Category: Perspectives

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Statewide environmental news roundup – November 2020

Advocacy group Generation 180 is promoting solar on schools in Virginia. Several Southwest Virginia school systems want solar panels but face obstacles. Fairfax County has contracted with multiple companies to provide solar on several government facilities. Danville’s municipal electric utility added more solar to its grid, and a Big Stone Gap business went solar.

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The 2020 Economic Recovery

When you draw the letter K you probably start with a simple vertical line. Somewhere near the midpoint of that line you then draw two more lines, one rising diagonally upwards towards the top and the other descending diagonally towards the bottom. According to some economists, these two diverging lines represent the two distinct recovery trends that are simultaneously occurring right now as our economy struggles to regain its footing.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a two-year extension for completing the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP), as MVP owners are seeking FERC permission to resume construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissued three permits for an MVP “path across nearly 1,000 streams and wetlands.” Environmental groups have sued over a U.S. Fish & Wildlife service “biological opinion” concerning MVP construction’s impact on endangered species.

Community perspective: Safeguard the union after the election

The Coronavirus pandemic and the current vitriolic election campaigns have underscored the intense political and social divisions that we face as a nation and as a community. If our union and our local communities are to remain intact, it is crucial that people of goodwill foster understanding across partisan divides.

Community perspective: Freedom of expression

As a nonpartisan group of women, we are writing to affirm that whoever you are, our equality is bound up with yours, as yours is bound up with ours. In our workplaces, homes, communities, and collectively as a nation, we are all making important choices. We are laying foundations for our shared future. Will we live into our founding fathers’ ideals of liberty and justice, freedom and equality for all?

Community perspective: Candidates’ true intentions?

In the past, the Harrisonburg GOP has supported so-called “independent” candidates for Harrisonburg City Council because our community is too progressive and diverse for the party of Donald Trump’s right-wing agenda.

Community perspective: Kathleen Kelley should explain if she wants to lead

In recent years there has been a well-documented increase in the propagation of conspiracy theories both here in the United States and around the world. While some alternative avenues of thought (theories about the Earth being flat, for example) are relatively benign, others spread false and dangerous lies about things like “New World Orders,” shadow governments, and predictions of violent race wars.

Statewide environmental news roundup – September 2020

Three notable solar energy stories in Virginia: Several Richmond-area Catholic churches have installed panels; Rockingham County tabled a solar farm permit application; and the insurance company Anthem has agreed to buy power from a solar energy project nearing completion in Hanover.

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