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Tom McLaughlin

To mine or not to mine, that is the question

Do the right thing

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. In my e-mail account last week landed the following message from Fifth District Rep. Tom Perriello:

Sun spot

I’ll admit to having a soft spot for summer despite the bugs, the sunburn, the need to occasionally do work in the hot kitchen and the ever-present sheen of perspiration because … let’s face it, we all need the wheels of life to slow down from time to time. And with the mercury hitting triple digits, what alternative does anyone have?

Call waiting

From the Department of Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Yesterday was just a normal press day; sliding towards the fire, as usual. Then, the phone rings! My mother, a dear, sweet woman whose sole failing in life is being responsible for me, picks up. The caller identifies himself as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. “This is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,” he said. “Are you writing something about me in tomorrow’s paper?”

Cool spell

It’s warm enough outside without the usual dose of overheated commentary to make things worse. So for a change, a few low-key takes on the news:

Oops can happen, and then …

One of the supreme ironies of the uranium mining debate in Pittsylvania County is that supporters make the argument that it’s regulated by the government. They say an alphabet soup of state and federal agencies will oversee uranium mining and milling in the county. Virginia Uranium Inc. will use the latest technology, and the state and federal government will be watching VUI the whole time.

Class action

Dear friends, citizens and graduates: Congratulations! It truly is an honor to be standing on this stage as you, the members of the Class of 2010, bid farewell to your innocent high school years (laughter ensues) and embark on that portion of life’s long journey known as adulthood. You should be proud of your accomplishments up to this point and open to the wondrous possibilities that lie ahead. As your commencement speaker today I hope to play a useful role in helping you to navigate the shoals of these unsettling times and discover a true path to success.

Down in front

Until a week ago, I had no strong feelings about the June 8 GOP congressional primary because, well, the choice of a nominee doesn’t rest with people like me. It belongs to Republicans — a.k.a. nice enough folks as long as you don’t make the mistake of talking politics in their presence.

Keeping faith

Conflicting figures

In an open letter to the Board of Supervisors that the local newspapers published last week, Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White complained that a proposed $80,000 funding cut to her office would result in fewer prosecutions of non-felony crimes, a reduction in local law enforcement services and staff layoffs. To listen to County Administrator George Nester tell the tale, however, there’s a problem with this account: the likely cut is about half the advertised amount.

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