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Tom McLaughlin

Ye merrie ould quiz

What you will see, if you leave the Mirror free to work, I cannot tell. For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be. But which it is that he sees, even the wisest cannot always tell. Do you wish to look?

High on Santa’s list

Without intending to trod on Santa’s turf, a few years ago I started the Christmas tradition in this space of handing out the gift of a nice word or two for the people, places and things that make Halifax County such a wonderful community. One week of the year at least, I offer nothing but nice things to tuck under the tree.

Lasting legacies

Change at the Governor’s Mansion naturally brings on a debate on the legacy of Virginia’s outgoing chief executive. The end of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s term of office is bringing on something more: the pain.

Virtual reality

I remember reading once about the difference between a folly and a mistake: a mistake can result from a decent idea that doesn’t quite pan out, whereas folly arises from notions so ridiculous that no sane person should ever entertain them. So to cut to the chase, is the Modeling and Simulation Center for Collaborative Technologies at Riverstone Technology Park a mistake, a folly, or something else besides?

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

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