Archive | March, 2008

Building or Investing Opportunity

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


It seems to me that there is a large enough demand for low or mixed income housing in Harrisonburg to warrant investigation by builders and investors during this slower housing period. Unfortunately the demand for low income may grow in the next few years and housing could continue to skid and it will become increasingly […]

The Inverse Relationship Between Immigration and Crime

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


H’burg news has 73 posts in the archives with the immigration tag; clearly, it’s a hot topic both locally and state-wide. Along those lines, the American Sociological Association (ASA) issued a news release: “Immigration ‘Hot Spots’ and Violent Crime Inversely Linked.”

leave NCLB?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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A headline in today’s Winchester Star raises the question: Should Virginia withdraw from No Child Left Behind? We’ve written here before about the conflict between the Harrisonburg School Board and the federal Department of Education over the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) testing standards for students. That’s one of the reasons Virginia educators want out […]

Toll Control

Monday, March 17, 2008


Last week, Gov. Kaine signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Todd Gilbert, which requires any private entity from imposing tolls or user fees on “any existing rural Interstate highway” [Interstate 81] without the prior approval of the General Assembly. In other words, legislators voted to give themselves more authority.


Monday, March 17, 2008


Attention, fans of The Onion: April Fool’s Day is here a little early this year. contributor Gxeremio recently started, a satirical local news blog. JGFitzgerald and I will be contributing occasionally.

Rasoul – Richardson debate

Saturday, March 15, 2008


It’s on April Fool’s Day, but the event is real: Sam Rasoul and Drew Richardson — two candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Congressman Bob Goodlatte this November — will debate each other at the Harrisonburg City Council Chamber Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

WSJ on Goodlatte

Friday, March 14, 2008


A reader emailed me this editorial about the farm bill, from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: … full-time farmers will be able to earn up to $1 million per farm ($2 million for a married couple) and still be eligible for a USDA handout. That means you can be in the top 0.2% in income in […]

Dirty Air: Hburg to face sanctions?

Friday, March 14, 2008


The Washington Post reports that the EPA “weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone after an unusual last-minute intervention by President Bush.” This story comes out two days after the Southern Environmental Law Center announced that Harrisonburg is likely to be added to the list of Virginia cities with unhealthy levels of […]

Hburgnews is too hard on the DNR?

Friday, March 14, 2008


This article is posted in today’s issue of the Daily News Record. This is the snopes link that shows that this story is not very accurate. This was brought to my attention by someone else, who also left the link in the comments on the article, so I can’t take credit for it. However, it […]

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