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Category: Perspectives

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A reflection on Memorial Day, 2019

Let the Words Fly

Once, maybe twice a year I get to let loose

in salty language with others

who once wore the same cloth. We

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Community Perspective: Recycling is more difficult than ever, but JMU students can spark the change

With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaching in April 2020,  James Madison University students should contemplate how we can implement the university’s mantra of “being the change” when it comes to our environmental impact. Whether making small or large changes, there is much we can do both individually and collectively right here on campus and in Harrisonburg.

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Perspective: Confessions of a drag king rookie

What’s it like performing in front of 165 people in Harrisonburg dressed as someone of another sex? Our contributor found out.

Community Perspective: African-American women will lead us

Historical erasure of the travails of Black people along with false propaganda about the extent of the brutality that African-Americans have always faced in this country is as old as the founding of the United States of America. This is one of many reasons the admitted wearing of blackface in college by both Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring is offensive and egregious.

Community Perspective: Gov. Northam should resign

When news broke on the first day of Black History Month that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had appeared in a photograph wherein one individual portrayed a Klansman and another was in blackface, I was on a personal pilgrimage to the Jamestown Settlement museum in Jamestown, Virginia. The purpose of my visit was simple yet meaningful to me: to honor the lives of those “20 and odd” enslaved Africans whose bondage began the peculiar institution of slavery in the United States of America.

Community Perspective: Working to support mutual sustainability goals

Harrisonburg citizens already know that clean energy helps the city do its part to fight climate change while bringing the Friendly City into the 21st century economy. That’s why Harrisonburg has achieved one of the highest concentrations of solar power installed on homes of any community in Virginia.

Community Perspective: Citizen of the ‘Burg

This Thanksgiving, I came home to Harrisonburg from Massachusetts to celebrate my ten-year Harrisonburg High School reunion. Reconnecting with the people I grew up with was a good occasion to reflect on all that the ‘Burg taught me.

In Harrisonburg, I learned that a public K-12 education can be a great education. I learned to love the views from Skyline Drive in all four seasons. I learned that Kline’s ice cream knows no rivals.

Community Perspective: Because I’m Jewish

Have you ever had a penny thrown at you? Have you ever been invited to your friend’s house for dinner only to overhear your friend’s sister say that you’re not welcome in their house? Have you lost most of your family to gas chambers and death marches?  I have…because I’m Jewish.

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