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Tom McLaughlin

What now?

Let’s be honest, the thought probably ran through your mind, too: Why didn’t the guy just shut up and do as he was told by the officers outside the hospital ER? If he had, wouldn’t he be alive today?

Auspicious start

If the selection of Paul Nichols as Mecklenburg County’s new superintendent of schools is indicative of the kind of leadership we can expect from the Mecklenburg County School Board going forward after years of dysfunction and conflict, all I can say is: Bring on the sequels.

It’s a wrap

Our long community nightmare is finally over.

A strange place

After sitting down with Halifax County Administrator Jim Halasz at the end of last week to gather his response to demands for his termination, I was reminded of something Halasz said back in January about how he perceives his role as the county’s chief executive officer.

Catch-up assignment

Lots of catching up to do with the news lately:

Welcome to town

In lieu of my regular column this week, I’m reprinting a speech — the one I gave Monday night at the welcome dinner for the Garden Club of America, which has brought its annual conservation study trip to Southside Virginia.

Birds of a feather

I vowed to myself that I’d refrain from writing anything (much) about the 2016 election until we got through this year’s cycle, but this is too good to pass up: State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents the western half of Halifax County in the General Assembly’s upper chamber, has announced he will serve as state chairman for extremist gasbag and Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz.

How many more?

So: How many more times are we going to tell ourselves that nothing could have been done to prevent a gun tragedy?

Nowhere to go but up

While the rest of the world goes haywire seemingly on an hour-by-hour basis, this has been the summer of hope and expectation for us fans of the Chicago Cubs. Last seen winning the World Series in 1908, the Cubs may not be November contenders just yet, but terrific young players are percolating up through the system, the everyday lineup has been bolstered by canny trades and free agent signings, and the future is genuinely bright. If the season ended today, the Cubs would be in the playoffs — stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Yankees fans.

Perspectives of time

In the wake of the murders at Charleston's Emanuel CME church, you might think that catering to neo-Confederate sentiment would be a bad idea. State Senator Frank Ruff seems to think otherwise.

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