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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.

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Community Perspective: Nomadland – A Review

A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur Nomadland, now showing on HULU,has swept most major critics’ awards after its premier at the Venice Film Festival last September and is a frontrunner for “Leading Actress” and “Best Director” Academy Awards. Critics for The New Yorker, British Guardian, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, NPR and other major outlets all …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett Part IV: Truth and Reconciliation On January 6, 2021, American democracy survived—barely—its most severe test since the Civil War. Yet rather than being vanquished, all the threats that put us to this extreme test remain in place: political polarization, economic inequality, systemic racism, and rampant disinformation. Of …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART III: Discerning Fact from Fiction My reasons for writing this series of articles are personal.  For the better part of a decade I’ve struggled to understand the growing political divide in this country. How can some see black where others see white? How can some see …

Rooted Market sprouts, expects continued demand for online food shopping

When farms and farmers’ markets set up online stores to stay in business at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, Tim Showalter Ehst quickly joined Local Food Drive-Thru in Staunton to sell produce from his Rockingham County farm.

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART II: The Social Dilemma “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”—attributed to Mark Train On the recommendations of friends, I recently watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.  It should be required viewing of all Americans—because …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART I: Poisoning the Noosphere In 1875, the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess coined the term “biosphere” to define the narrow zone on Earth containing life.  The biosphere is concentric to and surrounds the physical Earth, the “geosphere.” A few decades later, a similar new concept, the “noosphere,” …

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