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Halifax County confronts $900,000 gap in upcoming budget

HCMS students retell story of the Crossing

Show set at The Prizery tonight

GOP drops ‘loyalty oath’ for primary

Despite party turnabout, local registrars say they are bound to enforce pledge with Mar. 1 vote

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Finding a way

Short on numbers, Comets get past tough Magna Vista

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Naked politics

From the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Department: This week, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. offered his endorsement for the White House to one Donald J. Trump, who, if elected, will add Commander-in-Chief to a résumé that already includes strip joint landlord.

Right out of the box

Of all the arguments raised against uranium mining, the most persuasive (to me) is the impossible challenge of regulating an industry whose environmental effects will linger over an extended window of time: say, the next 100,000 years. The track record of compliance in the here-and-now is spotty enough. And that’s just with the rules on the books. The National Academy of Sciences, in its much-cited feasibility study on uranium mining, made a point that’s been oddly overlooked in the debate over lifting Virginia’s mining ban: Yes, it may be possible to impose strict controls and insist on “best practices” from mining companies, yet for some reason such a thing rarely ever seems to happen.

Right out of the box

Of all the arguments raised against uranium mining, the most persuasive (to me) is the impossible challenge of regulating an industry whose environmental effects will linger over an extended window of time: say, the next 100,000 years. The track record of compliance in the here-and-now is already spotty enough. And that’s just with the rules on the books. The National Academy of Sciences, in its much-cited feasibility study on uranium mining, made a point that’s been oddly overlooked: Yes, it may be possible to impose strict controls and insist on “best practices” from mining companies, yet for some reason such a thing rarely ever seems to happen.

Slow-mo fiasco

It’s hardly an original observation, but as daily newspapers struggle with the collapse of their business model, our grasp of the news suffers, too. For all their flaws, the big-city metros are just about the only game in town when it comes to tracking mischief at the nation’s statehouses. With editorial staffs dwindling and reporters forced to find new and creative things to do with their time, the odds that the public’s business will go awry — without warning of trouble ahead — have risen tremendously.

Unhealthy system

Our report two weeks ago on Community Memorial Healthcenter’s decision to cut ties with Clarksville physician Susan Hundley has clearly struck a nerve in the community. And for good reason: People appreciate quality doctors. Unfortunately, CMH has not said much about its reasons for letting Dr. Hundley go, in keeping with standard procedure in such situations. It would be unwise, and practically unprecedented, for the hospital to open up on what is first and foremost a personnel matter.

A contest like no other

Well, that sure was exciting, wasn’t it? Virginia’s Stupor Tuesday vote presented us with an epic showdown between Thurston Howell III and Ichabod Crane, with the rest of the Republican presidential field either lost on a three-hour tour or resting quietly at Sleepy Hollow. I voted for Ichabod. The feeling was positively blah.

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