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Tom McLaughlin

Head fake

The toughest conflicts to resolve are often asymmetrical in nature, where one side is willing to abide by basic standards of honesty and fair play, the other side is not, and the spoils of victory end up going to the cheaters.

Roll out a welcome mat

It was a minor moment in an otherwise tumultuous campaign, but a week and a half before Election Day I ventured out to snap a photo at a Republican rally in South Boston. (Yes, I do try to get out and about.) Among the party faithful in attendance was a former county supervisor in Halifax. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, he earned a reputation as an establishment-bashing gadfly and critic of the local Industrial Development Authority. Not surprisingly, behind perhaps only Donald Trump and now-GOP Congressman-elect Tom Garrett, the subject of new jobs for the community was paramount on his mind.

Carry that weight

Now comes the moment in the life of our republic when we set aside the divisiveness and rancor of a hard-fought election and rally together as one America, except that’s not really going to happen, as we all know. In checking around folks’ social media pages and picking up bits and pieces of conversation since Tuesday’s vote, it comes as no surprise to hear people express a yearning for a return to normalcy. Too bad. Tuesday proved there is no such thing.

Last call

Well, lookie here — it’s the final week of the longest election in recorded history! Praise the Lord hallelujah. Now let’s get in our last licks before the balloon drop begins.

Don’t fear the bear

Welcome to the jungle

That old-time feeling

So now we’re talking about replacing Halifax County High School?

Fall harmony

It remains to be seen how the Mecklenburg County School Board and Board of Supervisors will resolve their differences over how to structure Mecklenburg County’s secondary schools — one big high school/middle school complex or two smaller ones? — but the first rule when trying to track down answers is to “follow the money.”

Coming home to roost

There are a million ways you can dissect Donald Trump’s disastrous debate performance Monday night.

Making book

It was quite a nice surprise to pick up the Halifax County Historical Society’s new book, “An Architectural History of Halifax County, Virginia“ and see our family’s South Boston residence listed on page 256: “The West-McLaughlin home.” Never heard it referred to that way before; wow. It reminded me of the moment in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special when Pig-Pen tells Lucy Van Pelt to show some respect because that could be the dirt of Nebuchudnezzar swirling around his person. Even our beagles are impressed. They’ve used the bathroom indoors only once this week.

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