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Using abandoned TV ‘white space,’ high-tech partners provide free educational broadband to 100 area homes – with many more to come

Choice of new Halifax County school chief set for tonight

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Never ending story, con’t

Hello, real world

I had the great honor two years ago of speaking to high school graduates in South Hill for their senior awards day ceremony. Without going back and re-reading my speech, I recall fairly strongly that the subtext was a plea for young people to pay no mind to the nonsensical bleatings of their elders. Two years on, with all that’s happened in the world, the level of nonsense remains little abated, though life, as ever, marches onward.

Dead giveaway

If, per chance, you’re wondering when fiscal irresponsibility in Virginia reached its height, think back to the governorship of Jim Gilmore, a four-year, ongoing fiasco that was made possible by three simple words: No Car Tax.

End of the line

Doctors take an oath, and it’s a useful one: First, do no harm. Last week in this space, we wrote about the stubborn refusal of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to help the county schools even though members have money free in the budget to do so. Rather than taking care not to do harm, the supervisors passed up an easy opportunity to do good.

Meet the new boss

Take something as simple as the school day: not all that simple, actually. Four periods or seven? That was the question that arose in March as the School Board looked to change the high school and middle school class schedules in ways that would have significant impact on a number of programs, band most prominent among them. The controversy that ensued points up a fundamental truth about the art of class scheduling: all options have their upsides and downsides. There are no perfect choices.

Banking on a fantasy

Before getting carried away, I suppose I should state up front that I happen to personally like Barry Bank. Back in the day when he and his wife ran a print and office supply business downtown, I’d poke my nose through the door to seek help and advice from time to time. Barry and I were fellow computer nerds (members of the Mac OS tribe) and he was an early adopter of desktop publishing software that became the standard in the print and publishing industries. He always struck me as a solid operator who delivered his goods and services at a fair price. I enjoyed doing business with him.

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