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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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Healthcare providers, along with many other front-line workers, have been called heroes, and that’s certainly an apt description. I work with an incredible team here at Sentara RMH, and it’s those superheroes that I wish to honor during Hospital Week, May 10–16. Every single person, from the… Read more

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On April 27, the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission met and recommended Heritage Oaks (HO) remain closed for one year. This action was taken based on historical losses and the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on city finances. As a longtime advocate for and member o… Read more

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The First Tee of Harrisonburg was notified recently that the proposed City of Harrisonburg 2020-21 fiscal budget recommends reducing our annual allocation from $70,000 to $0. This proposed reduction represents 34% of our annual operating budget and certainly will have an impact to our progra… Read more

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Over 1 million Americans are positive for the coronavirus; over 60,000 are dead. As a comparison, 59,000 Americans died over 15 years of fighting in the Vietnam War. The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor killed 2,335 in 1941, which marked the beginning of American involvement in World War II.… Read more

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While in the Department of Defense, I worked for then-Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. In his recent book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," Gates stated that Joe Biden has "been wrong on nearly every major forei… Read more

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"Social distancing is a privilege," writes Rana Ayyub about her native India (Foreign Policy, 3-28-20), but "social distancing is a privilege" here in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County as well. I am not allowed to hike in Shenandoah National Park for fear that I infect myself or someone els… Read more

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I am a lifelong local resident and have been a Harrisonburg city taxpayer both as a citizen and a business owner for several decades. One of the things that I am most proud of in our city is our public golf course. My husband and I were not familiar with the game of golf until our youngest s… Read more

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The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Living Wage Campaign brings you greetings. In the United States, unemployment has soared. More than 16 million people have joined the ranks of the unemployed, 11 million homeless are struggling to find a place to shelter with more being thrown into poverty and hom… Read more

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Balancing faith and science in our responses to climate change and to the pandemic involves seeing science as uncovering God's natural laws. Read more

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To date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic over 3.5 million Americans have lost their health insurance as a result of becoming unemployed; some of these individuals almost certainly are readers of the DN-R. In contrast, the number of citizens who have lost their health insurance in countri… Read more

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Gemeinschaft Home is an innovative nonprofit organization serving the community through residential and non-residential programs. The Gemeinschaft Home is located just outside the city limits of Harrisonburg in a large, renovated farmhouse. Such a semi-country environment provides residents … Read more

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Just three weeks ago, my wife, millennial daughter and I sat on a crowded Georgia beach. Now we are hunkered down in our respective homes, avoiding all nonessential social contact. Read more

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Squeezing us in its tight-fisted grip, the deadly COVID-19 pandemic exacts a cruel and numbing butcher’s bill on our physical and mental health, as well as on our economic and emotional well-being. As it trolls insidiously into our lives, some of the most noble aspects of our beings are bein… Read more

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I have been mowing grass for over 60 years. It is spring and time to start all over again. I recently spent time and energy servicing the mowers at our church, one riding and one a push for trim. Changing oil, filters, plugs, etc., is not real difficult but messy and time consuming. These po… Read more

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In an Open Forum from Bill Faw ("U.S. Was Founded As Secular Nation,", March 9), Mr. Faw stated that America was not founded on the Christian faith. Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 had seminary degrees. Read more

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I would like to commend Kathleen Shaw for her front page story about people with brain injuries ("Matters of the Mind," March 23). A traumatic brain injury sure does change the life of a victim. The result often turns these victims into totally different people. I wish that other people woul… Read more