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HIGH POINT – The City Council on Thursday authorized cash incentives for one company and tabled another economic development project requesting city funds. The council unanimously approved up to $94,500 for Baltek, a New Jersey manufacturer and distributor of composite products that include balsa and foam materials used in cars, boats, wind turbines and other items. Baltek is considering moving its U.S. divisional headquarters and light manufacturing operations to 5240 National Center Drive, an unoccu-
pied building in north High Point. Payment of the incentives would hinge on several factors, including the creation of 68 jobs, 56 of which would be newly created with the rest transferred from out of state. The project would involve a total investment of at least $3.5 million in equipment and building improvements. High Point Economic Development Corp. President Loren Hill described it as a “highly competitive project” in which another community in a neighboring state is vying for the location. Baltek is expected to make its decision in a few weeks. “I’m not a real big fan of incen-
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tives,” said Councilman Bill Bencini, who added that one reason he was supporting the project is because it would add to the city’s manufacturing base. “I wish the location was closer to the core city. The closer you get to Interstate 40, the less likely those jobs are going to be filled by citizens of High Point.” The company also is seeking incentives from Guilford County and the state, and is slated to receive a grant from Duke Energy. The council put off a decision on a request for up to $100,000 in incentives for a company that would fill the former Rose Furniture building at 916 Finch
Ave. in southern High Point. The Phillips Collection, a furnishings product and design company, is considering relocating its showroom, office and distribution center from E. Kivett Drive and establishing a business incubator for start-up companies. The project would add five new jobs and $220,000 to the city tax base, but some council members questioned the amount of the proposed incentives and asked for a more specific business plan from the company. The council will revisit the request at a future meeting. email@example.com | 888-3531
two forms of mold were confirmed on the dormitory side of the building last week. All fire stations are being checked, and initial air quality tests at Station 13 were negative for mold, before additional tests confirmed it above some ceiling tiles in an upstairs living space. “I haven’t seen anything as far as any immediate impact on our personnel, so I think we’re safe, but we’re going to go through the entire process to make sure we’re safe,” said Fire Chief David Taylor. “As far as emergency response to the citizens, none of that has been disrupted.” Personnel and equipment from Station 12, where some traces of a toxic mold were found that were airborne, have been operating out of Station 10 on nearby Whites Mill Road. Taylor said it wasn’t clear Thursday when the cleanup work might be finished at Station 12. Mold growth in buildings can occur in areas where heat and high humidity combine with moisture when air conditioning temperatures are lowered. Mold can pose health hazards, such as upper respiratory congestion, coughing and headaches. Station 13 firefighters may move temporarily out of their living quarters once cleanup work starts there. “I’m 90 percent sure they’ll be working there during the day and sleeping somewhere else at night,” Taylor said. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
High Point University librarian Amy Pace was among 20,000 librarians from around the world traveling to Washington, D.C., to write for the American Library Association’s annual conference publication, titled Cognotes. The articles covered many of the programs the librarians attended at the conference, including an author series featuring John Grisham, Audrey Niffenger and Junot Diaz.
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HIGH POINT – Cleanup crews have identified mold at a second High Point fire station, days after discovery of the substance forced the closure of another facility. Surface mold was identified in an attic space of Station 13 on Ambassador Court. Officials have determined it’s safe to continue to operate the facility until cleanup crews remove the mold – which is not airborne and therefore not an immediate health hazard – and replace and insulate some duct work. That won’t happen until work at Station 12 on Barrow Road is finished, where
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Patti Alderman of Burlington and Claude Neville of Chapel Hill dance to the music of Chairman of the Board at the first Beach Music Blast of the season. The event returned to High Point for the second year Thursday and will continue weekly through September. Concerts are outside from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Char-Grill parking lot.
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GUILFORD COUNTY – Some local property owners who paid deposits to an Atlantabased roofing company for storm-damage repairs are coming up short-handed. Several complaints have been filed at the Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina in Greensboro against American Shingle since June, said Kevin Hinterberger, CEO of the bureau. It seems the company has gone out of business and has not yet reimbursed all of its customers, he said. Owners of properties that were impacted by several severe storms earlier this year, including tornadoes that touched down in High Point in March, were approached by American Shingle representatives about repairs. Some paid deposits to have their roofs repaired, but the repairs were never made and the company did not return phone calls, according to those who filed complaints. “The customers that American Shingle visited talked to them about replacing their roofs and things like that,” Hinterberger said. “The customers got in touch with their insurance company, which issued them a check that they gave to the company. People have told us the company kept putting them off afterwards.” Hinterberger is urging others who paid for
If you have paid a deposit to American Shingle but have not received any services, you can file a complaint with the following: • The Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina, 852-4240 • The N.C. Attorney General’s Office, 919716-6400 but did not receive services from the company to file a complaint with the bureau as well as with the N.C. Attorney General’s Office. “What we’re trying to do is work with the company to see what checks have been cashed and what people are entitled to a refund.” For those who have not been reimbursed by American Shingle, Alert Construction in Greensboro is offering repairs at minimal cost, according to a release from the company. “I want to do the right thing and help families affected by this scam,” said Alert Construction owner Ed Regensburg in the release.
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Roan Garcia-Quintana, who heads an organization called Americans Have Had Enough! in upstate South Carolina, speaks in favor of a proposed ordinance banning illegal immigrants from living in Summerville, S.C., during a Summerville Town Council meeting on Wednesday.
Quiet SC town refuses to ban illegal immigrants SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) – The town council in this quiet South Carolina bedroom community on Wednesday refused to pass a proposed ordinance banning illegal immigrants from residing in their town. The 4-3 vote by Summerville Town Council to table the proposal came after some council members warned approving the measure could result in court challenges that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The measure, which could up again at a later date, would have required renters to prove they are U.S. citizens or are living in the country legally. It would have required a verification form be filed with the town. “In an effort to stick a finger in federal government’s eye, I am not willing to spend tax dollars,” councilman Mike Dawson said. “I cannot in good conscience risk spending millions.” While the council tabled that housing measure, meaning it could be brought up later for consideration, it did approve another section of the ordinance mirroring South Carolina law and requiring that most employers in town check the immigration status of their workers.
The housing ordinance was proposed by councilman Walter Bailey who said that the federal government is not doing its job in controlling illegal immigration. He urged the council to give the measure final approval Wednesday. “If we think this is the right thing to do, then let’s do it,” he said. “When the council makes a decision out of fear of a lawsuit, you are not making policy.”
‘In an effort to stick a finger in federal government’s eye, I am not willing to spend tax dollars.’ Mike Dawson Councilman Immigration ordinances in other parts of the country have been challenged in the courts. But Bailey said any federal court challenge in South Carolina would end up at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., one of the more conservative circuits in the nation.
“We have a good chance of prevailing if we go ahead with this,” he said. Councilman Bob Jackson said illegal immigrants are taking away opportunities from Americans and immigrants who are in the nation legally. “But the reality is the lawsuits and the possibility of lawsuits,” he said, adding that in a down economy, the town shouldn’t be spending money on lawsuits where there are other needs. Mayor Pro Tem Ricky Waring suggested “if we do pass it, and we do get hammered with a lawsuit, we can change the ordinance.” The vote to table the housing ordinance was 4-3, with Mayor Berlin Myers casting the deciding vote. Last month, the council heard about 90 minutes of comments both pro and con. Six people spoke on Wednesday. Roan Garcia-Quintana, who heads an organization called Americans Have Had Enough! in upstate South Carolina, said illegal immigrants “are sucking the life out of our country” and taxpayers have to pick up the tab for their health care and other costs.
Thursday that the case was pulled after a second look at documents. Swecker’s review had concluded last month that the SBI failed to disclose that it had done four inconclusive tests on blood evidence in the James
the case had argued the physical evidence was weak. The convict’s attorney had said the SBI report could be significant. The lawyer did not immediately return calls Thursday.
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Man proposes with letters on lawn CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Extra water, some fertilizer and a lot of patience was all one Michigan lawn service owner needed to convince his lady to say “I do.” Tommy Dafoe tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant that he spelled out “Will U Marry Me”
with fertilizer a few weeks ago in the lawn of the home he shares with girlfriend in Chippewa Township, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. The 24-year-old Dafoe watered his words more frequently and the fertilizer helped the grass grow greener.
State Supreme Court hears arguments on 3rd party rules RALEIGH (AP) – North Carolina’s highest court has heard arguments on whether laws restricting which political groups can field candidates are so burdensome they violate the rights of voters. The state Supreme Court on Thursday heard attorneys for Libertarians and Greens and for the state on the requirements to become a political party. The justices will rule later. A group must collect
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When the grass grew long enough, he used a mower to carefully cut around the letters. Then on Friday, Dafoe asked 25-year-old Kristi Volz how the lawn looked – and got down on one knee. Volz said yes, and the couple is planning an August wedding.
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security,” Perdue said in a news release. “Col. Lusk is a strong leader and will carry on that proud tradition of being a citizen soldier.” Ingram has served in the guard since 1972 and was named adjutant general by then-Gov. Mike Easley two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, after which the guard’s involvement overseas increased dramatically. Ingram, a major general, isn’t retiring from the guard, spokesman Maj. Matt Handley said. He couldn’t comment Thursday on what Ingram’s new assignments may include. State law says the adjutant general serves at the pleasure of the governor, who is commander in chief of the state military, and is chosen in consultation with the crime control and public safety secretary. “Throughout his career, Major Gen. Ingram served the country and state with distinction,” said Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young. “We are honored by his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
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Jordan murder removed from mishandled cases RALEIGH – Independent reviewers have removed the murder of Michael Jordan’s father from a list of cases mishandled by North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation. Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker said
RALEIGH (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday picked an officer who has served twice in Iraq to be the top leader of the North Carolina National Guard. Col. Gregory Lusk, commander of the guard’s 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, will be appointed adjutant general starting Oct. 1 and be promoted to a general’s rank, officials said. The 31-year Guard veteran will replace Adjutant General William Ingram, who led the 12,000member air and army guard in the state for nine years. Lusk served in Iraq for about 18 months ending in April 2005 and 14 months ending this past April. In the latest tour, the 30th worked in part with the country’s security forces. Lusk joined the guard in 1979. Outside of the Guard, he works as a financial adviser and owns a hardware store in Raleigh. “Whether it’s helping respond to hurricanes here in North Carolina or defending our country’s freedoms, the National Guard plays a vital role in our domestic and international
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Four al-Qaida prisoners escape US custody BAGHDAD (AP) – Four prisoners with links to alQaida being guarded by American troops escaped from a maximum-security prison in Baghdad and are still at large, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. The breakout from Karkh Prison, formerly called Camp Cropper, is
an embarrassment for the U.S. military, which has handed over control of all of the detention facilities it used to run to the Iraqi government. But at the request of the Iraqis, the U.S. has retained custody over some of the most dangerous prisoners, including those with ties to terrorist groups or Sad-
Suicide car bombing in Russia kills 17 ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed extremists “without souls, without hearts” for a suicide car bombing that killed 17 people Thursday in the crowded central market of a city in the North Caucasus. It was the fourth terrorist attack at the market in a decade, and while no one claimed responsibility, the Kremlin has been trying to contain Islamic militancy in the mountainous southern region of Russia.
dam Hussein’s former regime. U.S. troops found two detainees attempting to escape from the compound on Wednesday evening, the military said in a statement. When they conducted a sweep of the whole facility, they discovered that four other detainees were missing.
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Iran will free 1 of 3 jailed Americans TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Thursday it will free Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans jailed for more than 13 months, as an act of clemency to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The imprisonment of the Americans has deepened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, a relationship already strained over Washington’s suspicions that Tehran is trying to manufacture nuclear weapons – something Iran denies.
US Marines take back pirate-held ship DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – U.S. Marine commandos stormed a pirate-held cargo ship off the Somalia coast Thursday, reclaiming control and taking nine prisoners without firing a shot in the first such boarding raid by the international anti-piracy flotilla, U.S. Navy officials said. The mission – using small craft to reach the deck of German-owned vessel as the crew huddled in a safe room below – ranks among the most dramatic high seas confrontations with pirates by the task force created to protect shipping lanes off lawless Somalia.
Authorities: Twitter used in murder attempt CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan police have arrested a man suspected of using the Twitter social networking site to incite the assassination of President Hugo Chavez. Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores Trossel says the suspect is an employee from Venezuela’s state power company and he will be questioned by prosecutors.
EU Parliament criticizes France expulsions BRUSSELS – The European Parliament demanded Thursday that France immediately suspend its expulsion of Gypsies but France’s immigration minister dismissed the resolution as “a political measure” and insisted the practice would continue. The EU Parliament resolution – a rare criticism of an EU nation – was backed by 337 lawmakers meeting in Strasbourg, France, with 245 opposed and 51 abstentions. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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was not clear exactly when or how they escaped. He said the men were linked to al-Qaida and facing the death penalty. The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd Austin, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed the prison break during a high-level meeting Thursday.
“Thomasville Doctor Regrets Unfortunate Mistake...” Uncovered right here for all to read…” Dear friend, Many of you have heard I will be admitting a mistake in this letter today. You’ve heard right, it’s time to fess up. As a doctor here in Thomasville for ten years, I’ve taken care of thousands of people. All throughout that time I’ve kept my secret. But, now, as I’ve started to come clean, instead of an investigation or a local uproar, my patients are relieved. They understand, and people are still ﬂocking to my ofﬁce.
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pened, who was to blame or who the people were that escaped. An Iraqi military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, told The Associated Press that the Americans informed them Thursday morning that four Iraqis being held by the U.S. had broken out of the facility, although it
I’m going to tell you what I’m admitting to, and what I regret, but I want to give you some background ﬁrst. Twenty years ago my life took a dramatic turn. Twenty years ago I started college, but I was overwhelmed by intense migraine headaches that were getting worse. They made it nearly impossible to study. The medical doctors just gave me pills and said it would go away, but they didn’t. In my case they came on slowly, over years, but they worsened to the point where I could barely function. Most of my time was spent lying down in a dark room, taking handfuls of painkillers. I felt like giving up. A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor did an exam, took some ﬁlms, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief, and I ﬁnally felt like myself again. It felt great to throw away that bottle of pills. In fact, it worked so well that not only did I ﬁnish college but I went on to chiropractic school myself. I am not a miracle worker Oh, about the mistake, and the regrets I promised to tell you about. Here it is. People tell me I’m a ‘miracle worker’ because before coming to see me, often, nobody else could help them. I used to swell with pride when I heard that kind of thing. But, as time goes on, something has become very clear to me. I’m not a miracle worker. It’s a mistake to let people think I am. It’s the body that holds the miracle. I just remove nerve interference, and the body does the rest. The body is constantly striving to heal, and to be well. When nerve interference is removed, the body has a greater chance to heal. I should have made this very clear to all my patients. I regret that I haven’t because the distinction is important. So, I admit it. We get great results, but I don’t deserve the praise. The praise goes to the Creator, and this wonderful body of ours.
“My hip and leg have stopped hurting completely.” (Sandra G. - Thomasville) I noticed a difference after only a few visits. My condition has improved by over 90%. (Wendy R. - Asheboro) But, as I’ve said, it’s not ‘me’ that cures them of these problems. Here’s why making this distinction is so important. You know, people are taught from very young that ‘health comes from the outside.’ People actually believe that the answer to health always comes in the form of a pill. I don’t believe that. Health is an inside-out process. Our bodies were designed to be self-healing. What I do as a chiropractor works with the body, and not against it. That’s why the results are so profound. I know that I need to do a better job in the future telling people that, in so many cases, they don’t need to be a slave to drugs. I need to get that message out. I admit I made a mistake. It’s time to correct it. Third Leading Cause of Death The present state of our Nation’s health is appalling. Much of that is due to our faith in pills, and being responsible for our health. We wait for a crisis, and often it’s too late. And, we are so brainwashed; believing that the only way to health is through pills. We have become a nation of pill-poppers, and people who do not want to accept responsibility. What’s the result? It’s not good. The World Health Organization recently completed a study that ranked the U.S. only twenty-ninth in health. This is a startling statistic considering the U.S. is equipped with the most modern technology, and probably some of the ﬁnest doctors. So, you’ve got to ask yourself - Are drugs and technology really the answer? On July 26, 2000, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that, according to Johns Hopkins, medication errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Is the medical establishment bad? No! But, why not consider safe and effective alternatives? Our Offer to You My name is Dr. Kris Jonasson of Health One Chiropractic. I believe that you shouldn’t have to get a loan from the bank to afford good health care. When you are one of the ﬁrst 20 people to call and schedule a new patient exam (by Sept. 30th, 2010) you’ll receive that entire exam for $25. Federal recipients excluded. IF YOU DECIDE TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TREATMENT, YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND WITHIN 3 DAYS AND RECEIVE A REFUND.
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Media errs in giving Jones recognition he wants Who is Terry Jones, and how was he able to declare 9/11/10 “International Burn a Quran Day?”… in America, for the rest of the world to see … and despise? More importantly, who’s to blame for this obscenity? Answers: Jones is a religious fundamentalist nutcase stupid enough to think that insulting all of Islam for the actions of the few of their fundamentalist nutcases is a good idea. As for who’s to blame, the answer is clear: It is the media. The media pundits are missing the point as they in chorus decry Jones’ book burning. The point is that unless the media gave these idiots news coverage, they would fail – miserably in their misanthropic missions. Anyone who has studied America’s march to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has learned that when we invaded – and occupied – these countries because of the conduct of a single Islamic zealot (Osama bin Laden), we created alQaida and in the process played right into bin Laden’s trap. He succeeded very cunningly in creating a fictional war between the (Christian) West and the Islamic world. His attack on NY was in reprisal for our military alliance with Israel and he knew exactly how to counter-assault America … by inciting America to invade the Middle East. Bin Laden never physically commanded either alQaida or the Taliban. He merely inspired them. He contrived the dream of an American/Islamic conflagration and we (following our own fundie, Bush) fulfilled
bin Laden’s dreams. Now we’re fulfilling Jones’. Constitutionally-protected free speech has limits. Jones should not be permitted to burn a Quran while we have 150,000 U.S. soldiers in the heart of Islamic darkness. Moreover, anyone giving Jones recognition in the press should be shot. What about me? I mounted this soap box to address the media mob and shout … go home! Shoot me. DUSTY SCHOCH High Point
Burning Quran offends peace-loving Muslims BY SANIA TANVEER IQBAL
uslims believe the Quran to be the Holy text of Islam. Within it are the words of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. To you, it may not be of any significance, but to Muslims all over the word it is the most sacred text. Any item containing the name of Allah or the Prophet is also sacred, as well as any printed item of the verses of the Quran. For each individual Muslim, the Quran is an acquaintance with whom through time your heart grows more intimate with.
HPU’s heady rise is set to continue
uring the last several years, High Point University has been turning heads with its phenomenal growth. So much so, one must avoid the temptation to marvel at campus views if you’re driving along Lexington and Montlieu avenues or N. College Drive. It’s best to keep those eyes on traffic and to watch for the 3,300 full-time students who now populate the campus. In the past year alone, HPU has begun work on North College Station, a $14 million refurbishing of the former Wesleyan Homes between Eastchester Drive and N. Centennial Street to house another 317 students, and the Greek Village, a $12 million project to house 182 students. Both of these projects are on top of the opening during the past year of a $16 million school of commerce, a $20 million school of communication and the $65 million University Center. And the word is that more of such growth is expected in the near future. Next week, the university is set to announce plans for additional growth in facilities, academic programs, athletics and other facets of operating an on-the-move university. But despite pride in the physical changes, University President Nido R. Qubein and other university officials seem most proud of educational improvements. In a recent meeting, Qubein noted a 100-point rise in the average SAT score for students and the fact the university now offers 50 undergraduate degrees, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. He reminded that HPU has added 115 faculty and staff in the past year, rising to 879, becoming one of High Point’s largest employers. And he certainly can recite positive rankings the university has achieved recently in nationally known surveys of colleges and universities. Those include a No. 3 ranking by U.S. News & World Report of 96 regional colleges in the South and a Forbes.com ranking in the top 7 percent of 6,600 colleges and universities in the U.S. That’s some pretty heady stuff for an institution that just over five years ago was half its physical size with just a fraction of today’s net worth. And next week, we’re expected to learn more growth lies ahead.
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It is recited to us at birth, surrounds us at our time of death, and is present all around us during our lifetime. Burning it would not only be morally wrong, but also be disrespectful and deeply offensive. Burning it is like burning the flag or the Bible. Although by the Constitution you have the right to do so, you should not do it. If getting a message across is the idea of this event, it is not going to be of much success. The message is not what is going to attract attention, but the fire and the crowd is. This message is offensive to all Muslims and rather than make matters better, it is going to cause fury and rampage within the country. After hearing about this, Muslims and followers of the Quran are going to react in their own way, whether it is good or bad. The condition of Americans all over the world is going to be effected by this event. American troops in different countries such as Afghanistan are going to be in more danger now than ever before. It is understood that all Americans want is peace and a country where terrorism is not something we have to be concerned about on a daily basis, but by going to such extraordinary measures, matters in the United States are only going to get worse. We live in the United States where the First Amendment gives us the right to freedom of religion, yet we have extremists making
Islam look bad and threatening to burn our religious book. It is as if Pastor Terry Jones is trying to fight religious extremist by being a religious extremist himself. Many see this as a means of him getting himself noticed or making a name for himself. Just take a look at how many other people have done things to make names for themselves. When people think of 9/11, they immediately think Muslims, but the reality of the issue is that all Muslims are not to blame. You’re being biased toward an entire race based on the actions of a small group of people. In all actuality, Islam is a religion of peace and Muslims do not deserve to have their holy book burnt by religious extremists. Just imagine, if a Muslim was to burn a Bible, how would you feel?
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surface until a veteran gets older. It is the same as the cold injuries that most all the veterans who were caught in the Chosin Reservoir, above the 38th parallel in Korea suffer from. We had almost VETERAN’S no cold weather clothing back in those days. VIEWS This was a place where the weather was minus Stan 30 degrees from Nov. 27 Spangle Sr. to Dec. 11, 1950, and the ■■■ wind blew fiercely all the time. There were 15,000 troops up there and all of us suffer from cold weather injury. Most of my buddies died without a penny for disability pay. It is the same situation that former Sen. Simpson is speaking about – one in North Korea, one in Vietnam. I would remind Simpson that veterans do not make the decision of where we go to fight wars; we go where we are sent. We still are looking for an office here in High Point for the Disabled American Veterans. All our work is done by volunteers; we have no money to work with except money that comes to us from donations and fundraising events. Our next fundraising campaign will be starting at the end of October. Our volunteers will be working with the wonderful people at Golden Corral restaurants in High Point and in Greensboro. Nov. 15 will be Military Appreciation Monday. Please mark your calendars and stop by a Golden Corral to eat and visit with us a minute. We always need volunteers to help drive veterans to VA medical centers, and there are many other ways we could use your help. Perhaps you might have an idea that could help us in getting the High Point DAV office setup. We would appreciate your help. My phone number is 886-5543. God bless America and all other nations. Semper Fi! STAN SPANGLE SR. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations.
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Simpson comment riles up some veterans groups t is always great to hear that several veterans I know have recently heard the Department of Veterans Affairs had approved their claims and soon they will be receiving benefits. This news is encouraging to volunteers; sometimes we just need to hear a bit of good news. We all know the VA seems to be slow, but I believe we are moving forward on the backlog of 1 million claims. I have faith in Gen. Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs. I read recently a statement made by former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican from Wyoming, who is now serving on the federal deficit commission. Referring to older veterans Simpson said, “The irony (is) that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess.” I see that some of the veterans organizations are very upset about this careless statement and are asking that Simpson be removed from this deficit commission. I feel that Simpson stepped over the line. This statement is very insensitive to all veterans. His statement was in regard to the claims filed by veterans who were injured by the exposure to Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam. I would suggest Simpson visit the VA Medical Centers and talk with some of the veterans who are now suffering from lung cancer, prostate cancer, nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and many other ailments associated with exposure to this powerful chemical. I am one of the veterans who was there and had a total of 13 months of exposure, and there were millions of other veterans there from Jan. 9, 1962, to May 7, 1975. Believe me, we had no idea what we were getting into, we were too busy just trying to “stay alive.” We were sent there by the U.S. government to fight a war, not to dodge exposure to a deadly chemical. We had almost no protective clothing, and it was so hot and humid some of the troops, if truth be known, died because they were so distracted due to the miserable weather. In many cases, these illnesses do not
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Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1950 WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Traffic deaths have plummeted across the United States to levels not seen in more than a half-century, spurred by technology, safety-conscious drivers and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Transportation Department said Thursday that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent
in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950. In 2008, an estimated 37,423 people died on the highways. Government and auto safety experts attributed the improvement to more people buckling up, side air bags and anti-rollover technology in more vehicles and a focus in many states on curbing drinking and driving.
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Pastor Terry Jones (right) of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media as Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida looks on in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday.
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Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission. The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join jihad was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country. â€œOur long-held belief that homegrown terrorism couldnâ€™t happen here has thus created a situation where we are today stumbling blindly through the legal, operational and organizational minefield of countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment occurring in the United States,â€? the report said.
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