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Tom McLaughlin

Perspectives of time

You can’t move fast enough to keep up with the headlines these days. Still, a keen sense of the here-and-now never hurt anyone, especially in the marketing and advertising business. How about a new promotional campaign to draw tourists to the Lake Country? NO SHARKS, NO WORRIES. Fortunes have been made with less.

The ravages of fear

It’s odd, the things you come upon at the unlikeliest of moments. This week I pulled up at a traffic stop behind a neighbor and noticed for the first time the collection of bumper stickers splattered on the back of the family wagon. Theirs is a wonderful household in every way, so as you might expect, the tattooing of the vehicle conveys the family’s sense of whimsy and fun. One sticker in particular caught my eye: Love > Hate.

Home runs

Maybe it’s just the heat, but the world sure does feel unglued these days.

Twists in the road

A couple of weeks ago, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors convened for a regular monthly meeting and board members refrained from their usual moaning and kvetching. (For the supervisors this year, this seemed like a first.) To the extent any ill will was evident in the room, it mostly arose from the audience. A sore point was the state of the county’s roads. People have a right to complain.

Waiting in the wind

It’s amazing how calm everything seems to get during transitional periods— in Mecklenburg’s case, the pause between Jim Thornton’s departure for Isle of Wight County and the hiring of a new school superintendent to take his place. One suspects the School Board will set aside its fussin’ and fightin’ long enough to quickly lay the groundwork for a new superintendent search (although a School Board meeting this week to consider a consultant had to be cancelled for the lack of a quorum.)

Peace in the valley

In case you missed it: A peaceful, easy feeling settled over the Halifax County Board of Supervisors on Monday night.

Left behind

I guess the time was never too far distant to talk about Jim Thornton’s legacy as Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Schools.

Another eruption

Life is a long, winding road … with debris deposited along the way. Let’s scoop up our share:

Well enough alone

“Whether people feel comfortable with me or our school board at this time should not be the question,” writes Superintendent of Schools Jim Thornton this week as he takes a shot at the Board of Supervisors — example #2,367 in the genre. I agree: the question of local funding for education should be considered independently of Thornton’s leadership of the division. Yet is such an exercise in compartmentalization really possible?

Out of the darkness

I’ve received some requests for the next installment in The Adventures of Halasz in Wonderland* — the story that made its debut last week in this space that actually was a veiled cry for help from someone whose job entails following the antics of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors — but I’ll admit to not being able to work up much enthusiasm for a sequel (yet).

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