The Rhinoceros Times
Vol. XXII No. 12
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Thursday, March 22, 2012
County Cutting A Deal With Y by Scott D. Yost county editor
Photo by Sandy Groover
Complete with horses, swords, bayonets, muskets, rifles and tomahawks, the reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse – one of the turning points of the Revolutionary
War – was held in Greensboro Country Park on Saturday and Sunday. More photos page 31
Council Puts Boy Scouts On Ice by john hammer editor
Tuesday night, March 20, the Greensboro City Council, led by Mayor Robbie Perkins, made the people wait hour after hour, finally letting them speak and then completely ignoring the wishes of the majority of the people when they voted. It is precisely the kind of action
for which the previous council, under former Mayor Bill Knight, was severely criticized by Perkins and the Perkinettes. But now that the shoe is on the other foot and Perkins and his left-wing minions have a majority, keeping conservatives waiting hour after hour and then completely ignoring their wishes
is acceptable, perhaps even admirable behavior. It’s amazing how an election changes some people’s perspective. Past councils have held their closed sessions at the end of the council meeting so that the staff and the public were not kept waiting needlessly. The City Council is going to have to go
to the closed session no matter when it is held, so it doesn’t save them any time by holding it at the beginning rather than the end of the meeting. This council appears to go out of its way to keep people waiting. The council held a specialcalled meeting, which started at (Continued on page 30)
School Board Ready Rhino Rumors To Buy Southeast Site From staff and wire reports
by paul C. clark Staff Writer
After several failed attempts, the Guilford County Board of Education may have finally found a site for the $25 million southeast area elementary school it promised residents of southeast Guilford County four years ago. At the school board’s Thursday,
March 22 meeting, Guilford County Schools Chief Operations Officer Andy LaRowe is expected to recommend that the school board buy 30 or more acres of a 32-acre tract at 3511 East Lee St. in Greensboro for $600,000, or about $20,000 an acre. The East Lee Street property
is a 32-acre parcel owned by Joseph and Patsy Pringle of Burlington and has an appraised value of $194,000 and a county-assessed tax value of $69,000. The discrepancy is because the property is under a state agricultural program that (Continued on page 5)
My friend Joel Fleishman died last week and his funeral was Friday at Temple Emanuel. What I found out was that there was nothing unique about being Joel Fleishman’s friend – he had a city full of friends. Enough friends attended his funeral to fill the temple, but a number
You might think that, if the Guilford County Board of Commissioners asked county staff for a presentation on parking alternatives for the new jail in downtown Greensboro, which is set to open in May, the presentation might at least touch on the giant county-owned parking lot that sits directly across the street from that new jail. But you would be wrong. At a 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15 work session in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House, staff didn’t even so much as mention the parking lot that now serves the Kathleen Price Bryan (Continued on page 36)
Inside this issue High Point News............ 7 Entertainment Guide...... 9 Uncle Orson Reviews... 10 Puzzles....................10,11 Yost Column................ 12 Scott’s Night Out.......... 13 Comics......................... 14 Rhino Real Estate........ 17 Letters to the Editor..... 25 under the hammer....... 39 of people I’ve spoken to since then who weren’t there have commented about how he was their friend also. All those who knew him will be glad to know that a rendition of the Carolina alma mater was played on violin, with many in the congregation adding the key phrase about Duke. --Many thanks from the staff of The Rhino Times to Früsh, who sent free samples of their (Continued on page 38)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Children Are Our Future
by john hammer editor
Tuesday night, March 20, Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller explained in some detail how a package that was thought to contain drugs was delivered to the Beloved Community Center despite the police being alerted of it. The explanation by Miller was in response to questions following a statement by Rev. Cardes Brown, the president of the Greensboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), during the speakers from the floor portion of the Greensboro City Council meeting. Brown had given the city councilmembers a handout and complained that the police had presented information to Rev. Nelson Johnson that one of the employees of the Beloved Community Center had been arrested in Texas on drug charges. He said, “this young man was subject to almost being terminated.” Brown said, “He was not even in Texas where this is alleged to have happened.” Miller admitted that the name of a man who evidently had nothing to do with the incident had surfaced during a computer search by police and that the police had wrongly alleged that he was involved. Miller said that he apologized to Johnson and to Wray Anthony Norwood, the individual whose name surfaced on a computer search but whom Miller said they had no reason to suspect was involved in this situation in any way. Miller said it was just a mistake. But Miller also filled in the missing pieces of what occurred. The incident happened much as The Rhino Times had previously reported but Miller filled in the blanks. The Greensboro police were alerted that a package thought to contain drugs had been mailed to 417 Arlington St., which is the address of the Beloved Community
Center run by Johnson. The information about the package came as a result of an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office in Hidalgo County, Texas, which borders Mexico. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office had arrested three men with 14 pounds of marijuana and had discovered the receipts for four packages that had been sent by the men including one mailed to 417 Arlington St. The Hidalgo County deputies notified the Greensboro Police Department who, when they discovered that the receipt was for a package that was mailed, went to the postal inspector and asked to be notified before the package was delivered to the Beloved Community Center. Miller said that the postal inspector admitted that when the package arrived at the post office he tried one cell phone number, and when there was no answer he didn’t try any of the other numbers of the vice and narcotics detectives he had been provided with. The one detective who he tried to reach had said to the postal inspector that he was going to be out of town and would be in an area where cell phone service was spotty and had requested that the postal inspector call one of the other numbers he provided. Miller said the postal inspector admitted that he had only tried one number, and when he didn’t get an answer allowed the package to be delivered without the knowledge of the police. So the package, which was addressed to Robert Ross, 417 Arlington St., was delivered on Saturday, Jan. 14. Ross is now a suspect and Miller said the police are looking for him. Miller said that since the package was delivered on a Saturday, no one was at the Beloved Community Center and that someone picked up the package. Since it was addressed to Ross, Miller said the police would like to talk to him about it (Continued on page 28)
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro
Perkins Hears Debt Projections, Says County ‘Needs A Miracle’ by Scott D. Yost county editor
Skip Alston. That committee held a The so-called Guilford County Budget previous budget meeting three days before Committee has had two “meetings” this the March 16 meeting to hear a report from year but, each time, only one commissioner the tax director, but Perkins was the only – Kirk Perkins, who’s chairman of the commissioner to show up at that meeting – and Perkins was also the only commissioner committee – has shown up. On Friday, March 16, Perkins heard to show up at the March 16 meeting. It may be that the other commissioners revenue estimates, debt payment projections and requests from county departments for on the Budget Committee simply aren’t in the 2012-2013 fiscal year – and the county the mood to hear more bad financial news should be fine as long as a giant gold mine in a year that started out with Guilford is discovered on county-owned property County Manager Brenda Jones Fox projecting a 9.5-cent tax increase for the this year. In fact, after the presentations by several county if current services are maintained county departments and the latest debt and revenue projections prove correct. The scariest PowerPoint graphic at projections, Perkins, the only one showing • Limited and Efficient Government up for meetings, said, “We don’t need the March 16 work session was one that • Balanced Budgets and Lower Taxes showed Guilford County’s expected budget talks – we need a miracle.” • Better K-12 Education Results At the March 16 meeting, the debt obligations from the present out to • Trust and Accountability committee heard from Guilford County 2034. Debt repayment costs have been Budget Director Michael Halford on rising dramatically in recent years – ever the county’s financial status, and also since fiscal 2008-2009, when the county heard from the Guilford County Sheriff’s began issuing new bond debt for school Department, Emergency Services (EMS) construction, for expansion of Guilford and the Department of Public Health. Technical Community College (GTCC) www.jonhardister.com Representatives of those departments made and a new jail – all projects that were firstname.lastname@example.org the case for their departments’ wants and approved by county voters in May 2008. (336) 404-8791 In fiscal 2012-2013, the county’s needs in the upcoming budget. The other commissioners on the Budget estimated debt service will be $88.4 Paid for by Jon Hardister for NC House Committee are Linda Shaw, Billy Yow and million, which is $3.5 million more than Chairman of the Board of Commissioners what’s in the budget for debt payment in the current fiscal year. At the meeting, Fox said the $88.4 million wasn’t as bad as it could have been. COMMERCIAL She said the county’s debt service for fiscal COMMERCIAL 2012-2013 was, at the start of this year, expected to be $100.2 million; however, she said, the county was able to reduce that over the last couple of months to $88.4 Horse Pen Creek Road Greensboro, NC million by “reworking the debt structure.” “That’s good news from where we were in January,” Fox said at the March 16 DON’T RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN! budget meeting. Be one of the first to become As a rule of thumb, a 1-cent increase a part of this exclusive development. in the county’s tax rate for every $100 of This expanding area is named in The Business Journal by physicians property values equals about $4.3 million as one of the best locations for in additional revenue, so, in the next budget medical outpatient sites in Greensboro. year, debt payments for the county will be Ideal for professional and medical offices the equivalent of about 20 cents – out of Approved DOT widening of road to four lanes the 78.24 cents per $100 of value – of the Traffic count: 37,000 county’s current tax rate. SUMMERFIELD Planned traffic signal at site Fox said the county’s debt service OAKRIDGE 1,500 - 6,000 sf available obligations would peak in fiscal 20152016, and its current debt would be paid FOR MORE INFORMATION off around 2034. Ralph L. Jones, III “That’s assuming there is no new debt,” COMMERCIAL (336) 339-3132 Fox said. email@example.com T According to current estimates, Guilford County’s debt will rise above $100 million in 2013-2014, and will remain at over $100 million a year for five years if no more debt is taken on by the county over and above what voters have already approved in bond referendums. SUMMERFIELD In 2018-2019, the debt service expense “NOW SELLING” begins to drop, and it decreases each OAKRIDGE following year until it’s paid off. Available Spring 2012 Fox said that Guilford County Finance Emerson Commercial Properties LLC Director Reid Baker and his staff had put in (336) 478-4441 | www.emersonprop.com | 819 N. Elm Street | Greenboro, NC 27401 a lot of hours trying to get the debt service
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reduced through better debt management. To save money on interest costs, the county uses techniques such as bond swaps and other forms of refinancing when rates take a dip. The overwhelming majority of Guilford County’s debt service is due to school bonds. Other debt the county currently owes is for the new jail that’s expected to open in May, for renovation and construction at GTCC and is money owed on the 2008 $5.1 million purchase of the BB&T building in downtown Greensboro. (About $200,000 of the debt on that building is extra money that the county owes because Fox inexplicably let Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, raise the interest rate it charged the county for the loan after the bidding process was supposedly closed.) The staggering debt projections from Halford and Fox didn’t make the Sheriff’s Department officials shy about asking for more money – Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes always follows the adage, “There’s no harm in asking.” Last year, Barnes requested 166 new detention officers and the sheriff got 89 new positions at a time when most other county departments either got no new positions or had to make cuts. At the budget meeting, Sheriff’s Department Major Debbie Montgomery said the Sheriff’s Department was asking for 46 new positions, which would be almost $5 million for salaries and other planned projects. She said 26 of those positions would be for new detention officers at the county’s High Point jail. “It would reduce liability and improve the work environment,” she said. Montgomery said the new guards would also give jail staff in High Point a chance to let the inmates out of their cells more often. As it is now, she said, inmates are only let out of the cells a few hours each day. “We haven’t added positions to the High Point facility in over seven years,” Montgomery told Perkins. The cost of the new guards for the High Point jail would be about $1.4 million of the $5 million in additional funding the Sheriff’s Department is requesting. In addition to the 26 new guards for High Point, the Sheriff’s Department is asking for 12 new patrol officers, as well as other officers for special projects in Greensboro, an internal affairs investigator, and an employee who would conduct background investigations on job applicants for the Sheriff’s Department. The size of the area that the Sheriff’s Department has to patrol has been shrinking over the years as more and more of the county is annexed by cities, but Barnes has argued over and over again that crimes are committed by people not land area, and he maintains that in order to keep pace with the population his department has to cover (Continued on page 29)
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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defers taxes until a property is no longer agricultural. If the school system bought it then it would have to pay taxes based on its current value of $124,000. Because of the many delays in finding land for the southeast area elementary school, the project is one of three the school board voted, under pressure from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, to delay in order to reduce Guilford County’s debt service. The other two are the airport area high school, for which the school board has not been able to find land, and the conversion of Allen Jay Middle School in High Point to a magnet school. At the time of the agreement between the boards, the duration mentioned for the building freeze was a year, which would end this summer. It would take a vote of the commissioners to sell the bonds to pay for the projects. The school board, on June 14, 2011, authorized the school system’s Facilities Department to buy a six-month option to purchase the East Lee Street site. Administrators signed the option on August 31, 2011 at the purchase price of $600,000. LaRowe, in his last report on the property, said he was waiting for final reports on the land before buying it. LaRowe now says the Facilities Department has finished environmental, soil analysis, surveying and wetlands reports on
the property and can recommend buying it. The administration is recommending that the school board buy the property as soon as possible if it gets approval from the Board of Commissioners. Given the checkered history of the school board’s search for land for the elementary school, which was supposed to supplement Alamance Elementary School in southeast Guilford County, it seems unwise to even suggest the search is over without knocking on wood. Three times the school board has taken properties to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, and three times it has been shot down because the properties chosen were too far from the centers of Forest Oaks and Pleasant Garden, which will provide many of the students for the school promised to voters before a May 2008 bond referendum. When Guilford County Schools announced its option on the East Lee Street property at its Sept. 13, 2011 meeting, it did so casually, at the tail end of LaRowe’s regular construction report. Given the problems the school board has had with getting residents of southeast Guilford County to support its two previous sites for the elementary school, you would think the board would have wanted to address the merits of the site directly in its televised meeting to forestall any objections. But aside from LaRowe’s mention, there was no discussion of the site.
Another issue that was scheduled to come up at Thursday’s meeting is the proposal by school board member and Miracle Field prime mover Ed Price for the school board to sell or trade 10 acres to the City of High Point. The land, which fronts on Shadybrook Road next to the High Point Athletic Complex, would be used to expand the Miracle Field for children with disabilities. A presentation by LaRowe on the Shadybrook Road property was on a draft version of the meeting agenda early in the week, but was removed in the final agenda. According to sources familiar with the negotiations, LaRowe is expected to recommend against selling or trading the land to High Point, which is sure to anger High Point officials. The 10 acres have an assessed value of $245,000, but the Facilities Department claims it was appraised at $400,000 in December 2011. The school board twice authorized staff to talk to High Point officials about the possibility of selling the 10 acres. The land was originally intended for a middle school, but both High Point and the school board say Guilford County Schools, which has excess capacity at some High Point schools, won’t build a middle school on the land in the conceivable future. The school board last voted to authorize talks with High Point on January 26. At that meeting, LaRowe and Guilford
County Schools Director of Facilities Planning Donna Bell made a presentation that suggested, as Guilford County Schools always does when it wants to hang on to land it doesn’t need, gazillions of unlikely uses for the property, including a maintenance shed for school buses – something High Point school board members and High Point officials took as an insult. High Point officials also said it was impossible because the land is in the Oak Hollow Lake watershed. Price was further angered by the school board’s $400,000 appraised value of the land, which he said was calculated using the assumption that it would be used for apartments or condominiums. Guilford County has valued that land at $294,300. One of LaRowe and Bell’s objections to selling the land was that High Point didn’t have a master plan that included a use for the property. It now does. The Charlotte planning and engineering firm Site Solutions Inc. has prepared a map to add to High Point’s parks and recreation master plan that shows how the 10-acre property would be used. It would add one entrance to the athletic complex, on Shadybrook Road, a multipurpose playing field, parking, a dog park, restrooms and a shelter, as well as new landscaping. The plan would leave the natural trees along Shadybrook Road. High Point has also offered to trade land for the property.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Doggie Drug Company’s Prayers Answered by Scott D. Yost county editor
The big question before the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at their Thursday, March 15 meeting was, “Will they or won’t they?” – start the meeting with a prayer, that is. The board’s regular practice has been to have area ministers, rabbis, imams and other members of the religious community offer an opening invocation for their meetings. But a recent ruling in federal court banning sectarian prayer at government meetings, along with an aggressive information campaign by the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union, has caused Guilford County’s board, like many across the state, to reevaluate its prayer policy. At the board’s previous meeting, on Thursday, March 1, the opening prayer was replaced by a moment of silence, though publicly there wasn’t one word uttered about the lack of an opening prayer. At the March 15 meeting, the prayer was back with a vengeance. A powerful, albeit non-sectarian, prayer was given by Guilford County Tax Director Ben Chavis. Later in the evening, the board gave Chavis a new title to go with his tax director moniker – board chaplain. Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston had put the item on the agenda after the agenda was set. Alston said the idea of having a board chaplain just came to him one day and he thought it would be a good way to preserve prayer at meetings – something many commissioners say they want – but they also want to be certain that the prayers at meetings aren’t specific to particular religions or denominations, which is the new requirement decided by the courts. Since the move was last minute, neither Alston nor Chavis seemed to have a good idea of what duties the job of board chaplain would have, aside from conducting prayer at meetings. Commissioner Paul Gibson joked that being both tax director and county chaplain might be “a conflict of interest.” Gibson asked Alston if Chavis, in his new position, would have any duties other
than giving the prayer. “Not at this time,” Alston replied. Gibson said he wasn’t going to vote for the motion, but he told Chavis, who was sitting in the audience, not to take it personally. “We are a diverse community here in Guilford County,” Gibson said, adding that, due to that diversity, he’d prefer to see the Board of Commissioners observe a moment of silence at the beginning of each meeting so individuals could pray in their own way. “If I want some spiritual guidance, there are a number of ministers at my church that I go to,” Gibson said. “But I don’t go to them on tax matters – I think I’ll keep it separate.” Commissioner Kirk Perkins took the opportunity to praise the job Chavis was doing as the county’s tax director. Perkins said that, the night before the meeting, he’d emailed Chavis a question at about 9 p.m. and gotten a response at 11:23 that same night. Commissioner John Parks asked Alston to elaborate on what the position of board chaplain would entail. Alston said there hadn’t been much discussion on that at this early point in the creation of the new position and reiterated that the job right now won’t go beyond starting off the meetings with a prayer. “The only thing we’re asking him to do now is give the prayer,” Alston said. “I don’t think we’re going to ask him to give any spiritual advice or take confessions.” Commissioner Billy Yow commented that Parks could often use some better spiritual guidance given the way he usually votes at meetings. The motion passed easily with the only two no votes being Gibson and Commissioner Bill Bencini. After the vote, Chavis was asked his thoughts on his new role as board chaplain, and he said he was happy to lead the commissioners in prayer on a regular basis if that was the will of the board. “I pray for them before meetings as it is now,” Chavis said. “I’ll just be doing
publicly what I’ve been doing in private.” At the March 15 meeting, in addition to giving Chavis a new title, the board also handed out incentives money to Piedmont Pharmaceuticals LLC, which is expanding its lab space in Greensboro. That company is expected to create 22 new full-time jobs in Guilford County and invest about $150,000 in the expansion. Piedmont Pharmaceuticals was asking the county for $22,000, which will be matched with funds from the City of Greensboro and the State of North Carolina for a total of $66,000 in taxpayer money. The new jobs will average $105,000 a year and county staff said the project qualifies for incentives consideration under guidelines established by the Board of Commissioners. Doug Hepler, the chief scientific officer for Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, explained the company’s products to the board. He said Piedmont Pharmaceuticals makes “new formulations” of existing drugs. “We try to make it easier to treat their pets and livestock,” Hepler said. Hepler said the company has 151 employees currently and also has patents pending that will move the company into enhancing drugs for humans in addition to livestock and pets. No matter what type of business and no matter what the request is, these days the Board of Commissioners always approves incentives requests and this one was no different. The board voted 9 to 2 to give taxpayer money to the wealthy and growing company, with Bencini and Yow being the only two no votes. Yow has made it known for years that he’s opposed to incentives and he spoke against the move at the March 15 meeting. He said that what the local economy needs is less government intervention, not more, and, he said, it certainly didn’t need government helping out some companies at the expense of others. “I’ve been operating a business for 28 years,” said Yow, who owns a well-drilling business, “and I know how tough it is.”
Yow is running this year for the District 6 congressional seat that Howard Coble now holds, and when Yow was through railing against incentives, Commissioner Carolyn Coleman told Yow, “I hope you win.” She added, “We need a board that supports small business.” Yow said to Coleman, “I just want you to know that I appreciate your support.” (Coleman will be happy to know that Yow will be gone from the Board of Commissioners in December whether he wins or loses.) That $22,000 was small potatoes compared to another move the commissioners made at the meeting: The board approved a $1.5 million “line of credit” with Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine Inc. (TAPM) at 0 percent interest. There has been an ongoing battle for about two years as to how the county will fund health care for indigent children, which the county once handled directly until about 15 years ago, when the county and area hospitals formed a coalition that dealt with the problem. That solution worked well until, under Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox, the county quit working cooperatively with just about everyone including the health systems, the City of Greensboro and the City of High Point. For about the past two years the county has been in a public relations battle with Moses Cone Health System and High Point Regional Health System – the county’s partners in TAPM. Area hospital officials stated that Guilford County was dropping the ball when it came to health care for indigent children in the county, while Guilford County accused Moses Cone and High Point Regional of “double dipping” because they were demanding that the loan not be repaid even if expected federal dollars also came through to pay the providers for the same service the county was paying for. In the end the agreement adopted by the board called for the loan to be provided (Continued on page 28)
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Davidson County Objects To High Point by paul C. clark Staff Writer
Davidson County residents are resolutely against High Point expanding its Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant in Davidson County – unusually, not primarily for environmental reasons, but because they just don’t want more of High Point in their county. Some residents of Davidson County are preparing a ferocious reception for High Point officials when they appear before the Davidson County Board of Commissioners on Monday, April 2 to request a special-use permit that would drastically increase the capacity of the Westside plant. The special-use permit, which is required from Davidson County because the Westside plant is not in the part of Davidson County that has been annexed into High Point, drew intense and organized opposition at Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 meetings of the Davidson County Planning Board, and the Planning Board’s 4-to-0 approval of it on Feb. 21 had numerous conditions. At the two Planning Board meetings, a group named the Friends of Rich Fork Creek testified against and filed extensive written testimony against granting the special-use permit. Rich Fork Creek is the
main creek affected by the Westside plant. Mary Cridlebaugh, a member of the group, testified before the Planning Board. The Friends of Rich Fork Creek have numerous objections to letting High Point expand the capacity of the Westside plant – perhaps the foremost of which is that the group’s members think the upgraded plant would expand High Point’s reach beyond the Rich Fork Creek watershed. High Point is expanding the Westside plant in three phases, two of which are already complete. Cridlebaugh argued that the expansions to date have expanded negative effects of the plant, including smell, to at least two miles from the plant. “Do you believe that High Point is spending millions and millions because of an altruistic interest in cleaning up High Rock Lake?” the group’s statement reads. “High Point is really seeking facilities large enough to allow it to greatly enlarge the Westside service area by claiming the Abbots Creek Watershed. This would be in an area from U.S. 311 in Forsyth County to at least N.C. 109 and from High Point to the areas served by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Utilities Commission.” High Point requested the special-use
Wailing Continues Over Jazz Festival by paul C. clark Staff Writer
The High Point City Council on Monday, March 19, after months of squabbling over $32,000 it handed to the Friends of John Coltrane in May 2011 for the September 2011 John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, adopted a resolution that Councilmember Bernita Sims said would “put this issue to bed.” It did nothing of the kind. Sims is an organizer of the festival and a co-chair of the Friends of John Coltrane. In May 2011, Sims told the other councilmembers that, despite relative success in raising corporate donations, the nonprofit Friends of John Coltrane didn’t have the money it needed for marketing and advertising to generate attendance at the festival. Sims asked the City Council to pony up $32,000 from the High Point Downtown Improvement Fund, a $50,000 pot of money the Guilford County Board of Commissioners provides High Point for downtown improvements. It did so on a 5-to-3 vote (Councilmember Mike Pugh was absent), but with no clear understanding among the councilmembers as to whether or not the cash was a grant, a loan or an “advance” – a word that has been thrown around a lot during the dispute since but
which seems to have no particular legal meaning in this context. In other words, the City Council, as councilmembers have since admitted, goofed. Sims, High Point Mayor Becky Smothers and Councilmembers Jim Corey, Foster Douglas and Latimer Alexander voted to – “convey” seems to be the safest word – the money to the Friends of John Coltrane. Councilmembers Chris Whitley, Britt Moore, and AB Henley voted against doing so. Had the Coltrane festival turned a mammoth profit, perhaps that would have been the end of the matter. It didn’t. The festival did well for a first-year festival, generating a slight profit of $23,067. The $23,067 wasn’t enough for Sims and company to pay back the $32,000, even were the City Council able to agree on whether or not it had to. After the festival, Sims and other organizers handed the City of High Point a check for $5,000 of the $32,000, choosing the $5,000 amount on their own, without a vote of the City Council. Sims said the group needed the remainder to use as seed money for next year’s festival, and that keeping it would avoid the Friends of John (Continued on page 8)
permit for the Westside plant to make improvements ordered by the state. But that goal, and the goal of increasing High Point’s sewage service area, are not incompatible. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued High Point a permit to expand the capacity of the plant from 6.2 million gallons per day to 8.2 million gallons per day, and to 10.2 million gallons per day if High Point does stream restoration work in the area. The Friends of Rich Fork Creek argue that the result would be Laurel Oaks-sized subdivisions assured of High Point sewer service – which High Point only allows once properties are annexed into High Point. “A greatly expanded sewer plant will give the city so much excess sewage capacity that it will be able to accept all applications for voluntary annexations anywhere in the enlarged service area,” the group’s filing states. “If the present new Annexation Reform Act of 2011 proves unconstitutional in court, then the city could also use involuntary annexation in the new service area after the expiration of the Annexation Agreement between Davidson County, Thomasville and High Point on Jan. 1, 2013.” High Point has negotiated annexation agreements with the towns that surround
it and, in a first for North Carolina, with a county – Davidson County. High Point Director of Public Services Chris Thompson said at the Feb. 21 meeting that High Point has no intention of running out and grabbing the Abbotts Creek area after the annexation agreement expires. Both Thompson and Davidson County Planning Director Guy Cornman said that High Point and Davidson County would work together over a long period of time to manage growth. The annexation agreement the Friends of Rich Fork Creek referred to is, in its own words, a joint planning effort to “encourage the orderly development of the unincorporated areas adjacent to the two municipalities [High Point and Thomasville].” But that is exactly what residents of rural Davidson County don’t want to happen. The annexation agreement, signed in October 1992 – by current High Point Mayor Becky Smothers, in one of her first actions as mayor – drew lines in Davidson County that High Point and Thomasville promised not to cross by involuntary annexation during the term of the agreement. It also drew lines in Davidson County that the municipalities agreed not to cross with (Continued on page 29)
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Coltrane having to come back to the City Council for more next year. That’s unlikely, even had the Friends of John Coltrane kept the $5,000. For the 2012 festival, the Friends of John Coltrane are expected to lose their largest private donor, the Hayden Harman Foundation. The foundation gave the nonprofit a generous onetime $80,000 donation to launch the festival, but isn’t expected to keep funding it. After an uproar of public protest over the City Council handing the Friends of John Coltrane money outside of the usual City Council process for funding groups – possibly a bigger uproar, as Sims has said, than a $32,000 expense deserves out of a $318 million city budget – Sims on Feb. 20 presented the City Council with a list of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival’s funding sources and expenses, prepared by the High Point CPA firm Odom & Co. LLP. According to the statement, the Friends of John Coltrane took in $223,566, including $160,396 in grants and donations, and spent $200,499, leaving it with the $23,067. Odom & Co. did not verify any of the figures in the report. The firm’s directors wrote, “We have not audited or reviewed the accompanied financial statement,” and later in the cover letter made clear they did not certify that the revenue or expenses were accurate. In other words, the firm checked the math on the figures it was provided but has no evidence as to what money was taken in or spent. Usually, when the city funds outside groups, they are required to have an actual audit. If Sims and the other members of the Friends of John Coltrane thought the Odom & Co. statement would put the matter to rest, they were sorely mistaken. Councilmembers deluged High Point City Clerk Lisa Vierling with requests for the transcript and minutes of the May 2011 meeting in which the City Council approved the $32,000. Even that didn’t settle the matter – there was enough in the transcript to provide ammunition to both sides. After a suggestion by Smothers that perhaps the Friends of John Coltrane could repay the money, Sims said, “Absolutely. No problem with that at all.” But the actual motion passed by the City Council was, “To
approve up to $32,000 for the John Coltrane International Jazz Blues Festival.” Without reading legislative intent into the motion from Sims’ earlier statement, there was nothing requiring the nonprofit to pay back the money. That brings us to Monday’s meetings of the City Council’s Finance Committee, and of the City Council. Smothers, at the Finance Committee meeting, distributed the resolution that Sims later said would put the matter to rest. The resolution wasn’t on the agenda at the City Council meeting, so the councilmembers had to vote to suspend the rules to consider the matter. The City Council regularly suspends the rules to make all action final, obviating the need for a Thursday City Council meeting, but rarely suspends the rules to consider other matters. In the highly structured, speed-governance system of High Point’s City Council, that usually means a councilmember has brought up something at the Finance Committee meeting, and that there might be an actual debate at the City Council meeting. Monday’s 4:45 p.m. City Council meeting was even faster and more boring than usual. The councilmembers actually finished going through the agenda by 5:05 p.m., forcing them to take a 25-minute break before the posted 5:30 p.m. time for public hearings. Before the break, Smothers read the resolution on the festival funding, then the City Council adjourned. “I ask the council’s support for a motion which will end the speculation about the money provided by the City to the Friends of John Coltrane,” Smothers said. “Continuing to hassle over minutes and intent serves no useful purpose and, if it continues, the ability of the committee to organize the second festival event will be compromised.” After public hearings on zoning issues, the City Council voted to waive the rules to consider the festival funding. Sims said, “I am going to make that motion in its entirety in the way that it is presented by the mayor to us.” The Smothers-drafted motion was: “The City Council acknowledges receipt of a check for $5,000 from the Friends of John Coltrane toward the repayment of the $32,000 advanced to the Friends in April of 2011 for promotion and advertising of the
inaugural event held in September 2011.” On the face of it, the motion seems simple. The city “advanced” the nonprofit $32,000 and has received a check for $5,000 of that amount. The phrase “toward the repayment” suggests that the remaining $27,000 will be paid back eventually. On second look, the motion doesn’t answer many of the questions that had been raised about the “advance.” It doesn’t make the Friends of John Coltrane responsible for repaying the $27,000. The Board of Directors of the group is not required to commit to paying back the amount. No payment schedule is set. There is no indication as to whether or not the City Council intends to fund part of the festival in the future. No audit is required of the Friends of John Coltrane. A Friends of John Coltrane board has frequently been referred to in City Council discussions. The Friends of John Coltrane’s income-tax return lists Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis and Sims as co-chairs, Patrick Harmon of the Hayden Harman Foundation as treasurer, Barbara Taylor as secretary and Joe Williams and Joyce Allen-Crawford as directors. Sims’ motion did not really involve Friends of John Coltrane at all. As Sims herself said, the motion specified the city’s intent: to recover the remaining $27,000. She said, “That’s how I see this motion.” Sims said the fact that the city intends to recover the money, to her, implicitly means that the board of the nonprofit has acknowledged that repayment is necessary. It doesn’t necessarily follow. The City of High Point intends to collect taxes and fines from many people who have no intention of paying them. Alexander said, “How does this move us forward?” Smothers said that the motion meant exactly what it said – that the city acknowledged the receipt of the $5,000. Alexander replied, “But have the Friends acknowledged the obligation?” Smothers said, “I don’t know, Mr. Alexander, but they sent a $5,000 check.” Alexander said that Sims is only one member of the nonprofit’s board, and that he wanted an acknowledgement of the debt from the board as a whole, preferably in the
form of a letter of commitment. He said, “Honestly, we’re not anywhere after this motion except where we began.” At that point, Pugh made a substitute motion that the City Council “split the baby in half” by requiring the Friends of John Coltrane to pay back only $16,000 of the $32,000, including the $5,000 received so far. That would have left the group owing the city $11,000. “We, from the beginning, messed up, because we didn’t properly recognize this as a loan or a grant,” Pugh said. “It was very ambiguous. The event was held, and the city did benefit from the event.” That wasn’t going anywhere. Councilmembers, in an election year, weren’t keen on giving away $16,000 to anyone, even if the public argument over the money was admittedly overblown. Alexander seconded Pugh’s substitute motion, sandwiching his second with conditions. “For the sake of discussion, I’ll offer a second,” he said. “For the sake of discussion.” Smothers said she knew exactly what she was voting for in “advancing” the $32,000. She said, “Now whether or not the record was that clear to others, all we can do now is to declare our intent, which the friends deserve.” That ticked off Whitley, who voted against giving the group the money in the first place and said he intended the group to get more outside donations. “I don’t think it’s my duty to do that,” he said. “I was very clear on my opposition, that it should be done by outside agencies.” Douglas supported the Solomonic substitute based on the benefit of the festival to the city. Corey said that, if Pugh’s motion were to pass, there should be a deadline for the nonprofit to pay back the other half. “Not just leave it in limbo,” he said. The councilmembers argued again over whether the substitute motion meant half of $32,000 or half of $16,000. Smothers said, “This is how ridiculous this gets.” Pugh withdrew his substitute motion, and the City Council voted unanimously to approve Sims and Smothers’ original motion – leaving Alexander’s questions unanswered.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything Iron Hen, St. Aggie’s, BelVita, Mysteries by orson scott card
We all talk about how rich Mitt Romney is, but even his funds aren’t inexhaustible. His wealth allowed him to field an excellent organization right from the start, but he’s as dependent now on contributions as any candidate – especially since he’s had to spend so much campaigning against Republicans. One thing that’s plain about Mitt Romney is that he’s an introvert. This is why he started out in politics so utterly stiff, and why he remains an uncomfortable speaker. Even introverts who have become comfortable with crowds usually remain awkward and unhappy trying to make small talk with strangers. They aren’t in control of the situation; they have nothing to say, and yet feel the obligation to say something. This is why Romney’s latest fundraising gimmick left me gobsmacked. It’s called “Grab a Bite with Mitt,” and it consists of an invitation to join Mitt and Ann Romney for lunch while they’re campaigning in California. Well, not so much an invitation as a raffle: You pay five bucks for a chance to win a lunch with the candidate and his wife. Here’s the invitation I received from Ann Romney: “The deadline to enter is just over 24 hours away, so make sure you enter today. Donate $5 to be automatically entered to
join Mitt and me for lunch in California: https://www.mittromney.com/donate/ grab-a-bite-march. Hope to see you soon! Ann.” I had no idea Mrs. Romney and I were on a first-name basis. Especially considering that I’m a Democrat and a most reluctant Romney supporter. My wife was miffed that she, a Republican, got no such invitation. But considering that in addition to the five bucks there would be the little matter of a plane ticket to California, I decided not to enter the raffle.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t get hungry at lunchtime. Fortunately, a waiter at Amelie’s French Bakery in Charlotte, who once lived in Greensboro, alerted me to the existence of a little restaurant specializing in local, healthy and vegetarian dishes, called The Iron Hen Cafe. They’re not exclusively vegetarian – there are a few meat dishes on the menu, and they’re very good. But so are the vegetarian (and even vegan) options. (Look at the menu at http://www.ironhen. com/.) The style is informal – you go up to the counter to order, and then they bring you your food. During crowded times there aren’t enough tables, but people are generally considerate and don’t linger to chat, freeing tables fairly quickly. Fancy it ain’t. In fact, there’s a home-
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cookin’ style that I found quite engaging. Everybody is nice; they all care about the food they serve and it seems they even care about their customers’ health. In fact, it took me a little while to convince the counter clerk that I really wasn’t going to die from the fact that I usually don’t eat breakfast. (Apparently some people haven’t got the memo about everybody’s metabolism being different.) But she remained cheerful and I think of this as one of the friendliest places in town. They open for breakfast at 7 a.m. – and their food gives new meaning to the word “hearty.” Their buckwheat pancakes are filling, and the others in our party enjoyed their French toast, their granola and a thing they call “morning salad.” Lunch and dinner are just as good. And there are rumors they’re preparing to expand to provide seating for 50 more people. But don’t wait till the renovations are done – you want to get the Iron Hen habit now. The location is close to downtown – they’re at 908 Cridland, just a halfblock south of Wendover. I find it easier, though, to get there on Bessemer. Where Bessemer turns south to become Eugene, you turn right instead, and then pull into their parking lot as the road starts to curve up toward Wendover.
I’m always on the alert for healthy snacks – especially now that I’m getting serious about losing weight and keeping it off (something about wanting to reduce my risk of a second stroke). Because of a newly discovered allergy to peanuts, a lot of snacks are off the table for me – you’d be surprised how often peanut oil pops up. Since I also try to avoid bad oils, I spend a lot of time reading the tiny print on the ingredients list. So I’m happy to report that Nabisco, perhaps noticing that they have very few products that don’t have bad oils, huge doses of high fructose corn syrup (which, even if it’s chemically indistinguishable from any other sugar, makes everything too icky-sweet), have come out with new BelVita “breakfast biscuits.” These are “biscuits” in the British sense – to Americans, they’re cookies, plain and simple. But healthy cookies. (You can’t find them yet on Nabisco’s American website, but you can read about them on the British site: http://www.belvitabreakfast. co.uk/.) I saw them on the shelves at Harris Teeter and brought home a box of each of the three flavors currently offered in the US: Golden Oat, Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon. Each box contains five packets of four cookies each. At less than 60 calories a biscuit, they’re practically free –
but don’t kid yourself if you think you’re going to be content with one cookie. I tried them out on the high school kids who come to our house at 6:15 a.m. every school day for a scripture study class. The verdict? All the packets were gone the first day. The nice thing about having a new product come from one of the big companies is that it’s everywhere. The not-so-nice thing is that if they don’t catch on in a big way, new products are also just as likely to be jettisoned. Smaller companies are often content with smaller sales. So I’m hoping that enough other people like these that they remain on the market for a long time.
You have to give the drama program at Weaver Academy credit for boldness. Nearly two years ago, they sponsored a trip to The Fringe festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. There they attended a short musical based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The music was good; the play was fun; and so Weaver drama director Keith Taylor entered into negotiations with Chris Wynters, the author and composer of the play, to debut the full-length version at Weaver Academy. So beginning tonight, March 22, and continuing this weekend and next (March 22 through March 24 and March 29 through March 31) at 7 p.m. at Weaver Academy, you can attend the world premiere of St. Aggies ‘84. (Let me say right now that as a copy editor and proofreader, I was horrified at the punctuation of that title. It should be: St. Aggie’s ’84. But all the publicity and the programs show it without the possessive on the name of the school and with an open single quote instead of an apostrophe on the year ’84. I shudder and faithfully reproduce the errors, pretending that they’re part of the humor ...) Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s less-performed plays, but that’s because the play is so dependent on witty dialogue. The trouble with wit is that it is highly susceptible to changes in language and culture – most audiences would not get the vast majority of the jokes, and the plot is so slight that there’s really not much else there to please a modern audience. St. Aggie’s ’84 solves the problem very neatly by setting the story in a Canadian all-girls academy in the first school year in which boys were admitted. The plot of Love’s Labour’s Lost revolves around a group of men who take a pact to abjure the company of women and devote themselves to study. Naturally, they all promptly fall in love and break the (Continued on page 26)
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Yost Disrespected In Duke Mourning Period by Scott D. Yost county editor
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. – 1st Corinthians 10:13, The Message Apparently, radio host Jack Murphy and I somehow got our wires crossed a little bit recently during a conversation on the Murphy in the Morning radio show on 107.5 WKZL. We had a bet on the Duke/Carolina basketball game played at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium – Jack came up with the bet but, technically, my bet was with Jared Pike, Jack’s sidekick, who’s a huge Carolina fan. The bet was that, if Duke lost the game, I would have to grow a specific type of fish, a mullet, until that fish was over five inches long. But then, after I lost the bet, Jack and Jared tried to change things around on me, and they came up with an obscure secondary definition of “mullet” in order to try to force me to do something embarrassing. It turns out that, apparently, a mullet is not just a fish. After I wrote a column last week expressing my intention to honor my bet, and I described in detail how I would do it, how I would grow my fish, they seemed to think the bet was actually about some kind of crazy unflattering haircut that was popular for a brief time 20 years ago and that is still seen today on some unseemly heads. Of course, if you look in the dictionary, the first and primary meaning of mullet is there for anyone to read: “Any of various stout-bodied, edible fishes of the family Mugilidae, found worldwide in tropical and temperate coastal waters and some freshwater streams. Also called gray mullet.” There’s apparently an additional secondary meaning for the word as well: “A hairstyle that is formed by cutting the hair short on the top and sides and allowing it to grow longer in back.” The problem is this: I’ve been preparing to grow my fish, but now Jack and Jared are suddenly saying that they were referring to the haircut, not the fish. After I heard him say on the radio that it was a haircut not a fish that I was supposed to grow, I went on the Google and I saw what they were talking about. Here’s a visual that will give you an idea … My first clue they were trying to switch things up after we made the bet was when Jared posted a book cover to my Facebook wall.
I checked with BarnesandNoble.com, and it turns out that’s not even a real book cover. There is no book like that. I don’t know where they got the picture of the cover, but, to me, it almost looks like some sort of mock-up they created themselves. Anyway, so now we have this impasse because they seem to think the bet was about this type of haircut, but I feel certain I never would have agreed to something like that. Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne is the county attorney paid for with taxpayer money, so part of his job as a taxpayer-funded attorney is to offer free legal advice to any citizen of the county who needs it – in this case me. So I asked the county attorney about the agreement and what happens in contract (Continued on page 15)
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Sound of the Beep
Scott’s Night Out
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. Yes, Mr. Hammer, would you, please, do us, senior citizens, a favor and answer a question in your Beep for me? They are saying they are reevaluating the property. If your property goes down you pay more tax, but if it goes up, you pay less tax. Would you, please, print this, the right answer in your paper for us all? Thank you. %%% Editor’s Note: It looks like we are all going to pay more taxes because the commissioners say they are going to raise the rate. However, all things being equal, if your property value goes down you pay less in taxes. %%% Does the people in this election know that if Obama goes back in, and this Obamacare is not repealed, every aspect of their health is going to be under government control? Now this is the US government that owes $16 or $17 trillion. They’re going in the hole every day. 60 Minutes, a few years ago, showed where it would take $150 for a hammer, $40 for a screwdriver, $20 for a screw. Them people cannot run their own life, and they certainly cannot run yours or mine. This has got to be repealed, and we’ve got to start over. It’s never been this way in the history of this country where one man who was raised in Indonesia come in here and took over this country, and has run it into such a mess as he’s got it in today. And the college students put him in. You college students with education need to get together and vote this man back out. %%% Good afternoon. I am sitting on my patio reading The Rhino. And this question that people are writing about Obama is a Muslim. And if he is a Muslim, what business is it of anybody else? He also is a child of God. He ain’t doing no more than Bush did. Because when Katrina was going on, he flew over the town and looked to see how many black folks was leaving. He didn’t do anything about it. So, why is it and why people talk so much about Obama? Just because we have a black president? I think anybody should just think about themselves and … %%% I was just reading The Rhinoceros Times for this week about the “Robbie’s rules.” I didn’t even turn the page. But what I thought was going to be his prerequisite for anybody coming in is to bow down to King Robbie, or whatever you want to call him, two or three times first. But the main thing I want to say is if they get the art center, which we can’t afford now, I’m sure he’s going to want it to be named after him. I want to go down as saying I do not want it named after him. He does not represent Greensboro even though he thinks he does. Thank you. %%% I personally have felt that since Robbie Perkins got elected mayor, the citizens of Greensboro must have lost their minds. And I watch the City Council meetings a lot. There is really something wrong with that man. He thinks it’s funny when people bust him on things he’s doing. He does not need to be in public office. I’m sure if somebody did examine him and examined his business dealings and his background there would be so much dirt that they can just sweep all his dirt under his dirt rather than having to sweep it under a carpet. But his attitude when he is confronted of laughing and thinking it’s funny? I think that’s intolerable. I really think this man should be impeached. %%% To conservative America, I have this message. Watch the liberal shows on television, MSNBC, the Ellen Show, and all that other garbage. Watch it. Make a list of the sponsors, and then never buy those products. When you cut out their funding, you’ll cut out their show. Stop buying the products that advertise during liberal broadcasts. When the money is gone, they won’t have the money to do their show any more. Thank you very much. (Continued on page 26)
Last Saturday night, downtown Greensboro was the place to celebrate one of the most famous saints, St. Patrick, who’s the patron saint of partying. A little known fact about St. Patrick’s Day is that, in Ireland, the day is actually celebrated by complete abstinence from drinking. It’s only on the other 364 days of the year that the Irish begin drinking heavily at 7 a.m. Anyway, Top O’ the morning to you, and may the road always rise to meet you. Pass the Blarney Stone and shiver me timbers. Catch a leprechaun by its toe because there’s gold under them rainbows. – Scott D. Yost
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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law when the terms of the contract are ambiguous, as they are in the case of this bet. I told him about the two meanings of mullet in dispute. When I asked, Payne said, “I’ve had several cases recently just like this.” I was surprised to hear him say that, but apparently this type of mullet misunderstanding is causing legal problems in all sorts of ways. Payne said it all depends if there was a “meeting of the minds” on the terms of the contract, and, he added, in these types of situations one could often look at the conversations and the context of the agreement to determine if there was in fact a meeting of the minds. I told him I remember that, when Jack brought up the idea on the air, I had said, “Jack, I’m not even sure I know how to grow a mullet.” Mark Payne heard that piece of evidence and then thought a second, and he said, “Well, there you go – who doesn’t know how to grow hair?” He added that, if it were his case, he could really run with that statement in court because everyone knows how to grow hair, but practically no one knows anything about growing fish. So that helps make my case. Anyway, if you have a used aquarium for sale, let me know because I have to grow a mullet. If you have an aquarium that you want to rent or loan me, that would be fine too. As if all that weren’t enough aggravation in my life, trying to swim through that legal morass, well, there are other things going on as well also related to Duke losing basketball games. On top of losing to Carolina at Duke and making me lose my bet, Duke lost to Lehigh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. If you didn’t see the game, Duke lost the game through no fault of its own on a bad call. Now that, of course, is a painful thing. And the rules of ACC country say that, if Duke or Carolina has a really humiliating loss, then you have to wait a day before you say anything to fans of the losing team. That’s the rule among civilized individuals here, and everyone – myself included – knows and respects the rule. Like, if the loss happened on Saturday night, then you have to wait at least until Monday to say something. For instance, my brother Mark went to Carolina, and Duke lost to Lehigh on Friday, and my phone rang first thing Sunday morning. (Note: 24 hours had passed.) “Hey,” my brother said, “I’m having some people over to watch the Duke and Carolina games today – oh, I forgot. Duke’s not in it anymore.” “Anyway,” he said, “if you want to come over and watch the Carolina game with us, please do,” and I was like, whatever. I get
your point. Yes, Duke lost to Lehigh. I get it. When Austin Rivers hit that shot against Carolina a month and a half ago, since my brother went to Carolina, I waited four whole days before I called him to talk to him. That Lehigh game stung and I haven’t really seen anything like it since 1999. The only basketball game pertaining to this state that I remember where anything quite like that happened was when a high-seeded UNC lost to Weber State in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a news account from back then … SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Weber State pulled off the biggest upset of the first day of the NCAA Tournament, shocking third seed North Carolina, 76-74, in a wild firstround West Region contest. Michael Arceneaux exploded for 36 points as the Big Sky Conference champion Wildcats (25-7) recorded their second upset as a 14th seed in four years … North Carolina (24-9) lost in the first round for the first time since falling to San Francisco in 1978 and for just the third time since 1984 will not advance past the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend. The Tar Heels also lost in the second round in 1994 and 1996. OK, did I enjoy watching Carolina lose to Weber State? Yes I did. Did I, just now, stop writing this column and go back and pull up the YouTube video and watch the highlights of the Weber State game again? Yes I did. Did watching that give me a warm feeling and make me smile? Yes, of course. But see, I’m talking about that game over 12 years later. That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Back then, after the Weber State game, I was going around telling people, very straight faced: “Hey, did you know Weber State is a day college? They don’t even have dorms or anything. It’s like Guilford Tech; people go to classes and then go home.” I was just making that up, but I liked the sound of it, and who knows whether it’s true or not because who knows anything about Weber State? But, you know what? Before I did that, I waited a day as the rule requires. So, anyway, my point is: This is ACC country and, as they say, if you can’t stand the heat, then throw out the kitchen sink with the baby and bath water. Because what’s fair is fair. It’s fine to rub it in when Duke or Carolina loses. You just need to wait one day at a minimum. But clearly someone who doesn’t know that you must wait at least 24 hours is Guilford County Commissioner and Carolina Tar Heel fan Bill Bencini. Bencini sent me an email right after the loss. OK, now when Duke loses, nobody calls me. My phone doesn’t ring. Nobody texts me or sends me an email or a Facebook (Continued on page 16)
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Local Movie Schedule Friday, March 23 - Thursday, March 29
Friends With Kids (R) F 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 and 10:15. Sa 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 and 10:15. Su 12:30, 3:00 and 5:30. M-Tu 6:00 and 8:30. W 3:30, 6:00 and 8:30. Th 6:00 and 8:30.
21 Jump Street (R) F-Th 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30.
Jeff Who Lives At Home (R) F 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 and 10:30. Sa 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 and 10:30. Su 1:00, 3:30, and 6:00. M-Tu 5:30 and 8:00. W 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00. Th 5:30 and 8:00.
Act of Valor (R) F-Th 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:00.
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2101 New Garden Road, GBO • (800) 326-3264, ext. 1204 21 Jump Street (R) F-Su 11:55AM 2:30PM 5:10PM 7:45PM 10:20PM. M-Th 2:30PM 5:10PM 7:45PM. Act of Valor (R) F-Su 1:30PM 4:15PM 7:10PM 9:45PM. M-Th 1:30PM 4:15PM 7:10PM. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) F-Su 12:05PM. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (3D) (PG) F-Su 2:15PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 9:30PM. M-Th 2:15PM 4:30PM 7:15PM. Hunger Games (PG13) F-Su 11:30AM 12:45PM 2:35PM 3:55PM 5:40PM 7:05PM 8:45PM 10:15PM. M-Th 2:35PM 3:55PM 5:40PM 7:05PM.
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A Thousand Words (PG13) F-Sa 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50, 12:00. Su-Th 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50.
Chronicle (PG13) F-Th 12:50, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) F-Th 1:00, 3:25, 6:15, 8:45. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (3D) (PG) F-Th 1:45, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (3D) (PG) F-Su 12:00PM 2:20PM 4:45PM. M-Th 2:20PM 4:45PM. Project X (R) F-Su 12:45PM 3:00PM 5:15PM 7:25PM 9:50PM. M-Th 3:00PM 5:15PM 7:25PM.
This Means War (PG13) F-Su 12:10PM 2:40PM 5:00PM 7:30PM 10:10PM. M 2:40PM 5:00PM 7:30PM. Tu-W 2:40PM . Th 2:40PM 5:00PM 7:30PM. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG13) F-Su 11:50AM 2:25PM 5:05PM 7:40PM 10:15PM. M-Th 2:25PM 5:05PM 7:40PM.
Red Tails (PG13) F-Su 400 940. Underworld Awakening (R) F-Su 100 305 505 710 920. War Horse (PG13) F-Su 125 455 815.
John Carter (PG13) F-Sa 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:15, 11:50PM . SuTh 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:15 .
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John Carter (3D) (PG13) F-Th 12:45, 4:00, 7:00 10:00.
A Thousand Words (PG13) F 5:00, 7:00, 9:00. Sa-Su 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. M-Th 5:30, 7:30.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (3D) (PG) F-Th 1:15, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) F 5:00, 7:00, 9:00. Sa-Su 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. M-Th 5:30, 7:30.
Project X (R) F-Sa 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50, 12:00. Su-Th 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50.
Hunger Games (PG13) F 4:00, 6:40, 9:20. Sa-Su 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00. M-Th 5:00, 7:30.
Rampart (R) F-Th 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50.
John Carter (PG13) F 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Sa-Su 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00. M-Th 5:00, 7:30.
Safe House (R) F-Th 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55.
This Means War (PG13) F-Th 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:45. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG13) F-Th 6:45, 9:40. Vow (The) (PG13) F-Th 1:30, 4:05.
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Wanderlust (R) F-Th 9:15.
Grey (The) (R) F 7:15, 9:35. Sa 1:00, 3:40, 7:15, 9:35. Su 1:00, 3:40, 7:15. M-Th 7:00.
Joyful Noise (PG13) F 7:00, 9:30. Sa 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30. Su 1:15, 4:00, 7:00. M-Th 7:00.
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG13) F 7:00, 9:35. Sa 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:35. Su 1:00, 4:00, 7:00. M-Th 7:00.
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Safe House (R) F-Su 7:20PM 9:55PM. M-Th 7:20PM.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG13) F-Su 105 355 650 935.
We Bought A Zoo (PG) F-Su 110 700.
Silent House (R) F-Th 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00.
John Carter (3D) (PG13) F-Su 4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM. M-Th 4:00PM 7:00PM.
Hugo (PG) F-Su 115 410.
Hunger Games (PG13) F-Sa 12:45, 1:45, 4:00, 5:00, 6:55, 8:10, 9:50 11:30PM, 11:45PM . Su-Th 12:45, 1:45, 4:00, 5:00, 6:55, 8:10, 9:50 .
Secret World of Arrietty (G) F-Th 1:20, 4:05, 6:40.
John Carter (PG13) F-Su 1:00PM. M-Th 1:00PM.
Grey (The) (R) F-Su 120 405 655 930.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) F-Su 130 345 645 900. Chronicle (PG13) F-Su 100 300 500 705 915. Devil Inside (The) (R) F-Su 715 925.
One for the Money (PG13) F 7:15, 9:30. Sa 1:15, 3:40, 7:15, 9:30. Su 1:15, 3:40, 7:15. M-Th 7:00. Underworld Awakening (R) F 7:00, 9:20. Sa 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:20. Su 1:00, 4:00, 7:00. M-Th 7:00.
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message because they know I’m upset and they know I don’t want to talk to them and they don’t want to talk to me. So the Duke game ends Friday night, and I’m just stunned. I mean, stunned, and the game ended at maybe 10:50 that night. At 10:52 on Friday night, while I am in a very sour state, I get this message from Bencini. The subject line was, “Just so you know.” Here’s the email … Since Roy returned, UNC has outlasted Duke in 6 of 9 years, 5 of 6 as well.
2004: Duke Final Four, UNC round of 32 2005: UNC national champs, Duke sweet 16 2006: Duke Sweet 16, UNC round of 32 2007: UNC Elite 8, Duke round of 64 2008: UNC Final Four, Duke round of 32 2009: UNC national champs, Duke sweet 16 2010: Duke national champs 2011: UNC Elite 8, Duke sweet 16 2012: UNC still playing, Duke round of 64
So I got that message and I’m like, whatever, and then another message comes in with no subject line: “let it be known that the year rivers hit the shot to win at carolina....will now forever be known as the ‘lehigh’ year!!” OK, now, first of all, his second message came in at 10:53 p.m. Exactly one minute after the first one. Second, a county commissioner should never ever use more than one exclamation point. It’s fine for some people to use more than one exclamation mark. Do you know who it is OK for to use more than one exclamation point? Teenage
girls on Facebook talking about their new boyfriends. That’s fine, but it causes me great concern to see a sitting commissioner use more than one. It only takes one exclamation point to exclaim the point because, hey, after all, it’s an exclamation point. If two exclamation points creep into the emails and the letters of county commissioners – well you know that emoticons and other clever teenage girl Facebook language-usage standards can’t be far behind: “From: Guilford County Commissioner Bill Bencini. Dear (Continued on page 27)
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Letters to the Editor Income education Dear Editor, There’s a lot of concern out there about students not getting a proper education in regards to how the world works, and most of the time that concern is spot on. However, this isn’t true when it comes to a little to no cost program called the “Reality Store,” which simulates how things will work for these future grownups. It starts with participating in classes brought into their school gym where every student is given their annual salary along with adult identities that range from a married couple with no children to a single parent with up to four children. From there, these newly deputized adults go from station to station where they choose to rent apartments or homes based on their income, along with making other important spending decisions on clothing, groceries, commuting and more. By the end of the half hour process, most school kids finally have an understanding of why their parents can’t simply buy them everything they ask for along with why education is so important when it comes to income. One parent went so far as to write organizers complimenting Reality Store for successfully teaching their child in one morning what they’ve tried to convey for years. There’s a Reality Store taking place Tuesday, March 27 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Oak View Elementary School in High Point. We’re still looking for volunteers, which involves calling up Oak View Elementary and asking to speak with the school counselor. If you can’t make this event, but would like to bring this program to your elementary, middle or high school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to help spread this program throughout Guilford County schools. Michael Norbury Candidate for School Board at Large
Problems filter down Dear Editor, Mayor Perkins and his unidentified real estate developing associates propose to provide water and sewer service to 9,000 acres in eastern Guilford County. There are several significant potentially costly problems that Perkins and his associates must address before I can support their ideas. One: The state is pushing the city to increase the existing waste treatment plant efficiency and performance to protect Raleigh’s water supply – Jordan Lake. This is before, and will be in addition to, the proposed 9,000 acre development. Two: Sewage from the developed 9,000 acres will be pumped to the existing city sewage treatment plant, or to an entirely
new sewage treatment plant. Either solution will be very expensive and will require several years to execute. Three: To meet water demand and provide adequate sewage treatment will require water transfer between at least three river basins. The state discourages inter-basin water transfer. The downstream users in affected basins will probably initiate expensive lawsuits that the city and county will have to defend. Four: Surface water supply in the Greensboro area is limited. The new Randleman reservoir was built to relieve periodic water shortages in the Greensboro/ Guilford County area. Water supply to the proposed 9,000 acre development will eliminate any reserve capacity and could enhance water shortage periods. Garbage and trash pickup, trucking and disposal will be a gold mine for environmental companies. Greensboro and Guilford County cannot economically handle the current trash disposal problem. In just a few months, that problem will get extremely expensive. The 9,000 acre development will make these current problems even more expensive. Water lines and booster pump stations and sewage collection and pump stations for the 9,000 acre development are estimated to cost $18 million to $20 million. Increased sewage treatment could be an order-of-magnitude cost range of $3 million to $5 million. Additional waste treatment capacity will be based on receiving stream capacity to accept the additional treated wastewater (remember Jordan Lake). It is impossible to estimate this cost to any reasonable number without careful preliminary engineering. Guess who will pay for developing this 9,000 acres. The property taxpayer. Donald Wojek
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disconnected from the war. The American military is a microcosm of American society. We should expect to find every personality type and all the personal actions that we find in the larger US population. We should not forget we have our mass murderers at home on the civilian side too, and many more of them. We should expect to find one in the military from time to time. The difference is after such an event, here at home, we always see an outpouring of grief and support for the community and families of victims. We see none of that for the Afghan families and community. I hope we are not just caught up in concern for retaliation against our troops and have no concern for all these Afghan families who lost fathers, mothers and babies. It would be so nice if our military would make it possible for American civilians to show support for the families of these 16 victims. An outpouring of shared grief should be an enormous and a clear sign to the Afghans that we abhor the shootings too. I believe it would make our soldiers’ job much easier, and significantly reduce the threat, if both our troops and the freedom seeking Afghans felt all of America shared the grief. It would not take much. I believe a (Continued on page 27)
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Pray in private Dear Editor, As a supporter of the separation of church and state, I don’t think that the county commissioners should appoint a county chaplain. I don’t think that prayers should be recited at government meetings. I assume that all of the county commissioners are Christians, so why don’t they practice what Jesus preached? According to the book of Matthew, Jesus said that people who pray in public are hypocrites. Jesus said that when you pray you should enter your closet (or room), shut the door and pray to your father in secret. Was Jesus wrong? Chuck Mann
Sharing grief Dear Editor, The shootings in Kandahar have not yet been put in proper perspective, and we are missing a large opportunity due to the greater American population being
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oath, while trying to conceal the fact from each other. The change to high school students in a newly co-educational academy works very nicely – especially since Wynters swaps the genders of the leading characters, so that it’s the girls – led by Head Girl Hattie Navarre (played by Katie Sessoms) – who make the pact not to associate with persons of the opposite gender. Midway through the show, a “genius” among the boys, Holofernes (Caleb Taylor) realizes that they are in a play; the scene of discovery is funny. Unfortunately, Wynters tries to use this bit of absurdity as his ending, as well. If you want to see that ending, you’d better come to the Weaver production, because my guess is that it will be cut from all future productions. Why? Because this is a comedy, and the existential angst just takes too long. But that’s just the sort of thing that happens with early versions of a play – all plays are works in progress, and there is so much that’s delightful in St. Aggie’s ’84 that it’s easy to forgive an ending in which 10 minutes could better have been replaced by three quick lines of dialogue. Wynters is a very talented songwriter, with a gift for tag lines and melodies that work very well. The solos are well performed, but where this production really shines is in the singing of the chorus – the
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harmonies are wonderful, and the ensemble is a first-rate pop choir. Bonnie Flannery is a standout as the character Berowne – you can hear every word she sings or says, and she brings great energy and flair to the role. Isaac Powell, already known and loved by those who attend Weaver plays, does a great job in the male lead, as well as everything else they ask him to do. I also especially admired the performances of Cara Farlow, Kyle Kite, Nick Relos, DJ Gayles and my daughter Zina Card (in her last play at Weaver before she graduates) – but in truth the whole company is very good. If, as high school actors, they sometimes talk too fast or swallow their words, one can chalk it up to not having yet acquired the habits of old pro actors. Besides, the dress rehearsal I watched was the kind of thing that makes directors turn prematurely gray. Leading actress Katie Sessoms was recovering from an appendectomy only a few days before – just try supporting your singing voice with a healing abdominal incision! – and one of the leading actors was on crutches from an injured foot. Add to that the fact that the playwright’s flight had been canceled, so he was missing the rehearsal in which he was expected to make any last-minute changes, and the miracle was that the performance I saw was so very good! I have hopes that the lighting design will have been revised by the time you see the show – the lighting constantly calls attention to itself, and leaves the actors’ faces nearly invisible during most of the show, as they are backlit and the stage is kept almost entirely dark. It’s the lighting style you’d expect for King Lear, not a comedy – comedies usually need to be flooded with light in order to keep the bright, energetic spirit that entertains the audience. But that’s educational theater: Weaver uses the talents of students wherever possible, and you let the students learn by trying things and seeing whether they work! Good music, clever writing, energetic acting and very good singing combine to make this a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Tickets cost $12 at the door, and they only accept cash, so come prepared.
for Lucy Ricardo. Add to this the time-wasting digressions that are there just to show the writers’ political correctness, and plots that have gaping holes in logic and plausibility, and you can only conclude that the writers have decided to let the wonderful actors carry the show on charm alone. Alas, as Moonlighting proved many years ago, that doesn’t work. I’ll probably give White Collar a couple of episodes next season, but my expectations are low. This is a show that has apparently decided to die.
It’s sad to see a good TV show collapse on itself, but White Collar’s latest season was more than slightly awful. Every episode seemed to show that the writers have run out of ideas and started to pander to, and lean on, the cast. It’s nice that actress Tiffani Thiessen is back from childbirth, but apparently somebody decided to get her character “more involved.” The result was some ridiculous story lines in which she – a completely untrained wife of an FBI agent – gets involved in escapades better suited
It is regretful that the always anonymous caller was not born in an era when town criers got on top of buildings and spread news of gossip. But then again, this person couldn’t hide their evil venom. Everybody knows who you are. Why don’t you tend to your business instead of browsing around tending to none of your business? The people that not even moved, that last moved out of the house when there was moving on West Market Street, and then to clean up the stray items and also pick up (Continued on page 27)
Two recent mystery novels by longestablished writers are well worth your time. North Carolina’s own Margaret Maron takes Judge Deborah Knott and her husband to New York City on vacation – where they are caught up in a murder in the apartment building where they’re staying. Three-Day Town is a clever, entertaining account of one of the worst Manhattan holidays you can imagine. Jonathan Kellerman brings us his latest Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis mystery, Victims, and it’s one of his best. Gay police detective Milo Sturgis has become a character just as deep and delightful as child psychologist Alex Delaware – indeed, he regularly steals the show. And with the brilliant John Rubinstein once again bringing the audiobook to life, it’s even more fun to listen to the book than to read it. What sets this mystery apart, however, is the murderer. Kellerman shines best when he deals with child psychology – and this serial killer is turned into a fascinating, pitiable, yet terrifying figure as Delaware works his way backward into the killer’s childhood and long imprisonment. And when we get the adventurous climax, Kellerman plays fair – he doesn’t have superhuman heroes, and they don’t try ridiculously brave-and-bold stunts. But the tension is all the more compelling because it’s believable. If you’ve never read a Kellerman mystery, this is as good a place to start as any.
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esteemed fellow members of the Board of Commissioners, I have those numbers for the health department budget and they’re not good.): But, on the other hand, it’s not as bad as we anticipated!!! BTW, on a more upbeat note, the numbers from Mental health r n and at least they’re n the black!!! C u at the next commish meeting. LOL.” Now, anyway, two emails right after Duke losing is bad enough – it is a double violation of the rule – but seven minutes after the second email, at exactly 11 p.m., I got a third email from the commissioner – an unbelievable triple violation of the rule. This time the subject line was “Duke’s March Madness.” It simply contained some dates and scores. It said: Mar 3 - L 70-88 UNC Mar 6 - W 60-56 VT Mar 10 - L 59-62 FSU Mar 16 - L 70-75 Lehigh So, Bill, I get it: Duke hasn’t had the best March this year. Though I would point out that Duke lost all three of those games on
bad calls through no fault of their own. Eventually I responded to Bill Bencini by simply sending him a Bible verse from 1st Corinthians that says basically that God will never give you more than you can handle and this too shall pass. To that, Bencini replied: “You might want to send that to K.” But what’s most disturbing to me – even more so than the dual exclamation points – is that a sitting commissioner charged with making very important decisions about the fate of the entire county doesn’t even know the rule about the mandatory oneday waiting period before rubbing it in to the losing fans in ACC basketball. That concerns me greatly. And, really, the only reason I bring those emails up is that Bencini will have to run for reelection when his current term expires, and I know there are Duke fans in his district who vote, and I simply thought they might find the information about his emails useful the next time Bill is up for reelection. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shopping for an aquarium.
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blanket, a doll, a sympathy card, a pair of mittens, a candle or a soccer ball would be well received. If Congress and the Department of Defense cooperate, too much cannot be sent. Obvious excess can be given to other US military units to distribute. Please join me and call on your politicians, Department of Defense and local news media to make it possible for American civilians to send small love gifts to all these suffering Afghan families who suddenly and unexpectedly lost loved ones. We are leaving Afghanistan soon. Do not let the Afghan people’s last memory of Americans be this tragic event. Mike Linnane US Army Special Forces, Retired
Unhappy listener Dear Editor, I hope Curtis Media is buried under tons of email from unhappy listeners. Changing format eight months before the election
seems to be a move to squash political dialog, as was CNN’s move to take Glenn Beck off the air before the 2008 election. Not allowing listeners an opportunity to share their opinions before the change was totally unfair. I highly doubt any claim of low ratings is to blame, just about everyone I know listened, and callers seemed to keep the lines busy constantly. Moving their talk radio format to smaller reaching AM stations (which we don’t receive at our home or in our cars) and putting the programs on at times that don’t allow live interaction seems to be a political decision to keep people with like minds from talking to each other or being able to form any type of combined group that may have a chance of saving our country. I’m not listening to the new WZTK station format, I can’t get their AM stations, and Neal Boortz at 10 p.m. is a moot point – the day is over and it’s not live. So I’ll try to stream Boortz, Clark, Savage and Brad and Britt on a computer. Curtis Media loses. Deborah Gregson
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Doggie (Continued from page 6) by the county, but with several conditions. For instance, the line of credit “may only be used to pay outstanding unpaid invoices for covered unpaid services (i.e., cannot be used to reduce other debts, etc.)” and repayment is “required only when TAPM can show sufficient earnings to make such payments.” In the move approved at the meeting, that same $1.5 million deal is provided annually until June 2015. It seemed at the meeting as though both sides were grudgingly resigned to the terms of the agreement if it would put an end to the long disagreement. The commissioners called Brian Ellerby, the CEO of TAPM, to the podium and asked him if this agreement was satisfactory to the health care system. “We’re OK with the terms,” Ellerby said. Gibson spoke in favor of the loan that may not be repaid. He said the county was required to provide health care to needy children and he pointed out that the health care providers were planning on getting federal dollars from a program that didn’t materialize. Gibson added that he had gotten a message on his voicemail from someone who, in a “very ugly voice,” had expressed anger that the clinic was treating people “who may not be documented.”
Gibson became animated. “Well, I hope they are – I hope they are,” he said. Commissioner Linda Shaw said she was disappointed with the way the health care providers had stonewalled the county. She said that requested information about salaries of employees, as well as about other aspects of TAPM’s operations, weren’t given to the board in a timely manner. “They didn’t furnish us with information for some time,” Shaw said, adding that there was some requested information she still hadn’t received to this day. Yow said he was opposed to the move, but for different reasons. Yow said the county had no legal authority to loan money. “This board does not hold that authority as a lender,” Yow said. “That would be a bank.” Yow added, “I can’t support it because it’s a loan.” Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne stated that the Board of Commissioners did have the legal authority to make the loan. However, that didn’t seem to appease Yow, and, when it came time to vote on the issue, the board voted 7 to 4 in favor of the loan along straight party lines, with Republican Commissioners Yow, Shaw, Bencini and Mike Winstead all voting against making the loan. At the March 15 meeting, Commissioner
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Kay Cashion gave an update on the Guilford County Building Naming Committee, which met most recently on Tuesday, March 13. In addition to meetings late last year, the Building Naming Committee also met this year on Jan. 5, Jan. 21 and Feb. 21. Cashion said the committee was recommending that the building at 232 North Edgeworth St., known for years as the Edgeworth building, be given the name the Edgeworth Building. Guilford County purchased that building in 1995 to house some of the county’s mental health services, as well as for health and social services operations. Cashion also said the committee recommends the new name for the Independence Center, at 400 W. Market St., be the Independence Center. Guilford County purchased that building in 2005 to house the tax, planning, environmental health and child support functions. Other recommendations were that the health department building at 1100 E. Wendover Ave. be called the Ross-Morrow Building. Dr. George Floyd Ross, was the county’s first health “superintendent,” and Dr. Sarah Morrow was the director of the county’s health department. Morrow went on to serve in Gov. Jim Hunt’s administration as the secretary of health and human services. The building at 501 E. Greene St. in High Point, Cashion said, was recommended to be named after Dr. Marcus Aderholdt Jr., the first pediatrician with the Guilford County Health Department. The Guilford County Substance Abuse Treatment Center at 5209 W. Wendover Ave., just south of I-40, will be named the Wallace C. “Wally” Harrelson Building, if the board goes along with the naming committee’s recommendations. Harrelson was Guilford County’s first public defender and the only public defender the county had until his death in February 2011. He was a major advocate of a substance abuse facility in Guilford County. Harrelson also served as a county commissioner from 1992 to 1996 and was chairman of the board for all four of the years he served on it. Cashion also said the committee was recommending the board name the building on Maple Street after Blanche Carr Sterne, who worked for the county’s Department of Social Services from 1919 to 1952. “At the time she was hired, she was the department’s only employee,” Cashion told the board. At the March, 15 meeting, Gibson gave an update on the merger of the county’s mental health services with Sandhills Center, the Moore County-based mental health management group that will be taking over Guilford County’s mental health services by the end of the year. Gibson said that Sandhills board had voted unanimously to merge with Guilford
County, and he added that now Guilford County and Sandhills will have to get approval from the boards of the other eight counties in the mental health administration collective. At the March 15 meeting, the board also approved a request by Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes to use $266,000 in federal forfeiture funds for the purchase of property at 211 Hillstone Dr. in Jamestown, which will serve as one of three Sheriff’s Department satellite offices in the county. The expenditure leaves the sheriff with right at $1 million left in that fund. The county commissioners will have almost a month off from meetings; they don’t have another one scheduled until Thursday, April 12. After that meeting, the pace will pick up as the board begins discussing the county budget for fiscal 2012-2013, expected to be adopted in June.
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but they can’t find him, nor can they prove that drugs were in the package, since they didn’t intercept the package itself and don’t know that Ross picked it up. Miller said that Ross was definitely a person of interest in the case. Miller said there was an Internal Affairs investigation of the entire incident because the information about an ongoing investigation should not have been released on a blog site and that the information in the initial leak had to originate with someone involved in the investigation. According to Miller, one of the men arrested in Hidalgo County was Gregory Tyrone Blackwell from Rockingham County, which appears to be what gave the entire incident a connection to Greensboro. Miller also said Blackwell was arrested with 14 pounds of marijuana and was released on his own signature, which means he didn’t have to post bond.
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voluntary annexation, the only kind High Point has used since the agreement was signed. The annexation agreement also provided that voluntary annexations could be used by High Point and Thomasville to provide water or sewer service “essential to protect public health, when written determination of the need to protect public health is provided by the Davidson County Health Department.” In other words, the annexation agreement gives Davidson County control over voluntary annexation in much of its territory, allowing it to request annexation when it wants it. The Davidson County commissioners are now trying to block all High Point annexation in Davidson County with a local bill in the state legislature. The dispute over the Westside plant is nothing compared to the brawl that will break out should the Davidson County commissioners succeed in getting a local bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that would forbid High Point and other cities not in Davidson County from annexing land in Davidson County without
the permission of the Davidson County commissioners. The two issues are intertwined, although they stem from distinct legal and legislative actions. Both stem from Davidson County’s resentment of High Point’s increasing annexation into Davidson County – which, although it increases the Davidson County tax base as well as High Point’s, leaves Davidson County footing the bill to build public schools and provide other services, driving up the county’s tax rates. The Davidson County Board of Commissioners on March 13 voted 6 to 0 to petition the North Carolina General Assembly for a local act to prevent High Point from annexing properties in Davidson County without the permission of the commissioners. Although based on a 2011 local bill passed by the General Assembly that gave Chatham County’s commissioners veto power over annexation by the towns of Apex or Cary, the bill Davidson County drafted differs significantly in one way: the draft bill approved by the Davidson County commissioner prohibits any city
not primarily in Davidson County from annexing land “under any of the provisions of Article 4A of Chapter 160A of the General Statutes” without the Davidson County commissioners voting to approve the annexation. That article in the general statutes includes all types of annexation, including voluntary annexation. The Chatham County local bill requires the approval of the commissioners only for involuntary annexation. Davidson County Attorney Charles Frye agreed that the draft bill attached to the resolution of the Davidson County commissioners differs from the Chatham County bill – but said the differences wouldn’t prevent the General Assembly from passing the bill. “I think that, clearly, the General Assembly can adopt this proposed language,” he said. “It is analogous to what was done in Chatham County. It doesn’t bar annexation. It simply requires that consideration be given the county commissioners as to whether it’s appropriate for the county.” High Point, of course, disagrees. High Point Assistant City Attorney
JoAnne Carlyle said the bill, unlike the Chatham County bill, would limit what developers and homeowners who buy property in Davidson County could do with their property. She said, “I think it would clearly involve property rights, and it would be in conflict there.” Neither Frye nor Carlyle could cite any North Carolina precedent as to the extent to which the state considers the ability to petition for voluntary annexation a property right. Should the General Assembly pass the bill that Davidson County is requesting, High Point is likely to sue Davidson County, and the outcome of the case may hang on just that issue. High Point City Manage Strib Boynton has said that the local bill is aimed at Winston-Salem, but Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts, who sponsored the resolution, Davidson County Manager Robert Hyatt and Cornman said the bill was aimed at High Point – with which Cornman said Davidson County has had a sewage feud since the late 1800s, when High Pointers would drive sewage-tank carts into Davidson County and dump them.
He said the call volume had gone from 33,500 in 2001 to 53,441 in 2011. Perdue also projected that, by 2030, EMS would be getting over 146,000 calls a year. He said there was a need for more medical staff so that the county could respond to calls with two-person medical units rather than sending just one medic on some calls. Perdue also requested two new school inspectors to make sure county schools are following the fire code and other safety requirements. “School inspections are a very high target area,” Perdue said. Perdue said he also needs additional staff to maintain new and old radio communication systems in the county. “We’re going through a major upgrade of that, as I’m sure you are aware,” he said. Perdue said that, with the faltering economy of the past several years, his department is starting to see more people who have trouble paying for ambulance service and medical service provided by EMS. “We feel comfortable that we our going to make our revenue numbers,” he said. Perdue said 10 of the 22 workers he wants in the next budget would be new staff for an airport area facility. The cost of those 10 new employees would be about $1.3 million – although, Perdue said, the net cost to the county would only be about $700,000, since it would also generate some extra revenue to offset the cost. Guilford County Health Director Merle Green spoke briefly at the meeting. The night before the budget work session, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $1.5
million loan for Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine (TAPM) and Green explained that situation briefly. “It is for the medical needs for indigent children and adults,” she said of the loan that’s been a major source of controversy for about two years. Green said the health department was expecting to save money in the next budget by privatizing some of the county’s dental services that are now provided at county expense to those who are unable to afford dental care. She said the transition to private providers could be complete by July, and that move, she said, is expected to save the county about $182,000. “We have had some informal discussions with some dentists to see if we could create a partnership like the Evans-Blount clinic,” Green told Perkins. The Evans-Blount Community Health
Center is the county-funded clinic opened about two years ago, mainly through the efforts of Commissioner Carolyn Coleman. That clinic treats uninsured and underinsured clients, largely from the southeastern parts of Greensboro and Guilford County. After the meeting, Perkins said he doesn’t want to see a property tax increase this year. However, after hearing some of the numbers presented, he acknowledged that would be a difficult goal to meet. When asked about the fact that the county has had two budget committee meetings so far, and he’s the only commissioner who’s shown up for either one, Perkins said he would be able to make reports to the rest of the commissioners. Perkins added that having only one commissioner at budget meetings certainly makes those meetings run more smoothly and move along faster.
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and the nature of the crimes committed, the department needs additional patrol officers to keep response times at acceptable levels. Montgomery said there were also projects that the department badly needed funding for in the next budget. For instance, she said, the county jail in Greensboro now in use hadn’t been pressure washed in the 29 years she’s been with the county, and, she added, she didn’t think it had ever been pressure washed. The sheriff’s operations require a lot of fuel, and at the meeting, after Major Tom Sheppard pointed out that no one knew what the price of gas was going to do in the coming year, Perkins replied: “Well, it’s going to go up every day it looks like.” Guilford County EMS Director Alan Perdue also spoke at the meeting. He said his department was experiencing increasing service demands, and communication costs were expected to increase with the new 911 system that will be put in place over the next several years. He also said he’d like to see 22 new full-time EMS positions created in the next county budget. Halford said that tight finances for EMS were becoming noticeable in response times and other key performance markers. “The stresses on the system are showing up,” Halford said. Halford added that about 85 percent of the calls were coming from Greensboro and High Point, where, he said, response times were the best. Perdue told Perkins that EMS needed increased manpower in the airport area. “We have a very strong need for a unit in that area with the growth that’s been out there,” Perdue said.
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4:30 p.m. in the council chambers, and was simply for the purpose of going into closed session to discus the eight lawsuits filed by a total of 49 former and current Greensboro police officers. The council came back at 6:48, over an hour after the meeting was scheduled to begin at 5:30, and promptly took a break until 7 p.m., when the meeting actually started. Boy Scout Troop 214 had been at the meeting well before 5:30, but by the time the meeting actually started at 7 p.m. there were only three scouts left to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. But the City Council passed a couple of resolutions; listened to a report from Calista Phair, who worked as an intern for Perkins and Councilmember Jim Kee for a couple of months last fall; heard speakers from the floor; and passed the consent agenda after the staff attempted to explain to Councilmember Trudy Wade why the city bought property at or above the appraised value and sold it far below the appraised value. Of course, the real answer is that when you’re spending other people’s money it’s easy not to worry about price. You can bet that none of the city employees who are so cavalier about buying high and selling low practice the same philosophy in their personal lives. Then at 8:01, the council went back into closed session, this time to discuss an
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economic incentive. They were back in open session without taking any action at 8:44. But that meant the people who were at the meeting to speak on the proposed concealed carry prohibitions had waited through over 2 hours of closed sessions. It was no accident, and there was still a long line of people to speak against the proposed concealed carry regulations, which passed by a 6-to-3 vote with Councilmembers Wade, Nancy Vaughan and Zack Matheny voting in favor of upholding the Second Amendment and against the concealed carry prohibition in all the Greensboro parks where the state law allows a city to prohibit concealed carry weapons. At the March 6 City Council meeting, people who came to speak in favor of people with concealed carry permits being able to carry concealed firearms in city parks were not allowed to speak, even though it was an agenda item and the City Council took action on the item. As a result of that meeting the staff had prepared a third ordinance that would have banned concealed carry firearms from buildings but not from parks and playgrounds. Thirteen people spoke against the concealed carry ban and two spoke in favor of it. The state law will not allow the city to ban concealed carry weapons on trails and in open spaces, but the city can and does now ban concealed carry weapons in all recreational facilities including pools and outdoor playing fields and the playground area of parks. William Easley noted that people who don’t have concealed carry permits benefit in areas where concealed carry is legal because the criminals don’t know who does and doesn’t have a concealed weapon. Carl Abbe, the owner of Calibers Indoor Gun Range, noted that he taught the concealed carry course to about 2,000 people a year. He said, “These are responsible people who go through the course.” And he said that they are taught over and over that a firearm was the “last resort.” He said that Sheriff BJ Barnes told him that he had only had to revoke nine concealed carry permits, and eight of those were for old age. Jim Lewis noted that the bad guys don’t care about the law and will always have guns. He said that the law would only prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed weapons in parks. Lewis said that although the police arrive in minutes, when faced with a threatening situation you only have seconds to take action. Several speakers noted that having a gun locked in your car was not going to be helpful since it was unlikely that an attacker would give you time to go to your car and arm yourself. Former City Council candidate Jean Brown said that she had a concealed carry permit and had started carrying hers on walks in the park after a group of young men ran toward her and past her one day.
Joanne Wittenborn said that she didn’t know why the council would want to “deny women the right to protect themselves.” Several speakers talked about their Second Amendment right to bear arms and noted that bear arms meant not just to own them but to carry them. After the speakers, Wade made a motion to pass the ordinance banning concealed carry firearms in buildings but not in parks. It failed on the same 6-to-3 split as is becoming more common on this council, with Wade, Matheny and Vaughan voting in favor of the motion. Wade asked if visible arms would be banned in parks. She noted that it is legal to carry a firearm that is not concealed and asked if that would be legal. Interim City Attorney Jamiah Waterman first said that the law dealt only with concealed weapons and then said there was another ordinance that banned all firearms. Councilmember Dianne BellamySmall complained that the speakers made it sound like the parks in Greensboro were dangerous and said that was going to keep industry from coming here. Police Chief Ken Miller said that the crime statistics for the past three years showed that only five crimes in 191 parks were of a nature that a concealed weapon might have come into play, and two of those occurred when the parks were closed. Miller said, “I see no need to introduce guns into areas with children.” Matheny asked how many of the violent crimes were committed by people who were legally carrying a concealed weapon, and Miller said he didn’t have those statistics. Matheny said that he thought the state law on the books was strong enough. He said, “I don’t see a reason to amend it further and take away somebody’s rights.” Every park where concealed carry firearms are banned will have a sign notifying the public of the ban. The first closed session that the City Council held was to consider personnel matters and the eight lawsuits filed by a total of 49 current and former Greensboro police officers against the City of Greensboro. The personnel matter that was discussed was Capt. James Hinson and the fact that he runs two group homes, one of which is in the Eastern Police District, which he is over. Vaughan had raised questions about a conflict of interest for officers to be responding at the rate of about once a month to a business owned and operated by their captain. According to the regulations governing the group homes, the police must be notified when there is a runaway, and since Hinson is the “director” of both houses it seems likely that sometimes he would be working at the group home when there is a runaway. You have to wonder how quickly the rank-and-file officers respond when their captain is calling in. There was also the question of the “Request For Outside Employment Forms” (Continued on page 34)
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that police officers are required to fill out before accepting off-duty employment. As this newspaper discovered, Hinson did not fill out the required form before he opened his first group home and there seemed to be an indication from Miller that Hinson had only filled out one form. Miller later said that was not the question he was asked. Vaughan is of the opinion that the Request for Outside Employment Form would fit in the same category as an expense report, which the courts have ruled are not part of an employee’s personnel file and are public records. The Greensboro city staff has not changed and doesn’t give up information about which there is any question. The legal staff in the past has withheld documents that were clearly public records and invariably comes down on the side of secrecy over openness. Vaughan has done a lot of research on her own. Other attorneys who don’t work for the city or the state but are involved in public records agree with Vaughan that a Request for Outside Employment Form is a public record. Vaughan, in a memo dated Tuesday, March 20, to “Mayor and Members of the City Council, Denise Turner-Roth, Interim City Manager, Jamiah Waterman, Interim
City Attorney” goes into some detail about what is and is not in an employee’s confidential personnel file and suggests that the city ask for a ruling from the North Carolina attorney general. Vaughan notes, “How ironic is it that employee commendations are disallowed under the current reading of 160A-168 but employee disciplinary actions are public records under the current legislation.” Vaughan says that she was given a list of specialized training and certifications earned by police reserve officers and asked if that is supposed to be protected information as a strict reading of the law would require. Even Waterman, in a memo, agreed that the Greensboro City Council could see the Request for Outside Employment Forms, but oddly enough the City Council was not provided with those forms pertaining to Hinson in the closed session on that very topic. Doesn’t it seem like the controversy could be brought to a simple conclusion by allowing the Greensboro City Council in closed session to see the forms? The councilmembers could then report that they had seen the forms, all properly filled out, and it appeared everything was in order. They would not have to reveal one word on the forms. So if the forms exist and all the
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paperwork is in order, why not show them to the City Council? One argument that was made on Hinson’s behalf according to councilmembers was that Hinson owned the group homes and was nominally the director but it wasn’t really a job. Reading the reports from the NC Department of Health and Human Services indicates that is not the case. Also reading the regulations proves that a director has to be a hands-on director because in instances like when there is a runaway – which judging from the reports happens fairly often – the director must take charge. It is the director, not the assistant director or the director’s designee, who must notify the police, notify the parents and organize and send out a search team. There are set time limits in which all of this must be done. However, after the closed session Vaughan said, “The chief made his case and it’s his department, so we’ll abide by his decision.” At 3 p.m. before the City Council meeting, Vaughan was leading the first meeting of the Waste Management and Recycling Task Force. Director of Field Operations Dale Wyrick suggested that the committee put making a recommendation about the methane being burned off at the White Street Landfill on the fast track. Wyrick
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said it was about $2 million worth of gas a year and that it is a diminishing resource that the city should use. He said one suggestion staff was looking into was running the nearby wastewater treatment plant with that methane, but there were many possibilities. Vaughan asked the committee to look into mattress recycling with Mattress Go Round. Vaughan said that mattresses take up a lot of space in the trucks and in the landfill because they don’t compact. She said that Mattress Go Round had some good ideas of how to partner with the city but that the committee could really move things along. The committee also heard an unscheduled presentation from John Rodenbough, the CEO of Carolina Energy Development, about doing a pilot wasteto-energy project. Kee brought him to the meeting and, evidently, if you are introduced by a councilmember you get to make a presentation. Committee member Bob Mays was not shy about pointing out that this was an experimental pilot project and nowhere in the country was this type of operation being done by a city with municipal solid waste, Bob Davis was elected chairman of the waste committee, but Vaughan went ahead and ran the first meeting.
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1512 Glenwood Ave. 27406, 3bd/1ba, 1-story home, covered front porch. LR, DR. Stove, refrigerator. Hdwds, carpet, vinyl ﬂrs. Laundry connections. 1312 Grenada Lane. 3br/2ba, LR, DR, den with Fenced bkyrd. Central air/gas heat. $695. Mojgan ﬁreplace, large kitchen, laundry room, storage, Jordan at Palmetto Equity Group (336) 271-3020. fenced backyard. $895/mo. Call Conrad Realtors 2200 Textile Dr. Gso, 27405. 3bd/1ba home w/ 336-885-4111 bsmt. LR. Eat-in kit, stove, refrigerator. One section of bsmnt ﬁnished, unﬁn area great for storage. Leads 2BR/1BA CONDO, POOL! $550/MO to patio, fenced bkyrd. Deck off kit. W/D connections. CHARLESTOWN SQUARE Hdwds, carpet, vinyl ﬂrs. $695. Mojgan Jordan at CLOSE TO HWY & SHOPS! PET OK! Palmetto Equity Group (336) 271-3020. ALL ELECTRIC! CALL 336-446-6713 1800 Walker Ave, Gso, 27403: 3bd/1.5ba home www.buyez123.com in Sunset Hills. LR w/FP. DR. Stove, refrigerator, College Hill- beautifully renovated including kitchen dishwasher & W/D. Hdwds. Multi-level deck off kit. and baths. 4br/3ba, 4 ﬁreplaces, hardwood ﬂoors, Fenced bkyrd. Unﬁn basement. Central air/gas heat. appls, deck. $1500/mo. Rent-A-Home @ 336-272- $995. Mojgan Jordan at Palmetto Equity Group (336) 271-3020. 0767. www.gsorentahome.com Downtown parking space for rent in private parking lot on corner of Greene & Market St., Greensboro. $50 per month. Call 336-273-0885 and ask for Erika.
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3502 Summit Lakes Drive - $479,900. Quality built executive brick home with 4BR/3.5BA/ 3 car garage on 1.28 acres, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, two stone ﬁreplaces, extensive molding, screen porch, stamped concrete, tankless water 830 Logandale Ct, Gso 3bd/2ba, move-in ready heater, sprinkler system, wet bar and much more. brick ranch on 1.4 acres. Kit w/bfst rm, tile features; John Owens - 379-8645, Ray Realty lrg family rm w/gas FP, built-ins, tons of natural light; Mstr w/ 3 closets, sitting room/ofﬁce, private bath; 1437 Grantland Place - $99,900. Updated Maple remodeled baths; security system; priv, partially Ridge town home - this 2BR/2BA home has new wooded bkyrd w/ patio, garden space, 2 storage bldg; bamboo ﬂoors, new stainless steel appliance, new county taxes. Close to 421, 85 bypass, downtown granite counter tops, new HVAC ‘10, new hot water Greensboro. $199,000. Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie heater, new paint, new tile ﬂoors, updated bathrooms Maynard, 336-215-8017 and much more. Call John Owens - (336) 317-2266 3810 Camden Falls Ct.; (620015) $775,000. One of Call me for any questions or to help you ﬁnd your Gso’s signature homes nestled, extremely convenient. new home. Pam Staples, REALTOR ®/ Broker, Grand foyer w/ soaring ceiling and magniﬁcent Allen Tate Realtors. (336) 210-9776 http://www. chandelier. Marble & dark wood ﬂrs, granite, glass pamstaples.com tile, more. Lavish ML mstr suite. 2nd ML suite. UL 2 suites & 2 addtl BRs w/j-n-j style bath, bonus rom. 1103 Benjamin Pkwy, Gso, 27408. Price Reduction! 3rd level ﬂex space & ﬁn bsmnt w/full bath. Outside Home Warranty. 4bd/2ba split level home near 2 brick patios await. $521,800 below tax value! D.J. Green Valley. Bonus rm. LR. Den w/FP. Fridge, McGarrigan, Allen Tate, 336-392-5945 stove. Laundry/utility rm w/W/D. Wood, vinyl ﬂring. Central air/gas heat. Private bkyrd w/covered patio. 4211 Glenshire. Move in today. New carpet, vinyl & 1 car attached carport. $136,000. Mojgan Jordan at interior paint -- all neutral. Huge great rm w/corner FP, Palmetto Equity Group (336) 271-3020. vaulted ceiling open to dining area, kit. Nice mstr suite w/WIC, private bath. New stylish light ﬁxtures. New 1802 Tradd Court. Gorgeous home in The Harbor. range, dishwasher. New HVAC compressor. Terriﬁc, Shows like new, incredibly well-maintained in & out! partially fenced corner lot w/big level bkyrd. (625179) Beautifully designed, manicured lawn & gardens . $85,000. D.J. McGarrigan, Allen Tate, 336-392-5945 New outdoor patio. Inside looks barely lived in yet feels homey & inviting. Great ﬂoor plan. 1 year home 222 E Vandalia; Only 2-yrs-old, excellent ﬁrstwarranty! Must see. $269,000. Ana Ellison, Coldwell time buyer or investment opportunity. Low maint Banker Triad, Realtors, (336) 706-4901 construction, vinyl exterior, ceramic tile ﬂrs in kit, bath. Neutral interior Priced to sell. (615486) $59,000; 4899 Faye Valley Dr. Mcleansville 27301. Reduced! Michelle Porter, Allen Tate, (336) 207-0515 3bd/2ba single family home, 2 car garage. Fresh paint thruout. Covered front porch. LR w/FP. Eat in 302 Fox Tail Ct, Gso. Enjoy Healthy, Energy kit. Deck off back. Lrg bkyrd w/storage rm. Laundry Efﬁcient, Ecofriendly & Sustainable Living. To be built connections. Well and septic. Vinyl, tile, carpet, wood Energy Star, Certiﬁed Green 4br/3.5ba/2car Brick & ﬂrs. Central air/elec heat. $149,900. Javier Saldana at Hardieplus w/full unf. Bsmt. ML mstr. Custom kit w/ Palmetto Equity Group (336) 451-1444. granite. Private cul-de-sac nhood near Northern HS. $389,900. Gil Vaughan, Prudential Yost & Little, 337484 Hiatt’s Dr. Jessup Ridge, Reduced Again! Hard 4780 to ﬁnd bsmt home, Northern schools. ML mstr, great rm w/stacked stone FP, Granite kit w/lrg center island, 1260 Beaver Creek Rd, Mayodan. Sellers Say Sell! 42” cabs, custom moldings, hdwds. 1800 sq.ft. unﬁn Reduced $10,000. Looking for a nice country place? bsmnt studded, plumbed, ready to ﬁnish. $379,900. 3bd/2ba home, 9.6 predominantly wooded acres (625665) Ann Powell, 336-327-3473, Allen Tate just outside Mayodan. New screened front porch, Realtors. new 30x30 metal 3-car garage w/shed roof off one side. Easy commute to the Triad or Martinsville area. 6059 Burlington Rd, Oakwood Acres: Nice brick $139,900. Call Gil Vaughan, Prudential Yost & Little, home, must see. Great for 1st time buyer or 337-4780 downsizer. Private lot, storage bldg, greenhouse. Well maintained, new: carpet, tile, vinyl ﬂring. $85,000. 5702 Kyla Dr, Gso. Country Living w/Conveniences Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 of Town. Beautiful 3bd/2.5ba, 2 car, bonus rm, open plan. Great for entertaining! Quiet 1.67ac cul6424 Mary Lee Way, DelMar, High Pt. 4bd/2.5ba. de-sac lot, huge bkyrd! Co. taxes, Northern elem, Very spacious, wood ﬂrs in formal areas, some crown middle, high schools nearby! $199,750. Gil Vaughan, molding, family rm w/gas FP, tray ceiling in DR, mstr. Prudential Yost & Little, 337-4780 Eat-in kit w/tile bksplsh, solid surf ctops, recessed lights, center island. Loft area, walk-in closets all bdrms. Fenced bkyrd. Potential short saleñsubject to 3rd party approval. $168,096. Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017
LOCATION- At Lake Brandt Marina. Beautiful Cape 4028 Adair Lane, Mackintosh on the Lake/Braemar, Cod Home. 3br/2ba. 2200 sq ft. Call 336-253-7248. Burlington. 5bd/4ba. Brick front 2-story. Close to conveniences, resort-like níhood amenities. Huge mstr w/lux tile bath, sitting room, 2 closets; Sep cooktop & oven, granite, island, walk-in pantry, SS Robin Woods- Great ﬂoor plan, 4br/2.5ba, appls, appli; sep LR, DR, ML guest rm , ﬁn bíment w/rec rm, ceiling fans, garage, many extras. $950/mo. Rent-Afull ba, lrg deck. $364,900 Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie PROPERTIES WANTED! Home @ (336) 272-0767. www.gsorentahome.com Maynard, 336-215-8017 Residential or Commercial 2,3,4 Bdrms. Good Locations UNCG area 360 South Elm St, Smothers Place, 108. Live close Suitable for Rent 1 & 2BR Apts to the action in downtown Gso! Bright, spac open Will Pay Cash Appls, A/C, character galore layou, space for bdrm, living area, ofﬁce or dining; 336-883-7010, Moss Properties $395-$625 large bath w/dbl bowl vanity, tile ﬂrs; spac kit w/ Rent-A-Home 441 Farmingdale- 3br/2ba ranch house in Winston- plenty of cabs, counter space, storage, tile ﬂrs; (336) 272-0767 Salem close to Kernersville. 1400 sq. ft., attached covered balcony overlooks street; includes covered www.gsorentahome.com 2-car garage, stainless appliances $109,900. Call pkg space. Convenience to shops, restaurants, night life, transportation top notch! $129,000. Allen Tate 336-442-5609. www.triadnchouses.com Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017
414 Westover Terrace - $179,900 Wonderful 3BR/2BA brick home in Lake Daniel with updated bathrooms, beautiful hardwood floors, inviting kitchen with new counter tops, new blinds and one car garage. Walk to park and tennis courts.
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FOR SALE 360 Elm St, Unit 108, Smothers Place. Convenient city living, bright open concept condo, high ceilings, great windows let in lot of light. Pretty covered deck overlooks downtown. Incl. pkg garage space. Convenient to transportation, shops, great restaurants. $129,000. Bobbie Maynard, Allen Tate Realtors, 336-215-8017 2023 & 2025 Bishop Rd, Gso. 15.42 acres. Partially cleared, wooded, level land. Convenient to Hwys 85, 40, 73, 220. 2 parcels for sale. Please contact agent for more detailed info. $91,000. Bobbie Maynard, Allen Tate Realtors, 336-215-8017 5701 Election Oak Dr, High Pt, Laurel Oak. 3bd/2.5ba. Charming brick-front 2-story, move-in cond! Cul-desac; patio overlooks wooded area; crown molding ML; spac kit, bfst rm; huge family rm w/gas FP; sep DR w/hdwds, chair rail; lrg mstr w/ walk-in closet, crown molding; sep tub, shower, crown molding, dbl bowl vanity; 2 spac secondary rms; Davidson Cty schools; convenient to recreation, shops. $184,900. Bobbie Maynard, Allen Tate Realtors, 336-215-8017 Lots 46 & 65, Tillingham Trace, Collybrooke, Stokesdale. 2 level, cleared .57 acre lots. Rockingham Cty taxes; paved road; community water; septic; deed restrictions. Possible Short Sale–subject to 3rd party approval. $29,000 each. Bobbie Maynard, Allen Tate Realtors, 336-215-8017 4204 Oakcliffe Rd, Forest Oaks Country Club, Gso, 3bd/2ba New Price & Motivated Sellers! Golf course view from huge deck, landscaped yard. Numerous improvements-remodeled baths, new 14 Seer HVAC, new hdwds, new appli, ext painted ‘11. Garage 30 ft. deep. FOCC Social memb avail. Agent related to seller. $214,900. Bobbie Maynard, Allen Tate Realtors, 336-215-8017 3419 Canterbury St, Gso, 27408ñ Beautifully maintained brick ranch in estab nhood, convenient to parks, shops, schools, restaurants. Recent 25 year roof. Oversized attached gar. Open, cozy kit/den w/lot of light. Beautiful brick gas FP, custom mantle. Nice built ins. DR. Brick patio overlooks nice fenced bkyrd. Lrg laundry/utility rm between garage, main house. Great value, great nhood. $139,900. Melissa Greer, Prudential Yost & Little 337-5233 4 Bennington Ct, Gso, 27410. Renovated brick ranch, cul-de-sac in Jefferson Gardens. Open plan. very functional. New kit w/SS bksplsh, appli, attractive wood ctops, bfst bar, addíl bfst area opens to den, LR/DR. Brick patio, outside storage bldg. Recently painted in, out. Move in condition, great value, super convenient location. $174,900. Melissa Greer, Prudential Yost & Little 337-5233
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Family YMCA at 501 W. Market St. At the work session, county staff spoke about potential surface parking lots and possible parking decks in various locations to provide parking for the jail and other county needs, and staff brought up parking lots almost half a mile away from downtown, as well as parking lots the county doesn’t own. About 15 minutes into the presentation, which was led by County Manager Brenda Jones Fox and Facilities Director Fred Jones, it became clear that the large countyowned lot bordered by South Spring, South Edgeworth and West Washington streets, right behind the YMCA and directly across the street from the new jail wasn’t even going to be mentioned in passing. As the commissioners sat and watched the slide show with pictures of lot after lot, Commissioner Paul Gibson finally spoke up about the strange omission. “You’ve got lots on here we don’t own; you’ve got lots on here a half mile away,” Gibson said, “but we own a lot that sits right across the street from that jail – why isn’t that lot on here?” Fox said: “Because of ongoing negotiations with the Y.”
Gibson said: “Oh, so we’re negotiating with the Y?” “Well, we’re discussing it,” Fox said. Gibson continued: “You’ve got every other piece of property we own – why don’t you have that property in the proposal?” “We can add it,” Fox said. “No,” Gibson said. “I want to know why it’s not on there – it’s because you’ve already worked out a deal.” Gibson had answered his own question and that seemed to be the main point he wanted to make at the work session. The commissioners and the Sheriff’s Department are especially concerned right now about the parking needs for the new jail, which Sheriff’s Department officials have estimated will require about 250 parking spaces for staff and visitors. For years, the downtown Bryan Family YMCA has attempted to buy the large lot right across the street from the new jail, and now it appears a deal may have been struck behind the scenes. Even a week before the March 15 work session, Gibson was saying it was ironic the commissioners were holding the parking meeting when a deal for that lot had already been cut. The new jail is in an area of downtown that was badly in need of parking even
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before construction began. The giant new jail not only creates a demand for new parking but, in addition, has taken away a great deal of parking. The nearly complete facility now sits on top of what were once parking spaces for jurors, the Sheriff’s Department and others. Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston has been in talks behind the scenes with former Greensboro mayor and current president of the Bryan Foundation Jim Melvin, as well as with other representatives of the YMCA. Those talks have been ongoing for over a year, and, recently, a deal seems to have been struck between Alston and the YMCA, though the Board of Commissioners hasn’t been told what the deal is yet. For about a decade, the YMCA has been paying $10 a year, the cost of one parking ticket, to lease the giant lot, which was owned for years by the Guilford County school system. Last year the school system put the lot up for sale, and Guilford County, which had the right of first refusal, bought the lot for “fair market value,” or $2 million. The YMCA was allowed to continue the same $10-a-year super sweetheart deal until Guilford County decided what to do with the property. Now it appears as though the
county is going to sell the lot to the YMCA for that same $2 million price tag, even though neither the county commissioners nor county staff have ever discussed the deal with the YMCA in a public meeting. It was Alston who, at the March 15 work session, put a halt to the exchange between Gibson and Fox. When Gibson kept wanting an answer from Fox about why such an obvious lot wasn’t in the proposals, when many pieces of property that weren’t owned by the county were included, Alston jumped in – apparently on the side of Gibson. “It’s a good question,” Alston said. “I agree.” Gibson said selling the parking lot to the Bryan YMCA might be a great idea or a terrible idea; but, he said, it should at least be discussed by the board as an option for new jail parking, perhaps as a place to put a new parking deck – especially, Gibson said, if Fox was going to bring the commissioners all the other suggestions that involved parking lots the county didn’t even own. At the same time, Gibson stressed he wanted the YMCA to prosper just as no doubt everyone in the room did. “I don’t want to do anything to damage the Y,” Gibson said. (Continued on page 37)
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FOR SALE 403 Ridgeway, Gso, 27403. Incred renovated home on one of Sunset Hills prettiest streets. ML mstr w/ deluxe bath w/granite, oversized shwr. Awesome new UL mstr addition w/vaulted ceilings, deluxe bath w/ marble tops, soaking tub, sep shwr, French drs UL deck. Remodeled kit opens to spac den, granite ctops, SS appli, bkfst bar, custom cab. Exposed brick wall in bfst area. Great yard w/detached 2-car gar. $450,000. Melissa Greer, Prudential Yost & Little 337-5233
3502 Summit Lakes Drive - $479,900 Quality built executive brick home, 4BR/3.5BA, 3-car garage on 1.28 ac., granite ctops, stainless steel appls, two stone fireplaces, extensive molding, screen porch, stamped concrete, tankless water 2302 W. Market, Gso, 27403 Beautiful Sunset Hills heater, sprinkler system. ranch, half acre. Completely renoíd kit w/granite, ss appli, custom cab. Spac, open plan, great ﬂow, tons of closet space. Mstr ba tastefully redone. Beautiful hdwds, fresh paint thruout. Cozy den off kit. Attractive FP w/custom tile surround in LR/DR. Lots of windows. Awesome property! $262,900. Melissa Greer, Prudential Yost & Little 337-5233 1305 Clover Ln, Gso, 27410. Spac brick ranch, bsmt, awesome location. Great curb appeal, nice landscaping, sprinkler system. Oversized detached 2-car carport. Priv lot w/many trees, storage bldg would make perfect wrkshp. All new paint, carpet. Move in condi. Kit w/ brick wall, updated cooktop, wall oven. Incred basement with cozy den with gas-log ﬁreplace and raised hearth. Nice sunroom addition on main level has lots of windows and natural light. Super value and lots of space. $235,000. Melissa Greer, Prudential Yost & Little 337-5233
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340 Slate Drive, Gibsonville. 1-level Home, 3bd/2ba, 2 car garage. 1,330 sf. Great new plan w/lrg kit w/ pantry. Mstr bath w/vanity counterspace, mstr w/ lrg walk in closet! Beautiful covered patio off dining area. Only $132,730. Call Jenny Blythe, Shugart 8012 Perlette, Arbor Run New const by Jeff Little, Enterprises at 336-446-7465 Renaissance designs, bohemian faux ﬁnishes – 101 Still Water Circle, Gibsonville - Spac home, stunning int, elegant style. Antiqued beams in DR, 3bd/2.5ba, loft w/walk-in closet. Lrg LR, great room antiqued wood ceiling in keeping rm w/stone FP. opens into kit. Black appliances, tile bksplsh. Priced Inviting kit w/rhinestone white cabs, sterling gray at $157,825. Call Jenny Blythe, Shugart Enterprises glaze, honed black granite. Parade Home, New Price! $499,900. Delia Knight. Allen Tate Oak Ridge, (336) at 336-446-7465 485-1112 4104 Vershire Ave., Gso ñ Open, spac plan, lots of sq ft at incredible value! Hampstead plan offers large rooms, great for entertaining family, friends. Incredible mstr suite w/stunning bath, huge walk-in closet. Priced 3.6 Acre lot in Forest Oaks. No covenant. $59K. at $169,900. Call Jackie Wilson 336-617-7901. Call 336-337-7599. 2923 Oaktop Great opportunity to buy instead of Rockingham County rent! Upper level condo near Battleground Park, Near Deep Springs Country Club n’hood pool. W/D, refrigerator stay. Fresh paint on Grogan Rd thruout, carpets just cleaned. Convenient to YMCA, 76 Acres OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE Starbucks, Harris Teeter, restaurants/shps. $45,000. Borders Small Stream Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519 Has 1/2 mile paved drive Perfect for vineyard or ranch 772 Stafford Park. Like new 4bd/2.5ba, 2 story, 2 car Call 336-453-8853 garage. Open kit to 2 story family rm, FP, ML mstr, laminate wd ﬂrs, more. $199,900. Jamie Harrelson, 498 Hiatt’s Dr. $50,000 Good basement lot not far Prudential Carolinas Realty, 336-889-9192. Sta772 from Northern schools. Near Jessup Ridge. 1.27 1409 Wendover Ave Spac 3bd, 1-story w/hdwds, acres off paved street. Well & septic . Seller ﬁnancing updated kit, baths, lrg level bkyrd, FP, carport. available. (631636) Ann Powell, 336-327-3473, Allen $109,900. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Tate Realtors. Realty 336-889-9192. Wen1409 Check out these drastically reduced homesites that 4bd/2ba, 1 story, vaulted ceilings. 2 car attached are lender owned. Invest now while prices are at garage. Fenced bkyrd. Wood/tile ﬂrs. $139,900. an all time low, nice communities w/ custom homes. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Realty, (336) Homesites from $26,000 to $39,900. 3/4 to an acre. Jeff Smith, 336-215-7880, Allen Tate Realtors. 889-9192. PEC908
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3bd/2ba, 1 story. Garage, FP, deck. Vaulted ceilings. Fenced bkyrd. $123,900. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Realty, (336) 889-9192. Land3906 4620 Kernersville Rd: $114,700, Brick ranch, full unﬁn bsmt, 3br/1ba, Move in ready, breezeway to 2 car garage, carport. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Realty, 336-889-9192 3117 Darden: $50,800 2bd/2ba condo, great investment property, LL, all appli stay. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Realty, 336-8899192
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Commissioners Billy Yow and Kirk Obama’s Tourism Initiative: Easy Perkins echoed the same sentiment about Come, Not So Easy Go (a CJ parody) protecting the YMCA. One possibility the commissioners have By Macon Leary discussed is building a large deck on the lot Travel Correspondent behind the YMCA and assuring the YMCA sufficient spaces in the deck. However, ORLANDO YMCA officials have adamantly maintained President Barack Obama recently that construction of a deck would kill off the unveiled a new strategy to increase YMCA because there would be no parking international travel and tourism to for the year or more while the deck was the United States. “I want America to built. be the top tourist destination in the They also say the money generated by world,” he said to a group of invited the downtown YMCA funds programs and guests at the Walt Disney World Resort operations for many other YMCAs, and, in Orlando on Jan. 19. therefore, a move by the commissioners to “In 2010, nearly 60 million interbuild a deck on that lot wouldn’t just hurt national visitors helped the tourism the downtown YMCA, but other branches industry generate over $134 billion. as well. Tourism is the No. 1 service industry At the jail parking work session, Guilford that we export. And that means jobs,” County Sheriff BJ Barnes was asked about he said. his progress in hiring new guards. Barnes But a second component, the said he had filled all of the 89 positions the traveler retention program — still beboard gave his department last June when it ing crafted by his administration — passed the 2011-2012 budget. may not be very popular with jet-setJones, the county’s facilities director, ting American travelers. spoke on the needs of the county for Exporting travel services is the downtown parking. He said that, in the technical term economists use to dedowntown area, there were 13 county-owned parking lots containing 1,046 spaces. He said 613 of those were being used by county employees, 24 were being used by BB&T, and other spaces, he said, were assigned to judges and court department heads as well as state and federal employees. According to Jones, about 40 parking
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spaces in downtown Greensboro are now being used to park county vehicles that are part of the county’s motor pool. scribe by County foreignowns visitors Jonesspending said Guilford 134 while in the United States. spaces in downtown Greensboro that are According the U.and S. Bureau currently used fortovisitors clients of of Economic Analysis, every additional county services. 65 Even international visitors to the without the demand that United will be States will generate enough created by the new jail, there’s a longexports waiting (travel to support addilist of services) county employees in one downtown tional travel and tourism-related job Greensboro who would like to have parking for one year. spaces. The thatCounty he would Over thepresident last year said Guilford has announce other travel initiatives later looked at all sorts of possibilities including this year, but declined take quesa proposal for the county,totogether with tions from reporters. the City of Greensboro, to build a joint Phase One deck on the city-owned 750-space parking The tourist initiative corner started metered lot on the northeast of two years ago when Obama South Eugene and West Washingtonsigned streets, the Travel Act, aCourthouse bill that between the Promotion Guilford County launched a new nonprofit organization and the Melvin Municipal Office Building. named Brand has USA. job is tobehind proThat option beenItsdiscussed mote America as a travel destination the scenes, but currently there doesn’t seem for the rest support of the world . the Board of to be much on either “Brand USA will execute a City dyCommissioners or the Greensboro namic marketing program that will Council to build a deck on that corner lot. include, but not limited to, a global The county willbehave an estimated $15 advertising campaign, earned media million or so left over from bond funds after and public relations a robust the $100 million jail isstrategies, complete, furnished social media outreach plan, promoand equipped. That money could be spent tional incentive campaigns, trade show for a new parking deck as long as the parking was used for “law enforcement purposes.” However, Alston has said frequently that the county shouldn’t spend that money just because it has it left over from the 2008 jail bond referendum. At the meeting, Gibson said he wasn’t exactly thrilled about spending millions of
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taxpayer dollars on a parking deck right now. “I don’t want to build a parking deck and sales missions, and educational either,” Gibson said. campaigns about U. S. entrynevertheless policies,” He added that the county Brand USA Outreach Coordinator Mineeded all of its options on the table, and, chelle Sohn told Carolina Journal. he said, the commissioners need to have a average overseas to serious“The discussion of the best usevisitor of the lot the U. S. spends $4,000 per trip, and that now serves the downtown YMCA. it takes 35 new overseas visitors Gibsonjust pointed out that Durham, Wake, to support one new U. S. job for Orange and Mecklenburg counties hadone all year,” sheparking said. decks for their employees built large When CJ pointed out that the 35 in recent years. visitors per differed Alston saidjob he estimate favored selling the from lot to the President’s 64 visitors per job, over she the YMCA, and he said uncertainty said, “You’re getting picky. My impact parking had been “a cloud hanging over the numbers are better than his, but we all Y.” know tourism good.” The chairmanisadded that the move to sell No taxpayer dollars used the lot to the YMCA would be on are the agenda to fund Brand USA. Half of the profor the next commissioners meeting, which gram’s $200 million annual budget is scheduled for Thursday, April 12. will be Alston funded from the private sector. The said the deal would likely involve remainder will come from a $14 fee on reserving several dozen spots in the lot for visitors traveling to the United States. the county to use. He added that other issues, Phase Two having access to the lot such as the county Phase Two involves for third-shift jail workers whenathetraveler YMCA retention initiative that would discourwasn’t open, should also be discussed. ageYow Americans from traveling said it made no sense to go outside forward the country. Federal economists say with selling the property to the YMCA when that traveler retention has the same the county didn’t have the first idea what it economic effect as travel exporting. was going to do about parking. “If we sell it to the Y before we take care of our own problem, it’s really not taking care of our own citizens,” Yow said. Yow said the county might not be required to provide parking for its employees but, he added, downtown businesses provide parking for their employees.
“Do they?” Alston said, doubting the claim. Yow said he believed they did. Economic AnalyAt The the Bureau meeting,of Commissioner Kay sis estimates that for every additional Cashion expressed her reluctance to build an 65 Unitednew States travelers be expensive parking deck inthat the can current discouraged from traveling outside the economy. country, the will “I’m not in economy the mood for anycreate bricks one and additional travel and tourism-related mortar right now. I don’t think the public is job, or she perhaps either,” said. a job in another sector, forThen one year. she made the most remarkable Sources CJ that the Obama statement of thetold afternoon. administration plans “It seems to me that just to aboutimplement everybody traveler retention through several can find a parking space,” Cashion saidinof centive programs. The first would be parking in downtown Greensboro. a $250 fee that would becommissioners, added to the Cashion, like all the other ticket price of every international flight has a covered reserved parking space in or cruise made by a U. S. citizen. a guarded lot right under the downtown Cruise goers who multibuilding she frequents the stop most at – the Old ple ports of call would pay the fee each Guilford County Court House. In saying time theirabout vesseleveryone crosses into a new that just could findna-a tion’s waters. parking place, she may have been under the The that second program involves impression all Guilford County citizens stiff duties on souvenirs brought back have their own reserved covered spaces in by U.S. citizens traveling abroad. protected lots for any trips downtown U.S. they Customs might have.officials would search the luggage of every returning traveler Of course, the truth is that even and assess a fee equal to 200 percent employees who work downtown and have of priceprovided of souvenirs. theirthe ownpurchase parking spaces by their Souvenirs brought in without a receipt employers often find those spaces stolen would be nowhere confiscated. and have to park until the tow truck arrives. Parking downtown can even be a big problem when it’s a busy Friday or Saturday night. Perkins said it would be very premature to sell the lot now. “We read in the paper that we don’t have (Continued on page 38)
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yogurt and fruit shakes that are available at Lowe’s Foods. I would like to be able to write that they are delicious, but because the staff didn’t save a single taste of a single yogurt shake for the editor, I personally don’t know what they taste like. I have to assume that they are really good because if they weren’t the editor would have been given a bunch of yogurt fruit shakes to taste and I have none. --Mayor Robbie Perkins opened the special meeting at 4:30 on Tuesday by paraphrasing the prepared statement that he has heard a thousand times. Perkins said, “We’re not going to practice any rules of order at this meeting and not going to ask people to turn off their pagers because we’re not going to be here that long.” He also said they would not hear from speakers. And he was right. The motion was made for closed session and they were out the door in about the same amount of time it would have taken the mayor to read the statement. --Congratulations to former Mayor and current Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, who will be receiving an honorary doctorate from her alma mater Bennett College this spring. Johnson was the city’s first black elected as an at-large councilmember, first black mayor pro tem and first black
mayor. And as anyone who knows her can verify, she tells great jokes and loves her grandchildren, as well as works hard for the city. --Congratulations also to John Isner, the son of Karen and Bob Isner and a graduate of Page High School, who cracked the top ten in World Tennis Association rankings for the first time this week. Isner defeated the number one ranked player Novak Djokovic, and earlier this year defeated the number three player Roger Federer. Tennis pundits are predicting that Isner will win his first major tournament this year. --Jim Dodson, the editor of O. Henry magazine here in Greensboro, PineStraw magazine in Southern Pines and a columnist for the Southern Pines Pilot has a new book out. How someone who is a newspaper columnist and the editor of two magazines finds time to write a book is beyond me. (It’s all I can do to put out one newspaper.) American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf by Dodson was released earlier this month. All three were born in 1912, so they would be celebrating their 100th birthdays this year. --The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is
celebrating eggs at the market this Saturday, March 24 from 7 a.m. to noon. There will be free demonstrations of how to raise your own chicks and lots of activities for children, as well as a cooking demonstration and sampling. Tickets are $3. --Blues legend John Mayall will perform at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. in High Point, on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40 and are
available online at www.highpointtheatre. com. --The Friends of John Coltrane will hold a Bluesy Dinner prior to the John Mayall concert on March 24. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at J.H. Adams Inn, 1108 N. Main St. in High Point, with a cash bar and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 5:30. To purchase a dinner ticket for $50, visit www. friendsofjohncoltrane.com.
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parking,” Perkins said. He asked why in the world the county would sell the huge parking lot before the county had any plan what to do about its own parking situation. Perkins said he certainly supported the YMCA and, he said, it might be a very good idea to eventually sell that lot to the YMCA. But Perkins said it made absolutely no sense to go ahead and sell the lot when it might play a big part in the solution to the county’s parking problems. “It doesn’t seem to me that we should sell that property that we might need at some point,” Perkins said. “I know the Y wants it.” Alston said depriving the YMCA of that
lot would put the nonprofit out of business. Perkins said it clearly wouldn’t hurt the Y if the county simply continued to lease the lot to the YMCA while the board considers the county’s situation a little longer. The commissioners didn’t vote to take any action at the March 15 work session. However, Alston reiterated that he would like to see the board vote on selling the property to the YMCA at the next commissioners meeting. Alston said the board should sell the lot to the YMCA and said county staff should continue to explore other options for addressing the parking situation, using options that didn’t include the lot directly across the street from the new jail.
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The Republican presidential primaries are over in that there is no doubt who the winner will be. There is a chance that Rick Santorum could prevent Mitt Romney from getting the required 1,144 votes, but there is no way that he is going to come anywhere close to actually beating Romney. Romney continues to hold a more than two-to-one lead, and with wins like Illinois this week he widens his lead. Romney is even beating Santorum among Roman Catholics, which is a good indication of just how poor a national candidate Santorum would be. Newt Gingrich, another Roman Catholic in the race, isn’t even beating Rep. Ron Paul in some states. But as long as people will pay for Gingrich to fly around the country with his wife, Callista, and make speeches, Gingrich isn’t going to go home. There is nothing Gingrich likes better than the sound of his own voice, and he gives a great speech. What a perfect opportunity for him to travel around the country and enjoy listening to himself talk, all done on someone else’s dime, which will leave him more money to spend at Tiffany’s on his wife. If you look at Gingrich’s calendar, he is spending a lot of time visiting zoos. This isn’t because he expects to get a lot of votes from the chimpanzees and meerkats but because he loves zoos. He also likes to campaign at historic sites, being a former history professor that makes perfect sense. In one way he is burning his bridges because it is going to be extremely difficult to get people to donate money to another Gingrich campaign when he is spending the campaign money he has now on personal travel. This is a weird election but you would expect Gingrich to drop out soon because he will no longer be able to pay his bills. Generally speaking candidates stay in the race as long as they have money. Former candidates have described the whole run as addictive. Look at John Edwards. He was having a fairly open affair during his campaign, or at least if he had been a Republican candidate the press would have written reams about this woman he had hired as a videographer who went everywhere with him. It was not normal, but Edwards is a Democrat so the press protected him as much as possible.
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But Edwards spent millions of dollars to try and keep the affair and his mistress hidden so he could continue to run, and now it appears there is a good chance that he will go to jail because he couldn’t just quit the campaign and straighten out his personal life. Even if he isn’t convicted of anything, just being tried for such crimes is extremely expensive, and his reputation is ruined.
,,, There is an old saying: Put your money where your mouth is. The corollary to that is that people put their money where their heart is. An article about men who had attended every Super Bowl game revealed that they were not necessarily wealthy but made the sacrifices necessary to attend the games because it was important to them. And you see men who will drive an old rattletrap car and then pull a beautiful set of the latest golf clubs out of the trunk. Santorum promotes himself as a devout Roman Catholic Christian. Many of his political stands are based on his Roman Catholic faith. Santorum says that he is devout and his faith is important to him, but he doesn’t put his money where his mouth is. Santorum’s donations to charity are not as bad as Obama’s were before he decided to run for president, but they are pretty bad. Santorum earns between $900,000 and $1.1 million a year and gives about 2 percent to charity. Sometimes 3 percent. But his excuse is worse than the crime. Santorum says that he gives so little to charity because it is so expensive to care for his handicapped daughter. No doubt that is a big expense, but Santorum didn’t give more to charity before his daughter Bella was born. Santorum says that he gives 3 or 4 percent and needs to do better, but the records show he generally gives less. There are plenty of Americans who don’t make $1 million a year, care for disabled children and still manage to make significant donations to their church and to other charitable organizations. If Santorum can’t manage more than 2 percent, to a high of 4 percent, you have to wonder where his heart is. He appears to be pretty taken with himself.
It’s a tragedy if the allegations are true and an American soldier killed 16 Afghani civilians. But it is also a tragedy that a schoolboy in Ohio killed three of his classmates, and that a woman last November in Pleasant Garden killed five children, including two of her own, before killing herself. And it a tragedy that a gunman in France shot and killed Jewish children and a rabbi. People go on killing rampages. It is difficult to understand but it happens and most of the time soldiers aren’t involved, but sometimes they are. Soldiers are humans and soldiers murder people. It is part of the human condition and goes back to Cain and Abel. It seems that the Afghan government is trying to make this incident seem like the United States is more responsible than it is. The US is over there protecting the Afghan government, and if you put that many people anywhere there are going to be murders. It is a tragedy but it isn’t the fault of the American people, and the American people shouldn’t be blamed for senseless killings.
,,, If presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney does nothing else in his race against Obama, he should do everything possible to force Obama to release some information about himself. When former President George Walker Bush was running against Sen. John Kerry, the public knew that although everyone said that Bush was an intellectual lightweight his grades at Yale were higher than Kerry’s. Monumental news like that may not have changed the election, but it is important to have some facts about people running for president. We know very little about Obama. We don’t know what his grades were anywhere. We don’t know how he got from Occidental College to Columbia University or even why he chose to go to Occidental College. It would also be interesting to hear from some of his college classmates. In fact, any information about Obama that does not come from Obama himself would be interesting. It would be helpful to have some objective data about Obama. It is weird to know so little about the president.
By John Hammer ,,, Why do the Amish get a religious exemption on Obamacare but Roman Catholic institutions are going to be forced to pay for abortions, which many consider murder? Actually it will be shocking if Catholic institutions do as Obama is ordering them to do. Many major cities in this country couldn’t survive without Catholic hospitals, so what happens if the Catholic Church insists on its constitutional right to practice the Catholic religion as the Catholic Church defines it and not as Obama defines it? The Catholic Church could decide to simply lock the doors of its hospitals and lay off all the employees rather than pay for abortions. The effect would not be as dramatic for Catholic schools, and the church itself can’t do much other than to disband, which doesn’t seem likely. What if instead of granting the Amish an exemption, Obamacare required that the Amish to start farming with tractors, that they had to travel by automobile and that all Amish homes had to be hooked up to electricity for their own health and well being. The Amish believe all those things lead to sin. It seems that would be a clear violation of their religious freedom, but for some reason Roman Catholics are not granted religious freedom by Obama’s government.
,,, The media may be focused on the presidential primaries and disasters, natural and manmade, but Rep. Paul Ryan is trying to establish a budget that will actually reduce spending and start to do something to reduce the debt. It is crazy to think that the government can tax its way out of this deficit. Taxes pull money out of the private sector and slow down the economy, which means taxes have to be raised higher to get the same return. The last thing the country needs right now is anything to slow down the economy. The federal government needs to allow more money to stay in the private sector and maybe it will help the economy get going just a little.
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