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Red Oak woman killed in two-vehicle collision

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Castle in the sand

Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Jim Halasz, the county attorney and others have worked very hard to shape the future of the Halifax County Courthouse, drawing up a modernization plan for the building that brings years of back-and-forth negotiations with a restive judiciary to an end. But will it fly with the public?

High stakes, clear choices: Endorsements by The Mecklenburg Sun and South Boston News & Record

Seemingly without exception, all presidential elections rank as the most important of a lifetime — until the next one. Still, the 2012 campaign does present a stark choice between two candidates who could hardly represent more divergent directions for America. One offers consistent, intelligent leadership animated by the belief that everyone deserves a fair shot and a level playing field — because the most prosperous societies are those that expand from the middle out and the bottom up. The other candidate rejects accepted facts and tested solutions in pursuit of an agenda that would benefit the few at the expense of the many.

Aiming for a new normal

Politics is rife with uphill battles and lost causes, but defeat can plant the seeds of future victories. Barry Goldwater was trounced in the 1964 presidential election, but his rise as the Republican Party standard bearer marked the onset of the GOP’s fateful turn to the hard right. Goldwater lost, but his brand of conservatism won out — and the GOP has been riding the same ideological hobbyhorse ever since.

Saying goodbye

People ask every so often why I don’t write about this topic or that — the answer is, this column runs long enough as it is, why make poor readers suffer further? — but some months ago someone did want to know why there hadn’t been any recent mentions of a familiar figure in this space, my first cousin not far enough removed, former Fifth District GOP chairman Tucker Watkins.

The sounds of silence

A quick Internet search this morning reveals considerable doubt about who first came up with the famous quotation: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Compare and contrast

When we last touched base with the Mecklenburg County Republican Party — in this space last week, as a matter of fact — the joke was on our partisan friends. Why? Because the county GOP unit had posted, in all seriousness, a link on its Facebook wall from The Onion ( that purported to take the wraps off the mainstream media’s shameful underreporting on President Obama’s “son,” Luther.

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