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If there is one thing the Virginia Department of Health Central Shenandoah District’s vaccine expansion rollout has exposed — other than a complete and utter misunderstanding of rural areas with spotty internet service — it is our wider community's need for broadband. Read more

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It would be folly to say that this country’s massive rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine “is nothing new,” simply because a mass vaccination of this scale hasn’t been seen before. Read more

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One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. Read more

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At a news conference last week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia is expanding Phase 1b of the COVID-19 distribution plan. Now, if you’re age 65 and older — as well as some younger with certain health problems — you are eligible to get inoculated. Read more

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With winter break coming to a close and students coming back to campus later this month, James Madison University sent out a notice saying “it is essential for all students living on campus to be tested to help us identify any positive cases …” Read more

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Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the U.… Read more

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Between March and December, there was a 22% increase in the use of local food banks compared to the same nine months in 2019. Read more

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The COVID-19 epidemic has made a glaring need in how we educate children apparent. With their schools closed, many of them for weeks or even months on end, millions of children have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. Read more

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For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Read more

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Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released much… Read more

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It will not be a surprise if months of pent-up frustrations prompt many people to blow off more than a little steam this New Year’s Eve. Today is viewed by many as the one time a year they let their hair down, anyway. Read more

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U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. O… Read more

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