Category: Perspectives

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Community Perspective: Suicides at Middle River Regional Jail demands accountability

A contributed perspectives piece by Connie Wright-Zink

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Community Perspective: The Christmas Eel

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary

I doubt that my grandmother, Nonna Teresa, ever heard the adage “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” but if she did, she would not have believed it. God and a clean house had nothing to do with each other.  

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Statewide environmental news roundup – December 2021

A Breeze reporter highlighted JMU’s plans to install a 420 MW solar system on campus. Another reporter for the JMU student paper critiqued JMU’s sustainability practices, arguing that “installing a few solar panels … just isn’t cutting it….”

Community Perspective: Christmas

A contributed perspectives piece by Joe Laughland

In 1952, we got a TV. A fancy polished wood cabinet with double doors that opened to a gray oval screen with a dial for selecting channels and a knob to turn it on.

Community Perspective: Revised Revision of Carols, 2021

A community perspectives piece by Tom Arthur

Retired JMU acting teacher, Tom Arthur, offers tongue-in-cheek carols for challenging times.

Community Perspective: Hanging out with Stephen Sondheim

A community perspectives piece by Tom Arthur: The last time I was in New York, a former student asked if I wanted to meet Stephen Sondheim, with whom he was friends.

Community Perspective: The Winter Coat

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary.
It was the winter of 1927 and twenty-two- year- old Nenzi, my mother, wanted a dressy coat to wear to church and to special occasions.  

Statewide environmental news roundup – November 2021

Several Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) protesters faced a judge in late October and were convicted on misdemeanor charges and fined. Both the State Water Control Board (WCB) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering whether to grant what’s called a “401” water crossing permit; this opinion writer from the non-profit Mothers Out Front said the WCB should not approve it. The non-profit Wild Virginia hosted an almost 3-hour citizen ‘public hearing” (because the WCB and VA’s DEQ refused to do so). An appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit asking the courts to strike down key MVP permits; the court could issue its decision by the end of this year. All this as the pipeline is nearing completion despite hurdles.

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