Author: Community Perspective
Every day we move around in our communities observing and interacting with the world around us. Our brains are constantly processing and analyzing information. This is a good thing, since it generally keeps us out of trouble. Unfortunately, this constant analyzing can turn into the incessant comparing and critical judgement of others. It is hard not to look around and observe neighbors, friends, and coworkers and see what is going on in their lives. Normally this is not a problem, but if we allow ourselves to somehow feel inadequate because of it, it could lead to unhealthy changes in our own behavior.
Community Perspectives: Reflections on Vietnam in 1968
Community Perspective: Has Jim Crow Returned to Harrisonburg?
A contributed perspectives piece by Dennis Askin You would think that in the 21st Century with all the educated individuals, professionals and hardworking citizens in Harrisonburg, we should have erased the racism that was so prevalent in Virginia since before the Civil War. I served in a war and my country with pride in the …
Community Perspective: The Butler and His Wife: John Warner and Elizabeth Taylor in Harrisonburg, Virginia
A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur Editor’s Note: The Citizen first published this perspectives piece in July 2020 and is republishing it in the wake of John Warner’s death this week at the age of 94. Warner and his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor visited Harrisonburg in 1976, and it was here where Warner first announced …
Statewide environmental news roundup – May 2021 (Part II)
A Virginia energy policy expert describes whether and how the state can reach carbon-free electricity by 2035, while pointing out that Dominion and ApCo ratepayers face so-called renewable energy choices that don’t actually provide them such energy. The State Corporation Commission recently approved renewable energy plans put forward by the two large utilities to implement requirements of the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).
Community Perspective: FUEGO’s Response to The Citizen’s Article on SROs
A contributed perspectives piece by Boris Ozuna, Jonathan McRay, Eric Olson-Getty, Paloma Saucedo, and Teresa Hinkley, members of the FUEGO Coalition The Citizen recently published an article about Harrisonburg’s school resource officer program. As the title states, school resource officers (and police and prisons at large) are under scrutiny right now, so the article seeks to …
Statewide environmental news roundup – May 2021
Pipeline controversies continue. What should happen after cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to property seized under eminent domain and through agreements with landowners? The same question pertains to land seized for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Two Roanoke landowners sued for just compensation and received a jury award for considerably more than the MVP owners wanted to give.
Community Perspective: The Cicadas are Coming!
A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur According to CBS News and other sources, “trillions of cicadas are about to emerge after 17 years underground,” in Harrisonburg as well as everywhere else. The insects have two pairs of wings, prominent eyes, (usually three of them), and can be up to 2 inches in size. Cicadas …