I had waited for them to finish constructing my hut so that I could spend the first night in it. I was at last checking out of Mika lodge in Lusaka in the capital city of Zambia in Southern Africa. The taxi was going to drive me about an hour outside the city along the Great East Road to the… Read more
The mob violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was deplorable and disgusting. It is the antithesis of a free society that wishes to remain free. Any supporter of President Trump and his policies must denounce this horror with even more vehemence than they denounced the riots… Read more
It was a desecration of our government’s seat of power. A sacrilege against our democracy. A shameful episode carried out by a relatively small mob of violent criminals who disgraced the otherwise peaceful, lawful assembly of thousands of earnest Americans who had traveled to Washington to e… Read more
As Donald Trump's Republican Party descends into madness, dragged down by the president's lies, threats and possible mental illness, it's become hard to imagine democracy-loving conservatives continuing to live in the same house. They're in a marriage that can't be saved. Read more
Our jail is full. Again. In 2015 we paid $20 million to join Middle River Regional Jail. Since 1994 when our Harrisonburg jail was built our community population has not quite doubled — but we are jailing five times as many people. Read more
I never speak out publicly by taking political sides, but I read daily commentary about how people within the readership of the DN-R feel the need to push their point of view and why it is the only point of view. Their comments seem to spew out animosity and hate and it comes from both sides… Read more
I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in the late '50s and '60s. I went to a segregated elementary school until the seventh grade and was so insulated that I didn't think much about it. While in those elementary years I learned that during the Civil War, the South had a noble cause. I was also … Read more
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