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Community Perspective: School Board Breaks Promise to Protect Parental Rights

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Community Perspective: On Banned Books and Institutional Speech

A contributed perspectives piece by Evan Knappenberger

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Community Perspective:Tug of War, Tirades and Tired Hope

A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver: Our family loves listening to the podcast Circle Round, a diverse collection of dramatized folktales. One of our favorite stories, told in East Africa, Brazil, and parts of the U.S., is called “The Tug of War.”

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Statewide environmental news roundup – December 2023 (Part II)

CAAV has been pleased to provide these roundups and hopes to produce occasional updates. In this, our final edition of this series, begun in spring 2020, we bring you only a fraction of the encouraging and discouraging news in our state this month. Some items are mundane, some are technical; some affect many, and some only a few – but these, and other stories too numerous to include, are part of our common reality. Thank you for reading.

Statewide environmental news roundup – December 2023 (Part I)

After securing control of both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly in the November elections, Democrats will have a new opportunity during the 2024 session to fill two long-time vacancies on the State Corporation Commission, the state body that regulates utilities, insurance, banking and business in Virginia.

Community Perspective: Icebergs and Lifeboats: How do we relate to our neighborhood schools? 

A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver I had the privilege recently of helping at Spotswood Elementary School’s “Winter Knights Bucks” store. Kids can “shop” with points earned throughout the year from tables full of items donated from the community. Volunteers help children pick out say, a mug with a Christmas tea towel, a book with …

Statewide environmental news roundup – November 2023

“A new report found Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan does not align with Virginia’s climate goals. Dominion wants to keep using gas and coal-fired power plants, citing data center expansion in Northern Virginia but the Virginia Clean Economy Act mandated Dominion to use 100% renewable electricity by 2045. Dominion’s plan does meet Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s energy plan, which relies on both fossil fuels and renewables.”

Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2023

As Chesapeake Bay drainage states and the nation move to fulfill bold commitments to convert to renewable energy in the next few decades, an inconvenient truth has become apparent: It can’t be done without many more transmission lines. Through neighborhoods, along roads and across mountains, the nation’s network of power lines needs to double or triple in the next decade if the clean energy revolution is to succeed, warn the U.S. Department of Energy, scientists, environmental groups and many policymakers.

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