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The Rhinoceros Times ® Vol. XXII No. 51 © Copyright 2012 The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro, North Carolina Thursday, December 20, 2012 These photos were shown at the Greensboro City Council meeting on “trimmed” the trees. Unfortunately, this is just a small part of the devastation Tuesday of Woodlawn Avenue in Westerwood before and after Duke Energy done by Duke Energy’s recent tree trimming efforts. City To Duke Energy: Cease And Desist by alex jakubsen Staff Writer Impassioned residents – livid over Duke Energy’s devastating tree cutting operations in the Westerwood, Sunset Hills and Southside neighborhoods – brought their grievances to the Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting of the Greensboro City Council in the council chambers at city hall. In response, councilmembers, also highly critical of Duke Energy, voted unanimously to take legal action against the company to stop the virtual clear cutting by Duke Energy. During speakers from the floor, Drew Perry, a resident of Westerwood, said, “I was at the Westerwood meeting last week, where reasonable objections from members of the community to Duke Power’s seeming policy of clear cutting old growth trees Secret Private Illegal Meeting by john hammer editor The Greensboro City Council held an illegal meeting behind locked doors and armed guards at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 before the legal public meeting at 5:30 p.m. With the old council the public and liberal media were up in arms protesting week after week about speakers from the floor having to wait until the second half of the meeting to speak. This council under Mayor Robbie Perkins held a meeting behind locked doors with armed security guards keeping the public out, and nobody other than The Rhino Times has said a word. The City Council held an illegal closed session on Tuesday before its regularly scheduled meeting and, according to the statements by City Attorney Mujeeb ShahKhan, the entire City Council can (Continued on page 32) from the right-of-way or even near the right-of-way of poorly placed power lines was met by executives of Duke Power with a combination of breathtaking incompetence and breathtaking arrogance.” Marianne Veto, also a resident of Westerwood, said, “You simply don’t come into a city and drastically cut trees down, leaving an expensive mess that in most cases the homeowner or the city are responsible for.” (Continued on page 27) Meet The New Board, Same As The Old Board by Scott D. Yost county editor It’s the absolute height of irony that, after Republicans waited 14 years to wrest control of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners from the spend-happy Democrats, the very first substantive act of the new Republican board was to hand out raises to some of the county’s highest paid employees. However, that’s what happened. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the board voted 7 to 2 to give raises to five county employees that county staff had already begun paying out illegally last month. The Republicans who voted for the raises were Chairman Linda Shaw, Vice Chairman Bill Bencini and newly elected Commissioner Hank Henning. They joined the Democratic commissioners who you would expect to vote for raises: Carolyn Coleman, Bruce Davis, Kay Cashion and Ray Trapp. Inside this issue Jeremiah Smith, aka The Rhino Times IT Department, chats up the bartender at The Rhino Times Schmoozefest at High Point Art, Antique and Design Center on Thursday. High Point News............ 6 Entertainment Guide...... 9 Uncle Orson Reviews... 10 Puzzles....................11,18 Yost Column................ 13 Scott’s Night Out.......... 14 Rhino Real Estate........ 15 Letters to the Editor..... 23 Editorial Cartoon.......... 34 under the hammer....... 35 The good news is that the Board of Commissioners held the discussion in public and voted on it in public – something the previous board didn’t do. In a Thursday, Oct. 18 closed session, Guilford County staff presented the Board of Commissioners with suggested raises for 15 county department heads – eight of which have salaries controlled by the county manager and seven whose salaries are by law set by the Board of (Continued on page 54) Rhino Rumors From staff and wire reports According to the owner’s manual that came with this newspaper, at the Christmas party last week we were supposed to take a photo for an ad to wish all of our (Continued on page 26)


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