Archive | October, 2006

Archbishop Chacour in H’burg

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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I met this man today. What an amazing guy. Why he’s visiting a city the size of H’burg (instead of NY or DC) is beyond me, but I suggest you to try to hear him speak before he leaves town. Elias Chacour is the Archbishop of Galilee (Byzantine Catholic), a peace activist in Israel/Palestine for […]

understanding the state amendments

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


As I’ve said before, there are three proposed amendments to the state constitution on the ballot this November. The one getting the most media coverage is of course the amendment to define marriage as “between one man and one woman.” There are a zillion blog posts, editorials, and news stories on the web arguing for […]

the politicians speak out (sort of)

Sunday, October 22, 2006


As was pointed out in the previous post’s comments section, Cargill has local political power, making the issue of the Padilla firing more complicated for a lot of people (which is why local politics can sometimes be more complex than national politcs). It seems the local politicians don’t know exactly what to say, but they’re […]

Broadway man fired for pro-amendment sign

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Am I missing something, or did the H’burg media completely miss this story about a Cargill employee in Timberville, Luis Padilla, who was allegedly fired for posting (and refusing to remove) a pro-marriage amendment sign in the back window of his truck? Right-wing pro-amendment groups like the Valley Family Forum and va4marriage have jumped all […]

Hburg Happenings – late October

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Thanks to the other H’burg bloggers for keeping this thing going. The more the merrier. Keep posting. I’ll be working to make some improvements on this site in the coming weeks. Sorry if your comments haven’t been showing up immediately. I’ll try to fix the filter. In recent news: Much to the disappointment of Virginia […]

anti-death penalty tour stops in H’burg

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Journey of Hope, an organization of activists against the death penalty is touring through Virginia (second only to Texas in number of executions since 1976) speaking at churches and colleges around the Commonwealth, trying to get signatures on a petition to Governor Kaine to declare a moratorium on executions. Activists from the group spoke at […]

You can always go…

Monday, October 16, 2006


Since I spend a lot of time there, I’m always interested in what’s going on in downtown Harrisonburg. About a month ago I was downtown and noticed that the walkway between Finnegan’s Cove and the old Spanky’s had been reopened. As you read here on, it was discussed at HDR’s meeting at the end […]

Can local government do anything about undocumented immigrants? Should they?

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Following the recent request by the H’burg City Council for more information, which was reported in the DNR and on WHSV (both of which make look like the New York Times), there’s some discussion in the community about the cost of undocumented immigrants locally, and what local government can do about it. Seems to […]

Xenia: A Kebab Grille

Thursday, October 12, 2006


(zee-nee-ya) I had no idea this place existed until five minutes before I walked through the door. If I hadn’t been looking for it I wouldn’t have known it was there. I had just picked Heather up from work for dinner and asked her where she wanted to go.“There’s a new Mediterranean place next to […]

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