Category: Perspectives

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Community Perspective: Sentimental Tee Shirts

Harrisonburg resident C.A. Mills’ essay explores the frequently competing forces of decluttering and sentimentality.

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Community Perspective: The Elephant Takes Off

James Sattva, a McGaheysville-based teacher and writer, submitted a piece offering his take on a change of tone at the Rockingham County Public Schools’ board meeting.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – July 2022

The just-issued, first‑of‑its‑kind Virginia Solar Survey aimed to collect data and information related to each county and city’s experience, readiness, efforts and needs related to solar development. This report contains a summary of results and preliminary analysis of key findings. The City of Charlottesville’s partnership with Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), a non-profit, hopes “to make the switch to solar energy easier and cheaper for city residents.”

Community perspective: The story of a Hammer

Over a month ago, Harvey Yoder phoned our Carpenters Guild to see if we might help a woman patch the roof of her leaky house. 

Statewide environmental news roundup – June 2022

Washington & Lee University inked a “long-term virtual power purchase agreement” with a solar developer “to purchase enough solar energy to match 100% of the university’s annual electricity consumption.” Meanwhile, the Port of Virginia says it’s ahead of schedule on its goal to be carbon neutral by 2040, and will be meeting all its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2024.

Community Perspective: Why a group of teachers and parents have filed suit against Harrisonburg City Public Schools

A contributed perspectives piece by Deborah Figliola I am one of a group of six parents and teachers who has filed a lawsuit against the administration of Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Our lawsuit asks the court to step in and block a school policy that the administration has refused to withdraw, despite two requests over several months …

Community Perspective: Glory

I went to Vietnam to fight the war against communist aggression; I volunteered for the draft and wanted to save world and save Vietnam; but getting beaten down into the mud by the rain was not what I had in mind for my great adventure as a soldier. I have been soaked with rain, soaked with sweat, covered in mud, splattered with blood. I learned that an infantry solider learns to block out the pain and move on.

Statewide environmental news roundup – May 2022

A joint UVA-Virginia Department of Energy solar survey revealed that “the total amount of electricity generated annually by solar in Virginia went from 30 GWh in 2015 to 3,675 GWh in 2021; [and] … identified property values, economic benefits, and the impact on farmland as topics related to solar that Virginians are most interested in.” A federal investigation of solar equipment imports may slow installations. There are concerns that predatory residential solar installation companies will “sow distrust;” advocates want “more guardrails.”

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