Category: Perspectives

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Community Perspective: Family stories unfiltered during the pandemic

I’m spending several weeks during the pandemic living with my mother. We may never again have such an extended time to be together when neither of us have people to see or anything much to do—and while my mother’s memory is sharp.

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Community perspective: An open letter to Rep. Cline

I am a constituent of the 6th District of Virginia, and live in Rockingham County (22802). I’ve worked internationally in the conflict transformation field in active conflict and post-conflict zones. What happened in our nation’s capital on Wednesday of last week is nothing less than an attempted coup, by Donald Trump who has openly exposed himself as a dictator by attempting to hold on to his presidential power and thwart the peaceful transition of power to the democratically elected incoming president.

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Community Perspective – City needs to capitalize on immigrants’ talents and skills

Harrisonburg is among those cities with a significant increase of skilled immigrants, which can be a great source for the workforce and enhance its economy. Regrettably, those skills are not utilized because there is no system of integration for people with professional skills. Therefore, Harrisonburg should create a system that profits from the talents and skills of immigrants.

Community Perspective – Augsburgers still going 90 miles an hour

He is 91, she’s 90. But their ages are misleading. Myron Shenk Augsburger and Esther Kniss Augsburger are only slowing their fast pace long enough to celebrate 70 years of married life. The couple was married Nov. 28, 1950 in Elida, Ohio, the ceremony postponed two days due to a raging snowstorm.

Community Perspective: Head of NIH has Valley ties

A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur On December 22nd Dr. Francis S. Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2009, was administered a Coronavirus vaccination on national television as an example for the country. Collins, a physician-geneticist who led the Human Genome Project and was a recipient of the National Medal of …

2020 Financial Takeaways

I think most people are going to be happy now that 2020 is over. This year will stand out and be remembered for many unique events. It will be interesting to look back in five to 10 years and see how it has aged. 2020 was also an emotional rollercoaster that just never seemed to stop. I have even heard that someone released the “Kraken,” whatever that is.

Statewide environmental news roundup – December 2020

Pulaski County will host a new Volvo Electric Truck plant. Virginia wants Congress to authorize transferring four acres of National Park land to the Commonwealth to construct a passenger rail bridge across the Potomac River.

Collaborative Divorce in the Shenandoah Valley

Divorce is a legal process where at the end of the day, two people dissolve a relationship and disentangle themselves financially from each other. It may seem straight forward, but divorce can be quite emotionally and financially traumatic, leaving some people with serious lifelong scars and ongoing anger. There are many different processes for obtaining a divorce, and each has certain pros and cons. The goal of this article is not to raise one above another, but to instead highlight how one of those options attempts to achieve loftier goals for the divorcing couple.

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