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In 1998, I was forced to leave my home in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of a resurgence of conflict in the region. For four years, I waited in a refugee camp with my wife and four young children before we were finally granted the life-changing opportunity to resettle in the United… Read more

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And what is so rare as the city of Harrisonburg? It sits in the Shenandoah Valley, for there, if anywhere, lie perfect towns. (With apologies to James Russell Lowell). Read more

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The most effective way to keep persons behind bars in the system is to first alienate them from family and friends and from their community support systems. Give those folks 15 minutes per week to hug a friend or family member, and then make it really difficult to keep in touch with anyone f… Read more

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On June 10, via social media, the city of Harrisonburg was proud to announce that Dwellsy, a residential rental blog, had ranked Harrisonburg the No. 9 Top City for Renters in 2021. Things must have really been bleak for renters in 2021 for Harrisonburg to rank so high. Read more

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In his letter “Show Me the Proof” (DN-R, Letters, 6/3/21), Hunter Lucke gave a clear and measured response to a previous writer who threw down the gauntlet to those of us who believe that the 2020 election was basically fair, honest and free of significant fraud (a conclusion shared by Bill … Read more

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The proposed Boyers Crossing development at the intersection of Port Republic and Boyers roads has received coverage in this publication and other media over the past few months. Developers wish to combine residential, retail and storage units on a parcel of land that was included in Rocking… Read more

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I share Constance Birch’s dismay expressed in her letter (June 2) about Harrisonburg having given the go-ahead for the SIBO plastics manufacturing company to establish a first USA headquarters of 12,000 square feet on Main Street. The DN-R reported that this global company will invest $2.6 m… Read more

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Early voting ended Saturday in the Democratic primary. You can now vote in person on election day, Tuesday. Virginia Democratic primaries are open to anyone and you don’t have to belong to the party to vote in their primary. I was proudly Waynesboro’s first 2021 primary voter, casting my bal… Read more

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Paraphrasing African American author James Baldwin on his attitude toward America, “I love Israel, and exactly for that reason, insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” Read more

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I can’t say as a septuagenarian I am confident that humanity will rescue itself and what is left of animal and plant life from the current climate crisis. Many of my friends believe in Theodore Parker’s/Martin Luther King’s framing of the moral arc bending toward social justice, as if there … Read more

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Often we forget that Memorial Day is a day not for merchandise sales or the unofficial start of summer. But rather it is a day set aside to honor those brave men and women that have fallen in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Read more

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I am writing in response to Dr. Doug Wright’s misleading DN-R Viewpoint on Saturday, May 8, 2021. His discussion of H.R. 1, the new voting laws of Georgia and the insurrection inflicted upon the Capitol has significant issues. The H.R.1 bill is entitled “For the People Act of 2021”, and deal… Read more

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In his recent article summarizing a particular perspective on climate change in Wednesday’s DN-R, Marc Thiessen’s article cited a recent book by former Department of Energy scientist Steven E. Koonin. Rarely, I suspect, has Marc paid much attention to Mr. Koonin’s scientific perspectives, or… Read more

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It has been six decades since I first read William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.” I still remember the horror of reading that tale — the savage behavior of a group of English schoolboys, marooned on a deserted island with no adult around. Their attempts to organize themselves as proper Engli… Read more

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President Biden recently completed his first 100 days in office as our newly installed commander-in-chief. Presidential scholars and historians view a new president’s first 100 days in office as a time that will more than likely set the tone for the remainder of their presidency. With that i… Read more

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Twenty years ago I began writing letters to the editor of the DN-R. I didn’t expect to continue for long. Now, here I am, ready to leave the area served by this paper, and surprised that I have written more than 60 letters and opinion pieces. Read more

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We are all for “ensuring a free and fair election,” but Becky Ruckman (DN-R Open Forum, April 29) has embraced Trump’s dangerous attempt to steal the 2020 election, under the guise of “stopping the steal.” It is impressive that Ruckman served on our county Election Board for six years, but t… Read more

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I am continuously impressed by how many of my friends and I have arrived after several decades at such different sociopolitical positions, each of us imagining those with different positions as having been inordinately influenced by propaganda from the wrong side. I know they are intelligent… Read more