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When the speakers were done and the over 1,000 strong filed out of Liberty Park and headed south on Liberty Street, you still heard their voices in the silence. Read more

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Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. Read more

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Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. Read more


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On the evening of May 14, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci and shot him dead. Condoluci, 64, was a twice convicted pedophile, and Fairbanks, 43, had spent years working with troubled kids in the Omaha Public Schools system. Read more

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The mission statement of Patchwork Pantry in Harrisonburg is clear and straightforward: “To provide a three-day supply of staple food to those in need in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.” And that’s precisely what the ecumenical food ministry housed at Community Mennonite Church at 70 S. … Read more


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On April 27, the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Advisory Board made an impulsive decision to close Heritage Oaks Golf Course for one year without any articulated plan or strategy for the future. This decision was, in part, a reaction to a former council member's petition — a council membe… Read more

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My name is Dave Sebastian and I moved to Harrisonburg last August. My wife and I lived in Stafford, Va., for 28 years and we watched the “D.C. metropolitan sprawl” slowly but surely “absorb” Stafford into the morass of traffic and hectic communities called “Northern Virginia.” Read more

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