, it is possibly being administered the last rights in the civil discourse of our national politics, the media coverage, and the streets of America. Most of us dese...