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Survey: Things are Good, Except for the Things that Aren’t

Friday, January 5, 2007


This is Adam Sharp with a post I promised finnegan I’d write a few days ago. I was going to say something witty in this sentence, but I’m too busy wrestling with Gmail in the other tab to be cool like that. January’s edition of eightyone is out, and it includes the annual reader survey. […]

the District vs the Commonwealth

Friday, January 5, 2007


It’s easy to think of DC taking over Virginia when you’re stuck in traffic with the mass of commuters in NoVa, but now that the feds are trying to get out of the nuclear fallout radius around capital hill, “big government” takes on a new meaning for people living elsewhere in the Commonwealth. As a […]

the future of H’burg

Friday, December 15, 2006


This is where I make another one of my ill-conceived forays into opinion… After reading all the local media reports on yesterday’s SRI announcement, I could not find one critical, skeptical, or cautionary statement made in any of them. Like most people, I’m glad to hear the news that SRI will be creating new, high-quality […]

not as Republican as you’d think

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


So I was wrong about H’burg going for Webb, but the margin of victory was less than one percent (70 votes). I knew Allen would sweep the county, so his 69 – 29 victory was no surprise there. Today the DNR ran two closely related stories: Valley is a Stronghold for Allen, and Marriage Amendment […]

A closer look at the marriage amendment

Saturday, November 4, 2006


As has been noted on this blog, here is the wording of the proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution: “That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. “This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize […]

Immigrants and SOL scores

Thursday, November 2, 2006


Most people, probably even most teachers, don’t understand the complicated system of school accountability in our country. At first, we just had a fairly complicated state accreditation system based on SOL scores. Local schools have, for the most part, had no problem with maintaining state accreditation since the system is flexible and many students’ scores […]

Political Wedgies

Friday, October 27, 2006


Make sure you check out Brent’s account and pictures of today‘s rally/protest about the marriage amendment (below). I was lucky enough to have the time to make it to both of the political events on Court Square this week: Webb-Warner yesterday, Allen-Padilla today. Over 400 people showed up to Webb-Warner, apparently the biggest democratic gathering […]

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 […]

southeast connector 4

Friday, September 15, 2006


Wednesday the Rockingham County BOS put their stamp of approval on the Southeast Connector Alternative 4 (in orange on the map). For better or worse, Alternative 4 (out of six) would cut through the countryside to connect Stone Spring Road near the city with 33 south of Boyers Road in the county. In the city, […]

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