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THUMBS-UP: When it comes to children and social media, along with the good that comes from being connected, you also hear about the very disturbing bad. You hear about bullying, you hear about harassment and, sadly, you hear a lot about youth suicide. Read more

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While there is a lot on everyone’s minds right now, we can add one more to the list: a blood supply shortage. Read more

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Looking for yet another reason to get the COVID-19 vaccine? A Cleveland Clinic patient recently was told his life-saving kidney transplant would have to be delayed because the donor is unvaccinated. Read more

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People attending a school board or municipal government meeting often are puzzled when a member of one of those elected bodies chooses to abstain from voting on an issue. Read more

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Usually on Tuesdays this space is for our weekly thumbs-up and thumbs-down, where we hand out darts and laurels when we feel they’ve been earned. Read more

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“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week in announcing the U.S. Department of Justice would begin investigating threats against school board members, teachers and other school personn… Read more

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That there even is a Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a sign of progress. Domestic violence is now something that people are working to eradicate. It’s no longer something that is quietly kept behind closed doors. It’s no longer shrugged off … Read more

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Nearly every day, we learn of a new way in which COVID has affected us. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a new one: obesity. Read more

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THUMBS-UP: Hope Distributed realized there was a need in the community for baby items. So the organization, which also provides a food pantry and clothing store to those in need, decided to do something about it. Read more

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It’s hard to drive very far without encountering orange barrels. And while it’s undoubtedly frustrating to have to make your way through a construction zone when all you want to do is get where you’re going, speeding through to save a few seconds on your trip is not the answer. Read more

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Strong and vibrant downtowns are built on the arts. You can pack all the bars and restaurants that can fit along a town’s main drag, but you still need a reason to come down and head into those establishments. Read more

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U.S. Federal Reserve officials wield an immense amount of influence on our economy. Last year, the Fed took unusual steps to shore up the economy and stabilize financial markets during the pandemic by cutting its short-term benchmark interest rate to zero in March 2020. Since then, it purcha… Read more

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THUMBS-UP: Bravo to the Harrisonburg High School Marching Blue Streaks band. On Sept. 25, the band competed for the first time in 639 days and brought home a bevy of honors, including first place in the 5A competition. Read more

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There’s just something about airplanes that makes a child’s eyes get wide. For some adults, it’s the same. Read more

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A proposal by the U.S. Treasury to allow pandemic relief funds to be spent on improving high-speed broadband service to rural, underserved areas receives our support, as this could help even the playing field for many in our region who currently have little to no access to high-speed broadband. Read more

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