Author: hburgcitizen

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The state of small businesses during COVID

Recessions are natural occurrences that happen periodically, much like five-mile backups on Interstate 81. More than minor inconveniences, however, recessions can quickly change the business landscape as demand dries up. They are indiscriminate and uncaring about the damage caused. What we are experiencing now is no normal recession, and never have we seen such a ferocious economic nosedive.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Mayor Reed and Vice-mayor Romero answer COVID-19 questions

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

When life hands you lemons

“Maybe happiness doesn’t come from a store. Maybe happiness, perhaps, means a little bit more”. No, those aren’t the exact words from Dr. Seuss’ book, “The Grinch”, but the general lesson from these words is still the same. When faced with an incomprehensible loss, the citizens of Whoville are forced to accept a change to their consumption centered Christmas celebration. Perspectives ultimately change for everyone, even for the Grinch.

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Stay at home during coronavirus

When everyone is cheering the beginning of a new decade, the coronavirus is breaking into our lives. At the beginning, the coronavirus appeared in China, and it was the Chinese New Year at that time, so the population was very mobile and the infection was very strong.

Why a stimulus package may not help this time – yet

The government is considering a $850 billion stimulation to get the economy rolling again with a relatively small tax relief to individuals (mine would be $242/month, a mere 9% of my disposable salary) and $50 billion to the airlines. I’m not an economist, but based on my life in small-city America, it seems clear to me that there are problems here.

2020: A New Financial Decade

Harrisonburg is college town so – in more normal times – you can’t go too far on a nice day without seeing an outdoor college party. Recently I witnessed a rowdy event taking place at some houses that border the rear of our office parking lot.

Community Perspective: A parental field guide for teaching at home

In the fall of 2016, our kids joined about 1.7 million other children in the United States who learn at home. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic emptied schools and brought the learning home for the foreseeable future, I’m hearing parents ask many of the same questions and express some of the same anxieties I had when we started teaching at home.

Community Perspective: Public library has resources to learn more about COVID-19 and to get a break from it

As we grapple with the Coronavirus and its effect on our daily lives, we are all trying to find out what its means for us. With all the fake information floating out there, it’s important we understand where to find accurate and helpful information.

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