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Tom McLaughlin

Loose ends

Bunny Propst has written a straight-to-the-point Viewpoint letter blasting South Boston’s alleged scheme to run off Riverdale merchants and build a wetlands park at the town’s southern gateway. I agree with Propst that converting Riverdale into parkland is folly, but not for quite the same reasons as she spells out. Where is the money for this grand design? Wouldn’t it be better to drop this notion of buying out property owners, make some low-cost improvements to the district (like doing something about that billboard that blocks the view up the hill of the SVHEC and The Prizery) and simply move on? Should the Riverdale merchants form their own version of MoveOn.org? So many questions, so little time for answers.

Ready for the sequel

I was thinking the other day about movies that, in classic Hollywood fashion, pit some hopeless, unloved schlub with a heart of gold against an elite, prettified, thoroughly contemptible gang of Kool Kids where — surprise of surprises — the loser triumphs in the end.

What goes around ...

Last week’s elections in Virginia saw Democrats trounced by a Republican ticket that rode a wave of discontent into office. To quote from a certain former president: It was the economy, stupid. While I think Creigh Deeds would have made a fine governor, one cannot escape the reality he did a poor job articulating the case for his candidacy — in comparison to Gov.-elect Robert McDonnell, who proved anew the adage that you can fool enough of the people for a long enough time to win elective office.

Post mortem

So now what? Democrats got their donkeybacks handed to them Tuesday night in Virginia and New Jersey, although in true throw-out-the-bums fashion a handful of Republicans and quasi-Republicans got shown the door in Virginia and nationally, too. It was an anti-incumbent night, alright, which even incumbent Arthur Reynolds found out to his dismay running for Halifax County school board.

Off the beaten track

I figured this might be a good time to step away from our regular muckraking duties here at the Hughes & Record to touch upon lesser-noticed happenings in the community.

For governor: Creigh Deeds

Too-cute-by-half plans for managing Virginia’s affairs not only fail to get the job done, they reveal deeper truths about the people who champion such tomfoolery. The shining example is Jim Gilmore’s no-car tax plank in the 1997 gubernatorial campaign. Gilmore rode the slogan to the Governor’s Mansion, then proceeded to wreck Virginia’s finances without even delivering the full tax relief he had promised. Ideological to the point of being serially dishonest, Gilmore today stands as the archetype of what Virginians should avoid in a governor

Feet planted firmly on the ground

There’s nothing new about politicians striving to be all things to all people, but claiming to be their neighbor, too?

Bloom and bust

I’ve neglected to comment in this space on the State of the County forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce three weeks ago, but our front-page article on the event drew a quick reaction from several readers. One especially sharp-eyed businessman in town took exception to the comment by Mike Sexton, executive director of the IDA, that Halifax County has “figured it all out” when it comes to economic development. Come again?

Highway robbery

If a candidate for statewide office promised to extract revenue from southern Virginia to build roads for northern Virginia, would you vote for said candidate? No?

Blown away

My wife and I were talking with our son’s English teacher at the middle school open house Monday when the rain started to fall, crashing to the ground at angles you might imagine a downed aircraft taking. As the storm raged and heaved, spitting out wind and hail, it struck me how protected we were inside the building. Say what you will about HCMS, but it’s a sturdy place; I tried to recall from my time there as a high school student if the building had doubled as a fall-out shelter. Our eight-year-old daughter, who had tagged along for the visit, sat placidly at one of the big kids’ desks reading a book. Aside from the storm outside, there was only one oddity: a whooshing sound emanating from the ventilation shaft over our heads. Otherwise we could have been inside an impenetrable bunker.

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