Category: Perspectives

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Community Perspective: Lawsuit over policy keeping Harrisonburg parents in the dark very much alive

A contributed perspectives piece by Deborah Figliola
A number of teachers are challenging the Harrisonburg Public Schools’ disturbing policy that dictates how teachers must approach students struggling with their gender, and I am one of them.

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Community Perspective: Join the Boy Scouts

A contributed perspectives piece by Matt Phillippi
February is a month filled with important dates in Scouting.

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Community Perspective: High School Musical – Spotswood’s turn… A review and appreciation

A contributed perspectives piece by Glenn Logan Reitze
A curious and maybe even wonderful ritual occurs annually in thousands of high schools in the early weeks of the calendar year, usually from about mid-February to mid-March. It’s called The Musical, and for thousands of young people who feel even slightly warmed by a burning desire to be seen and perform, it is the time to try their wings and soar.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – Feb. 2023

A public radio station story explored the effects of declining coal on electric bills in Virginia, where natural gas, nuclear power and renewables “now supply far more electricity.” The US Energy Information Administration provides extensive data on Virginia’s energy profile, including this: “In 2021, natural gas accounted for 57% of Virginia’s total electricity net generation, nuclear supplied 30%, renewables—mostly biomass and solar energy—provided 9%, and coal fueled less than 4%.”

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Community Perspective: In Defense of NIMBYism; A Philosophical-Historical Reflection

A contributed perspectives piece by E.K. Knappenberge

Community Perspective: ‘Can’t Feel At Home’ – a review and appreciation

A contributed perspectives piece by Glenn Logan Reitze John Glick’s, “Can’t Feel at Home,” is a remarkable play. It tells a story – basically true – likely to be understood and appreciated anywhere, but that will resonate most deeply here in Virginia, within sight and shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The play is by Dr. John T. …

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Statewide environmental news roundup – Jan. 2023

The 2023 General Assembly session will end on February 25. A Virginia energy commentator thinks there are several bills that “could bring more clean energy to your community”, also noting that local governments are working along these lines as well.

Community Perspective: Protecting the land from sprawl at the local level

A contributed perspectives piece by Evan Knappenberger I understand the interest in the movement for affordable housing. It seems unjust that for many the necessity of clean and safe living space is out of reach. And indeed it is unjust, especially for those of us in the millennial category that have been squeezed out of home ownership …

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