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Statewide environmental news roundup – January 2021

Appalachian Power wants the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to approve a rate increase to cover costs of “environmental improvements” at coal power plants. It also wants SCC approval of transmission line upgrades for five counties. The SCC did approve a service fee of $1.80/month. Dominion Energy wants the SCC to approve raising rates to pay for solar projects. The 2021 General Assembly session happening now will consider numerous energy and environmental bills. Some relate to utility reform.


The Siren Song of Easy Money

In 1637, a unique economic event occurred that disrupted financial markets. It wasn’t a famine or plague as you might suspect. No, it was a far more devious culprit, human greed. It started with a tulip of all things, and it created one of the largest economic bubbles the world has seen.


Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Community Perspective: A bigger jail will not solve the problem

The Middle River Regional Jail is one of the most expensive publicly funded facilities ever built in our region. Now, citing overcrowding, jail authorities want our communities to commit to one of three expensive expansion options.

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.

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.

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 …

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