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Tom McLaughlin

Sharp minds vs. deaf ears

The Mecklenburg County School Board is set to vote on a school masking policy when trustees meet next Monday. As if on cue, two Duke University researchers penned an editorial Tuesday in The New York Times that addresses the effectiveness of mask wearing in schools.

Ready to quit his day job

Not content with being a replacement-level state legislator after almost three decades in the General Assembly, Frank Ruff is now branching out into the public health field. It’s not going well.

The beat goes on

Every once in a while, someone will jump onto our website at and post a comment that cuts to the chase with the topics reported on the site. Such as this comment, from one of our regular readers in response to the general reaction to the Crumbling Schools Tour visit last week at Halifax County High School:

Who to believe?

Sun reader Tony Moore of South Hill has written a very polite Viewpoint letter below in response to my column last week, so let’s respond in kind.

On the world stage

Hmm ... let’s see what isn’t completely horrible in the headlines. How about the 2021 Summer Olympics?

Risky business

The Associated Press moved an ominous new report over the wires Tuesday:

Falling down

In a few weeks the Crumbling Schools Tour will swing through Southside Virginia, stopping off at Halifax County High School in South Boston as the group highlights the deplorable condition of school facilities in rural and low-income areas of Virginia.

In the zone

It would be emotionally calming to ride the usual roundelay in this space today, but unfortunately we’re in the midst of a planetary emergency and the same-old same-old simply won’t do.

Keeping it real

People not getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and why it's a concern hereabouts.

Nowhere to go now but up

Let us stipulate up front that of all our county boards — the Board of Supervisors, Industrial Development Authority, School Board — it’s the latter that has the toughest job, and for the most part our school trustees do their jobs better than the rest.

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