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Off to the races

I’m trying to stick to a new diet — the no mas presidential punditry meal plan — but there is political news this week on the more local level: the field is set in the race to succeed Congressman Robert Hurt in Virginia’s 5th District.

Season’s best

If it’s not exactly the height of summer, it sure feels that way:

The grace within

Being a generation removed from Sterling Edmunds, who died Tuesday at age 80, I am hardly best suited to take the full measure of the man, but as a fellow Halifax native I do know the extent to which he cherished the town — and how much he was beloved in return.

Reverse field

I have no idea if the decision was made willingly or if it’s more of the kicking-and-screaming variety, but kudos to Superintendent of Schools James Thornton for reversing his previous decision to cut out an agricultural teaching position at Bluestone Middle School. In this day and age of shrinking school budgets and pinched curricula, it might seem inevitable that school divisions would relegate farming education to second-class status. Yet it’s also a mistake, given what we are as a rural community and how agriculture might someday help us regain a share of our former vitality.

Heat of the moment

Now that the summer heat has dropped back down to bearable levels (at this writing!), can we talk?

A bloody mess

After a slickly seductive marketing campaign powered by the usual Hollywood magic and given juice by a promising conceptual mash-up, it turns out, alas, that “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is not a very good movie. (Or so say the critics). Darn. I haven’t seen the film and know little about its premise, except what I read somewhere in an online publication: Apparently our ex-president is refashioned as the Avenger of his time, a historical figure confronted with an evil of such magnitude — slavery — that the depravity of humankind couldn’t possibly explain its continued existence in the world. (In the novel upon which the movie is based, Jefferson Davis is a Quisling president who represents the public face of the Confederacy.). With mere men ruled out as perpetrators of this monstrous crime against humanity, Abe Lincoln uncovers the true culprits: vampires. Lots of vampires. Much mayhem ensues. I’m pretty sure this version of history will never be brought up at UDC meetings.

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