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Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

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Planting for the future: The resurrection of the American chestnut

In his poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, Wendell Berry offers the following advice: Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
You could say Loren Hostetter’s passion is an East Coast version of that charge. The down payment he is placing on future centuries comes in the form of the seedlings that spring from a chestnut.

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He nearly died on U.S. 33 and has some thoughts on how to improve it

Tristan Miller described the coma after his 2016 car accident on U.S. Route 33 as seeming like one long dream. In it, Miller would fall from a skyscraper toward his car on the ground, but just before he’d hit the car, the dream would restart.

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Council seeks to clean up recycling ordinance

The Harrisonburg City Council is updating its ordinance to direct businesses and residents to separate recyclable materials — such as cardboard, cans and certain plastics — from their trash. The city has left open the option of curbside recycling since discontinuing it in 2015 but has no plans to resume that service anytime soon.

Rooted Market sprouts, expects continued demand for online food shopping

When farms and farmers’ markets set up online stores to stay in business at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, Tim Showalter Ehst quickly joined Local Food Drive-Thru in Staunton to sell produce from his Rockingham County farm.

Proctoring software raises concerns among some college students

Before taking exams last semester, Sydnei Moody, a senior JMU student, paced around her apartment “paranoid” about the strength of her Wi-Fi connection. She kept her professor’s contact information beside her in case she had technology issues. Moody, who’s majoring in accounting and marketing, panned her camera around her room before holding up her ID, scrap sheets of paper, and calculator. She also held up her phone to the webcam and then moved it outside of her reach.

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART II: The Social Dilemma “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”—attributed to Mark Train On the recommendations of friends, I recently watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.  It should be required viewing of all Americans—because …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART I: Poisoning the Noosphere In 1875, the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess coined the term “biosphere” to define the narrow zone on Earth containing life.  The biosphere is concentric to and surrounds the physical Earth, the “geosphere.” A few decades later, a similar new concept, the “noosphere,” …

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