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Tom McLaughlin

All politics is local

When good people make bad arguments.

A better way to pay

To our west, the Halifax County School Board is undertaking a project that should ring a bell with local readers: the modernization of the county’s high school.

Some like it hot

It’s sizzling out there. Perfect for hot takes:

Rock bottom

In the course of putting together our Town of Clarksville bicentennial edition last week, I read through some of James Sheppard’s old columns and came across this from May 2011:

On the brink

The fix we find ourselves in as citizens of America is also the moment many of us have been dreading — when the venality, incompetence and bad faith of the White House under Donald Trump would finally drag the country to the brink of crisis.

Keeping it real

Sliding ever closer to the fire:

Casual disregard

Seeing as how they’re in charge of spending $100 million-plus in taxpayer dollars on a new facility, you would think members of the Mecklenburg CountySchool Board would be maximally attuned to the need to be transparent and accountable in everything they do — actually a minimal standard for any public official to uphold, but never more so than when high stakes are involved. You’d think trustees would understand all this. Apparently not.

How did we get here?

What a difference a couple of weeks makes: Go back that far in time and not many people had Virginia’s 5th District on their radar as a battleground for control of Congress in November.

How did we get here?

I’d like to make an early nomination for 2018’s most prophetic headline, from a full eight days ago at Slate.com: “What Is Even Going on With GOP Congressman Tom Garrett?”

A bad feeling about this

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