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Second chances

It was clear we were off to the races Monday night at the monthly Halifax County Board of Supervisors meeting when a local farmer rose from his seat to argue that Halifax County needs Agricultural and Forestal Districts more than ever because things are so bad for producers right now.

The candyman can?

I know it's considered bad form to jump on the new guy before he's even had a chance to settle into the job, but is anyone else struck by how reluctant our new governor is to face up to reality?

Scorched earth

Monday night took me to South Hill for the annual Mecklenburg County NAACP Freedom Fund banquet honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker was King Salim Khalfani, executive director of the Virginia State Conference NAACP. I’ve probably covered the Freedom Fund banquet a dozen times over the years, and it’s always a well-attended event with good speakers (Halifax County’s own Rev. Roger Ford was the keynoter last year). But Khalfani was a revelation: he gave a scorching talk that was funny, raw and truthful almost to a fault. Few escaped his wrath, from Barack Obama to Tim Kaine to the Virginia General Assembly (“that bunch of thugs”) to a host of politicians and celebrities on down the line. Mostly, Khalfani took the wood to his audience, telling them if it’s change they want, they had better work for it. In light of other events this week, his message couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.

Epic fail

There’s no ceiling on the epic wrongness of the Richmond Times-Dispatch opinion page, but even so a line from Sunday’s editorial on Virginia’s broken finances stands out. Read this, then someone please explain to me what it’s supposed to mean:

Ye merrie ould quiz

What you will see, if you leave the Mirror free to work, I cannot tell. For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be. But which it is that he sees, even the wisest cannot always tell. Do you wish to look?

High on Santa’s list

Without intending to trod on Santa’s turf, a few years ago I started the Christmas tradition in this space of handing out the gift of a nice word or two for the people, places and things that make Halifax County such a wonderful community. One week of the year at least, I offer nothing but nice things to tuck under the tree.

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