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Community Perspective: Reconsidering Books— Protecting Students and Their Right to Read

By Sandra Parks, NBCT, Retired Teacher Librarian

Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to censorship attempts in schools across the nation. Sometimes a ban is requested or demanded for whole lists or categories of books or sometimes an individual book, while some parents are vocalizing that they don’t feel they have a say.

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Del. Tony Wilt wins reelection by 60-40 margin

Del. Tony Wilt (R) has comfortably won reelection to another two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates, with unofficial results from across the district showing him up more than 4,400 votes with only absentee and provisional ballots from Rockingham County not yet reported.

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Virginia election nears finish line

Virginia voters today will decide their next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the makeup of the state House of Delegates, including the winner of the 26th District that covers Harrisonburg and part of Rockingham County. 

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Statewide environmental news roundup – April 2021

Dominion Energy submitted its petition to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) in support of the statutorily required “triennial review”—an audit of its earnings and expenses. What is a triennial review? Here’s an explanation. The company wants higher guaranteed profits. Despite excess earnings of $26 Million above its four-year target, the company does not want to provide customer rebates. An advocacy group objects, and a broader fight about utility regulation looms.

Financial crunch time

A contributed perspective by Stephan J. Hess, CFP Editor’s Note: This is another installment of a monthly series of contributed pieces addressing financial matters. Life is hard enough financially as it is, but sometimes the stars align in such a way as to cause a perfect storm where multiple needs unfortunately occur all at once. …

Statewide environmental news roundup – March 2021

A report from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center describes ways to accelerate Virginia’s transition away from carbon-source fuels toward clean energy. Not everyone believes these are feasible solutions. Powhatan County approved a 20 MW solar farm. A Harrisonburg resident leads Give Solar, which will help Habitat for Humanity install solar on several area homes in 2021.

Statewide environmental news roundup – utility regulation special report

During 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic, most utility customers enjoyed a moratorium on paying utility bills. Anticipating the lifting of that moratorium, some legislators examined existing state law with a view to identifying and addressing some that favored utilities over consumer. The result was introduction of several bills that, together, would expand the State Corporation Commission’s authority to regulate Virginia’s investor-owned monopoly utilities in a more balanced manner than current law allows. All but one were filed in the House of Delegates.

Community Perspective: On the Road to a Living Wage

A contributed perspectives piece by Chris Hoover Seidel, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Living Wage Campaign Steering Committee Member Six years ago when On the Road Collaborative Executive Director Brent Holsinger was building an organization of “five volunteers and zero dollars” from scratch, he was searching for a wage level that would honor the work of closing opportunity gaps for …

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