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Vol. XXII No. 41

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Greensboro, North Carolina

Thursday, October 11, 2012

City Is Reverse Robin Hood by alex jakubsen Staff Writer

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That is a lot of pink, and there was a lot more pink to follow in the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run on Saturday, which began at Women’s Hospital. Last year the race raised more than $100,000 to provide free mammograms for those unable to pay.

The City of Greensboro’s policy on funding of outside agencies is confusing, and it appears that the confusion obscures the fact that taxpayers are subsidizing the Bryan Foundation, which is worth about $100 million. At the Thursday, Oct. 5 work session in the plaza level conference room at city hall Greensboro city staff talked with the Greensboro City Council (Continued on page 38)

Fox Is Out On Rhino School Board to Rumors Divvy Up $72M A Limb Again From staff and wire reports

by Scott D. Yost county editor

The citizens of Guilford County appear to be in a great deal of trouble because county staff has apparently lost the ability to understand the meanings of basic words in the English language. This makes it very difficult for the county commissioners to govern effectively, because, for over 240 years – ever since Guilford County was founded in 1771 – county officials have communicated with each other in English. So the recent revelation that some high-ranking county staff have lost the ability to

understand English is alarming to say the least. One word in particular has caused a great deal of problems and argument recently. That term is “contingent,” and the issue is the controversial rezoning request (Continued on page 34)

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The Guilford County Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 9 gave up on trying to make a decision on whether or not to build a $72 million high school in western Guilford County. The so-called “airport area high school” – although it quickly became apparent starting in 2008 that the school board, if it found land for the school, would put it

nowhere near the airport – was supposed to be the crown jewel of the school board’s $457 building program, which is funded by school bonds approved by Guilford County voters in May 2008. Instead, the high school became a millstone around the school board’s neck as the school board, its committees and the Guilford County Schools Facilities (Continued on page 35)

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The annual Life Chain was held on Battleground Avenue Sunday afternoon, and despite the cold, drizzly weather, hundreds of pro-life supporters stood in peaceful and prayerful public witness of their beliefs.

The Greensboro Zoning Administration presented two odd recommendations at the Monday, Oct. 8 meeting of the Greensboro Zoning Commission, both of which the commissioners disregarded. The recommendations seem to show a superficial and inconsistent

approach zoning cases. The most glaring bad advice from staff was a recommendation to deny a request to rezone a property at 3411 and 3501 Groometown Road from Conditional District – Residential Multi Family-8 (CD-RM-8) to Conditional District – Commercial Medium (CD-C-M) (Continued on page 37)

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Business Unfriendly by john hammer editor

Go to any Greensboro City Council meeting and you are more than likely to hear one or several city councilmembers talk about being “business friendly,” and the importance of small businesses to the area economy. Don’t be fooled; it’s all talk. Greensboro city government is business unfriendly. The city staff doesn’t even know what business friendly means, and the Greensboro City Council pays no attention to what the city staff is actually doing day in and day out. A case in point is the recent lawsuit filed against the city by Signature Property Group. One city employee for whatever reason decided that she didn’t like the way Signature did business. In the end, Signature had to take the city to court to get any kind of a fair hearing. According to Mayor Robbie Perkins, in court Signature Property got the decision it wanted. City Councilmember Zack Matheny said that Yamile Nazar, the Enforcement and Youth Services Division manager for the Greensboro Human Relations Department, filed the complaint. He said about the Signature Property Group situation, “This seems to be one city employee’s personal agenda to go after small businesses. I don’t understand why.” The Greensboro City Council could put a stop to this kind of behavior, but it won’t. The question that should be asked is, why not? Why do the members of the Greensboro City Council – who will be running all over Greensboro next year talking about how business friendly they are and how important it is to keep jobs in Greensboro – allow the city staff to constantly and for no good reason harass local small businesses. Seth Coker of Signature Property Group said they felt like they had no choice but to sue the city in order to get a fair hearing. The problem the Human Relations Department had with Signature was that Signature charged people without a Social Security number or a credit history two months security deposit instead of one month, and the percentage of units they would rent to people without Social Security numbers and credit histories was limited. Coker said that the city staff didn’t even seem to understand the need for different credit qualifications for different communities based on the rent. He also said that the solution the city offered for people with no Social Security number and no credit history was not to rent to them. To a layman that seems even more discriminatory, but according to the Human Relations Department that is what Signature should have been doing. Coker said that some foreign students, professors and employees of multinational companies who are only going to be in this country for a relatively short period of time don’t need Social Security numbers, but they do need a place to live. So Signature came up with what they believed was a fair way to rent to people without credit histories or Social Security numbers. From a business standpoint it is certainly more of a risk to rent to people without a credit history or Social Security number, and therefore an increased deposit makes sense. But Coker said the Human Relations Department saw this as discrimination. It appears the way this was set up the complaint came from the Human Relations Department. Then the Human Relations Department determined that it was a valid complaint, and then the Human Relations Department was going to have an administrative panel make a ruling on the complaint. Coker said it didn’t seem fair to them for the Human Relations Department to be the complaining witness, the arresting officer, the judge and the jury in the case, so they were forced to sue. When they got a hearing before a real judge, Signature received a favorable ruling. (Continued on page 39)

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Youth Focus gets second helping from county by Scott D. Yost county editor

For years, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has been handing out taxpayer money to companies in the form of economic incentives and, at the board’s Thursday, Oct. 4 meeting, the commissioners heard back from one of those companies – and the commissioners even got something of a thank you. Usually, when it comes to economic incentives, the board grants the tax breaks to the companies and then never hears back from them. And so, at a meeting last month, Commissioners Bruce Davis and Carolyn Coleman both commented that it would be nice for the board to hear some reports on the effect of all these incentives. When they made the request, Davis and Coleman were referring to reports from county staff. However, it was instead Russ Stellfox, the president of Greensboro-based Purolator Advanced Filtration, who came to the Oct. 4 meeting and, as a speaker from the floor, said he’d heard that request and had come to fill it. Stellfox said that it was due to the help of incentives from the board approved in 2004 that his company expanded in Guilford County. He said the incentives had in fact made a difference and that it had been a deciding factor in his company choosing Greensboro over a competing site up north. “That was about 40 Jobs,” Stellfox said. He said Purolator had grown significantly

since then. He also said that Purolator in the Greensboro area now has “a total headcount close to 300.” “To ask for incentives, just because we can,” Stellfox said, “is not our way of doing business – but if I can bring more jobs to the area, and it requires incentives, we will ask for them.” Apart from the good news of a company doing well, the rest of the Oct. 4 meeting was pretty much bad news. For instance, the commissioners were asked to approve another round of additional mid-budgetyear funding for Youth Focus – a nonprofit that provides shelter, care and help to troubled children. Two months ago, Youth Focus came to the board and asked for $70,000 in new county funds to make its budget ends meet. The commissioners approved that request after a long discussion, but now the group was asking the county to transfer money from two related county programs that also aid youth: $25,000 from the Family Preservation Program and $35,000 from the Structured Day Program, for a total of $60,000 for Youth Focus. While the move didn’t require any new county funds, Coleman had several questions. “Are they running short?” Coleman asked staff, adding that Guilford County just gave the group an extra $70,000 that hadn’t been budgeted for the current fiscal

year. “Why are we giving them additional money?” she asked. Commissioner Paul Gibson pointed out that, when the commissioners voted to give Youth Focus that $70,000, representatives of the group stated at that time that they needed even more than that. Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox said the $70,000 the county gave the group two months ago had come from the county’s contingency fund, but this money, she said, was being transferred from other programs that didn’t have such an immediate need. Though some questions seemed to remain, the board voted 10 to 1 to transfer the money from the other programs to Youth Focus, with only Commissioner Billy Yow opposing the move. The commissioners also took the final vote on merging the county’s mental health and substance abuse operations with Sandhills Center Inc. That vote approved a contract with Sandhills, the eight-county – soon to be nine-county – health care collective that will take over administering those services, and it means the Guilford Center will cease to exist on Dec. 31, 2012. The Guilford Center is the county department that has provided mental health services and substance abuse treatment to county residents for years. However, soon all of those services will be overseen out of

West End, in Moore County. Gibson is the Board of Commissioners’ liaison to the Guilford Center and he said the transition, forced by the state in a cost-cutting effort, had been difficult and unwanted. “This has been a very arduous process,” Gibson said. “This is being dictated from higher above.” Commissioner John Parks, who rarely speaks at meetings, said, “Personally, I don’t like the legislation; I don’t agree with it.” And Commissioner Kirk Perkins said, “This was mandated by the state, and I think we’ve made the most of it.” One highly disappointing thing about this is that it may well be that one phone call could have prevented the need for the forced merger. The state mandated that all counties below a certain population would have to merge – and the state legislation excluded Mecklenburg County and Wake County, the two largest counties. District 62 state Rep. John Blust told The Rhino Times last year that, if he had been made aware this was a concern, he may have been able to get the state legislature to exempt Guilford County – the state’s third largest county – as well. Gibson and others overseeing the county’s mental health options have all said they never realized that was an option. It’s a moot point now and, in the end, the board voted unanimously to dissolve the (Continued on page 42)

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But Wait ... Buy Now, Get Second Building by Scott D. Yost county editor

While many county departments have been cut over the last four years, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department continues to grow – and Sheriff BJ Barnes’ empire may expand even further if the Board of Commissioners approves a proposed purchase of two buildings for that department. Guilford County is considering buying and renovating two buildings from Koury Corporation in a corporate park in south Greensboro to house special operations for the Sheriff’s Department. The move was discussed in a closed session of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Oct. 4, and, though there are no firm numbers on the table yet, one source at the meeting estimated the purchase of the two buildings, together with the proposed renovations, could – based on tax values and rough construction estimates –come to between $6 million and $8 million. If the commissioners decide to move forward with the plan, the money would come from the roughly $15 million left over from the $115 million jail bond referendum approved by voters in May 2008. The new jail and renovations to the old jail are expected to come in at around $100 million when all is said and done, leaving around $15 million. Despite what some commissioners seem to think, all of that money doesn’t have to be spent.

In the Oct. 4 closed session – held to discuss the “possible acquisition of real estate” – the commissioners heard a proposal to buy the building that the Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Center currently rents from Koury at 2814 Firestone Dr. That building is in Interstate Industrial Park, just south of I-40 near the South Elm-Eugene Street interchange. The second building the board discussed buying is right next to the Special Operations Center and is currently unoccupied. The building at 2814 Firestone houses 52 law enforcement officers including many of the county’s detectives. It also serves as a major storage site for evidence. Guilford County has been renting the building on Firestone Drive since 2000, and that lease came up for renewal at the end of 2009. In November 2009, the Board of Commissioners voted to enter into a three-year agreement with Koury, with the county paying $135,000 a year in the first two years and $142,500 in the third year. That contract expires on Dec. 31, and Fox told the commissioners in the closed session that, in the long run, it would likely cost less to buy the Firestone building than to continue renting it. The two pieces of property are listed on the same deed and Koury apparently has a strong desire to sell both buildings as a package deal. Barnes said that, in recent years, the only

staff additions to the Sheriff’s Department, other then detention personnel, are five officers who run a Driving While Impaired (DWI) Task Force. Barnes added, however, that the Firestone building is currently overcrowded and has been for a while. One commissioner, who asked not to be identified, said it’s ironic that, last year, Fox – apparently without telling the sheriff or the commissioners or any other county official – simply stopped paying the rent on the Sheriff’s Department’s district office in Summerfield, but Fox is now advocating that the county buy the two buildings for the department. In that widely reported incident in the summer of 2011, the sheriff received notice from the property owner that his rent was past due. When that fact came to light, Fox claimed the reason she stopped the rent payments was because the owner of that building owed back taxes. However, many believe there were other motives at work. Despite the fact that Fox didn’t even want to pay the rent for the sheriff last year, now she’s pushing to buy the department two new buildings. Barnes wrote in an email, “This conversation about space came up when I was discussing with the manager that we have the lease on our Firestone location coming up in Dec. (you remember the debacles I have had over leases with her in the past).”

He said the Special Operations Center now holds 52 people, but the space is only meant to hold 39. “This increase is because of consolidation of sections and an increase in evidence area because of increased case evidence,” Barnes stated. “The location now is overcrowded with people and evidence and cannot be expanded without a major increase in rent and commitment from us to stay longer,” Barnes wrote. “I suggested at that time we could probably check on leasing the building next door which is bigger but needs upfitting, or better yet buying it and moving the evidence only once.” The upfitting of the building not currently in use would be expensive since it would require turning a one-floor flex space building into a two-story building, as well as installing an elevator and making many other large-scale structural changes. One source said county staff was authorized by the board in the closed session to contact Koury for the asking price for the two buildings. The source said it was his understanding that “Koury would sell, but they had to sell both buildings at the same time.” Barnes said he has told both the manager and the commissioners that his special operations division could make do in the current situation for the next five years despite the overcrowding. (Continued on page 45)

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Davidson Wants To Condition HP Zoning by paul C. clark Staff Writer

The North Carolina General Assembly’s local act giving the Davidson County Board of Commissioners veto power over annexation of Davidson County land by cities outside the county may be challenged in court, according to High Point Mayor Becky Smothers, who lives in Davidson County. Also, a policy approved by the High Point City Council’s Planning, Economic Development and Information Technology Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 2, would, if approved by the council, prevent implementation of the law in the way that the Davidson County commissioners apparently intended. The act, which took effect on June 21, 2012, prohibits the annexation of “any territory located within Davidson County unless the Board of Commissioners of Davidson County has, prior to the adoption of the annexation ordinance, approved a resolution consenting to that annexation.” In other words, Davidson County commissioners can veto any annexation by High Point in Davidson County, even if was voluntarily requested by the property owner in order to receive High Point water and sewer service. The language prevents annexation by Winston-Salem and other municipalities, but was aimed primarily at High Point, with which Davidson County

has several cross-border feuds. The act makes developing land in Davidson County with the intention of having it annexed by High Point more time-consuming and expensive, even if the Davidson County commissioners approve the annexation. That’s because the development will have to make its way through the Davidson County zoning process before doing the same in High Point. That, at least, is the interpretation of Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts, who requested the act. Potts said the commissioners will apply the same zoning restrictions to developments that will be annexed into High Point as they do to developments that won’t. Potts and others in Davidson County complain that applying High Point’s zoning ordinance, which allows higher development densities than Davidson County’s, drives up taxes in Davidson County to pay for services on its High Point border. Potts said, “We just dedicated a $24 million middle school in that area and built an elementary school based on developments that were developed and annexed into High Point with no regard for our zoning and zoning regulations.” Smothers said there’s no reason to apply Davidson County zoning standards to land

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that is being annexed into High Point. She said the act has not yet been tested in court, and that a developer, or the City of High Point, or both, may successfully challenge the local act. “So they’re going to start conditioning our annexations?” Smothers asked. “I think it becomes a question of whether they can legally do that.” Local acts are laws created by the General Assembly that apply only to specific counties or municipalities. In many cases, as in the case of the Davidson County annexation bill, the General Assembly passes them with little apparent thought to their constitutionality or practicality. The bill that gave the Davidson County commissioners veto power over annexations by surrounding cities did not set standards for granting or denying approval of annexations. High Point’s draft voluntary policy would instruct the High Point Planning and Development Department to reject voluntary annexation petitions from Davidson County that have not been approved by the Davidson County commissioners or that have been approved with conditions. The relevant section of the policy reads: “In counties where Board of County Commissioner approval of a resolution is required by state law prior to the City’s approval of a voluntary annexation ordinance, the Planning and Development Department shall accept voluntary annexation petitions and the City Clerk may certify them only when an adopted

Board of County Commissioner resolution consenting to that annexation is made part of the petition submittal, an ... acceptance of such annexation petitions may occur only when the approved resolution contains no conditions concerning City Zoning or other land use regulations.” Potts and Davidson County Manager Robert Hyatt said the Davidson County commissioners have not voted on standards for voluntary annexations, or the procedure under which Davidson County would approve or deny them. “We really haven’t gotten into those discussions,” Hyatt said. “Just stay tuned.” The coming conflict is fairly clear nonetheless. Potts said that Davidson County is going to use Davidson County zoning standards for density, lot size and the like to decide whether or not to approve petitions for voluntary annexation into High Point. The policy approved by the High Point City Council’s Planning, Economic Development and Information Technology Committee, chaired by Councilmember Chris Whitley, would reject applications accompanied by Davidson County zoning restrictions. Once land is annexed by a city, the city rezones the land to city standards and any county zoning regulations no longer apply. The policy approved by Whitley’s committee is peculiarly written. For instance, if the Davidson County commissioners want to deny a voluntary annexation petition by a Davidson County (Continued on page 43)

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Genuine Mayoral Race Enlivens Debate by paul C. clark Staff Writer

Anyone hoping to name a clear winner at High Point’s Thursday, Oct. 4 mayoral debate was bound to be disappointed. The candidates were too close on too many issues, and none crashed and burned. High Point’s political spectrum, at least as reflected by its City Council, is narrow. Councilmembers to the extreme left or right don’t seem to make it onto the City Council, or perhaps they just don’t last long if they do. The meter might wobble, but it always seems to stabilize on centerright. The fact that High Point’s debates are almost always organized by the Republican Party is telling. High Point Republican Party Chairman Don Webb was the moderator of Thursday’s debate. High Point has six wards and two atlarge seats, in addition to the mayor’s chair, and it has been governed for years by Democratic Mayor Becky Smothers and a coalition composed primarily of moderate Republicans. That will change in the November election because Smothers isn’t running for reelection as mayor, but the mayoral candidates all said that High Point’s main priority is jobs: bringing businesses to High Point, making it easier to start small businesses and improving the quality of life in High Point so that companies and people will want to come there. The mayoral debate made almost certain what seemed likely from the beginning – that two of the candidates, Tammy Holyfield and Matthew Fowler, are out $96. That’s the filing fee for High Point City Council races. Fowler – who works for a temp agency in Greensboro but is part owner of an unlicensed real estate rental agency on the side – didn’t show up. That raises the odds that he is on the ballot, as some suspected, as a spoiler to draw black votes from Councilmember Bernita Sims, who, if she wins, will be High Point’s first black mayor. Or maybe Fowler just had $96 burning a hole in his pocket. Holyfield is intelligent, articulate, passionate and shows no signs of knowing how government works. Her answers were larded with business-motivation-speak


















Carolina Department of Transportation, past presidents of the High Point Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green, schools, churches, ministries and retirement communities to learn what High Point needs. After all those meetings, Williard said he would form a community advisory group to help decide what High Point should do Sims’ numbered plan was shorter, but more specific. She said that the top three things she would address as mayor are streamlining the city’s process for approving and giving code approval for new businesses, while trying to retain the city’s core small businesses; get rid of blighted neighborhoods, with which High Point is richly endowed – “That needs to go away;” and increasing the reach of the furniture market through the Internet, reaching business to let them know they don’t have to send people to walk into brick-and-mortar buildings. Sims called it, “Getting the low hanging fruit, from the global perspective.” That might be counterproductive when it comes to bringing people and money into High Point, but at least would keep buyers feeding money into the furniture market. Whitley pointed out that 2012 is likely to be a sea change for High Point – it’s the first time since 2003 that a sitting mayor

hasn’t run for reelection, and because of councilmembers stepping down, the City Council will have had two elections in a row with heavy turnover. This year alone, there will be a new mayor, at least one new at-large councilmember, and new councilmembers in Wards 1, 4 and 5. He argued that, under those circumstances, the City Council needs a mayor with experience and institutional memory. Since 1992, High Point has had only two mayors, Smothers and Arnold Koonce, who Whitley called a great man and great leader. Whitley cited the extensive work he has done working with both mayors, including recent businesses that have moved to High Point or expanded their High Point operations, including Stanley Furniture and Polo Ralph Lauren. He also cited the investments High Point has made in infrastructure during his tenure that have brought businesses to High Point. Whitley said, “High Point needs a mayor who has the proven leadership to keep High Point moving forward.” Webb asked the candidates what one thing they would change that the City Council has done in the last two years, if they don’t agree with everything it has done. Holyfield said she wants to see the city budget based on merit pay, or a (Continued on page 44)

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(logically, since, like High Point University President Nido Qubein, she is a business motivational speaker). Holyfield said she was moved to run for mayor by driving her son to school and seeing the pockets of greatness and devastation in High Point. She also said that she would like to see lower taxes. Beyond that, however, her answers devolved rapidly into “proactive approaches,” “working smarter,” “performance-management systems,” “strategic unified visions” and “organizational strategic processes.” That leaves Councilmembers Sims and Chris Whitley and businessman Coy Williard, the three serious candidates. Whitley and Sims did predictably well. Whitley has been on the City Council for 19 years; Sims for 10. Both have rotated through committee chairmanships, learned policy, reviewed budgets and represented High Point on state and national boards. Both know what makes city government tick. They were precise in their knowledge of the City Council’s workings, the laws it operates under and its past decisions. Sims said that, if you haven’t sat at the dais, “You don’t have the whole picture.” Williard’s pitch was his business experience. The president of WilliardStewart Inc. construction and Marketplace Management Inc., he has belonged to major old-line High Point business groups and is the candidate of Emerywood. He is also, reputedly, the favored candidate of Qubein, whose university has a Coy O. Williard Stadium. Williard came across as self-effacing, cheerful and even amusing. He is likable and speaks well. sudoku_342B Williard made no bones about his lack Created by Peter Ritmeester/Presented by Will Shortz of governmental experience, even joking about it. 4 After Webb asked the candidates about 8 6 their lobbying experience in Raleigh and Washington, Williard, following 2 Holyfield, 5 3 who acknowledged that she had none, said, 9 I’ve never 6 “I’ll have to divert it a little too. been 9 in politics.” 5 Williard had the most concrete plan for 3 he 2 would do after the 7 election if he what won. 2 That 7 10-point 9 plan involves 1 Williard meeting with the City Council, High Point City Manager Strib Boynton, the North

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The Sound of the Beep What follows has been transcribed from the answering machine tape on our comment line 273-0898. We edit out what is required by the laws of the state, of good taste and of good sense. The limit on phone calls is one minute and each caller may make up to two calls per week. If you have something to say, call our comment line at 273-0898 and start talking at The Sound of the Beep. Hi. I am a local citizen, Cindy, and I have noticed as I’ve been driving through my neighborhood that people have been putting up their political signs. And I have seen beautiful shiny Obama signs, and every time I am passed a RomneyRyan sign, slowly but surely, someone is spray painting a red circle with an X through or plus through. And this morning I got up and went outside and my Romney-Ryan sign has a big circle with slash through it. Not only had that been, but Obama had been written in red spray paint in huge letters on the side of my husband’s … I thought to myself people should be careful of what they are hoping for. %%% There is no way I can explain to you how much I appreciate your newspaper. Please, please, please don’t ever stop publishing it, because I sure do enjoy it, especially when you’re locked at home and can’t get out. It’s really very enlightening, and I really appreciate it. Thank you very much. %%% Hey, this is Robert. I’m out here trying to make a living, and I’m 72 years old. And I’m still having to work. And, you know, all I can think about while I’m out here is this man in that White House up there sitting up there at The View. They’re talking about he’s eye candy. And we just got people killed over there. These people needs to be honored instead of him sitting up there with them silly old women up there talking about he’s eye candy. I mean, hey, I’d like to have some good candy to eat, because I’m 72 and I can’t even buy candy anymore. Anyway, I know y’all ain’t going to print nothing I ever call in about. %%% In Paul’s letter to Timothy, in Timothy 3, we read, but know this, difficult times will come in the last days, for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding in them a form of religion but denying its power. Avoid these people. This is in Timothy 3:1-5 where Paul writes to Timothy. We need this message today. %%% What kind of president calls the murder of one of our ambassadors, quote, a bump in the road, unquote? Just sign me off as An Independent Thinker. %%% Editor’s Note: The president we have, but may not have much longer. %%% As a life-long Republican, I’m really disgusted and dismayed that the only candidate we could come up with or candidates are Romney and Ryan. The only platform that I can see that they actually have to stand on is to attack Barack Obama, who did not begin the trading in China. That was done under the first Bush administration. People need to read their history and find out what’s really going on. No, Obama has not completed all his promises. But I believe his platform four years ago was during his presidency, which he assumed would be eight years. So, how many of you could straighten out the mess that George W. Bush made in four years? I certainly couldn’t. So I’m voting Democrat. %%%

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything

Pudgy Cupids; Real And Surreal Art by orson scott card

Taste in art is so personal; who can judge another person’s judgment? And yet it’s hard to think of an area of human endeavor where there is more contempt for other people’s preferences. Think of how people refer to “Elvis on velvet” or “dogs playing poker.” I remember when “wide-eyed moppets” were all the vogue; and who doesn’t feel utter contempt for the little naked winged babies that adorned walls and ceilings, suggesting “love” (or pedophilia; but we won’t think of that). Yet the art that supposedly represents the highest achievements in recent years have been, to my eye, rarely better than “pleasing” or “interesting,” and usually ugly, meaningless ... contemptible. Isn’t it odd that when we look at dogs playing poker, we are all supposed to be revolted; but when we look at spatterings of paint on canvas, we are supposed to admire them extravagantly – as long as Jackson Pollock did the spattering. It’s amazing how much ink has been spent discussing artworks that clearly will not survive their brief period of vogue; it is hard to imagine art historians a century from now looking at Pollock or Warhol or Mondrian as anything more than symptoms

of the decline of a civilization. Yet each new fashion in art represents, step by step, the natural progression of shifting values. The problem is that when a community becomes completely committed to its own superiority, it becomes incapable of real perspective. Yes, Pollock and Warhol and Mondrian all represent one version or another of the need to transcend, reject or build upon the perceived achievements of the previous generation. But they were not the only artists working in their time. There were plenty of plein air realists; in fact, nearly every other art tradition was still alive, including iconographic, academic and little winged cupids. The reason so many of you instantly know what I’m referring to when I invoke the names of Pollock, Warhol and Mondrian is that the Community of Superior Taste (CST) anointed them as Important Artists (IA). The result was that in art schools all over the world, many impressionable young talents quite naturally assumed that this was what it meant to be an artist. So they tried to do Pollock, Warhol and Mondrian ... only more so. Or they tried to anticipate the Next Big

“If I was traveling through Greensboro, I’d eat at Undercurrent in a second. The food is well-sourced and well-prepared. The people there know that a restaurant experience is about making a diner feel fed and taken care of. It’s not about the chef’s ego, but about a chef who knows how to cook.” Kim Severson, New York Times Atlanta bureau chief, Garden & Gun columnist, and author of several cookbooks including Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. (336) 370-1266

Thing (NBT) by being even more outrageous, offensive, creative, innovative ... But underlying all these fads and vogues was an entirely unrelated value system: The desperate need for the CST to prove itself superior to regular people. Those silly Academic artists created paintings that pleased ordinary people. Down with that! What the CST needs is art that nobody else likes. Thus, quite apart from whatever actual value the work of the IAs might have, it offers this one: By talking about them, the CST proves their superiority and exclusivity. I do not discount the possibility that there really are people whose eyes were hungry for the work of Pollock, Warhol or Mondrian. I know for a fact that there are people who really like the Impressionists more than the Academics. There are people who love Picasso (and, if we’re speaking of some of his early works, like “Mother and Child,” I’m one of them). In fact, I’m far from believing that all art has to be beautiful or pleasing or About Something (and even those ideas are hard to define). There is certainly room in the world for people whose visual needs are met by paint-spatters and tomato soup cans and disproportionate, dull-palette, incomprehensible arrangements of shapes. Where I draw the line is “art” whose sole purpose for existence is offending other people. Especially when these “artists” never choose targets that are actually dangerous. They always attack absolutely safe targets – people whom all their friends despise, and who are powerless to fight back. That is why, even though there is room for many kinds of art in the world, I have nothing but contempt for art whose primary purpose is to hurt, offend or exclude. Yet that is only a small portion of the world of art – rather the way social bullies make up only a small portion of the high school population, yet attract most of the attention (and are called “popular,” even though everybody hates them). Thus we find that the same people who, in

high dudgeon, defend abominably offensive art, sneer at completely inoffensive work that regular people enjoy. Here’s what we often forget. There really are standards. There are techniques of art that are powerful, when done properly, and merely sad, when the artist hasn’t mastered them. The works that the CST sneers at most often take a level of skill and accomplishment that is beyond the reach of many of the IA they tout. I have heard many people say the semiapologetic, semi-defiant statement, “I don’t know about art, but I know what I like.” To these people I always say, “You know as much about art as you need to, and whatever you like, you like for reasons as good as anybody else’s.” I have loved studying and learning about art. It opens doors, so that works that I didn’t value become valuable – rather like learning a foreign language. And inevitably, the more you experience and learn about art, the more dissatisfied you become with poorly designed and executed specimens. You become jaded. A naked winged pinkcheeked cherub may be singularly wellexecuted, but you never notice because the subject matter is boring; you’ve seen too many cherubs. It’s not that you have superior taste, you merely have experienced taste. It’s the way young kids can read Tarzan or Anne of Green Gables without realizing how impenetrably thick the writing is. They simply haven’t read enough to realize that prose can be much, much better than this. And since young readers usually parse the language more slowly, in smaller chunks, they aren’t slowed down by the clunkiness of the prose. You don’t realize quite how bumpy the road is when you are only driving five miles an hour. But once you get up to 65, bumps you didn’t notice make you feel like you’re driving on railroad ties. That’s how it is with art. At first, you see the subject matter and respond, not to the (Continued on page 14)

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Entertainment and Dining Guide Listings Cleopatra’s

1310 Westover Terrace, GSO (336) 274-5003 At Cleopatra’s, you will enjoy the best of Egyptian cuisine and experience a memorial cultural encounter. Evoking the magic of the ancient world, Cleopatra’s restaurant offers a total culinary environment. Menu items range from authentic kebabs to seafood and vegetarian meals, as well as your choice of several tasty appetizers. Those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern cuisine will be guided by a friendly service staff, leading them into a habit-forming journey. Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Europa Bar & Cafe

200 N. Davie St., GSO (336) 389-1010 Looking for a beautiful spot to sit outside for dinner and a cocktail? Well, Cafe Europa is the place. Its large patio, spacious dining room and bar offer perfect settings for you and your group to relax. Tuesday night is Mussel & Wine Night. Enjoy a huge plate of mussels and a rich glass of wine for only $8.50. Whether it’s steak, seafood or an exquisite salad you desire, Cafe Europa can’t be beat. Savor the atmosphere every night, and especially on Wednesday for Wine Night, when all wine is half price to complement any dish you choose. Menu prices generally range from $5 to $15.


5831 High Point Road, GSO (336) 852-8890 Restaurant critic John Batchelor calls Giovanni’s the “Best Italian restaurant in Greensboro.” For over 25 years, Giovanni’s has been delighting patrons with its extensive menu, offering the finest in pasta, grilled dishes, seafood, chicken and beef dishes – all made with the highest quality ingredients. Each entrée is complemented by traditional antipasta, soups and salads, delicious homemade desserts and an extensive wine list. Giovanni’s is the place to relax and celebrate the joy of life.

Libby Hill Seafood

3920 Cotswold Ave., GSO (336) 288-6782 1100 Summit Ave., GSO (336) 272-2101 3011 Randleman Rd., GSO (336) 275-7688 2004 North Main St., HP (336) 882-4191 Libby Hill Express 3930 High Point Rd., GSO (336) 854-5002 For over 50 years, Libby Hill has been cooking up some of the best seafood in the area. In the old days, every Libby Hill entree was fried. (In 1953, nobody worried about cholesterol.) Today, you will

find broiled and grilled selections, among other healthy choices. Chicken and steaks have been added to the menu, and there are appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. Dine in or relax at home with a cookedto-order take-out meal. Try the oyster bar at the Cotswold Avenue location only. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. (High Point Road in Greensboro and Main Street in High Point are closed Sundays.)

all day Monday, and the prime rib special with half-price wine on Thursday. Friday and Saturday all appetizers are half price from 9 to 11 p.m., and brunch is offered on Sunday. PorterHouse offers 12 beers on tap, 5 made here in North Carolina, as well as a wide selection of wines.

McPherson’s Bar & Grill

Randolph County rocks with the area’s most established nightclub. Rider’s in the Country has been legendary in the triad area for over 20 years. Members enjoy nightly drink specials, arcade games, pool tables and a variety of live bands every weekend. Thursday nights, members enjoy free admission, free food and live band or DJ. Owner George Rider and his dedicated staff “welcome you to a good time.” Come experience the true Southern hospitality Rider’s has to offer. Open Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Furniture Market visitors always welcome. Membership required. Minimal cover charge Friday & Saturday.

5710 High Point Road, GSO (336) 292-6496

There’s something special every day – and night – at McPherson’s. Enjoy great food while enjoying NFL and college games on eleven 43” Plasma HDTVs and a 10’ screen.   Fridays there’s live music and Saturdays make your own music with karaoke. Sunday brunch starts at 10 a.m. Monday is 60-cent wing night with 14 signature sauces and $7 domestic pitchers.  Tuesday is Craft Burger Night.   Wednesday we have an 8-ounce Cafe Strip and Savannah Seasoned Shrimp Skewer with a baked potato and a salad for $12.95.  Thursday is Prime Rib Night with half-price wine.   Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday noon to 11 p.m.

Mexico Restaurants 4800 West Market St., GSO (336) 292-6044 2307 Fleming Road, GSO (336) 665-5170 1007 Battleground, GSO (336) 333-2514 3606-M N. Elm St., GSO (336) 286-9040

For traditional Mexican food, you need to find someone who knows it, lives it and loves it: Mexico Restaurants. With nearly 25 years of excellent service, food and reviews, the four locations of Mexico Restaurants are obviously doing something right. Children eat free on Thursdays, and Mexico offers daily lunch specials starting at just $4.95. Dinners start at $7.65. Enjoy authentic Mexican food and superior, friendly service without spending a fortune at Mexico Restaurants. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The PorterHouse Bar & Grill 4608 West Market St., GSO (336) 617-7145

For lunch or dinner, PorterHouse serves homemade food that is both fresh and delicious. Enjoy hearty sandwiches made with the choicest meats and fresh vegetables, or a satisfying salad topped with homemade dressing. PorterHouse is known for its signature burgers, or you can create your own with their unique list of toppings. Specials include $5 burgers

Rider’s in the Country

5701 Randleman Road, Randleman (336) 674-5111

13 Bones

3501 High Point Road, GSO (336) 299-3113 For great food and a great time, visit 13

Bones. Five friends’ dream turned reality, 13 Bones opened in March 2009 and is known for its ribs, steaks and seafood, served in a casual, hometown atmosphere. The name comes from their specialty baby back ribs – for an order to be considered a full-rack, there must be 13 bones. In addition to ribs, 13 Bones has redefined meat and potatoes, and knows how to top a great meal off – with a delicious dessert. Come and experience the taste of 13 Bones. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and for lunch and dinner on Sunday.


327 Battleground Avenue, GSO 336.370.1266 Since May 1998, Undercurrent Restaurant has been at the top of the list in elegant dining in downtown Greensboro. Across from the downtown Marriott, the Undercurrent is open for both lunch and dinner Our spacious and inviting dining area has semi-private banquettes, large tables and comfortable seating. The open air kitchen showcases what they do best, while the private dining room offers state of the art audio-visual equipment for important business functions. The Undercurrent also has a beautiful bar area, where the full dinner menu is available and a lovely Garden Patio tucked away on the side of the building.

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Yost Finds A Use For Poison Peanut Butter

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by Scott D. Yost county editor

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Gate City Billiards Club

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Karaoke with DJ Crash

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Sept. 26, 2012 -- The nationwide recall of peanut butter has vastly expanded to include dozens of peanut butter, tahini, and other nut butter products, many sold under popular brand names. All of the products use nuts from Sunland Farms. The New Mexico nut company is the likely source of a salmonella outbreak that so far has sickened 30 people in 19 states … CDC, state, and local officials had been looking for the source of an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections that began on June 11. The investigation suggests that people became ill after eating Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter.

Wine Wednesday All bottles half price all day. 200 North Davie Street Greensboro N.C. | 389.1010


Wow, how about those presidential debates last week. Going into them, it looked like Obama had everything all but wrapped up, but then, somehow, somewhere out of nowhere, Mitt Romney found his mojo while, at the same time, President Obama, as one commentator put it, “looked like he was on Ambien.” I thought Obama might do better than he did because, in the previous debate that Obama had – when he debated Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention – I thought Obama was able to get the better of Eastwood without even so much as showing up for the debate. If you watched that one, you know Obama was a no-show but still ran circles around Eastwood. However, last week, on Wednesday night, like I said, Mitt Romney really had his mojo on a roll. And I’ll tell you the clearest indication of that for me: I’ve seen plenty of debates over the years, but last week’s debate was the first time in my entire life that I’ve ever seen, right in the middle of the debate, one of the debaters feeling confident enough to turn to the moderator as an aside and say, “Oh, and by the way, after I’m elected, I’m going to fire you from your job as well.” I mean, that takes guts right there. Now all of the political pundits say that everything will come down to Thursday, Oct. 11 and the vice presidential debate. So now everything – basically the entire future of Obama’s presidency – rests on the shoulders of Joe Biden. The Biden/Ryan debate will happen the night after The Rhino Times goes to press this week but, with everything now in Biden’s hands, I think we can all safely say, hail to the new chief and president, Mitt Romney. The Stormin’ Mormon from Norman. Romney was actually born in Detroit, but Detroit doesn’t rhyme with much, so I took a little poetic license right there – but you get the point. Anyway, with the contentious presidential debate finally settled once and for all, we can move on to other topics of interest … Last week, two female students in Raleigh woke up alarmed to find a strange man in their bed, and they called police. According to WRAL, “Campus police at North Carolina State University are warning students and staff about a home intruder who climbed into bed with two sleeping female students and ran away when one of them woke up early Friday morning.” This event took place shortly before 4:30 a.m., when “a man walked into an unlocked home on Chamberlain Street and rubbed the legs and backs of two women living there.” Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said his department had received similar reports in recent months, and he told everyone to be on the alert. He added that his department was looking for leads and doing all that it could. (Continued on page 43)

In every city, there is one Italian restaurant against which all others are measured. Life is good. Drink it in.

5831 High Point Rd. (just past Adams Farm) Greensboro


In Greensboro, that establishment is Giovanni’s.

(Not to boast, but for more than 25 years, Giovanni’s has earned the highest honors from critics and patrons alike.) YOUR place, OUR fOOd! If you don’t have time to dine in, you can’t find a babysitter or you’re just looking forward to an evening at home, you can still enjoy your favorite Giovanni’s dishes from our menu. Just call ahead and your order will be ready when you get here. HavinG a dinneR paRtY? Impress your guest with your favorite Giovanni’s cuisine! We can even prepare your order in your own serving dishes. For larger dinner parties we can design a custom menu that offers some items not on our current menu. Please inquire a few days in advance if interested in this type of carry-out order.

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Scott’s Night Out

After a boring commissioners meeting Thursday night, I went to Stumble Stilskins. Each Thursday in October, Stumbles is celebrating the German beer festival that takes place this time of year. The comely frauleins above are (left to right) Erin Ogle, Gretchen Elizabeth Web and Kristin Callahan. I had so much fun I didn’t have the heart to point out that the signs in the place were spelled wrong – they all said “Oktoberfest” and, of course, October is actually spelled with a “c.” –

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Uncle Orson (Continued from page 10‑) technique of the artist, but to your feelings about the thing depicted. But the more art you see, the more dissatisfied you become with poor technique and poor design. It only becomes an affliction when you begin to take pride in how superior your taste is, and use your knowledge to claim “inside” status. You become like sports fans who way overidentify with “their” team or a particular player or driver, or music fans who scream over a band or a performer. You want to give them a tiny shake and say, It’s just a game. Just a race. Just a song. And even if they really are as good as you think, you didn’t achieve anything by noticing and appreciating them. There’s no reason for you to take pride in someone else’s work. It’s great to share it with other people. If they like it, great. If they don’t care, it doesn’t mean you’re better than them, it just means they don’t care about something that you do care about. It’s only a bad thing when you start feeling superior to them. Obviously, this is the point where I need to start telling you about the art I love. And then you’ll either not care at all, or go to the websites I’m about to point out and really enjoy the art, or go look at the art and sneer, “So that’s the trash that Card likes.” If you don’t care, we’re fine. If you enjoy it, then aren’t you glad I told you about it? And if you despise it and look down on me, then you’ve just played into my hand, because I have already proven

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myself superior to all the people who feel superior to other people because of their taste in art. I win. OK, all infinitely-recursive irony aside, let me steer you to some artists that satisfy some of the things I search for in art. Let’s start with a return to the Art Renewal Center. This is an organization that began by celebrating academic artists like Bouguereau and grew to be a center for encouraging representational art. I have ordered canvases and prints from the Art Renewal Center, and the quality has generally been high. But I must confess I don’t come to ARC for the old masters – I come for the new artists they discover. They run an annual contest that gets some amazing submissions; the winners blow me away. Even though there’s a definite art ideology involved, the artists are selfselected – if they don’t love the kind of art that ARC sponsors, they wouldn’t have submitted entries to the contest. You’ll see what I mean when you go to the ARC site: Some of the artists I already knew from their work as illustrators: Notably Howard Lyon, Don Maitz and Donato Giancola. Just as composers who want to create beautiful, powerful, intelligible music have been forced to work on film scores, because the CST music establishment only rewards unlistenable noise, so also many artists who want to create new works using traditional techniques have no choice but to work in illustration, since there is not

going to be any grant money or institutional commissions for them. I’m always amused when “serious artists” look down on illustrators. Especially since I’ve known few “serious artists” who weren’t happy to accept commissions. Everybody likes to get paid; if an artist can find a steady income from publishers for the kind of work he loves to do, who cares if the work is “illustration”? The contest winners are wonderful, but I got even more pleasure from searching down the list of Finalists to see some wonderful works that almost won. This website is like a collection of the finest work being done today. In the Figurative Finalists category, here are some of my favorites: Favorites of mine include Katherine Stone (“Lucie and the Wind”), Hans Guerin (“Mother Earth”), Richard Scott (“The Sophist”), Aron Wiesenfeld (“Winter Cabin”), Mikel Olazabel (“Andromeda in the Cliff”), Angel Ramiro Sanchez (“I want to be at your side”), Gregory Mortenson (“Platinum”), David Bowers (“Family Tree”), Ron Cheek (“Woman with a Burden”), Joshua Langstaff (The Young Architect”), and Niki Covington (“Help Thou Mine Unbelief”). You just have to go see what I mean. One category of contemporary art that is every bit as creative as – and, in my view, far more interesting than – the work of most of the IAs is surrealism. Surrealists are generally expected to master all the techniques of realism, but then apply them to depictions of people and things that could never exist.

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The images can be thrilling, but some can also be so disturbing that, as with horror movie teasers, they leave me with a determination never to look at them again. It makes the study of contemporary surrealism a rather dangerous pastime. But let me point out some that I have found well worth the risk. Years ago I found a book of paintings by Odd Nerdrum – as compelling and scary a surrealist as you’re going to find. Few artists are in his league, but for years one artist has moved me, and won my admiration, even more than Nerdrum, and that is John Jude Palencar. palencar Palencar’s website by no means shows all his work, but I urge you to look at “Insomnia Sleeper” and perhaps his most Nerdrum-like painting, “A Ghost in the Hills.” Meanwhile, the appalling “Terror in the Year AD 1000” is full of images that, like a train wreck, I can’t stop looking at. Aleksander Balos is best known for a series of warm-toned human figures in various aspects of community life and struggle. One thing is clear, even in the midst of depictions of real suffering: Balos loves people and is filled with compassion for them: Roberto Ferri’s work is just as warm, but far crueler. There are images here that haunt me, but also some real beauty in the midst of terror and pain. Ferri makes no attempt to fig-leaf his nudes, so if that bothers you, stay away: ferri-art. I carry several of his images as (Continued on page 16)

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Uncle Orson (Continued from page 14) wallpaper on my Android phone and my Nexus. I literally cannot get enough. David Ligare’s work is bright and beautiful, yet conceptually rich and rewarding. Simple pieces of cloth being carried on the wind bring new perspectives to the old tradition of draping in art, but he is as illuminating when he paints landscapes, herbs and still lifes: http:// When you go to Spanish surrealist Alex Alemany’s site, click on “galeria.” Some of his work has a too-pretty feel to it, but there is much excellent surrealism. My

favorite is “Entorno privado,” a shadowbox with a human in one jar, a storm in another, and bowl of water with waves crashing: Perhaps the most wide-ranging of these artists is Stanislav Plutenko, a Russian who seems determined never to allow himself to get in a rut: Click on the year, and you’ll see the great variety of his work, from contemporary social satire to magic realism, from humor to fantastical arabesque. But another Russian, Peter Gric, offers the opposite: a consistent, strange vision of a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Human figures are most frequent when they

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are deeply involved in stone and concrete. His Russian website is; to see English-language titles, go to http:// The Russian site is organized by year. He also has a book, Peter Gric: Paintings from the First Decade of the New Millennium, which you can order from his site (but not from Amazon). I look at image after image and want to write stories that explain and fulfil his visions. Let me close with a couple of collectives where many artists come together to offer glimpses of their work. The surrealist site “Beinart International Surreal Art Collective” is somewhat perilous. While there is some absolutely brilliant, illuminating work, the quality is not even, and some of the images are unbearably disturbing: Moving away from surrealism now, the Academy of Arts Foundation in St. Petersburg, Russia, has created an

pro-Marxism, pro-fascism, pro-atheism, pro-Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Israel, anti-First Amendment, anti-Second Amendment, and would happily sell out the future of this country for a free cell phone. %%% Hi, calling from High Point. I retired from the federal government after 33 years of work. It took me six months to get my first annuity check. I had to go through congressmen, senators. That still didn’t do anything. And most recently on TV, on talk shows, I see Obama with his wife, and he sits there and says he’s eye candy. Women don’t like overblown egos. For him to call himself eye candy is atrocious. That’s what is wrong with our country: overblown ego. We need to get back to what’s real. %%%


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absolutely gorgeous gallery of the works of three dozen artists. All of them are at least interesting and fall well within the realistic/ surrealist continuum: http://academart. com/index.htm. Look especially at the work of Julia Bekhova at imaginary_paintings.htm, Oleg Dosortsev at, and Igor Samsonov at samsonov.htm. All three of them show the influence of Russian Orthodox religious icons, but in wildly different ways. I hope you actually go to these sites and look at these works. It’s as close as I can come to piling you into my car and taking you to a whole bunch of galleries, where I’ll point inarticulately and say, Isn’t that so cool? Don’t you love that? Only you get to look at the art without me actually watching you look at it – isn’t that better?


We thank you for the diverse opinions of all people, Democrat, Independent or Republican. The Rhino has to talk about the Republican National Convention. I hear of them talking about family values. I’ve heard that throughout the whole convention talking about family values, and the founding fathers, and the Constitution. And to me our founding fathers when they created the Constitution first of all the 47 percent that Mitt Romney is talking about were not included in that Constitution. %%% Continuing. When the Constitution was written, they did not include the 47 percent that Mitt Romney is talking about, which includes Native American Indians, and Africans, which now are African Americans, who were brought in chains to this country to build the wealth of now the rich and the well-connected. So, when the Republicans are talking about family values and the founding fathers, and what they believe, what are they talking about? Politics has always been about race, and class, and it continues to be about race … %%% A taxpayer who votes for Obama is like a chicken who votes for Colonel Sanders.

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Letters to the Editor The Obamacar Dear Editor, So Obama likes the term “Obamacare” for his healthcare plan. He considers this his major achievement, along with the bailout of GM. So how about calling the Chevy Volt the “Obamacar”? Each car sold costs the taxpayer $250,000. Customers are bribed to the tune of $10,000 to buy one. (They cost $41,000 each.) But the good news is they have increased the range of it to a massive 38 miles, if it does not catch fire on the way. Obamacar – it fits. Tony Dawson

Out-of-control media Dear Editor, Whether it is the mainstream print media or the television mainstream media, or the media in general, the media has stooped to a new level. Journalism in general used to be about a true story based on facts. Nowadays, it is more about propaganda directed solely at electing a certain person or persons to political office. The media decline in this country will continue to decrease unless the media gets back to the true meaning of journalism. There will be more newspapers going out of business. There will be less people watching newscasts, and journalism itself will cease to exist. In a recent poll, over 60 percent do not trust the mainstream media, nor do they trust the media in general. This is because the media has gotten so out of control that the viewer cannot believe anything they say or report anymore. Until the media does a self-evaluation and starts reporting the facts as they occur, the media will cease to exist, as we know it today. It is time for the media to do a detailed analysis of it and get back to the way it used to be with honest reporting based solely on facts. Steven M. Shelton

Unbelievable numbers Dear Editor, I read in the paper and have seen on the news that we have to add 150,000 new jobs each month just to keep the unemployment rate at 8.1 percent. If we only added 114,000 new jobs in September, how come the unemployment rate was stated to have dropped to 7.8 percent? I was always pretty good at general math. I don’t understand. Did I miss something? Ramon Bell Editor’s Note: It sounds insane, but the official explanation is that the two numbers – new jobs and unemployment – are not related.

A PAC solution Dear Editor, Why is it that the News & Record, a collection of goofy do-gooders and people who believe they can capitalize on the situation keep pounding the drum for a downtown performing arts center? Don’t

they realize that the general public doesn’t want it? Or do they care? Obviously, the latter is the case. They simply don’t care. Over the past decades Greensboro, and I’m sure many other cities, have been infected with a virus of self-actualized nonprofits that, assuming that their mission is holy, feel they are entitled to live off of the taxpayer. Add to this a gaggle of weakkneed nitwits in government, many seeking a cushy job in a nonprofit they’ve favored, after they retire, and you have the perfect reason to soak the unsuspecting taxpayer. One thing you can say about nonprofits is that they live up their names. They never make a profit. The majority of them can’t even pay their bills. And that’s where the chump taxpayer comes in. These people are forever at the City Council, their hands extended palms up, begging. Our politicians are such suckers. Buy, hey, it’s not their money. The performing arts center is just the latest manifestation of this problem. And no matter what Rube Goldberg financial plan they come up with, the taxpayer is going to take a hit. Let me make a suggestion. Rather than all this taxpayer razzle-dazzle, tap dancing nonsense, do this. Form a forprofit corporation and sell shares. Make the shares $250 or $500 each. Greensboro has lots of people. Let’s see if they will invest. After all, this is how the Greenbaåy Packers football team was created. Although I think this is a great idea, I don’t see anyone taking it seriously. The elite do-gooders that want this performance center are more at home doing their financing with a gun at your head. J.W. Forster

Government not the answer Dear Editor, Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, spoke recently at a Conference in Washington, DC. One of the points reflected in Mr. Cordray’s speech is that although individuals must climb the economic ladder alone, it is up to government to enact measures that ensure that “the ladder remains steady.” That is a nice-sounding metaphor. It preserves the notion of individual responsibility. It appears to not overplay the hand of government. But is interventionism the answer? In the marketplace, there is often a place for regulation. We need rules that ensure full disclosure, foster honest relationships and guarantee equal treatment for all. It is the extent of regulation and administrative hoop-jumping that has erupted in the last four years that is troubling. It is doing nothing to uplift the downtrodden. In fact, the unintended consequences of bureaucratic intercessions are being seen right now with high unemployment, rising prices on consumer goods and an unprecedented number of people on food stamps. Free markets are unmatched in reducing overall poverty, improving environmental

conditions, offering the most beneficial and cost-effective products and providing opportunities for economic advancement that are based on accountability and freedom. Markets work because they operate in real-time and are based on a confluence of hundreds of thousands of micro-decisions from consumers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers. They operate with spontaneous adjustments of penalty and reward, which, in the end, provide the most effective and efficient solutions. Markets work because of this principle: The threat of negative consequences is the single most effective deterrent to bad behavior. This nation’s economy will only recover when bad spending practices cease, when entrepreneurs are re-energized to take risks that reap rewards (not have them minimized or redistributed), and when individuals are again empowered to make their own way. Debra McCusker

End Big Brother spying Dear Editor, Have you heard about the ‘’77 fusion centers’’ that the Department of Homeland Security has set up across the country? These data collection centers spy on Americans and share the information with local, state and federal law enforcement

agencies. A Senate investigation has revealed that these fusion centers are ineffective and have not uncovered any terrorist threats. The Department of Homeland Security does not know how much of our tax money has been spent on these centers. Estimates range from $289 million to $1.4 billion. These centers should be closed down, but they will probably be expanded. It is wrong for ‘’our’’ government to spy on innocent citizens that haven’t broken any laws. Government employees are supposed to be public servants that work for the people. Once a government considers all citizens to be suspects and people of interest, they are no longer our servants, but our masters. We citizens should stand against ‘’Big Brotherism’’ before it is too late. Chuck Mann

Republicans not patriotic Dear Editor, Need another reason to vote Republicans out of Congress and send them packing? Look no further than this: Elected Republican officials are quick to speak supportive words about our military, and in particular they uphold our active soldiers and veterans. In this regard, they are patriotic. That being said, it defies logic that Republican senators in Congress (Continued on page 34)


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(Continued from page 1) of 618 acres of land at the Guilford County Prison Farm near Gibsonville. The request to rezone the property would affect land at and near the county’s Prison Farm operations, in addition to most of the rest of the large 800-acre area. The move is for the land to be rezoned from Public Institutional (PI) to Conditional Use, Corporate Park (CU-CP). The signature on the rezoning request is that of Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox, who signed on the line above the words “Property Owner.” And on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Fox notified the commissioners that she was requesting the property be rezoned. The matter was heard at the Wednesday, Oct. 10 meeting of the Guilford County Planning Board, which meets in the same second-floor meeting room of the Old Guilford County Court House that the commissioners do. That Planning Board meeting took place after The Rhinoceros Times went to press this week but, regardless, that meeting is highly unlikely to be the final word: A decision to rezone the property will be appealed to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. Speaking of the commissioners, it’s the Board of Commissioners – not the county manager – that’s supposed to make rezoning requests when the property in question is owned by Guilford County. So many commissioners were disturbed to find out in an email that Fox had decided

to request that the property be rezoned without the request ever being made by the board, and without even having consulted the board on the issue. Even though the Prison Farm has been the subject of a great deal of discussion lately – because a large food distribution company briefly considered putting a $100 million project at the farm – the commissioners never discussed or voted on rezoning the property. So, when the commissioners saw that Fox was requesting the property be rezoned at the very next Planning Board meeting, many commissioners were dumbfounded. Last month, at the Tuesday, Sept. 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance President Dan Lynch informed the commissioners in a closed session that a supposedly large unnamed company was considering bringing 400 to 500 jobs to the county by opening a food distribution center at the Prison Farm. When the commissioners came out of that closed session, they passed a motion that was contingent upon the company locating a large-scale project at the Prison Farm as Lynch and others hoped. That motion stated that, if a company gave Guilford County a firm commitment for such a project within 90 days, county officials were to take steps to develop the farm land as a corporate park and begin the process of relocating the Sheriff’s Department’s Prison Farm operations

to another section of the 800-acre farm. That company, if it came to Guilford County, wanted to use 150 acres of land where the sheriff’s main operations are – largely because that’s the flattest part of the property. The Board of Commissioners passed the motion that night. However, just hours later, on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, company officials informed Lynch that the company had eliminated Guilford County as a possibility. Around 5:30 that evening, Lynch phoned Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston and told Alston the unnamed company had pulled out. Alston called Fox and asked her to inform the board. Fox called the commissioners and told them the news was “highly confidential.” On Thursday, Sept. 14, The Rhinoceros Times reported that the giant company was no longer considering Guilford County. The news depressed members of the economic development community as well as the commissioners who wanted the 500 or so jobs for the county, but the decision delighted others, such as many residents who live near the Prison Farm and didn’t want the estimated 500 to 700 trucks a day going past their homes in what now is a tranquil rural area. Since the commissioners’ motion was contingent upon the company coming to the Prison Farm, and since the company had decided not to come, the commissioners thought that was that. However, two weeks later, in a Sept. 26 email from the Planning Department, sent out through the manager’s office, the commissioners learned Fox had requested

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did the following: On Sep. 19, 40 Senate Republicans showed a perplexing lack of compassion for members of our armed services by voting to filibuster the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, which would have provided training to help veterans find employment as police officers and firefighters or jobs in the preservation of our public lands. With an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for veterans, it defies reason for theses 40 Republican senators to act in this manner; but perhaps we should not be surprised because the Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, has stated that his number one priority was not putting people back to work, rather putting Democrats out of work. In a related matter, cost-of-living raises for disabled veterans and cost-of-living increases in survivors’ benefits and veteran pensions were blocked by an unknown Republican senator. The bill has never been controversial and heretofore has easily passed Congress each year. Note: Every Democratic senator voted in favor of passage. The American people need to understand that this is not the Republican Party of old, which was truly patriotic, but is now one

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the land be rezoned and that she had submitted the paperwork, and that the item was to be heard at the next Planning Board meeting. Commissioner Billy Yow was beside himself when he saw that Fox had decided to rezone the property without any discussion of the board, and, when the commissioners held their next meeting, on Thursday, Oct. 4, Yow made a motion that the county stop the rezoning request. Yow and other commissioners also had many questions about why county staff had decided to make such an important and wide-ranging decision without any input from the Board of Commissioners – even though the commissioners are the ones who are supposed to be running the county. At the Oct. 4 meeting, under time set aside for new business, Yow made his motion to stop Fox’s rezoning request. Yow’s motion failed 5 to 6, with Commissioners Bill Bencini, Paul Gibson, Mike Winstead, Kirk Perkins and Yow voting to stop the rezoning, while Alston, Bruce Davis, Linda Shaw, Carolyn Coleman, Kay Cashion and John Parks voted to go along with Fox’s plan. But before the motion failed, there was a long and heated discussion. Yow was very forceful and animated when he started asking his questions. “When I received this memo, I was a little taken aback,” Yow said. “The language of the [Sept. 11] motion nowhere speaks to a rezoning at this time.” During the discussion, Yow read out loud, verbatim, several times, the motion that the board passed on Sept. 11. That motion states: “Motion to approve (Continued on page 36)

driven by radical group that is so intent on cutting spending that it would deny benefits to the very people who sacrifice to protect our freedom. Bob Kollar

Vote Coble Dear Editor, I am writing to introduce you to Congressman Howard Coble. I have had the honor of voting for him for the past 20 years, and hope that you will make the decision to support him in November. Congressman Coble works hard for his constituents and district. He treats everyone he meets, regardless of status, with respect and concern, and never closes his doors to constituents wanting to share an opinion or looking for help maneuvering government programs. Although I have not agreed with every vote he has taken, I do respect and support the way he agrees to disagree with others agreeably, his willingness to meet with and hear all sides of an argument, and the civil tone in which he defends his positions. It could not be said of all politicians, but Congressman Coble is someone I can be proud to call “our congressman.” I hope you will take the time to get to know him and give him your vote on Nov. 6. Kathy Dunnevant Sample

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$72 M (Continued from page 1) Department made mistake after mistake in their pursuit of a monstrous 125-acre complex that would have eventually contained not only the high school, but a middle school not on the project list for the 2008 building program. The land for the middle school was expected to cost an additional $2 million, bringing the total for the complex to $74 million, plus the future cost of building the middle school. The school board on Tuesday voted 7 to 2 to punt on the high school by proceeding “at an appropriate pace” to buy land for the high school and middle school and to hold two forums to get public input on whether to build the high school or use the $69 million (the school board has already spent or committed almost $3 million on the failed high school project) left to maintain and upgrade the school system’s 122 existing schools. Now they want public input. For four years, the school board has pursued its $74 million dream in secret, dealing with it in closed sessions and obscure committee meetings. Originally it was an $82 million dream, but that included a wing for autistic students that was later moved to another school. Over four years, the school board tried to buy two sites for the high school. The first site was on land south of I-40, near Boylston Road just east of Bunker Hill Road between the High Point city limits and the interstate. High Point officials killed that site, – which was on land that High Point will eventually annex and plans to use for industrial development – by refusing to guarantee sewer service for the site which forced the school board to look for land north of I-40. The school board then optioned land in the Triad Business Park in the part of western Guilford County that has been annexed into Kernersville. The Kernersville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously on June 5, 2012 to deny the zoning changes necessary to build the school in the industrial park. By that time, the school board had apparently given up on the Kernersville site. At the June 5 hearing in Kernersville, neither Guilford County School Superintendent nor any school board member showed up to defend the proposal. It’s a different world for the airport area high school now. One thing that is different is the lack of land for the school. Another is the election of school board member Ed Price, who at a school board meeting on June 28, 2012 became the first to say that the emperor had no clothes. “I haven’t seen a swell of support on this,” said Price, who is from High Point. “I see $72 million worth of expenses, and $72 million would repair a bunch of our problems in a bunch of our existing schools. I could spend $10 million at High Point Central and Northwest and Andrews. Is this school needed now?” It was the first time in four years that a school board member had publicly taken a stand against the airport area high school. At Tuesday’s meeting, school

board member Amos Quick said, “I think I’ve been fairly consistently against this high school since I think it was [former construction consultant] Joe Hill brought it to us at what was $82 million dollars at the time.” If that’s true, Quick has been awfully quiet about his opposition for the last four years. If he has made a public statement against the high school, it has gone unnoticed, and no other school board member has gone on record against the high school. That remained true not only after it became clear that the school board didn’t have land for the school, but after it became clear that the enrollment projections that justified the high school were no longer accurate. As recently as September 2008, Guilford County Schools was projecting that it would need 13,800 new seats for students by the 2017-2018 school year. Now, the projected enrollment has dropped by half – and Guilford County Schools has had to push it three years into the future, to 20202021, to get even the 6,350 number. On Sept. 22, the Facilities Department recommended spending $26.5 million on school maintenance that is left over from 10 construction projects administrators were willing to close out – the first installment of oodles of money the school board will have left over after the building program. The $26.5 million was part of $75 million in spending administrators recommended – a number suspiciously close to the proposed cost of the airport area high school. The school board voted to spend $15 million. Tuesday night, interim head of the Facilities Department Terrence Young, and Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Robert Melton came to the school board with a plan to spend the $15 million on maintenance projects, mostly roofing, security system and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects. The likelihood that the school board members could limit themselves to spending $15 million of the $26.5 million immediately available seemed slim-tonone, which proved to be the case. School board member Darlene Garrett made a motion for staff to come up with a new list to spend up to $25 million on maintenance projects. Price seconded it. Garrett argued that the November elections could generate a Guilford County Board of Commissioners that would snatch millions of dollars away from the school board before it could be spent. School board Chairman Alan Duncan said he could not bring himself to spend $25 million. He said, “To me, the elections are not persuasive at all, because we have to go through the county commissioners anyway.” Duncan said he could live with spending $21.5 million. Price, the only real estate agent on the board and an inveterate haggler, said, “Would you be happy at 22-five? We’re kind of negotiating a house here.” Duncan said, “I would agree with that.” Garrett and Price agreed and the school (Continued on page 39)

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Fox (Continued from page 34) as a part of an economic development policy a plan whereby the County will agree to take steps to develop a corporate park at the property known as the Prison Farm and further agrees at this time to relocate portions of the Prison Farm operation and to restructure certain other functions of the Prison Farm operations in such a way to make approximately 760 acres available for inclusion in the corporate park. This is contingent upon: a firm commitment of a new industrial/commercial company locating on the corporate park property providing at least 400 jobs and at least $85 million in tax base within 90 days of the date of this resolution and accommodating the needs of the Sheriff’s office to meet the ongoing needs of the Prison Farm functions.” As Yow read the motion, he stressed carefully the words “This is contingent upon,” and he pointed out the specific conditions called for before the motion was to go into effect. He pointed out that there was no commitment – firm or otherwise – from any company – giant or small – to build a facility at the Prison Farm. Yow asked how in the world county staff didn’t know what the word “contingent” meant. Yow said that “nowhere, from beginning to end” did the motion state that the county intends to rezone the Prison Farm property. “It’s all contingent upon,” Yow said. Yow also said that, while he and probably every other commissioner on the board wanted to see the Prison Farm land developed at some point, this was a ludicrous way to go about it. “We don’t even have a plan,” Yow said. “There’s no water.” “This is ass-backwards” Yow said. He said that, if any private developer approached county planning staff with a request of this nature – no plan, no water, no adequate roads, no infrastructure, no information on how to provide any of that, no impact studies, no idea what type of business might go there – then they would be laughed out of the planning office the second they made their request. “How do you expect the public and businesses to follow the rules, if this board’s not going to follow the rules?” Yow asked. Yow also said he was willing to bet that none of the other commissioners had any idea what a zoning of the type requested allowed or didn’t allow. “Do any of you know what the zoning is and what can and can’t go there? Yow asked. No one spoke up to say that they did know what the rezoning allowed and excluded. This week, Yow said that the corporate park zoning called for isn’t even the right type of zoning that the board should have requested if it had requested a rezoning. He said it made more sense to rezone the land heavy industrial since it would be more difficult and cause a greater public outcry if the board zoned the land for a

corporate park, found out heavy industry wanted to go there, and then tried to rezone the property yet again to heavy industrial. Yow told the commissioners at the Oct. 4 meeting there was no need to rush – it would take a long time to get water and city infrastructure out there anyway. And he said it made sense to study the prospects and understand the situation before moving forward with a rezoning. Winstead, who owns and operates a property development company, is highly experience in large-scale land development. “I tend to agree with Mr. Yow,” Winstead said. “It seems to me to be putting the cart before the horse. If the county is going to play developer – which I’m not sure is the right thing to do – then I think we need to act like a developer.” Winstead said there should be use studies and some planning before simply rushing forward with a rezoning request. Gibson was very intense at the meeting. He wanted to know where the idea to rezone the Prison Farm property had originated. Gibson said he was “1,000 percent” in favor of developing the Prison Farm, but he added that the county should have some sort of plan. He said any developer would conduct a study and have a plan in place first, and he added that he didn’t see the urgency of rezoning the land. “I don’t know why we have to rezone this at the next meeting of the Planning Board,” Gibson said. Gibson turned to Yow. “Mr. Yow, you’re exactly right – I don’t know what that zoning includes or excludes.” Perkins, who represents Gibsonville and many residents who live near the Prison Farm, also wanted to know where the idea to rezone the property had come from. “We’ve gotten way ahead of ourselves,” Perkins said. Perkins said the county had no plan and he added the county would be competing with private developers at Rock Creek Center industrial park. He also said the zoning request had come out of the blue. “We don’t have the road system there; we don’t have the water,” Perkins said. “Let’s do a plan; let’s do it right.” Cashion argued that the board should move forward with the rezoning. She said, “I look to rezoning as the first step to that plan.” Yow said after the meeting that Cashion’s comment was a perfect demonstration of how highly uninformed she is about the rational process for developing property. He said it was utterly ridiculous for someone to state that, when considering developing land, the first step is to rezone it. Other commissioners backed Fox’s rezoning attempt as well. Alston, for instance, said it was “proactive instead of being reactive.” Shaw, the only Republican to vote against Yow’s motion said, “We need to open this area up – we need to rezone it.” Over the last two years, Shaw has come

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under criticism from those who say she is too closely aligned with the liberal Democrat Alston. Shaw has also stood firmly behind Fox no matter how outlandish the manager’s actions. For instance, Shaw referred to Fox’s secret 2010 real estate deal that could have cost the county millions if not revealed by The Rhinoceros Times as “a mistake.” Shaw has also refused to join those commissioners who have attempted to fire Fox. On the other hand, no one is surprised when Davis goes along with Alston and, at the Oct. 4 meeting, Davis called the move to rezone the Prison Farm “progressive.” After those who favored the rezoning spoke, an even more electrified Yow raised his voice to a near shouting level and he told them that they hadn’t heard one word he had said. Yow said no one was saying not to develop the land, just that this was an “ass-backward” way to do it. “Why would you go into this thing backward,” Yow asked. “Why wouldn’t you do what a corporate developer would do?” He said county staff was about to go to the Planning Board in seven days, and Yow then read the Sept. 11 motion to the board once again. He said again that the board had never authorized staff to request a rezoning. Gibson called on Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne. Gibson asked Payne who had requested the rezoning. Payne paused for a moment and then answered, “In my opinion, you did.” Gibson clarified that Payne was claiming the Board of Commissioners authorized it. Payne said the Sept. 11 motion called for staff “to take steps to develop a corporate park at the property.” Gibson and Yow pointed out several times that the motion clearly stated it was conditional on a giant project that brought in at least $85 million in investment and at least 400 jobs. Gibson told the county attorney he had never asked for a rezoning. “I didn’t do that,” Gibson said. “As a board, we didn’t talk about that. It never entered my mind that we asked for a rezoning.” Gibson said the board had never had any discussion about it and he reiterated that he had no idea what the zoning on the table entailed. He said that, as an at-large commissioner, he represents all the county citizens, and those citizens, he said, hadn’t gotten to offer any input on this rezoning request because the commissioners were never consulted. On Sept. 11, when the commissioners thought the large project was on the hook, that entire discussion made it very clear that, if the company didn’t come, the board expected no action. In fact, much of the argument for passing the 90-day contingent resolution went like this: Why not vote for it? If the company doesn’t come here, then nothing happens. For instance, Alston said at the Sept. 11 meeting, when the contingent 90-day motion was being discussed: “Will it happen? I don’t know. It may happen; it (Continued on next page)

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Planning (Continued from page 1) The staff’s recommendation was based on the assertion that the character of the neighborhood was residential and building a commercial shopping center was premature because of the residential zoning surrounding it. However, the applicant, George Venters, for property owners Gene and Betty Petty, said the area was already in transition and pointed out that much of the nearby housing that staff was referring to was dilapidated, demolished or rental property. Venters had met with the surrounding neighborhood and had signatures from most of the adjacent property owners approving of the rezoning and commercial development. Venters emphasized that a “common theme” when they were talking with home owners was that they did not want a multi-family development on the site, which is what it is currently zoned for. He also mentioned that many neighbors had considered selling their property for commercial uses. The property owner Ronald Petty said the area was very different from when the houses were built, “and not for the better.” He said the neighborhood had been in decline since the construction of the outer loop.


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may not. We’ve got a 90-day clause, and if nothing happens within 90 days, it reverts back to being a cow pasture. So we don’t have anything to lose.” Other commissioners made similar arguments at the Sept. 11 meeting. Even after Yow’s motion at the Oct. 4 meeting failed, Yow and Bencini continued to ask Payne if he understood what “contingent upon” meant. The day after the meeting, Yow sent Payne an email: “Mark, after last night I need you to give me a better understanding the meaning of (this is contingent upon) the reason is that you know there is nothing about the motion that states we would rezone the property if so show me [a] clear definition of Webster[’s] dictionary.” Payne sent Yow a lengthy response (which did not, by the way, address the definition of “contingent upon.”) Payne also sent copies of his explanation to the other commissioners. Payne laid out the events and conditions leading up to the motion and he wrote: “It was in that context that the resolution was passed. Based on that it seemed clear to staff that our marching orders were to begin the long list of tasks necessary to make the development of the park happen. One of the first such tasks is rezoning the property. I think it must be noted right here that no one thought, when the resolution was passed that staff was supposed to wait until a firm commitment to start the work. We were to start but not actually move the prison farm operations, or some other irreversible

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There is also a shopping center within 600 feet of the property. The owner of the center, Kent Johnson, opposed the request but claimed he was representing himself and others as a resident, not a business owner. He raised concerns over additional traffic that would be caused by the development and questioned how it would fit with the surrounding area. Johnson also submitted a petition with signatures from residents, many of whom he said lived outside of the 600 foot notification area. Petty pointed out that Johnson’s residential property was about a mile and a half from the site in question, and that he suspected Johnson’s main concern was that the proposed development would compete with his shopping center. During the discussion, Commissioner Russ Parmele, who said he drives through the area regularly, said, “indeed, it has a feel of a commercial quarter.” Parmele added that although the development would intrude into an otherwise residential area, “You’ve got to kick-start that development to some degree. Clearly it’s been stalling out for several years, for many reasons.” Commissioner Rick Pinto commented that he did not understand staff’s recommendation to deny. “Having been out there, commercial is

thing that would fundamentally change the operation w/o the firm commitment. [note: rezoning is not something that would impact that farm operations at all since the prison farm is a grandfathered use and can continue as it is, if the county wished, for years to come exactly as it is now. In other words, the resolution as it was passed gave the staff marching orders for 90 days; if after 90 days no firm commitment was in place, then the orders were to stop and wait further direction.” Yow wrote back: “Mark, this is billy your talking to I don’t believe a word of what you sent I do not see the marching orders your referring to in the motion what I do see is the manager and skip pulling your chain you still have not told me what (this is contingent upon) means to you I know what it means to me and the rest of the world please explain what you think it means.” According to Webster’s dictionary, and many other dictionaries as well, “contingent” means “dependant upon.” Bencini also didn’t seem convinced by Payne’s defense of the move. Bencini wrote: “Mark, if it is so freaking clear, why do you need to respond with an epistle? Bill.” Just seconds after the Board of Commissioners voted on the issue at the Oct. 4 meeting, Yow asked the clerks to the board how much the fee was to appeal a rezoning decision. Yow said right after the meeting that he would appeal the rezoning request if the Planning Board granted Fox’s request. “It’s only $200,” Yow said.

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the only thing that is going to happen on this lot, that close to the highway, and the neighbors are not against it. I don’t know what else you could do with that property,” said Pinto. Commissioner Janet Mazzurco made the motion to approve the rezoning request. The motion passed 8 to 0 with Zoning Commission Chair Mary Skenes and Commissioners Mazzurco, Parmele, Pinto, Ralph Johnson, Cyndy Hayworth, Paul Gilmer and James Griffin voting in favor. Commissioner Peter Placentino was absent. In another questionable move, staff recommended approval of a request to amend the zoning of a lot at 4200 and 4206 United Street to allow applicant Mike Nicholson to operate a used car lot and vehicle service business at the entrance of Highland Park, a small, thriving, tight-knit residential neighborhood. Nicholson’s request was to strike several conditions from the 2007 rezoning of the property to Conditional District – Commercial – Medium (CD-C-M), which prohibited the service and sale of vehicles. Nicholson said he planned to service vehicles in four bays and sell used cars from an existing parking lot on the 1.17 acre lot, which he said he believed could fit 45 to 50 cars in “a nice organized manner.” When Parmele asked Nicholson about traffic concerns, he responded that people do a lot of their car shopping on the internet these days, so there wouldn’t be a lot of

people hanging around browsing the lot at any given time. “Today car buying is very specific, thanks to the internet. It cuts down a lot on traffic.” Several residents of the surrounding neighborhood came out in opposition to the request, and some expressed deep distrust of Nicholson as a businessman. Julie Schindler, co-chair of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association said that the neighborhood meeting Nicholson had held to discuss the rezoning had been unsatisfactory. “We set up the meeting, he refused to answer any questions saying, ‘that goes to land use I’m not required to answer that,’” said Schindler, describing the meeting as “completely non-productive.” Schindler emphasized that her neighborhood was a small, “walkable” community with many elderly residents who didn’t use vehicles and walked to nearby grocery stores and for other services. She said the auto sales and service would increase traffic and not add to the neighborhood. Schindler also accused Nicholson of “surreptitiously” videotaping the meeting, and said that the neighbors had called the police to have Nicholson erase the tape after they saw him retrieve it at the end of the meeting, which took place in a church. Nicholson did not respond to the secret videotaping accusation but said that he (Continued on page 44)


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expenses each year are used for normal also heard a presentation from DGI that Road and Franklin Boulevard. (Continued from page 1) park expenses. At the work session the council reached touted the organization’s contributions about changes being made to the city’s Councilmember Trudy Wade pointed to downtown development and asked for a general consensus to stop charging Bpolicy y RiCk n. BaCheR get anyone to lend you planes, which has historito hold outside agencies that receive out that most of Center City Park is owned continued financial support from assessments going forward, since the city. Aviation Correspondent cally been the cause of many problems for my fellow city funding financially accountable. by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation. Mayor Robbie Perkins asked DGI sidewalks, curbs and gutters were for the RALEIGH According to Greensboro City Manager When that claim was disputed by several President Ed Wolverton what Democrats.” he would do general public good rather than the good of emocrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, hoping plane phobia will not if he is Denise Turner Roth, the goal is “closing councilmembers, Wade pointed out that the for downtown if he had a “magic Dalton’s individual properties theyend abut. wand” the to avoid the air travel problems that have elected, the lieutenant governor says. “When I bethe loop,” which has allowed some Bryan Foundation lists Center City Park as and didn’t have to worry about money. caused so much trouble for Democratic govcome governor I will use the state jet and helicopter organizations to receive money from the an asset on its federal income tax returns. Wolverton immediately answered that ernors Perdue and Miketheir Easley, says he has no city forBev years without having books While Center City Park is managed the Greensboro performing for artsofficial centerbusiness, but that’s about it, unless I buy plans to go anywhere near an airplane during his a second home in New Bern or Southport,” he said. audited or even reviewed by the Greensboro by Action Greensboro, it is owned (GPAC), which has been Perkin’s pet campaign for Division. governor. (Continued from “Of course, be entitled topage fly at1)taxpayer Internal Audit by Greensboro Renaissance LLC and project, would be the first thing he would then I would “We the willdiscussion use and pay for buses, trains, cars, andReal Estate Holding I LLC. expense provided I claim to be working, EaDuring Councilmember CFREMR wearlike a name conjure up downtown, followed by street gratis to those who sign in andjust vans, ATVsquestioned and bicycles, but city we are going to Renaissance is wholly owned sley did.” Nancyeven Vaughan why the Greensboro tag. Since this will be held a little over a and infrastructure improvements. stay flying machines,” he told givesaway moneyfrom to organizations via passThe travails Perdue Easley by Carolina the Bryan Foundation, and CFREMR weekofbefore theand election, we have expectcaused a good Throughout the discussion Perkins Journal. just see no like upside to flying in this state.” through “Icompanies LLCs, rather Real Estate Holding I is wholly owned advocated concern in aviation in North Carolina. of industry local political candidates to be spending money onthenumber governor saidtohethe has some than The just lieutenant giving money directly by thestaffCommunity Foundation of Greater infrastructure improvementsFlight miles are drastically, affecting pilots, theredown shaking hands and kissing babes. to make ers who have urged him to the continue the questionable organizations that perform activities Greensboro. downtown Greensboro more fuel attractive to suppliers, mechanics, and general aviation pret--airplane-usage policies of Easley and PerdueThe because the council supports. Bryan Foundation has about $100 business and development. ty much stateside. heAcould probably with prime exampleget ofaway this is thethem. path million in assets, and the Community Wade questioned the source of the We have another of online raffle for tickets. “Several representatives the private flight instaff says nobody in North Car- of Greater Greensboro has money“My takes from thethat Citysince of Greensboro Foundation money that Perkins wanted to dustry spend. “Are These suggested are for theto Renaissance Festival have already me that some relief olina knows whatCity I look I could to maintain Center, Center City easily $110 cadge million in assets. So taxpayers we waving a magic wand, King and Artisan in Huntersville, mustRobert, be provided for thisMarketplace ailing industry,” Dalton flights from rich contributors without anyone knowPark is managed by Action Greensboro of Greensboro are paying to maintain or are we going to pay for it?” she “These asked. are weekends through Nov. 18. To especially enter, go to said. hard times for everyone, ing,” he said. “But that wouldGreensboro be wrong, I told but maintained by Downtown the them.” property of two foundations whose Wade went on to say that there are other and click “Enter Toeven Win owners of private jets who must payon expenses In 2009 the State Board of Elections issued wealth a Inc. (DGI). However, the $350,000 the combined is over $200 million. parts of the city that could benefit from Free Tickets.” when their planes sit on the tarmac.” $100,000 to Easley’s committee his city givesfine annually for the campaign maintenance of In for response to Wade’s questioning of development, and that the council Dalton didn’t said he will work with Democratic U.S. --unreported aircraft. investigaCenter City use Parkofisprivate given to CenterThen City anwhy taxpayer money was being spent on need to just pour money downtown. Sen. Kay Hagan to obtain stimulus funds or some tion a state prosecutor in Easley Park,by LLC, of which Actionresulted Greensboro is thepleading privately owned Center City Park, Councilmembers also reviewed thebusiness-stimulus city’s Former News & Record Greta Tilley other grants fromreporter the federal govguilty a felony related to an unreportedCouncilmember flight. As the soletomember. Zack Matheny pointed curb and gutter assessment policy, which has published her first novel, The Tender Void. ernment. a result of the felony, the North Carolina State Bar Of that money $150,000 is appropriated out that it wasn’t in the interest of the in the past has required residents to pay a Just to fool people, she published it under “We can’t let such a formerly vibrant industry suspended Easley’sBusiness law license for two years. from the Downtown Improvement city to own Center City Park, because of portion of the cost of the curbs and gutters the name Greta Medlin, but it is actually the go into the dumper just because the media has made Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who has eschewed air travel for In 2010 the elections board issued a $30,000 District tax fund, which is administrated the expenses associated with it, and he that the city chooses to install along their same Greta who won the Ernie Pyle Award, his gubernatorial campaign, heads out to a campaign it difficult, if not impossible, for politicians to misuse fine to Perdue’s campaign for unreported by DGI. DGI also maintainscommittee Center City questioned whether or not Wade believed properties. was a two-time winner of the American event recently. (CJ spoof photo) said. flights. campaign supporters have been indicted Park forTwo Action Greensboro. The $150,000 in “public-private partnerships.” The issue had come up at airplanes,“ the Sept. 4Dalton Society of Newspaper Editors Award and a In the meantime, Dalton saysHeadliner’s he has staffers for felonies related to unreported flights, and one of ground. He was the victor in the May Democratic is allocated for “extraordinary expenses,” “I’d rather whoever owns it just keep it City Council meeting, when the council winner of the National Award researching a good locatioin where unused private them is scheduled for trialBut on itJune 11. Party primary election for governor without having like repair of the fountains. is yearly up,” said Wade. was asked to approve the assessment rolls while at the News & Record. According jets can be mothballed,(Continued at least until everyone Dalton’s finance reports During already ever left terra firma. funding, and anycampaign funds left over from such the work session Councilmembers for properties along Stanley Road, Hilltop on page 45) quits show he can win an election by staying on the CJ “If you don’t fly,” he said, “you don’t have to paying attention to how they’re used.



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$72M (Continued from page 35) board voted 9 to 0 to spend that much money. School board members Paul Daniels and Carlvena Foster were absent. That’s when Duncan hesitantly and delicately brought up the possibility of spending the $69 million in remaining airport area high school money on “other projects in the district.” Duncan suggested getting public comment to decide whether voters would be heartbroken if they didn’t get the airport area high school. The outcome of that input, like the school board’s eventual decision, is almost

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Instead of spending its time Tuesday, Oct. 2 arguing about a Supreme Court decision over which the City Council has no control, the City Council could have tried to do something to make the city a little more business friendly. One key to making the city more business friendly is to change the corporate culture of city hall, which is easier said than done. The Greensboro city government has been extremely business unfriendly for decades, and there is no impetus to change. Perkins will tell you that in his business he finds the city staff to be helpful, courteous, kind and all of that, but we can’t all be mayor. During most of the time he has been in business in Greensboro Perkins has been on the City Council. It should surprise no one that city councilmembers get good treatment from the city staff. Most of us who are not on the City Council find the staff maddeningly ignorant of how private business actually operates. The city will block off or even rent to a third party parking spaces in front of a downtown business and never inform the business about why their customers can’t park on the city street in front of their business or how long it will be. Perkins likes to compare the downtown to a shopping center. Imagine if a shopping center manager decided to rent the parking spaces in front of Target or Wall Mart to a third party without consulting those retail establishments. The city will block off streets for events

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a foregone conclusion. Guilford County residents and school board members have a choice of spending $69 million on schools in their communities or districts, or spending it on what Quick called, “This imaginary school ... that we’ve been talking about since 2007.” The airport area high school has never had any particular constituency. School board member Kris Cooke proposed continuing to look for land to bank for future use, but to indefinitely postpone designing the high school. Price agreed. “This land process has not been easy,”

Price said. “It may not get any easier for the next year or two.” Cooke made a motion to continue the process of buying land in western Guilford County and to have two meetings on postponing building the high school and spending the money elsewhere. Cooke’s motion sounded as if she wanted the vote to include a decision not to build the high school. That woke up Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green, who appeared to be dozing, eyes half open and chin in his hand. Green said he wanted to know whether the school board was making a decision to scrap the high school project, or merely proposing to get public comment. He said, “Let me make sure I understand what that motion is.” Faced with the choice of making an actual decision or punting, the school board punted. Cooke said the motion was to hold the two public forums. She called for a new study of enrollment projections. Cooke said, “I’m not ready to just say we’re going to take this chunk of money and say we’re going to redirect it to maintenance as opposed to what’s an investment in a facility.” Price attacked the old enrollment projections, saying the expansion of Piedmont Triad International Airport and its noise cones would take up hundreds or thousands of acres that Guilford County Schools had projected would be occupied

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by houses. Price said, “Is that correct?” Melton replied, “Yes, that’s correct.” School board member Sandra Alexander said the school board should sit down with Guilford County employees and discuss population growth and development plans. Everyone flinched. A bad faux pas by Alexander. It’s an unwritten rule that the school board doesn’t want to admit the county government exists except when it excoriates the Board of Commissioners for not providing more money. Never mind actually working with the county. Duncan, again the soul of delicacy, said, “We certainly would bring our demographer in.” Price said the public comment sessions would fulfill a need to look before leaping to spend $75 million on other projects. “We may very well end up building Ed Price High School out here at the end of the runway,” he said. “But I doubt it.” Duncan restated the motion as proceeding to buy land for the middle and high schools and to go out for public comment on whether to build the high school or consider other uses for the money. The vote was 8 to 1, with Quick casting the sole “no” vote. Then Alexander said, without explanation, “I want to change my vote to ‘nay’.” That made the final vote 7 to 2, with Alexander and Quick voting no. The school board did not set dates for the public forums.

with no regard or notice given to the businesses affected. The new “business friendly” entrance to city hall on Washington Street looks like it should be the entrance to Fort Knox. The cashiers are all behind bulletproof glass and a security guard sits behind a bulletproof glass wall watching every one who comes in to pay the city or get a permit. The city evidently believes that many nefarious people get permits and pay bills. If this is supposed to give Greensboro residents a warm fuzzy feeling about their city government, maybe the city should try again and actually allow people to speak to city employees face to face. But it’s hard to beat the privilege license for an example of how unfriendly to small businesses Greensboro is – from the way it is implemented to the tax itself. Imagine Affordable quality you can trust...for over 34 years a reverse income tax scale based on gross Since 1978 income with no deductions, where those Synthetic Oil Change...$89 95 who made $50,000 a year were taxed at If now isn’t the best time to buy Includes up to 7 quarts Castrol Syntec 5w30, filter and labor a 25 percent rate and those who made $5 a new car, let us help you get the Annual Brake Fluid Change..$89 95 most out of the one you have. million were taxed at a 0.5 percent rate, and Coolant Change...........$89 95 those who made $50 million were taxedProfessional repairs with free nationwide warranty on most at an 0.05 percent rate. That is how the parts and service. If you’re privilege license works except it is muchconsidering a used car, take Looking at Buying a advantage of our pre-purchase worse. Big businesses pay nearly nothing service. compared to their gross income and small inspection Pre-Owned Car? Expert Service For businesses pay a percentage of their gross Ask aboutPorsche our income. It is the epitome of small businessBMW Mercedes pre-purchase inspections! Jaguar Volvo Audi VW unfriendly. The City Council is well aware of this, but year after year does nothing. The council doesn’t even insist that the city reform the 2629 Randleman Road | way that it collects the tax so that people paying the tax are not mistreated.

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County (Continued from page 3) Guilford Center and approve the contract with Sandhills. At the Oct. 4 meeting, the commissioners also heard a report from the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging. Marty McFarling, who chairs that board, and Bob Cleveland, the aging program planner for the agency, both spoke. McFarling said that the purpose of the agency is to be “the voice of people in Guilford County who are age 60 or older.” He said the regional agency administers roughly $2 million in federal and state grants. He also said that, looking around the commissioners’ meeting room he could see that a majority of people there fall into that category of “senior.” Gibson, who’s 66, laughed a little at the

remark. Commissioners Linda Shaw, Kay Cashion and Parks, who are also getting up there in age, also seemed to perk up their ears. Cleveland said Guilford County will see a dramatic increase in the number in older citizens from 2010 to 2030. He said that, over those two decades, in the 12-county region the agency covers, including Guilford County, the number of seniors in the age group from 60 to 64 will increase by 129 percent, the age group 65 to 75 will increase 187 percent, and the 75 to 84 age group will go up 186 percent. The number of residents 85 and older, he said, will increase 154 percent. “These are truly staggering numbers,” he said, calling the coming waive of elderly people the “silver tsunami.” Cleveland said it’s a common misconception that seniors overwhelmingly

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live in institutions for the aging. He said that, in Guilford County, only 4 percent of those over 60 live in an institution. “About 65 percent live with family and a third live alone, mostly single women,” Cleveland said. He said that, on average, income drops 18 percent upon retirement and he said many seniors in Guilford County live in poverty. “Eight percent live on less than $11,000 a year,” he said. He said the county needed to prepare to provide increased services for this group. He said a lack of transportation was a problem and that there were 4,560 households with seniors that don’t have access to a vehicle. He said North Carolina ranks ninth in the nation in a negative category: “food insecurity for seniors.”

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Cleveland said that can result from a lack of transportation, seclusion due to disabilities, and from seniors who simply have to choose between paying their bills and buying food. He said there were 17,000 seniors in Guilford County who don’t have adequate access to food. He said that, as part of a four-year federal master plan to deal with the concerns of the aging, a survey of county residents was being conducted online as well as in other ways for those who don’t have internet access. He said that survey would help determine the most pressing needs of seniors in the years to come. The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18. The commissioners only have three more regular meetings scheduled before the new, smaller, nine-member board takes office on Monday, Dec. 3.

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Yost (Continued from page 12) The WRAL story stated, “Since February 2011, investigators have received reports of nine similar cases in neighborhoods north of Hillsborough Street near N.C. State, but the victims usually have a limited description of the intruder, making it difficult to determine if they are related.” OK, now I have to say something here. Can we all please just take a breath and relax a moment and think about this for a second. Now, I know that this type of thing can be alarming to wake up to, but listen, trust me, if I called 911 every time I woke up in the morning and there was some strange woman in my bed rubbing my legs and back – well, let’s just say that everyone’s taxes would go up because they would have to hire a whole lot more law enforcement officers. Trust me, in cases like this, there’s no need to call the police: Usually, in this type of situation, the person will get up very quickly, throw on their clothes and leave hurriedly without any prompting from you, and, for what it’s worth, generally they will look quite ashamed about what they have just done. Hey, ever since Fox 8 News anchor Julie Luck announced that she was stepping down from the anchor chair, about 1,032 people have asked me what she was going to do and where she was going. When I

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first heard the news a few weeks ago that she was leaving, I texted Julie to find out if she was really leaving Fox 8. “Yes, I made the difficult decision to move on,” she texted back. When I asked her where she was going, she sent back, “I’m exploring new opportunities. I love the Fox 8 family dearly,” which isn’t the most informative text in the world. Since she wasn’t telling me much, I called News 2 weatherman Eric Chilton to see if he knew anything. Eric said he’d asked Julie the same question and basically gotten the same response I did. Well, recently, in case you were one of those wondering, Julie posted the following on her Facebook page. This, at least, was a little more informative. “Many people have asked, ‘Where are you going?’” her post said. “The answer: I am going to enjoy some down time and recharge my batteries while exploring new opportunities. “For the first time in my 15 year career in TV news, I’m not going to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day so I’m looking forward to spending some extended, long overdue time with family and friends.” That sounds like a pretty good plan. You know, the other day I was watching the news on television, and I saw shot after shot of people taking big cases of peanut


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resident based on density, they can just deny it, without inserting in the resolution any “conditions concerning City Zoning or other land use.” That would work only if the commissioners just want to prevent annexation. If the Davidson County commissioners want to allow High Point to annex land in Davidson County, but require High Point to follow Davidson County zoning regulations, the policy approved by Whitley’s committee apparently would prevent the annexation entirely. Stalemate. Davidson County’s main objection is to dense housing developments that are annexed by High Point, but which, as Potts said, may require schools. Smothers said it is unclear whether or not the Davidson County commissioners would also try to limit commercial or industrial development that would be annexed into High Point. “They’re concerned with density,” she said. “Does that mean that certain kinds of commercial and mixed-used development are out? I don’t know if they’re saying that too. Density to me is residential. But they haven’t said to me, ‘Some things are OK, and some things aren’t OK.’” Smothers said she didn’t think that the local act, however implemented, would hurt High Point economically. She said, “I

don’t think that is the issue, as much as the effect it has on people who own property in Davidson County and what they are allowed to do with their property.” High Point’s draft policy is also oddly worded because it does not specify that it applies only to Davidson County. As written, it could apply to any of the counties High Point is in or borders. That seems like an invitation to other counties to seek local acts similar to that passed for Davidson County. Smothers said, “My argument precisely in committee.” Whitley said the policy will come before the High Point City Council for a vote on Monday, Oct. 15. He said it may be modified before the vote. Both Whitley and Potts said that, under the local act, the Davidson County commissioners vote approving or denying an annexation by High Point could not be delegated to Davidson County staff. Potts said that it makes sense for High Point to refrain from taking annexation petitions until the commissioners have voted. “I don’t think it’s a problem with High Point doing that,” he said. “I think it’s wise for them not to waste their planning staff’s time before they have a letter from our board. I think I would do the same if I were in their position.”

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Debate (Continued from page 7) “performance-management system.” “I don’t agree with maybe some of the spending,” she said. “And I don’t agree with how funds are stewarded.” Sims said she did not regret any of the City Council’s decisions. She said she disagreed with some of them, but supported the City Council’s decisions once made. She said that High Point has been fiscally responsible. She said, “We were prepared for this recession where other people were not.” Williard said High Point has the highest tax rate of any city in North Carolina with a population of more than 100,000. He said, “I do not believe there is any person in this room who would approve of having their taxes increased two years in a row.” The City Council has increased the property tax rate for two years running. Williard attacked a statement of Sims’ that was quoted in the June 23, 2012 High Point Enterprise He said, “They admit that they did not take the time to review the budget and check the line items.” Sims in turn attacked Williard for misrepresenting what she had said by adding words not in her statement. Sims said her statement was actually a complaint that the City Council had not considered whether or not to cut services earlier in the budget process. As quoted in the article, Sims said: “Very late in this process, we started talking about how the expenses needed to be decreased, we can run a tighter machine – and we probably can. There’s no doubt in my mind that somewhere in that budget we can do all these things. But it’s incumbent on the council to sit down and put in the time that is required to make that happen.” Whitley said he has few regrets about City Council votes, except being unexcited by raising taxes or fees. He said the City Council has gone through every budget line by line and given department heads small bonuses when they found ways to cut money out of their budgets. “It’s been a tough year,” Whitley said. “It’s been a tough two years. However, the City of High Point has weathered this storm pretty well.” Williard and Whitley tangled at the end of the debate. Williard took the City Council

to task for taking a long time to order the demolition of most of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Meredith Street owned by Schwarz Properties LLC of Asheboro, which it did on Oct. 1. Williard said, “This council sat here for two years with a boarded up community that they would not pull the trigger on to tear those houses down.” Whitley hit back, saying Williard didn’t understand the legal requirements to demolish private property, which include a one-year wait. He said, “You don’t want to get the city involved in a lawsuit.” Much of High Point’s current political discussion has centered around where to make future investments, and that discussion has created some strange bedfellows, as the debate showed. The biggest divide was on whether to target money to High Point’s northward expansion, or to push for investments in High Point’s Core City Plan, which would redevelop eight of High Point’s traditional neighborhoods. Whitley said he is the only remaining councilmember who sat in on the original meetings with consultants to come up with the Core City Plan. But he is firmly associated with north High Point – with Piedmont Centre, with the northern neighborhoods that have sprung up in recent years and with the businesses that have stretched far out Eastchester Drive. He has argued that the center of High Point has already moved irretrievably northward. To a question from Webb about urban sprawl, Whitley repeated a variation of the argument: that past City Councils have, through annexation agreements, already created a new High Point. He said, “We know where the sprawl is going to be.” Whitley said that, since the High Point City Project is a registered nonprofit group, it should be weaned off the city government, “like all outside agencies.” That created the clearest distinction of the night, between Whitley, on the one hand, and Williard and Sims on the other. Both Williard and Sims strongly supported the Core City Plan. Williard said he would take development wherever he could get it in this economy, and that “people are going to live where they want to live” – but he also said the

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Core City neighborhoods should all be attacked at once. That would be a cohesive and expensive drive for redevelopment that recent City Councils haven’t dared. Williard said that, as a community, High Point has to spend money to get the job done. Sims argued that the expansion of the High Point city limits is going to slow. She pointed out that a local bill recently passed by the North Carolina General Assembly gives the Davidson County Board of Commissioners veto power over even voluntary annexation in Davidson County to the west, and that the airport overlay district and the noise cones from Piedmont Triad International Airport will limit the types of development to the northeast. Sims said that eventually, concentrating on High Point’s core will be the only way to develop in some areas. She said that doing so would take an absolutely committed City Council – “It can’t be a maybe” – and a strong mayor. The later was a dig at Smothers, who has been iffy about the Core City Plan. Sims argued that High Point should create shovel-ready opportunities for development, presumably like graded- and infrastructure-ready office and industrial

Planning (Continued from page 37) felt some of the questions he was asked at the neighborhood meeting, which he said included questions about his business plan and business partners, seemed inappropriate to him. “I tried to tell everybody that we were there to talk about the use of the land and not about me,” Nicholson said. During rebuttal, neighborhood resident Joe Wood questioned the rationale behind lifting the restrictions. “This same body in its wisdom five years ago refused automobile sales on this property. What has changed in five years?” Wood also criticized Nicholson’s claims about the Internet’s role in car sales. “If you were on the internet looking to buy a car, knowing full well that there are dozens of used and new car lots on Wendover, would you look on the web for Honest Mike’s used cars tucked away in a residential

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parks other cities have prepared. There is irony in Williard and Sims being on the same side in the Core City debate. Ward 1, which Sims represents, and Emerywood are as far apart politically as High Point gets. But black and white, rich and poor, like it or not, the residents of the old High Point center are tied together by geography and by the lifestyle limitations caused by the city center’s decay. Sims, a Democrat, would have a harder fight on her hands in an election with a primary. But in a five-candidate race with no primary, and with the near-certainty that she will sweep Wards 1 and 2, her odds have always seemed best this year. Sims said after the debate that all but one of High Point’s mayors have come from Emerywood, the traditional neighborhood of factory and mill owners. Whitley agreed. That’s a hard statistic to prove, but it’s true that Emerywood has had an outsized influence on High Point politics. But most of Emerywood’s factories and mills are gone, and even its population is not as monolithic as it once was. Williard is Emerywood’s man. If Emerywood votes for him en masse, and he can draw votes from other areas of (Continued on next page)

neighborhood to buy your car?” he said. The general consensus of the commission was that the used car lot was not a good fit for the neighborhood, which they agreed was primarily residential area. Hayworth, who used to live in the area, said the neighborhood had come “full circle” in the last several years, and while it may have been in transition at one point, was now a cohesive, well-balanced community where the residents took pride in their property. She said she felt the used car lot would not be a good fit for the area. “I would really hate to see that balance shift the other way,” said Hayworth. “I’m afraid that if something like this does go on that corner, that you are going to see an exit out of the neighborhood again.” Hayworth made the motion to deny Nicholson’s request. The motion passed 8 to 0.

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Barnes said Fox wants the county to buy the buildings. He said Fox says this is the right time to buy, and Barnes said he told the manager, “If the price is right, we could use the savings from the bond from the jail.“ Barnes also said he had spoken with some of the commissioners on the matter and that many of them have concerns about making a large purchase while the economy is still depressed. He said he shares that

Rumors (Continued from page 38) to a very reliable source Greta won more national awards at the News & Record than anyone else. But the point of all this is that Greta will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Friendly Center on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. --Welcome to all the folks who are visiting the area for what we call the furniture market, but is officially the High Point Market. Twice a year High Point becomes an international city, and the entire area benefits. Thanks for coming and we hope you enjoy your stay. --The city in its wisdom has decided that Commerce Place does not need to be a street (Continued on page 46)

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Perkins also said he’s unclear why the sheriff needs more space. “That’s a good question,” he said. But Barnes, who prides himself on doing everything he can to save taxpayer dollars, said it really comes down to a matter of what makes financial sense for the county. In addition to the main office in downtown Greensboro, the Sheriff’s Department has three district offices in Guilford County. He has moved from renting those office to owning them. “My stance on this is I don’t like paying rent,” Barnes wrote. “That’s why I have used federal forfeiture [funds] to purchase a substation in District one and District three. I’ve resigned myself to the fact

concern but added this might be a chance to save money. Advocates of the move argue that the depressed economy is the reason the county is likely to get a good price on the buildings. “The final answer,” Barnes wrote, “is going to be one of the following: We renew the lease at a new price for up to five years (our rent is now $142,500.00 per year plus utilities), we move and who knows what the rent will be or where it will be, or we purchase a place which we can call home for the foreseeable future.” Barnes said it’s unwise to keep moving evidence around from place to place. He said criminal cases could be lost over questions of “whether the evidence was kept uncontaminated.” That jail bond referendum in 2008 was presented to county voters as a way to raise money to build a new jail, but the money can be used for any county law enforcement capital project. Over the last year and a half, the commissioners have discussed using some of that “leftover” money to build a parking deck for the new jail. If the county does buy and renovate the two buildings, it would likely leave enough money for a parking deck of the size Barnes has requested. He has said he needs at least 225 parking spaces near the new jail. Commissioner Kirk Perkins said he’s not quite sure why Barnes usually gets everything he wants, when other departments see one cut after another. “It seems like we’ve been doing a lot for the sheriff lately, doesn’t it?” Perkins said.


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High Point, he might have a chance – but it’s hard to see where those outside votes would come from. Whitley is both the most experienced candidate and the representative of the High Point that has sprung up between Eastchester Drive and I-40. The question dogging Whitley’s campaign is how many people in north High Point actually consider themselves High Pointers, how many of those will come out to vote and how many of those who vote will make it to the City Council races at the end of the ballot. Smothers later said she was encouraged

that I will need to do the same in District two when I build up the money again. I can’t count on the manager to pay the rent (remember district one [the Summerfield office]) that was negotiated in my budget and I can’t afford to have my officers and the public in the street. I do agree with the manager that this is the perfect time to buy and what we pay in rent will cover the debt service and we will need the space.” Barnes added that, if the economy were better, buying the buildings would be a “no-brainer.” However, he said, right now it comes down to whether or not the county will save money in the long run by making the purchase rather than moving or renewing the lease.

by the makeup of the audience that almost filled the City Council chamber. “It was one of the first I’ve seen in years that wasn’t totally populated by family and friends of candidates,” Smothers said. “There were actual voters there.” Smothers said she was concerned that some candidates were unfamiliar with municipal services. “As I said in the elevator going down with some folks, I’ve never been to a forum in which there was so little reference to police and fire, basic services that are so important to citizens,” she said. “I don’t want to be unfair, but I think there’s a lack of understanding of what government is about. I think that’s sad.”

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to do poorly and could have been prepared. Remember, Obama flew to Copenhagen to beg the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago for the Olympics. His friends in Chicago would have made billions of dollars if it had been chosen, but instead Chicago came in last. Obama actually thought that his presence alone would change the vote of the Olympic Committee. According to anonymous sources, Obama thought he did well in the debate. He didn’t fall asleep. He didn’t say “pass” on any of the questions and he was up there at the podium being Obama. Really, that should be enough. After all, that was enough for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the Nobel committee had to admit that he had not done anything to deserve it, except be Obama. Anonymous sources also said that he refused to prepare for the debate, and it certainly appeared that way.

,,, What has Obama done? Obama held cabinet meetings in January and in July. So every six months he holds a cabinet meeting. You might think that Obama would want to get his closest advisers together and get some advice, but evidently he does not.

,,, Romney made a strong speech about his foreign policy plans at Virginia Military

Institute this week. A telling part of the speech is where Romney says, “It is time to change course in the Middle East. That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them … no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them … and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.” He also spoke about the importance of getting back in sync with Israel. Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked together in Boston in the 1970s and have been friends ever since. Israel is the most important ally of the United States in the Middle East, and currently we have a president who won’t even meet with Netanyahu.

,,, The New York Times ran a front-page article on the problems with the effort to reduce the calories in children’s school lunches to 850 calories without ever mentioning First Lady Michelle Obama. When the plan was touted as brilliant it was Michelle Obama’s plan. But when the idiocy of the plan could not even be ignored by The New York Times, it suddenly had no connection to the White House. That is simply dishonest. And I know the first lady doesn’t have the power to implement any plan. But Lady Bird Johnson is still known for her beautification

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efforts and Laura Bush for reading, while Hillary Clinton is known for not baking cookies and for her failed health care initiative. Michelle Obama has made nutrition and childhood obesity her issues, and in particular this federal regulation on school lunches. It is her program and was widely recognized as such until people all over the country realized how stupid it is for someone in Washington to decide what is going to be served in school lunches all over the nation.

,,, More information is coming out about the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the attack on the American compound that resulted in the deaths of American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Stevens had asked for increased security. He had reported that he had concerns about the safety of American personnel. But instead of getting more security the State Department pulled out a team that had been protecting Stevens. It is a tragedy that for the first time since James Earl Carter was president that a US ambassador has been killed in the line of duty, but at this point nothing can be done about that. What can be done and what isn’t being done is the US could investigate what happened and go after the people who did it. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were not allowed to visit the site for over three weeks, and during that three week period the site was not secure, which means all sorts of people sifted through the stuff that was left, and a CNN reporter

even found a journal kept by Ambassador Stevens. We are supposed to believe that the United States of America doesn’t have enough personnel to secure a State Department compound and keep looters away from American possessions? Without an investigation and evidence of who committed this crime, how can the US make certain those people who attacked and killed Americans on what is internationally recognized as American soil are punished? Has Obama taken any action to ensure that the people who did this are brought to justice? If he has, then he is being very quiet about it.

Rumors (Continued from page 45) during the week because someone buying a baguette from a food truck might step out in front of a car. But when the food trucks are gone the street is supposed to be opened. Last weekend it was not. The “Street Closed” barricades remained out, facing traffic as if the street were closed. You could certainly drive down the street, but some law-abiding citizens who are not familiar with the downtown believe a barricade with a street closed sign on it means the street is closed. Certainly with over 3,000 employees the city can find someone to move the street closed signs at night and on the weekends. ---

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What a difference one debate makes. Last week people kept asking me if I thought there was a chance Mitt Romney could still win. This week people are talking about Romney winning all the swing states, which is what two university professors from Colorado predicted back in the summer. Romney won the debate, which should not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. Romney had, according to one count, 22 debates during the Republican presidential primary, and at every one the other candidates were after him because he was perceived as the front-runner. He may not have been the best debater going in, but practice makes perfect, and if you watch his performances in the final debates, he was impressive. President Barack Hussein Obama by comparison was not impressive in the debates with Sen. John McCain. He was more impressive than McCain, but that is an extremely low standard. Obama didn’t wow people with his debate skills during the 2008 Democratic primary. Since being elected he has held fewer press conferences than even President George Walker Bush. He hasn’t done many interviews where he was asked substantial questions, preferring to appear on shows like The View and The Late Show with David Letterman. My goodness, this is a man who used teleprompters to speak to kids in an elementary school. But I think one of the major factors in the Romney-Obama debate that gave Romney a huge advantage was the fact that many people for the first time were seeing Romney without the press filters. I remember seeing Romney in High Point in August. He seemed personable, very comfortable in front of the crowd and a good speaker. He was not at all what I had been lead to believe he was by the mainstream media, which always talk about how stiff and socially awkward he is. He dresses well and he is a 60-something grandfather, so he is not as informal as a 20-year-old in a T-shirt, but we don’t want a 20-year-old to be president, which is why the Constitution forbids it. The mainstream media has focused on Romney’s gaffes and the times when he has not been at the top of his game. Isn’t it incredible, the mainstream media could put Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes above the fold day after day, but those are largely ignored or reported as an aside. Biden, if you read what he has actually said out on the campaign trail, appears to be a complete buffoon or suffering from some dementia or both. One of the last times he was allowed to sit down for a nationally televised interview he announced the president’s decision to support gay marriage before the president. In the debate, just as Romney gained by being himself, Obama lost big time by being himself. How many times have most people seen Obama speak without a teleprompter? He has to give press conferences without a teleprompter, but he sticks very close to

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his friends in the media. The White House knows what questions some reporters will be asking in advance and those are the ones who get called on. I remember the first time I saw Obama give a speech with teleprompters and I was shocked at how bad he was because all I had heard was what a great speaker he was, and I didn’t see it. Obama reads from a teleprompter in a weird kind of singsong that the mainstream media have decided is the epitome of great speaking. But if Obama were a Republican the mainstream media would report that he reads from a teleprompter in a weird kind of singsong that could lull tired reporters to sleep if they weren’t careful. Take away the teleprompter and you have what you had in the Oct. 3 debate – a man who really doesn’t have much to say but spends a long time saying it. People expected Romney to be much worse than he really is because of the press, and expected Obama to be much better because of the press. The importance of presidential debates cannot be exaggerated. Campaign events can be staged. In fact, whenever possible they are as carefully staged as any Broadway show. But the campaigns cannot control the debate stage. They have to accept what they get, and what you see is what you get.

,,, The liberal media are upset because some of the more self aware among them just realized that they have been working hard to help Chauncey Gardiner get reelected president. Chauncey Gardiner is the character in the novella Being There by Jerzy Kosinski, and is played in the movie by Peter Sellers. Gardiner was a man who had spent his entire life in the courtyard garden of a big city mansion. When the wealthy owner dies it is learned that this man, whose name is actually Chance, has no employment history and, according to the government, doesn’t exist. He has never left the garden and the mansion, and everything he knows about the outside world is from watching television. He is forced to leave the garden and, by accident, becomes the protégé of another wealthy man. Because he only speaks in platitudes about the garden, which is all he knows, his mentor, the media and the president decide he is a genius. It pretty much describes Obama, except there is no evidence that Obama knows anything about gardening. Obama speaks in platitudes, which the media reports as brilliant. Obama tried to go after Romney for not having a plan, but Obama’s plan for the country the first time he ran was “Change.” What kind of plan is that? He can’t run on that plan again because most Americans don’t like the change that he has brought to the country, and he is the president. Obama’s plan for the next four years is “Forward.” You have to give him credit. “Change,” and the long version, “Change you can believe in,” was a pretty good plan for a challenger, but would not be

good for an incumbent. But who can argue with “Forward”? In fact, you have to go forward; there is no reverse in life. You just keep marching forward whether you want to or not. So what Obama is saying in his second term is, if you elect me, the country will keep moving forward deeper into the 21st century, and that is certainly a promise that he can keep. Of course, some naysayer might mention that even if Obama is not elected the country will move forward into the 21st century at exactly the same rate. But Obama is not saying much else, which is one reason he had such a bad debate. Two other reasons are that people do not like Obamacare, which is his signature program, and nobody likes the state of the economy, which four years ago Obama promised to get rolling. He has certainly spent enough money to do something, it just hasn’t worked. As Romney reminded Obama, when during the debate Obama said he was going to cut the deficit, he’s been president for four years and the deficit is more than double what it was under Bush. Obama said he would cut it in half but he must not be good with fractions because instead of dividing it by two he multiplied it by two. Speaking of that, I love the fact checkers who note that Obama did not double the deficit because it was over $1 trillion in 2009. But evidently the fact checkers were not given a calendar because Obama was

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By John Hammer president for most of 2009, and one of the first things he did after being sworn into office was spend about a trillion on the stimulus plan where he planned to put the money into “shovel ready” government projects only to discover that there is no such thing. Obama had his chance to get before the American people and, unfiltered, tell them what he was going to do for the economy. The result was the disastrous debate where the American people who were watching discovered that the president has no plan and really isn’t very interested in the economy or jobs or much of anything other than his anniversary.

,,, The mainstream media made the mistake of believing what they had been writing for the past four years. They had written time after time about how wonderful Obama was, and now on national television they saw the reality of what Obama is. One of the keys for politicians is not to believe their own press releases. It goes doubly for the folks writing those press releases. The mainstream media couldn’t cover up for Obama because it was too much, too bad and too public. Plus they were caught off guard. If they had not believed their own lies they would have expected Obama (Continued on previous page)

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