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I hope one of our readers who voted for Trump in 2016 can answer a simple but profound question. Let me set the framework and then ask the question. Read more

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What is the goal of sentencing a person to a lifetime in prison? Punishment for a heinous crime and/or to protect the community from a dangerous person would be goals most people would agree on. So why was a man sentenced to 170 years in prison in the Rockingham County Court in January of 20… Read more

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“Love compels us to respectfully and humbly show all high officials what the Word of God commands them, how they should rightfully execute their office… to punish the transgressors and protect the good; to judge rightly between a man and his fellows; to do justice to the widows and orphans a… Read more

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I have been canvassing for Brent Finnegan, the Democratic candidate for Virginia House, and April Moore, the candidate for Virginia Senate. I also canvassed last year — the difference in people’s responses has been remarkable, reflecting the shifting political landscape, influenced by the de… Read more

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Kudos to Luanne Santangelo, director of the Harrisonburg Department of Parks and Recreation, and Andrew “AJ” Morris and his staff at the Westover Pool! The renovations the city made to the pool, which included the addition of a splash park for children and resurfacing the Olympic pool and th… Read more

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Socialism in my understanding includes collective ownership of a group of society’s assets and an egalitarian distribution of benefits produced by these assets. It is the oldest economic system employed by homo sapiens. During our hunter gatherer period, from around 350,000 BCE to around 8,0… Read more

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Thank you for publishing my recent piece on 9/11 and why we should never forget the sacrifices of those who perished on the fateful day so that we remain free. As stated, I believe history will judge Ronald Reagan to be one of our greatest presidents for his ability to work across the aisle … Read more

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Chikomekome ca nkhuyu mkati muli nyerere: The nkhuyu fruit looks good on the outside but ants are eating it in the inside. – Tumbuka Proverb Read more

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“… shall not be infringed” is a fragment of the Second Amendment enshrined in the NRA offices. As a propaganda tool, it has been successful by advancing gun sales in support of the gun manufacturing industry. This simple phrase underpins the entire argument of gun enthusiasts. No commercial … Read more

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For two years, the Democratic Party has attempted to deny the results of the last presidential election, claiming that the Trump campaign won a phony election that was rigged under the direction of Vladimir Putin. But when the Democrat-backed Mueller Report found no evidence that the campaig… Read more

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For a number of years now, local citizens have urged our representatives at the local, state and federal levels to develop policies on climate change and the related issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The city of Harrisonburg has been relatively receptive; for example, it form… Read more

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Recently, on a solo trip by car, I stopped in North Adams, Massachusetts, for a visit to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In that sprawling complex of renovated factory buildings, I saw on the wall of one exhibit these words by the celebrated poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Lang… Read more

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Long before “transgender” became known to the public as the “T” in LGBTQ, I was teaching Biopsychology students the distinctions between genetic gender, anatomical gender and gender identity. I will not test you on it, but let us ponder these distinctions because of supposedly “commonsense” … Read more

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Rockingham County Board of Supervisors are about to take action on a proposal to form a Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority. Approval would give the board authority to raise property taxes on all owners in the Lake Shen Watershed. Funds would be used to repair stormwater management … Read more