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First Baptist Church on E. Washington Drive is the city’s oldest AfricanAmerican church. ing neighborhood will see a turnaround. A recent police initiative to clean up open-air drug markets has been effective, he said, and he’s hoping the Washington Drive corridor will begin to see some economic development. “We’re down to 36 members. We’re doing well and we’re maintaining. We’re a tithing church,” said White. “Being the oldest organization in the area, we expect to be a catalyst for all the forthcoming entities or projects in the area.”
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HIGH POINT – A High Point church with a rich tradition has invited the public to share in its history at a celebration planned for this weekend. The event, billed as a Black History Appreciation service, is planned for Saturday at First Baptist Church on E. Washington Drive, the city’s oldest AfricanAmerican church. Musical performances and other entertainment are planned. Organizers said they want the day to highlight the history of the E. Washington Drive church – which was founded by former slaves in 1871 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places last year – and the city’s African-American community in general. “We want to further the knowledge of our historical status. The total church community is not yet aware of that status,” said the Rev. Robert White, the church’s associate minister. “We certainly hope First Baptist will maintain its leadership in the area, as it has enjoyed the leadership of the past.” In addition to an emphasis on music from several area artists, the program will include a recognition of the Feb. 11 Association and the sit-in staged by local high school students at the former F.W. Woolworth store in High Point on Feb. 11, 1960, from the High Point Chamber of Commerce, White said. The historical designation made First Baptist eligible for tax credits that could be used to facilitate renovations to the aging church building. Church leaders have looked into this but haven’t pursued their options yet, White said. The church has struggled with dwindling membership numbers in recent years, but White said he and others still are hopeful that First Baptist and the surround-
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First Baptist Church, 701 E. Washington Drive, will celebrate Black History Month at 5 p.m. Saturday at its location. Area artists scheduled to be there include recording artist Duncan Butler, Dion Hairston & Company, St. Thomas Chapel Mime Ministry, Chosen, Spiritually United in Christ, Psalmist Tamika Reid and others. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited.
ARCHDALE – The Archdale City Council on Tuesday night adopted a plan that will guide development along N.C. 62. At its regular monthly meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the plan that city officials decided to embark on last year because they said the current configuration of N.C. 62 is not expected to handle the anticipated growth in the area. “With the existing Interstate 85 interchange with N.C. 62 and the soon-to-be-complete Interstate 74, there is great potential for economic development, as well as new residential opportunities for northern Archdale,” said Jeff Wells, Archdale’s planning and zoning director. The plan, which came at a price tag of $65,000, was funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the High Point Metropolitan Planning Organization. The city hired the Urban Resource Group, a division of Kimley Horn and Associates, to come up with the plan. The plan determines a proper design for N.C. 62, as well as connecting streets within the area for the future. “This document will provide us with the guide to, over time, ensure that the corridor is safe and provides an interconnected network of streets for the motoring public as N.C. 62 transitions from a two-lane rural corridor to a multi-lane urban corridor,” Wells said. In other business, the City Council approved a resolution in favor of a one-quarter cent tax increase to help Randolph
Hayden Carron, assistant professor of Spanish at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the XXVII Biennial Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures. The conference brings together Caribbean and Latin American literature specialists from more than 10 countries.
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PTIA expansion could be complete by spring BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
GREENSBORO – The sights and sounds of heavy machinery equipment at Piedmont Triad International Airport are starting to fade toward a conclusion for the biggest expansion in the history of the airport. The more than $500 million expansion to make way for the FedEx Corp. cargo hub should be finalized this spring. The remaining work on taxiway extensions and small items along the relocated section of Bryan Boulevard could be completed in May, weather permitting, said Mickie Elmore, PTIA director of development. The new, nearly 2-mile-
corporation’s hub. The first grading for the expansion began six years ago and involved moving 15 million The Piedmont Triad cubic yards of earth, enough Airport Authority went to fill Oak Hollow Mall one into closed session to and a half times. discuss an economic The expansion has cost development mat$539 million, according to ter during its monthly airport figures. meeting Tuesday. The The money includes session was held “to $300 million from FedEx discuss matters relating for the hub complex, $110 to the location or exmillion for the new runpansion of industries or way, $40 million for the other businesses” and taxiways, $57 million for to consider “a tentative the Bryan Boulevard relist of economic devellocation and $32 million opment incentives” that to prepare the site for the could be offered by the FedEx hub. authority. In addition to the $300 million through FedEx, the expansion has been million through the Piedfunded with $118 million mont Triad Airport Auin federal appropriations, thority. $58 million from the state email@example.com | 888-3528 of North Carolina and $63
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pleted several years ago. The expansion dates from April 1998, when FedEx executives from the corporate headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., came to PTIA to announce the airport had been picked for the overnight sorting
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A quiz put together by Glenn R. Chavis provides this year’s Black History Month lessons in The High Point Enterprise. Get a coupon from this past Sunday’s Enterprise, fill in the blanks with what you believe to be the correct answers and send it to the Enterprise – addresses are on the bottom of the coupon. Contest prizes: A $25 gift certificate for Gullah Gullah or dinner for two at Becky & Mary’s restaurants. Tidbits of history: Streets in the black community and who lived on them (names and spelling are the same as they were recorded). Even though this information was published in January of 1950, records are actually for the year ending in 1949. Old Thomasville Road Street From Albertson Road southwest to beyond Balsam A continuation of Southern Railroad)
1306 – Jack LeGrande 78 – Chester Burton (owned home) 1307 – Eugene Guinyard – (phone) (owned home), (phone) 1308 – Elsie Dooley O l g a 1310 – Thomas Simpson Street F r o m (owned home), (phone) 1315 – Otis Whitlock Thissell Street east (owned home), (phone) HISTORY 1319 – Gertrude Malloy to Meredith QUIZ Street, 1 (owned home) Woodbury Avenue inblock north Glenn Chavis tersects of Furlough ■■■ 1402 – Maggie Malloy Street 1201 – (owned home) 1408 – Mary Baldwin Alex Powe 1203 – Perry Wright (owned home), (phone) 1412 – Seventh Day Ad(owned home) 1205 – Oscar Russell ventist Church 1414 – Frances Griffin (owned home), (phone) 1416 – Eloise Rogers 1206 – William Vaughn 1418 – Granson Lind(owned home) say 1209 – Joshua Lowery 1418 ½ - Nehemia 1211 – Clyde Miller Smith (owned home), (phone) 1420 – Isaac Torrence 1213 – George Archie 1422 – Paul Ingram (owned home0, (phone) 1424 – Mattie Burt 1215 – Mary Robinson 1426 – Louis Boss Francis Street inter(owned home) sects 1436 – John Gregory 1300 – Mary Reid 1438 – Irene Patterson (owned home) 1301 – Charles ArmOlivia Street strong (owned home) From 401 Wendley 1302 – Henry Steele Street east to Meredith (owned home)
Street, 1 block south of Oneka Drive 1509 – Deward Mayfield 1511 – Minnie Davis 1513 – Alonzo Kirkpatrick (owned home) Oneka Drive From 1514 Kivett Drive southeast to beyond Beach, 1 block east of Woodbury Street 1502 – Brady Watts 1504 – Isaac Salter 1506 – Juanita Burns 1508 – Ross Grier 1510 – Maybell Hines Meredith Street intersects 1606 –David Hall 1608 – Pearl Bennett (phone) 1610 – Christine Johnson 1611 – Jack Simmons (owned home), (phone) 1614 – Lindsay Byrd Owen’s Alley From 1011 Hoover Street north 957 – Fletcher Sweet (owned home) 1011 ½ - Josephine Johnson
Planners OK Presbyterian Home requests BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Requests from Presbyterian Homes Inc. were approved at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s meeting Tuesday night after the voting was postponed at last month’s meeting. The commission voted 5-0 to approve requests that will allow a building up to 7,000 square feet and 40 feet in height to be built along a northeast corner of the land owned by the company off of Sandy Ridge Road. Commission members Jim White and Joe Humble excused themselves from the voting process due to business ties with the company. Tim Webster, president of Presbyterian Homes Inc., said the company had plans to build an office that could include accounting offices and other
management services for Presbyterian Homes, River Landing and two other nursing homes in the state. He presented plans for a one-story 5,300square-foot office building at the meeting. “Our plans are to add management services,” he said. “The building will be brick in uniform with the surrounding community. We could end up building two to three more buildings in the future.” Mike Scott, a resident who’s property sits across the street from the rezoned site, said he had concerns that the plans could change to a two-story building in the future because the rezoning allows for buildings up to 40 feet in height. Scott said a two-story office building across from his property could be an eye-sore. Because Scott’s neighborhood already allows for residential units to be
Lawyers for Edwards’ mistress accuse aide of theft HILLSBOROUGH (AP) – Attorneys for John Edwards’ mistress on Tuesday accused a former aide to the Democratic presidential candidate of theft after he turned over a video camera that belonged to the woman. Attorneys for Rielle Hunter said the video camera was taken from a home where she had been living. The video camera was one of several items that ex-aide Andrew
Young gave to the judge. Young’s attorney said he did not know whether the video camera was Hunter’s or whether it belonged to Edwards’ presidential campaign. Hunter has sued Young for invasion of privacy and sought the return of the videotape purportedly showing Edwards in a sexual encounter with his pregnant mistress. That video has been turned over to the court and placed under seal.
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SPECIAL INTEREST YMCA of Greater High Point holds its annual meeting, “Celebrating 2009,” at 6 p.m. March 9 at Hartley Drive Family Branch YMCA, 150 W. Hartley Drive. The event also includes the YMCA Hall of Honor induction of Jerry Shaver and Ed Wheeless. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations must
be made by Tuesday by calling 869-0151. A conceal-carry handgun glass will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6 at Guil-Rand Fire Department, 10506 S. Main St., Archdale. It will be conducted by Gary Lewallen. Participants must bring ear and eye protection, a hip holster that goes through a belt, a handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition. Participants may not use a cross-draw, shoulder or inside-pants holster. Cost is $50 a person. Participants may sign up at Archdale Ammo & Arms by calling 434-1522. Lewallen will call participants the week of the class to verify attendance.
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built up to 50 feet in height, commission member Kathy Carter said she approved the rezonings. “Anyone who lives in (Scott’s development) is already at risk of living next to a 50-foot-tall building,” she said. The commission also continued the city’s street abandonment initiative, recommending approval to abandon an unimproved portion of Sheldon Court, an unimproved alley lying east of N. Hamilton Street between Guilford Avenue and Louise Avenue, and an unimproved right-of-way lying north of Franklin Avenue between Brentwood Street and New Street. Those cases next will go to City Council for approval. The commission has three street abandonment cases on its agenda for its next meeting on March 23.
Advertising firm nixes puppet cleavage COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Puppet cleavage has been ruled out for advertising posters in Colorado Springs bus shelters. Lamar Advertising rejected posters for a touring production of the Broadway show “Avenue Q” because they
show the cleavage of a fuzzy pink puppet. Lamar account executive Jeff Moore says the company takes a conservative approach in Colorado Springs. The city is known for its political conservatism, and some conservative Christian groups
have headquarters in the city. The poster has been replaced by one showing the face of another puppet. “Avenue Q” is a Tonywinning musical about twentysomething New Yorkers, both human and puppets, searching for life and love.
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TRIAD – Guilford County Board of Education member Garth Hebert of High Point is assured of a challenge this year. Richard Becker of High Point filed Tuesday for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan school board. Hebert filed for re-election earlier this month. In another Guilford County filing, Republican Sam Spagnola of Oak Ridge filed for the District 3 Guilford County Board of Commissioners seat held by Republican Linda Shaw of Greensboro, assuring a GOP primary in the race. In Davidson County, Republican Eddie Gallimore filed Tuesday for a seat on the board of commissioners. Gallimore, who ran for a seat on the board two years ago, has served as vice chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party. In Randolph County, veteran Republican Darrell Frye was left alone in his re-elec-
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Community College after college President Robert Shackleford gave a presentation on the March 2 referendum. As part of a countywide tour promoting the referendum, it was Shackleford’s 46th presentation on the tax increase. College officials say the additional revenue from the sales tax increase would be earmarked by the Randolph County Board of Commissioners to fund Randolph Com-
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tion quest for District 2 on the board of commissioners when his opponent, fellow Republican Brooks Maynard, withdrew from the contest Tuesday, the Randolph County Board of Elections reported. Had Maynard stayed in the race, it would have set up an unusual contest of two men working for the same company – Harriss & Covington Hosiery Mills Inc. of High Point – running for the same public office. The filing by candidates for the 2010 election season continues at board of election offices through noon Friday. A separate filing period for nonpartisan municipal races in High Point and Archdale will take place in July. High Point and Archdale are the only municipalities among more than 500 in North Carolina that hold elections for mayor and City Council in evennumbered years. The party primaries are May 4, with the general election Nov. 2.
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Karzai takes control of vote fraud panel KABUL – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has taken control of a formerly independent body that monitors election fraud, raising concern Tuesday he’s reneging on promises to clean up corruption. In another effort to win the trust of Afghans as a mass offensive continues against the Taliban in the south, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, made a rare televised appearance Tuesday to apologize for an airstrike Sunday that killed civilians.
Al-Qaida leader threatens new US attacks CAIRO – A senior operative of the al-Qaida network in Yemen – the group that claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day attack on an American passenger jet over Detroit – has threatened more attacks on the United States. The U.S. has become increasingly worried about militants based in Yemen. Qasim al-Raimi warned Americans in an article published in an online militant magazine that the group “will blow up the earth from below your feet.”
Iran nuclear offer falls short of demands VIENNA – Iran has formally set out its terms for giving up most of its cache of enriched uranium in a confidential document – and the conditions fall short of what has been demanded by the United States and other world powers. Washington dismissed the document – seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday – as a “red herring” and warned it would consult with its allies on new penalties on Iran to punish it for its nuclear defiance.
17 miners killed in Turkey mine collapse ANKARA, Turkey – A methane gas explosion caused an underground chamber in a coal mine in northwestern Turkey to collapse Tuesday, killing 17 workers, the governor said – the second deadly explosion at the mine in four years. The blast near the town of Dursunbey in Balikesir province buried the miners 820 feet below the surface, said Erhan Ortakoylu, the mine’s owner.
Haitian orphans turned over to US PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haiti has handed U.S. officials six orphans its police seized over the weekend as they were about to board a plane for the United States, a top Haitian official said Tuesday. Social Welfare agency chief Jeanne Bernard Pierre would not say exactly when her office transferred the children to the U.S. Embassy. Erikka Knuti, a spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who intervened on behalf of the four women trying to escort the orphans out of Haiti, said the children were cleared to depart Haiti by all the required government agencies. She said she expected the group to leave Tuesday. Their seizure comes as
American missionaries arrested on child kidnapping charges, Laura Silsby (right), 40, and Charisa Coulter, 24, walk towards the courthouse in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday. The perception was fumany Haitians fear foreigners are exploiting eled by an ongoing case post-earthquake chaos to involving 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries who were illegally take children.
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Bipartisan cooperation would help solve problems Look, it’s clear that this country’s government can’t function unless there is bipartisanship. So Republicans, on all of these issues that we face, why not let the Democrats have something that they want, and likewise Democrats, why not let the Republicans have something that they want? That’s the only way any progress is going to come. We need changes in education, in health care, in our income tax structure, in energy policy and in other things. For either party to refuse to negotiate and compromise is foolish, and it hurts this country badly. It’s time to stop this nonsense and move forward as best we can, even if it is only incrementally small steps at a time. Obama is the most practical, most pensive and most persuasive president we’ve had in a long time. But at every turn in the road to progress, he’s run into obstructions. The “bully pulpit” has been drowned out by Internet drivel, absurd Twitter chatter and partisan poppy-cock. Obama has worked hard at trying to get bipartisan cooperation on solving the problems facing this country. Instead of taking advantage of the Democratic majority in Congress and forcing through health care, he asked both parties to work on it together and bring something acceptable to the country to him. But at every step, an almost unanimous and partisan-motivated Republican Party obstructed those efforts. In this mid-term election year, everything is about political gain. It has reached the ridiculous level of legislation to form a bipartisan budget commission being blocked by Republican senators who had supported or even sponsored the legislation previously. To paraphrase Joe Klein in a recent
the natural laws of physics! What difference does it make? As we spiral toward a national debt greater than our Gross National Product, increased regulations without cost/benefit scrutiny, and increased government intervention in the market place, our grandchildren will become dependent upon central government for sustenance. Chronic unemployment, allocation of scarcity, and ultimately, loss of personal liberty, will become the fruits of change you can believe in and the legacy of Obama ideologues. JOE EXUM SR. Snow Hill
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Obama can’t abrogate the laws of economics Perhaps the most outrageous propaganda the Obama disciples broadcast is the studied repudiation of the prosperity created by the Reagan marginal tax cuts in 1982. According to their propaganda, these cuts caused massive deficits. Not true. The tax cuts created unprecedented tax revenues and helped preserve Social Security. The Congress caused unprecedented deficits by refusing to approve Reagan’s budget forcing a continuing resolution which allowed unbridled spending by the Democrat Congress. In budgetary mat-
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hilosophically, we’re for less rather than more government control. When it comes to ridding neighborhoods of deteriorating and dilapidated structures, we believe it is necessary for government to step in, especially if property owners won’t bring them up to code, and have them demolished. That’s why we applaud High Point City Council for adopting ordinances recently to demolish four houses that have been deemed substandard based on numerous code violations. In addition, a fifth dwelling (1150-B Roberts Lane) for which inspectors found unsafe equipment was not repaired by owners, was ordered to be vacated and closed. Because of deteriorating conditions and associated blight on the neighborhoods, demolition was ordered for properties at 1112 E. Russell Ave., 525 Walnut St., 1807 Johnson St. and 1306 Vernon Place. The High Point Enterprise has provided information over the years that explains that taking such action can be a long and involved process. We’re pleased to see that the city hasn’t allowed that to be an excuse not to take corrective action and is moving forward with demolition of deteriorating structures. We certainly hope such vigilance and corrective action continues. Other people who own and/or reside in properties that are cared for properly in such neighborhoods deserve to have action taken to rid the area of blight.
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ters, the president proposes, the Congress disposes: Poli Sci 101. The acceptance of the premise Reagan’s marginal tax cuts caused massive deficits is prerequisite to accepting the mindnumbing mantra: the stimulus package has saved ...... million jobs (fill in the blank) and without it we would be in a great depression. Wrong! Except for universities and government, the stimulus package has not only failed to create jobs, unlike the Reagan tax cuts, the stimulus package has been revenue negative! Think about it. Sustainable jobs are not created by central planners regardless of IQ. Sustainable job creation is the spontaneous result of the natural economic law of market allocation of resources. Why didn’t FDR create Google instead of the CCC? Why not the National Football League instead of the Internal Revenue Service? Obama and his messianic intellectuals have neither the vision nor the prescience to abrogate the natural law of economics anymore than they can repeal
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It’s time to begin the second American tax revolt
e are speeding toward an economic cliff because our government can’t practice restraint. We spend so much more than we take in because politicians at every level use the public treasury to win elections. The public mostly accepts lavish promises of more and more federal spending because the cost of government has been so effectively divorced from what actually comes out of our paychecks. Ask almost anyone how they did on their taxes and you’re likely to hear a happy exclamation that the taxpayer got a little money back! But ask the same person how much they paid the government over the year in withheld income and payroll taxes and you’ll often see a blank look. When the money that government spends seems so unconnected to the money we earn it is easy for many to see government expenditures as “free money.” It’s not, but the engineered divorce in perception between the fruits of our labors and spending by elected officials has resulted in a national debt that equals more than $500,000 per American household. If not for accounting sleights-of-hand the national debt would be seen as much higher than even the shocking figure of more than $12 trillion. As my father, Ronald Reagan, once said, “Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive, it reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American ... it has earned a rebellion and it’s time we rebelled.” I agree and that’s why I am enthusiastically now helping FairTax.org with pending legislation to replace the income tax entirely with a fair, progressive and honest national consumption tax aptly called the FairTax. It ends all federal taxes on income and earnings and replaces every penny now raised with a 23 percent tax on personal consumption at the point of final retail sale. In conducting research on the FairTax, I have become convinced of two things: the FairTax is the best way to create a new era of healthy American economic growth, and that my father would have been a strong proponent of the FairTax as a tax reform/replacement model had it existed during his time in government.
Among many virtues, like the effect the FairTax will have on bringing trillions of private, job-producing investment dollars into our economy, the FairTax restores critically needed transparency to government spending. Because the taxpayer sees OPINION the cost of government on every receipt, the relationship between Michael personal earnings and governReagan ment spending becomes crystal ■■■ clear. This will inevitably lead to public pressure to restrain spending – and not a moment too soon. Workers take home paychecks free of federal withholding and FICA taxes under the FairTax. This is a stimulus idea that we all need. Congressional corruption of the tax code disappears under the FairTax because there are no exemptions that can be expanded and sold for profit and power by tax writing committees to the favored few. In essence, those who spend more pay higher taxes. Instead of exemptions that can manipulated by Congress, the FairTax issues a monthly “prebate” check that covers the taxes we will pay on the necessities of life and which wipes out all federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level. In addition, hidden income-tax costs now embedded in the price of products we pay will also be eliminated and brought into the bright light of public scrutiny. When you consider that fat cats, illegal immigrants and the underground economy all become part of the tax base, as consumers, it is easy to see that we can all pay less of a share for government. It’s just a better, more honest and simple way to collect federal taxes, and one that makes April 15 just another spring day. It’s time for the second American tax revolt, and that’s why I am helping lead the FairTax national movement and encouraging everyone to join the cause by visiting www.fairtax.org. MIKE REAGAN, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation (www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org). His column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons, Inc., newspaper syndicate. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.
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For long-term, Iâ€™ll gladly be a geek I
want to be a geek. I mean right now, most everywhere, geeks are looked at as outcasts, the undesired rejects of society. But in a few years, every brat littering their high school today, who spends their four major school years traumatizing the less popular breed of people cluttering the halls, will wish theyâ€™d been defined as a â€œgeek.â€? At this time, being called a geek is an insult, but as time wanders on, the term becomes less and less insulting. In the long run, geeks will be raking in the big bucks, while the same narrow-minded jerks that laughed at them in school will be mastering the phrase, â€œWould you like fries with that?â€? The very things that seem to make these people â€œcoolâ€? are their partying ways and blasĂŠ attitude to any and all things involving school work; so wouldnâ€™t mediocre jobs and a medium wage salary be the most expected outcome? How can drinking underage and harassing innocent kids broaden your
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scholastic horizons? The majority of the bullies are jocks who assume they TEEN VIEW will go places with Hailey football Hendrix and/or â– â– â– basketball. But the cold, hard truth is only a very slim percentage of the people who aspire to go pro actually make it. And when you fail to have a backup plan, where does that land you? Working at a fast-food restaurant for the rest of your life, the only goal you have left achieving a manger position? Though this wouldnâ€™t stop some from having a fulfilling life, it will definitely fall short
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when your previous objective was to play a sport that you loved professionally. Websterâ€™s Dictionary defines a geek as a â€œperson who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.â€? Well, those who work with computers and such are in high demand, especially in this rapidly transforming day and age. It would be incomparably blissful to not care about being accepted and care only about being yourself! Kids can be cruel and spiteful, and not just in school, but life in general would be so much easier if we weâ€™re capable of simply not caring. Four years of being
perceived as an outsider to the â€œnormalâ€? slacking student body seems well worth the trade-off. Having fun and blowing off your studies might be what makes you intriguing to others in high school, but later in life being capable of carrying on an intellectual conversation and holding down a job is of way more importance. So yes, I want to be a geek, and I want to be able to genuinely not care about the nasty things people might say about me. Maybe one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, I will hear someone whisper the word â€œgeekâ€? with my name laced into the sentence. Teen View columnist HAILEY HENDRIX is a sophomore at High Point Central High School.
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