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Vol. XXIII No. 16

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Principal Resignation Tied To Fraud by paul C. clark Staff Writer

The resignation of Ben L. Smith High School Principal Noah Rogers on April 8 was the result of Rogers being accused of misusing $18,975 Guilford County Schools paid to move Rogers from Norfolk, Virginia, to Guilford County in 2006, according to court records and school system sources. In response to a public records request, Guilford County Schools officials verified that Rogers repaid the money with a certified check on April 4, 2013 – the day before he resigned. In a lawsuit filed in Norfolk Circuit Court on June 22, 2009, Cuthrell Brockington, a former Norfolk Public Schools employee.

Noah Rogers who said he was the owner of a company called Brockington Moving Co., claimed that he gave Rogers $18,975 that had been paid to Brockington by Guilford

County Schools to pay for Rogers’ move, and that Rogers never paid him back for the move. It is not unusual for Guilford County Schools and other large school systems to pay for a principal’s move, although it is negotiated on a case-by-case basis and is not done for all principals. But, according to Brockington’s claims in records filed with Norfolk Circuit Court, there was little that was usual about the way Rogers’ move was handled. Rogers was hired by Guilford County School Superintendent Terry Grier in 2006 from Norfolk Public Schools, where his last job was as principal of Lake Taylor High School.

Good Repair Not So Good For Downtown by john hammer editor

It’s shocking but the Greensboro City Council – led by Mayor Robbie Perkins, who recently declared bankruptcy – doesn’t seem to understand that the economy is bad for just about everyone. Before he declared bankruptcy the mayor took his company and fled downtown Greensboro

because it was too expensive and there was no free parking. Tuesday night, April 16, the mayor and seven of his colleagues voted to make operating a business downtown even more expensive because the city will now fine businesses up to $500 a day for having a cracked window. How’s this example? You own

a building downtown and you go on a lengthy vacation with a cracked window on the front of your building; you come back months later to find that despite your orders to the contrary no one has fixed the window and you have been fined $500 a day for the past two weeks. That may sound far fetched, but a very similar scenario involving a Guilford County commissioner and a trip to China occurred a number of years ago. However, (Continued on page 36)

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Students from seven Greensboro colleges and universities participated in the Seven Campus Scramble, an obstacle course that included the Jelly Belly Crawl in the Biscuitville Bowl held at Center City Park on Saturday. More photos page 36

Greensboro College celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding last week. One attendee at the party announced she had been present at the 100th anniversary celebration and it was my mother, Hannah Hammer, or as she was known back then, Hannah Martin (Continued on page 26)

When Guilford County Schools pays for a principal’s move, it requires the newly hired principal to submit three bids for moving services, gives the contract to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, and cuts a check to the winning moving company – which keeps the money, because it did the work. In Rogers’ case, the job went to Brockington, who worked for Norfolk Public Schools, possibly for Rogers, and Brockington claims he gave the money to Rogers, who would not be entitled to it, as employees can’t be paid for moving themselves, particularly if Guilford County Schools is paying a third party. According to a Norfolk Public

Schools spokesman, Brockington was an employee of Norfolk Public Schools until 2010. An online listing of Tidewater, Virginia, technology teachers lists Brockington as teaching at Lake Taylor High School in 2008. If he worked there in 2006, he would have been Rogers’ employee. There is no ìBrockington Moving Co.î listed as incorporated in the State of Virginia in the records of Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. On one internet social site, Rogers and Brockington are listed as friends. In other words, according to Guilford County Schools records, Guilford County Schools hired an employee of Norfolk Public (Continued on page 35)

At-large School Districts

This is a map of the two proposed at large Guilford County Board of Education districts in Senate Bill 317 sponsored by state Sen. Trudy Wade. The districts will allow one school board member to be elected primarily by citizens of Greensboro and one by the rest of the county. The other nine school board members will be elected from districts similar to the Guilford County commissioner districts. Education in Guilford County is in for some major changes if Senate Bill 317 – which passed the Senate Committee on Redistricting on Wednesday, April 17, and now goes to the floor of the Senate – passes. S t a t e S e n . Tr u d y Wa d e sponsored the bill, which makes sweeping changes to the way Guilford County Board of Education members are elected, and there was one significant (Continued on page 26)

Inside this issue

High Point News............ 6 Entertainment Guide...... 9 Puzzles............ 14, 20, 28 Uncle Orson Reviews....11 Yost Column................ 13 Rhino Real Estate........ 17 Scott’s Night Out.......... 16 Letters to the Editor..... 25 Editorial Cartoon.......... 38 under the hammer....... 39


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Wade Bad News For TECAN&R & Co. by john hammer editor

It’s amazing how that wall between the editorial side of The Eleven County Area News & Record and the business side has come tumbling down. The mainstream media like to brag about the fact that their news and editorial departments are completely separated from and not affected by the advertising and business part of the newspaper. In other words, if the biggest advertiser gets arrested for murder, it will be on the front page, and that is usually true. But if the biggest advertiser caused constant traffic jams because of the way he conducted business, or was asking the city for special consideration on a rezoning issue, well that may not be considered newsworthy. With TECAN&R and state Sen. Trudy Wade, any pretense of the business side not controlling the news side has been completely thrown out the window. Last Thursday, April 11, the lead story on the front page with a banner headline was a report detailing a rumor about Wade that the newspaper itself may have started. The rumor was that Wade, from her seat in the state Senate in Raleigh, was going to reopen the White Street Landfill. TECAN&R didn’t go into how Wade was going to manage to force the City of Greensboro to dump its garbage at the landfill, but evidently TECAN&R believes that Wade, one of 50 state senators, has that power. When asked whether there was any truth to the rumor, according to TECAN&R, Wade said no. But she did say that there were landfill reform bills in Raleigh that she planned to consider, and according to TECAN&R that left the door open. (Continued on page 26)

Weak Tea Party Party by john hammer editor

Those who were worried about the Tea Party taking over the Guilford County Republican Party or, even worse, taking over the government may rest easy. After Saturday’s Defend Liber-Tea Rally in Phill G. McDonald Plaza, it would appear that if the Tea Party in Guilford County if not dead is on life support. In past years the Tea Party has filled McDonald Plaza. This year the count by the News & Record, which reported about 100, was generous. I didn’t see one elected official other than state Sen. Trudy Wade, who came, spoke and left. If you listened to what the speakers were saying you could certainly see why elected officials stayed away in droves. The master of ceremonies for the event, Carmen of Rush Radio 94.1, called Republican Sen. Richard Burr “a sack of you know what” because her 14-year-old son didn’t like Burr’s vote to allow debate on the gun control bill. Burr said he wasn’t supporting the bill, but did support debating its merits. (Continued on page 34)

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Council May Sell Bonds Without Voters by Alex JakubseN Staff Writer

The Economic Development Committee of the Greensboro City Council may recommend the council bypass the voters by using two-thirds bonds to fund economic development projects. The Economic Development Committee discussed possible funding sources for a list of projects for the coming fiscal year at its Friday, April 12 meeting in the plaza level conference room at city hall. The funding sources include roughly $7.5 million in two-thirds bonds. Other funding sources on the project list include transportation bonds approved by voters in 2008, economic development bonds, street improvement bonds and the water and sewer capital fund. The city can issue bonds worth up to twothirds of the principal paid off the previous year on voter-approved bonds. When a city issues bonds it is borrowing money, so with two-thirds bonds the city can borrow more money without voter approval. One of the many insidious aspects of two-thirds bonds is they can be used for virtually any capital project. For example if voters approve bonds for street repair, after those bonds are paid off, the city can spend two-thirds of that money for new gold plated City Council office suites. The voters would have no say so, but would get to foot the bill. The City Council has had a policy against

using two-thirds bonds during the past 10 years, which it broke in 2007 when it authorized $1.5 million in two-thirds bonds to spend on World War Memorial Stadium. Most of that money has not been spent. The Economic Development Committee went over of list of eight projects under consideration for this year including streetscape for High Point Road, upgrades for the Bryan Park Soccer Complex, industrial site development and improvements to the Central Business District. Possible funding for the economic development along High Point Road includes $3 million in two-thirds bonds. The project list for two-thirds bonds also included $1 million for the Renaissance Plaza project; $600,000 for downtown enhancements; roughly $1 million for industrial site development; and roughly $2 million for streetscapes and redevelopment on South Elm Street. Councilmember Zack Matheny said he would be in favor of using two-thirds bonds for development along High Point Road, “If it made sense,” but said he had not come to a decision on whether or not they should be used. “We’re putting everything on the table,” he said. Matheny said that the committee does not yet have a recommendation on whether or not to use two-thirds bonds, but said he wouldn’t necessarily have a problem selling bonds without voter approval

“The voters hire me to represent them and make the best decisions for the city,” said Matheny. “People don’t vote on everything.” Councilmember Tony Wilkins, who is also on the committee, said he has publically stated he will not support two-thirds bonds and plans to stand by word. “It’s just not something that I can support,” he said. Wilkins also pointed out that the two mile stretch of High Point Road from Groometown Road to I-40 that goes through District 5, which he represents, is not included in the streetscape improvements proposed for High Point Road. Wilkins said there is still enough time for a bond referendum, which would give the people of Greensboro a say in how much money their city borrows. Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter,

who is also on the committee, said she does not approve of using two-thirds bonds because the people do not get a say in whether a project is worth going deeper into debt over. “There is plenty of time, I believe, to get one on a referendum,” said Abuzuaiter. “Even if it’s not a huge amount we should bring it before the voters.” Mayor Robbie Perkins, who recently declared bankruptcy, said that he supported the use of two-thirds bonds for “essential projects.” “I look at using that source of money for things you will get an immediate return on,” said Perkins. He said that infrastructure projects like fire stations and improvements to downtown that would secure job growth are what he would be willing to fund with two-thirds bonds.

City Water Rates To Rise Yet Again by Alex JakubseN Staff Writer

Greensboro Water Resources Department staff is claiming that the City Council needs to raise water rates yet again for the coming 2013-2014 budget year. The council discussed the recommendation for raising water rates by 3.5 percent for users inside the city and 7.5 percent for users outside the city at a Thursday, April 11 work session in the plaza level conference room at city hall. If passed it will be the second year in a row that the city has raised water rates. The proposed rate increase would raise the monthly water bill of the average city

user by $1.29 to $37, and raise the bill of the average outside user by $5.96 to $85, or 2.3 times the rate for city users. Water resources staff has a long-standing tradition of asking for more money at budget time, which comes along with warnings about what would happen if the council doesn’t raise rates, even though the Water Resources Department makes a profit of millions of dollars every year. According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the water and sewer fund made a profit of $2.8 million for fiscal year 2011-2012, although some revenue sources (Continued on page 38)

City Returns Pool to Schools with $400K by Alex JakubseN Staff Writer

The Greensboro City Council voted to give the Grimsley High School pool to Guilford County Schools, along with $400,000 to put towards its repair or demolition. The council heard reports on the pool from city staff and consultants and pleas from a concerned community group at its Tuesday, April 16 meeting in the council chambers at city hall. The pool has been closed since 2011, when a storm peeled back part of the roof and the city’s engineering consultants Sutton-Kennerly & Associates determined

the building to be structurally unsound. Greensboro has had a joint use agreement with Guilford County Schools since 1975 that states the city would maintain the pool. The agreement also states that the pool would revert back to the school board if the city abandoned the pool or failed to maintain it. The city obviously has not maintained the pool, which may be a violation of the agreement. Sutton-Kennerly said that the pool has problems caused by bad dirt under the foundation that has led to subsidence and caused large cracks to form in the walls. (Continued on page 27)


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Budget cuts may end world as we know it by Scott D. Yost county editor

At the Wednesday, April 10 Guilford County Budget Committee meeting, commissioners did some verbal jousting with the department heads from two of the county’s largest departments – the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Public Health. The message from both directors was, if there are any funding cuts at all to our departments, county citizens are likely to die or have their lives destroyed as a result. Commissioners Alan Branson, Bruce Davis, Hank Henning and chairman Jeff Phillips are on the committee. At the April 10 meeting in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House, Commissioner Carolyn Coleman also attended, as did Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Linda Shaw. Shaw sat in the audience along with reporters and others who aren’t committee members, while Coleman sat at a table that was connected to the two tables where the committee members sat. At the meeting, Phillips did most of the talking for the Budget Committee. His questions seemed geared toward two main purposes: to discover where the health department and the DSS could be cut, and to learn where the two department’s had critical needs that weren’t currently being

met. Guilford County Health Director Merle Green and DSS Director Robert Williams had very similar responses to the idea of cuts. Green was in the Budget Committee hot seat first. She said that, given the vital nature of her department’s services, insufficient funding now means the county will incur greater costs later. For instance, she said, the health department offers preventative care for diabetics and, if those services are reduced, it’s likely to increase the county’s costs down the line. “A diabetic’s ingrown toenail can become an amputation,” Green told the committee. She pointed out that it costs the county much less to treat an ingrown toenail than it does to provide care after an amputation. “We always say we’re on the preventative end of medicine, not on the curative side,” Green said. Green added that most of the health department’s services were preventative, and any funding cuts to those services, she said, were likely to have dire consequences. Green told the committee her department had taken numerous funding hits over the last four years, and has done the best it could in light of that. But any more cuts would be dangerous, which is the same thing she

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said last year. “We’re down to the essentials,” Green said. She told the commissioners her department was charged with vital duties such as protecting air quality and keeping mold out of schools. The tenor of the discussion was nothing new: Health department officials are notorious for offering nightmare scenarios whenever talks of cuts to their budget come up. About six years ago, when the Board of Commissioners asked what the result would be if that department was forced to take a 10 percent cut, health department staff said they would cut prenatal care for indigent expectant mothers. That suggestion packed a Board of Health meeting with tearful mothers-to-be. Another time, when the department faced cuts, county health officials said the department would have to cut back on funding for burials of homeless people, and they had a supposedly serious discussion at a Board of Health meeting about the possibility of allowing dead bodies to pile up on the streets of Guilford County. Phillips asked about the level of care the health department is required to provide. Green responded, “There’s no legislative formula for how much is enough.” She added that there is an expectation by

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the state that each county health department provide a “reasonable” level of care when it comes to services that the health department is mandated to provide. At the April 10 budget meeting Phillips asked Green, “Are there any areas where you lose sleep over – where you feel you need a bump up?” Green said there were. She said that, due to the county’s aging population, health related services for elderly adults were a major concern. “Our population is aging,” Green said, adding that, whenever the health department has the ability to treat an aging adult through preventative in-home measures, it saves Guilford County because the county avoids paying the additional costs associated with assisted living. Green also pointed out that, when it comes to many programs, cutting county dollars could mean a reduction in state, federal and private funds, because in some cases those dollars are tied directly or indirectly to county contributions. “Sometimes a [county] match is required,” she said. “Even when it’s not required, they want to see it.” G r e e n ’s m e s s a g e t o t h e B u d g e t Committee was clear: She said the health department has taken cuts for years, and, if (Continued on page 34)

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Price of Kudzu Goats Keeps Rising by paul C. clark Staff Writer

The High Point City Council on Monday, April 15 heard its annual requests by outside agencies for city funding. The agencies asked for $598,000 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year – $256,000, or 75 percent, more than the $341,000 the city allocated for outside agencies in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The agencies aren’t likely to get such a large collective increase. During a meeting of the City Council’s Finance Committee earlier in the day, High Point City Manager Strib Boynton advised the councilmembers to avoid making promises to the agencies. He said, “I ask you to resist the urge to make too many commitments.” Boynton also gave the councilmembers orders as to what to do during the meeting, before remembering the councilmembers are his employers. “Absolutely no action tonight,” Boynton said. Then, after catching himself, he said, “If you want to, feel free to. The bottom line you’re going to be looking at is that a couple of them have major requests.” The councilmember s apparently considered Boynton’s advice sound. During the requests for money by outside agencies, they sat at the dais without speaking. High Point Mayor Bernita Sims was cautious, saying after the presentations only that the City Council would take the requests into consideration during upcoming budget negotiations. Sims said, “We really do appreciate the work you put into this, and would that we had a tree that made money.” Boynton wrote the City Council on April 10 that, since the councilmembers had instructed him to recommend a budget without a property tax increase, new money would be limited. “Each of these requests are valid, and City support is necessary for each to achieve their goals,” he wrote. “However, and unless you advise me otherwise, the bottomline outside agency budget that you will get next month will not be greater than the current $341,563.”

That limited the councilmembers to pretty much smiling and nodding during the presentation, which is what they did. The two agencies Boynton referred to that requested large increases were the High Point Arts Council and the Friends of John Coltrane Inc. The High Point Arts Council is a catch-all agency that funds numerous arts groups and events. Most large North Carolina cities, including Greensboro, have one. The High Point Arts Council in November 2012 bought the Centennial Station property at 121 South Centennial St. for about $1 million, $250,000 of which it has already paid off. The Arts Council asked the City Council for a one-time capital grant of $200,000 to match a Guilford County grant.

The Arts Council was represented by Janette McNeill, who recently replaced Jim Morgan as chairman of its board of directors. McNeill is also the dean of the High Point campus of Guilford Technical Community College. Arts Council Executive Director Debbie Lumpkins also spoke. Lumpkins said that High Point was the only city of its size in North Carolina to not have an arts council headquarters. She said Centennial Station is a deal, a building once valued at $3 million that the Arts Council bought for $1 million. The arts council bought it from Southern Community Bank & Trust after the bank took it over from Wayne McDonald. McNeill said, “We are just so excited to find a home in a place we can finally call home.”

Lumpkins said the arts council is not asking for a funding increase, except for the capital grant match. She said, “Even though we’ve taken on some new things, we’re asking for funding at the same level we had last year.” The Friends of John Coltrane is the group that has, for the last two years, put on the John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival. The City Council, late in the planning for the 2011 festival, gave the Friends of John Coltrane $32,000 at the request of then-Councilmember Sims to pay for advertising. That donation, later redefined as a loan, wound up sparking public controversy and dogging Sims’ mayoral campaign until Election Day 2012. (Continued on page 26)

Griffin Park Takes Big Step by paul C. clark Staff Writer

D.H. Griffin is likely to get his 510-acre business and industrial park north of High Point. The High Point City Council on Monday, April 15 unanimously approved the annexation of 79 acres that will give Griffin’s already annexed 431 acres access to Sandy Ridge Road. This was the last major hurdle Griffin had to jump to get City Council approval of the project, which would be the largest business development annexed into High Point since Piedmont Centre was built in the 1980s. “That critical piece provides access to Sandy Ridge Road,” said Tom Terrell of Smith Moore Leatherwood, representing Griffin. “That critical piece of land is now owned by 350 South Land Holdings.” The High Point City Council voted in November 2012 to approve the annexation of the original 431 acres of the land In each case, the City Council made

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the annexation effective May 19, 2013, and made the annexation contingent on Griffin getting the property rezoned and a development agreement for it approved by the City Council by then. The final City Council votes on the rezoning and development agreement are scheduled for May 6. The conditional annexation of the additional 79 acres sailed through Monday’s City Council meeting with no opposition and little questioning by the councilmembers. The business park is actually proposed under the name of 350 South Land Holdings LLC, one of Griffin’s companies. The original 431 acres also contains parcels owned by Bland Property Investments and the Hedgecock family. Terrell said at Monday’s City Council meeting that Griffin did not want the added 79 acres rezoned that night, because that would trigger a cascade of purchases – suggesting that what Griffin has is a mixture of properties that are owned and ones that are optioned. High Point City Manager Strib Boynton declined to comment on the mix. Unlike at other City Council and High Point Planning and Zoning Commission meetings dealing with Griffin’s proposed office/industrial park, there was no line of neighbors speaking against the development at Monday’s meeting. Dennis Robinson, who lives on land on Sandy Ridge Road in front of part of the 79 acres that does not front on the road, asked for a privacy buffer, but did not oppose the development. The rezoning and approval of the development agreement seem almost certain after a Tuesday, April 16 meeting of the City Council’s Planning Committee, which was created after councilmembers revolted when High Point Mayor Bernita Sims attempted

to abolish the City Council’s traditional meeting system after she was sworn in as mayor in December 2012. The Planning Committee is chaired by former Mayor Becky Smothers. The Planning Committee took no action on the development plan or the proposed rezoning, but received the penultimate version of the development plan, which Boynton, city planners and Terrell had rewritten in an all-nighter Monday night. The draft presented wasn’t the final one because all-night work sessions produce mistakes. As Councilmember Jay Wagner pointed out, language in the agreement said that the city “shall” annex any future additions to the development into the city and zone it. High Point City Attorney JoAnne Carlyle and Terrell said they thought that language had been changed – and said it would be before May 6. Current city councils can’t bind future ones. Carlyle said the document would get a final edit. The cost to the city of infrastructure improvements needed for the project were previously estimated at $10 million to $12 million. Boynton said city officials had reduced that cost to $800,000 to run a sewer line to the first phase of the project. Another sewer line would be run to the northwest part of the development during its second phase, which could take decades to finish. Boynton said, “We’re really only talking about two city investments anytime soon.” Development agreements are a form of planning first approved in North Carolina by the General Assembly in 2006. They lock a city or county and a developer into a relationship over a usually large development and give the developer a vested (Continued on page 31)


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Fireworks Policy Will Likely Fizzle Out by Scott D. Yost county editor

Some county officials seem to have forgotten the “don’t” in the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Now that Guilford County is managing its own parks for the first time ever, the Board of Commissioners has given staff orders to create a new fireworks policy for those parks. The commissioners have done so despite the fact that only one of the county’s parks has an interest in providing fireworks, and most of the parks don’t have topography suited to offering fireworks shows even if they wanted to. Also, the creation of the new policy comes despite the fact that the commissioners have a history of creating one policy after another and then totally ignoring those policies and doing whatever they please instead. On Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, Guilford County took over the management of the county’s parks – a job that had always been outsourced to area cities and towns. Unlike Guilford County those local governments had the staff and management experience to handle the duties. Guilford County had been paying the City of Greensboro roughly $330,000 to run and maintain Bur-Mil Park and about $240,000 to do the same with HaganStone Park. The county now runs those two parks as well as Gibson Park, which

was previously managed by Jamestown, and Southwest and Northeast parks – both formerly managed by Gibsonville. The operation of Guilford-Mackintosh Park, currently handled by Burlington, and the operations at Triad Park, which is managed by Forsyth County, remain unchanged. Guilford County has all sorts of new headaches thanks to its parks takeover – for instance, there’s the administration of payroll and benefits for the 30 new parks

employees, who were county employees as of Jan. 1. The county created a position for a parks director late last year but the job remains unfilled. Parks operations have been placed under Guilford County Property and Parks Management Department, which got the word “Parks” tacked onto its name when the county began managing its own parks system at the start of the year. And now the county is worried about

fireworks – a topic that came onto the commissioners’ radar screen at the board’s Thursday, April 4 meeting, when the commissioners voted to spend about $2,000 on a fireworks display to be held on Wednesday, July 3 at Northeast Park. That money is the difference between the $10,000 contract with Zambelli Fireworks to put on the show and the $8,000 and change in a donation account that the Town (Continued on page 37)

Snipers find home on the range by Scott D. Yost county editor

On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department held its seventh annual Sniper Challenge, which gave marksmen across the region a chance to show off their aim – and gave Sheriff BJ Barnes an opportunity to show off his department’s shooting range. This year, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department had two teams, consisting of two shooters each, and they finished in first and second place – albeit with home field advantage. The High Point Police Department finished third in the competition.

This seventh annual Sniper Challenge carried added significance this year because it came right after the news that the Guilford County Prison Farm, where the range is located, is about to stop holding inmates­ – something the Prison Farm has done since 1935. This is also the first Sniper Challenge after a large company considered developing the Prison Farm land last fall. That could have ended up shutting down the prison and relocating the firing range. That chimerical deal fell through. However, since then, members of the local economic development community have

been pushing the Prison Farm land as an ideal spot for a large industrial park, despite the fact that, unlike other parts of the county, it has no water or sewer and no good roads. So the 2013 Sniper Challenge was a chance for Barnes to tout the importance of the county’s firing range on County Farm Road near Gibsonville and make his case that it should remain there. On Saturday, the second day of the event, Barnes said the challenge is much more than just shooters competing for bragging rights and having a good time. He said it’s a training event and, he added, one of the (Continued on page 28)

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Entertainment and Dining Guide Listings Europa Bar & Cafe

High Point Theatre

130 E. Parris Ave., 
High Point (336) 841-0521 
 Come experience traditional Irish cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. The Claddagh follows strict standards on service, quality, and presentation, using only the finest ingredients to ensure that every meal they serve is top-notch. New specials daily, featuring fresh fish and hand-cut Black Angus steaks. Regardless of the weather, you can enjoy cool, outdoor dining in their patio area, and don’t miss the soup, salad, and baked potato lunch bar from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Open for lunch, Monday through Friday, dinner every night, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with a late-night bar menu available. View menus online. www.thecladdaghrestaurant.net

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

220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point (336) 887-3001 Located within the International Home Furnishings Center in the heart of downtown High Point, the High Point Theatre is one of the finest stage and gallery spaces in the Southeast. Constructed in 1975, the facility combines contemporary “sculptured” architecture with an interior design dominated by earth tones. The theater features an elegant 965 seat auditorium and three large exhibition galleries for meetings, display, or receptions. www.highpointtheatre.com

Carolina Theatre

Giovanni’s

310 S. Greene St., Greensboro (336) 333-2605 The historic Carolina Theatre is one of Greensboro’s best-loved landmarks. Built in 1927, it originally hosted vaudeville performers and silent films. It now is a cornerstone of downtown Greensboro’s revival, bringing more than 75,000 people downtown annually. The theater provides a majestic ambience in which to enjoy classic movies, diverse performances by area cultural groups, and nationally recognized entertainers. www.carolinatheatre.com

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

Claddagh Restaurant & Pub

Libby Hill Seafood 3920 Cotswold Ave., GSO (336) 288-6782 1100 Summit Ave., GSO (336) 272-2101 3011 Randleman Rd., GSO (336) 275-7688 2004 North Main St., HP (336) 882-4191

Libby Hill Seafood Express 3930 High Point Rd., GSO (336) 854-5002 For over 50 years, Libby Hill has been cooking up some of the best seafood in the area. In the old days, every Libby Hill entree was fried. (In 1953, nobody worried about cholesterol.) Today, you will find broiled and grilled selections, among other healthy choices. Chicken and steaks have been added to the menu, and there are appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. Dine in or relax at home with a cookedto-order take-out meal. Try the oyster bar at the Cotswold Avenue location only. The Cotswold location also has outdoor dining. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. (High Point Road in Greensboro and Ma www.libbyhill.com

Mexico Restaurants 4800 West Market St., GSO (336) 292-6044 2307 Fleming Road, GSO (336) 665-5170 1007 Battleground, GSO (336) 333-2514 3606-M N. Elm St., GSO (336) 286-9040 For traditional Mexican food, you need to find someone who knows it, lives it and loves it: Mexico Restaurants. With nearly 25 years of excellent service, food and reviews, the four locations of Mexico Restaurants are obviously doing something right. Children eat free on Thursdays, and Mexico offers daily lunch specials starting at just $4.95. Dinners start at $7.65. Enjoy authentic Mexican food and superior, friendly service without spending a fortune at Mexico Restaurants. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.mexicorestaurantnc.com

Pepper Moon Catering 1068 Boulder Road, Greensboro (336) 218-8858 With over 13 years in business, Pepper Moon is the Triad’s premiere full-service catering company. With its fully trained professional staff, Pepper Moon provides delicious contemporary American cuisine – from casual to gourmet – at the location of your choice, allowing you and your guests to relax in your own setting. Pepper Moon also has a 7,700-squarefoot customized catering facility and commissary, dedicated exclusively to offpremises catering, and is fully licensed to sell and serve alcohol. Whether your event is small or high profile, social or business, Pepper Moon is the caterer of choice with prices for every budget. www.peppermooncatering.com

The PorterHouse Bar & Grill 4608 West Market St., GSO (336) 617-7145 For lunch or dinner, PorterHouse serves homemade food that is both fresh and delicious. Enjoy hearty sandwiches made with the choicest meats and fresh vegetables, or a satisfying salad topped with homemade dressing. PorterHouse is known for its signature burgers, or you can create your own with their unique list of toppings. Specials include $5 burgers all day Monday, and the prime rib special with half-price wine on Thursday. Friday and Saturday all appetizers are half price from 9 to 11 p.m., and brunch is offered on Sunday. PorterHouse offers 12 beers on tap, 5 made here in North Carolina, as well as a wide selection of wines. www.theporterhousebarandgrill.com/

Thai Herb 1116 Eastchester Dr, Suite 116, 
High Point (336) 889-3896 For delicious, memorable Thai cuisine prepared with only the freshest ingredients, the place to go is Thai Herb. Delighting customers for two years, Thai Herb serves both lunch and dinner in an elegant, Thai style settubg. The dishes are always fresh and ready quickly. Served by a friendly staff that truly cares about your dining experience, Tuesday through Sunday. Take out is also available, and Thai Herb offers a full bar. www.thaiherbhighpoint.com/

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything

Fairy Door, Bad Biography, E-Z Slide by orson scott card

A few weeks ago, my wife told me about a fairy door that appeared in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It was handmade and fitted perfectly in a notch between roots. It had a hinge and you could pull on the knob and it opened. Park visitors had discovered the whimsical creation and started leaving things inside the door. Nuts. Treats. Notes. One, for instance, said, “I like cheesecake.” This makes sense to me. If you confine yourself to eating only desserts delivered by fairies, you stand a better chance of losing weight. At the time the story broke, park officials said they had no plans to remove the fairy door. I thought at the time that this was an astonishing attitude from a government bureaucracy, and indeed it was too good to be true. Soon the door was removed – and replaced with a different, not-as-well-made door. Is there a Department of Fairy Doors which found that the original fairy door did not meet the regulations and had to be replaced? No doubt the door is doomed. There almost certainly is a regulation that nothing can be attached to a living tree in the park – not even with teeny-tiny screws. The possibility of deciding to ignore the rule for one exceptional situation is vanishingly small. That’s because people can lose their jobs for making exceptions to the rules. Besides, the kind of person who thrives in a regulatory job is the kind of person who loves regulation and is deeply, deeply disturbed by any rule violation. No doubt this person spent many sleepless nights before weeping as he (or she) ordered the removal of the fairy door. “I know everybody loves it, and the anonymous creator of the door made something whimsical and sweet that has

increased the pleasure of park visitors. But it is bolted to the tree.” People have missed the point about the fairy door. Fairy doors have been around for years. We had a couple, bought from Toscano’s catalogue, if I remember aright, attached to the bases of trees in our back yard, until tree growth and/or raccoons pried them loose. We still have tiny fairy doors attached to the baseboard in a couple of rooms in our house. Why? Because my wife and I are extremely immature, or at least I am, and my wife is tolerant. And it’s our house. Get over it. What made the Golden Gate Park fairy door so wonderful was that it was so individual. It was handmade, finely finished, and it fit exactly in place. It was genuine public art. It was not going to advance the craftsman’s career – we still don’t know who made it. Nobody was going to charge money for it. No doubt the maker of the door expected it to be removed as soon as the park officials found out about it. But as long as it lasted, it brought delight to park visitors who happened to notice it. It was a generous thing to do. And the fact that government, by its nature, had to destroy it is simply a fact of life. Government is destructive of some things, protective of others. Losing the fairy door is the price we pay for also not having yard sale, lost dog and we-buy-houses signs nailed to every tree in the park. Yet because that one fairy door did exist, and was so creative and well-made, we will walk through all parks now, keeping our eyes open for the possibility that the next tree just might have a fairy door, too, which will only exist for a few moments before the ogres whisk it away.

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The book Galileo, by J.L. Heilbron, is a thick biography that promises, in the preface, to spend plenty of time putting

Galileo in his intellectual context. Most writers about Galileo, said Heilbron, plunge straight into his conflict with the Catholic Church; my book, though, will give you a much clearer perspective by showing what issues were already in contention in the Italian Renaissance. Since Heilbron has written about the conflict between church and science before, and seems to have a distinguished resume, I was optimistic. This is exactly the kind of biography and history I thrive on. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the “emeritus” in Heilbron’s backflap bio. But I’ve known plenty of professors whose retirement from active teaching meant they had more time to write – they could finally get to the projects that have been stewing in their minds and now are ready to serve. So “emeritus” is not a code word for “too old to write well.” “Old” doesn’t necessarily mean “gaga.” Some scholars’ best work comes after they retire. But I realized something was wrong with this book by page 7. As Heilbron is explaining why mathematics was regarded as a lower field of study than philosophy, he writes: “In Aristotelian logic, the strongest demonstration (demonstratio potissima) is the perfect syllogism, of which the form ‘all B are A, all B are C, therefore all A are C’ is the exemplar.” Yes, yes, I know, this is needlessly thick writing, but unglaze your eyes and look at that syllogism. It has to be a typo, right? The A and B were accidentally swapped in the first premise, right? No. Here’s the very next sentence: “In practice, the premises of a physical proposition (all B are A, all B are C) were agreements among philosophers based on the repeated and confirmed experiences of rational animals.” There it is – he repeats “all B are A.” I read this aloud to my wife, whose brief section on logic in a college class was

hundreds of months ago. “What?” she said. “That’s not right.” Indeed it’s not. From those premises, all you could derive about the relationship between A and C are the two statements “Some A are C” and “some C are A.” There is no valid “all” statement you can make, period. Let’s get rid of the letters and put it in the traditional terms. A valid syllogism (Continued on page 14)

In every city, there is one Italian restaurant against which all others are measured.

Life is good. Drink it in.

R E S T A U R A N T 5831 High Point Rd. (just past Adams Farm) Greensboro

336.852.8890

In Greensboro, that establishment is Giovanni’s.

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

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Yanceyville Banking Enters 20th Century by Scott D. Yost county editor

I keep a lot of souvenirs. Well, actually, I keep a lot of things that I call “souvenirs,” but to be fair the category is really a lot broader than that. These things are really just anything I have trouble getting rid of. Whenever I can’t figure out what to do with a scrap of paper or some other item, they usually end up in a manila envelope marked “Souvenirs.” For instance, one envelope I came across recently while cleaning out was labeled, “Souvenirs 1990s.” I started going through it, hoping I could get rid of some of it in my ongoing effort to clean out my life – however, the truth is that, once I started going through it, it brought me so much utter joy that I couldn’t imagine throwing any of it away. Really, anything from my past that has made it this far into my life over the last two decades without getting thrown out – well, it’s made it around this long for a reason. Maybe sometime in the next decade I’ll throw some of it away. Like, take this picture from the ’90s of me playing basketball over at a former court at Lindley Park, just off of Spring Garden Street. It was like noon on a Tuesday or whatever, and I was out shooting, and a News & Record photographer came out and introduced himself and asked if he could take my picture. I said sure, and the next day this picture was on the front page of a section in the News & Record; it may even have been on the very front page of the paper.

These days, getting my picture or seeing my name in the paper isn’t a big deal, but this was one of the first times it happened, so I liked it: This was one of my first brushes with fame, and I enjoyed the notoriety, but some friends who were with me the first time I saw it read the caption out loud to me. It said that, when you want to play basketball and no one else is there, then “a little one-on-none basketball might be just the thing for a bright cool day.” Then it said that it’s Lindley Park and the guy in the picture is Scott Yost. But here’s the part my friends pointed out to me. It said: “Yost, who said he is a writer, played while listening to the radio …” My friends read that and they all started laughing, and I was like, “What’s wrong with that?” One of them said, “Don’t you see? They’re calling you a liar. It doesn’t say, ‘Yost, who is a writer’; it says, ‘Yost, who said he is a writer’ – which is the same as saying, ‘Yost, who’s clearly a liar who goes around claiming to be a writer …” And they all had a good laugh at my expense – as, presumably, did everyone in town who read that. Despite the way the News & Record made it sound, I really was a writer back then – though most of the things I’d published at that time were horror short stories and not many people had read them. The other thing I like about this photo is that it brings back memories of that (Continued on page 15)

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The New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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“MY TREAT” By Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz

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takes this form: “All Greeks are human. Socrates is a Greek. Therefore Socrates is human.” That’s a valid syllogism. But Heilbron’s example is the equivalent of saying, “Socrates is a Greek. (All B are A.) Socrates is human. (All B are C.) Therefore all Greeks are human. (All A are C.)” Utter nonsense! Conceivably, this could still be a typo, or a case where an editor, faced with two versions of the premise, chose the wrong one to keep. Except that Heilbron goes on to explain that philosophers were regarded as superior to mathematicians because syllogisms were based on a consensus about the real world, and geometry was about pure abstractions that could not exist in reality – a line without width or breadth, perfectly straight, etc. But this is absurd. Consensus about the real world is a part of inductive logic, in which repeated experience leads to generalized, but perpetually questionable,

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conclusions. Syllogisms, on the other hand, are loved precisely because they are abstract – like geometry. They deal with validity, not factuality. “All ducks are geese. Donald is a duck. Therefore Donald is a goose.” This statement happens not to be true because ducks are not geese at all. But the syllogism is valid because if both premises were true, the conclusion would be inescapable. Syllogisms are about validity; truth is a separate discussion. Then there’s this syllogism: “All bucks are deer. One dollar is a buck. Therefore one dollar is a deer.” In this case, both premises are accurate enough. But that “buck” in one proposition is not even remotely the same thing as “buck” in the other. The coincidence of sounds (“buck” and “buck”) is meaningless. In fact this “syllogism” says, “All A is B. All X is Y. Therefore all A is Y.” Silly. A pun, not logic. The syllogism is invalid regardless of whether the premises are true or not.

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but notice that its babies do have spinal columns, so the species is a vertebrate mammal, and this is merely a deformed specimen.” That is how inductive reasoning works: It relies on an assumption of universality, which is always tentative; there is always the unspoken “so far.” This is what science depends on to determine the truth value of a proposition; syllogisms are only to determine the validity of a conclusion drawn from two premises. I know, how boring is all this? My point is that by page 7, in the first instance where Heilbron does what he promises his whole book will do – attempt to explain the intellectual context in which Galileo was developing his thoughts and methods – his writing is flat wrong and a hopeless muddle. On pages 10 and 11, Heilbron writes about how Galileo returns to music, another “inferior” science but one which was pretty much the family business, since Galileo’s father was an accomplished lutanist (lute (Continued on page 16)


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Here’s another thing that I cut out of the paper years ago though this picture is not of me. I don’t remember exactly what paper it was in, but I think it was some small town paper or an obscure weekly or whatever. The first time I saw this picture I just laughed and laughed and laughed.

I have hung on to it to this day, and I will still have this picture many years from now. Whenever I look at it, it just completely baffles me beyond belief. Take a close look.

This is a female customer pulling up to an ATM. She’s holding her card out the window, and it looks like she’s about to use it to get some money out or whatever. Like I said, when I first saw this picture – an ad for Fidelity Bank in Yanceyville – I laughed and laughed. And I had so many questions about it that I wanted to jump in the car and drive to Yanceyville and find this bank and ask them what in the world is going on in the picture. The caption reads, “Pictured is customer Barbara Cooper receiving assistance from Fidelity Bank employee, Nancy Byrd during her transaction.” I am not trying to be critical, but when I look at this picture, it makes me wonder if these people in Yanceyville really

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understand the whole concept behind an ATM. I mean, really, the entire reason that you even have ATM’s is so that the banker doesn’t have to come out and stand there and help you. In fact, the “A” in ATM stands for “automatic.” I wonder, if you drive up to that bank in Yanceyville, if they have helpful tellers standing attentively by each ATM ready to take your card and put it in the ATM for you. Seeing this picture made me want to drive up to the ATM at that bank in Yanceyville and start honking until some teller came out. Then I would hand her my card and ask her what took her so long. “I mean, why in the world,” I would complain to her,

“would you have perfectly good ATM’s in working condition, but not have them manned so that people could use them?” This picture also makes me wonder if there was an awkward moment when the ATM attendant asked this customer for her PIN so that she could conduct the transaction. Because, on the one hand, you’re not supposed to give your PIN out to anyone, even a teller. But, on the other hand, it’s not like the teller can just stand there and make wild guesses at people’s PIN every time a customer pulls up to the ATM. Imagine the lines. For so many reasons, I just find this picture one of the most fascinating pictures in the world. And I don’t know how I’m ever supposed to throw it out. If you’re a writer who sends out a lot of stuff, then you invariably gather a lot of rejections and, in most cases, there’s no reason to keep them – but some of them I just can’t bring myself to throw away. Well, here’s one of my favorite rejection letters. I’ve hung onto it because it makes me feel superior to the person doing the rejecting. It’s from Amazing Stories magazine in the early ’90s. It says, “Thanks for your interest in Amazing Stories and for giving us the first shot at your manuscript … I enjoyed reading ‘Dark Sea.’ Your story proves that when one person really wants to help (Continued on page 16)

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wonderful basketball court that I used to use all the time. But, not long after this picture was taken, the court saw a serious downfall. The court wasn’t crowded in this picture, but back then, in the late afternoon, groups of basketball players from other parts of town would come and play full court games. The people who came out were fine and well behaved, but the neighbors in the area complained to the city that “undesirables” were congregating there in the afternoon, so the city took down one goal. People kept coming and they played half court using the one goal. So, then, the city took the other goal down and left a concrete slab. Now, and this is no joke, right after that, sizable groups of Vietnamese people started to come out to the slab, and they would sling up a net that looked kind of like a tennis net, and they would play some Vietnamese game that I never could quite figure out. They would also cook some food by the court while they played their game. Well, the neighbors in that area really freaked out about all that, and soon, I kid you not, the city came out and tore up the concrete, and so the Vietnamese people went away too. That seemed to work, and, after that, none of the neighbors had to deal with the problem of people enjoying themselves at the park any more. (You know, in their defense, it was a park after all, where you would definitely not want groups of people getting together and enjoying themselves.) So I’m glad that finally worked for them. I was worried that, if tearing the concrete up didn’t keep people away, then the neighbors would complain again and the city would come out and put out landmines.

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Our viewing area got great news recently as the beautiful and talented Julie Luck announced she would be joining WFMY News 2. Julie and I dropped by 107.5 WKZL’s morning show with Jared Pike and Katie O’Brien (seen below with Julie). One of the questions Jared asked on the air was, “What celebrity do you secretly lust after?” or something like that, and Julie, God bless her, said “Scott Yost.” However, I feel confident she only said that because I was in the studio. Jared made her choose again and she went with Ryan Gosling. Jared knew it was a special occasion and he knew I would be there taking pictures, which, I think, is the reason the reason Jared was so dressed up that morning. - Scott D. Yost

another, the best way to do it is to leave the sufferer alone.” OK, so far so good, but then it says: “Although we can’t use your submission in our magazine, I can give you some suggestions that may help you with any other stories you write: You need to make the relationship between the two characters more real, more credible … It’s hard to believe… that they could make love after only three weeks of knowing each other.” When I read that, I was asking in my head: What? It’s hard to believe they could make love after only three weeks? When I looked at the letter recently after pulling it out of my souvenir folder, I noticed that I had marked that comment

Uncle Orson (Continued from page 14) player; early guitarist). Heilbron carefully explains that Ptolemy’s theory of music deals with the mathematical relationship between tones coming from divided strings. That is, the tone produced by a taut string of a certain length will be exactly one octave lower than that produced by an identical string of half that length. Then Heilbron, after an incoherent couple of paragraphs in which he makes a complete muddle, using the terms “temperament” and “mode” without the slightest explanation of either, says: “Referring to a ‘simple-minded assertion of Zarlino,’ father or son [Galileo or his dad] points out that to get a tone and its octave simultaneously from a single string, it must be stopped at a third, not a half, of its length....” Heilbron presents this as if it were a contradiction of Ptolemy, but it is not. It is an affirmation, since the two-thirds of the string is exactly twice the length of the one-third, and therefore Ptolemy would

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and drawn an arrow and written a note to myself about the editor reading it. It said, “Sci-fi geek – never been …” I didn’t have the internet back then to settle the dispute, but now I do so I grabbed my iPad and Googled something like, “How many dates on average before having sex,” and – this is no joke – the answer that was voted number one on Yahoo answers was, “You have to date before you have sex?!?!” [Disclaimer: As you know, sex is the devil and you should never do it, and in no way should anything in this column be construed as me saying that sex is in any way anything other than of the devil. I’m just saying … three weeks? Three weeks?] You know, maybe that’s a short time for editors of Amazing Stories magazine who live in their mothers basement watching old Battlestar Galactica marathons while playing Dungeons and Dragons for two days straight, but I don’t think three weeks is that short a time. But here is why you keep things like this: I realized something new when I looked at this again this week. It’s only now that I read the name, “Lisa” – so it was a woman who wrote that comment and not a guy as I had always presumed. (I guess I had never made it past the part that I found aggravating.) And I don’t know if she is single anymore or not, but I will say that, if she is, and you are planning on asking Lisa out, then I would really be prepared for the long haul, if you know what I mean.

have predicted that their tones would be an octave apart. The argument about tempered pitch versus mathematical pitch was an important one at that time, and in one form or another it still goes on. But tempered pitch won in practical usage because it is so much simpler to work with. That’s why pianos are even possible. If the pitches were mathematically pure, the piano could play accurately in only one key, and any change of “key” would actually be a change of mode. That is, you would only have the white keys, and the pitches would not be the distance apart that they are now. But instead of that single true seven-tone scale, we use the “tempered” 12-tone scale, each note exactly evenly spaced (in pitch) from the notes before and after. Thus you can begin a seven-tone scale from any of the 12 tones and it will sound “the same” as long as you skip notes in the right proportion. The same piano can thus play in any key – but all the keys are slightly off from (Continued on page 28)


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Letters to the Editor More armed guards for schools Dear Editor, I was horrified to hear Mr. Obama say on the radio that the proposed gun legislation is to make it “a little more difficult” for people like Adam Lanza to kill our schoolchildren. We should be making it a lot more difficult for these nuts to harm our kids. Alan Keyes keeps pointing out that zero of the school shootings have happened in inner-city schools. This is because they have armed guards. Start spraying lead in one of those schools, and you get lead sprayed back at you. Obama and his ilk will never consider that solution, because the Bilderberg Group and other globalists (who have been bankrolling Obama for 30 years) have as a goal the complete disarming of the general population. They can’t achieve it in one fell swoop, so they are taking baby steps towards that goal, like this magazine capacity limitation. Al Shumard

Taxes immoral and unfair Dear Editor, There are a number of different debates going on about modernizing North Carolina’s antiquated tax system. What is missing in these debates is the question of morality and fairness of that system. As a retired CPA I can tell you from past experience both the North Carolina and the United States tax systems are quite immoral and unfair in the ways that taxation has been applied and taxes have been extracted for the last 100 years. There are many questions that I can ask that would indicate just how immoral and unfair the tax system of North Carolina has been and is today. But before I present any questions let us look to guidance from a greater source than the individual or a legislative body, the Bible. The Bible guides us to tithe (10%) to support our church and the church’s many outreach missions to the poor. Since God has directed us to tithe in support of His work then we should only need to tithe to support the work of all our governmental bodies. To request more than a tithe from any given individual to support the government indicates that many would believe the government is bigger and more powerful than God and the religions that have been generated in his name! Here are a few questions that I believe you need to ask and answer about the morality and fairness of North Carolina’s tax system: • Is it the government’s responsibility to replace the responsibilities of the church, community, or the family? • Is it moral or fair for a government to take more from its citizens than is required to operate the government in its primary functions of: protection of the state and its citizens, the administration of justice (law and order), and the provision of those

services that the citizens cannot afford alone or provide alone (education K-12, roads, etc…)? • Is it moral or fair to take more taxes from one individual in order to transfer the excessively taken taxes to another? • Is it moral or fair to create a dependency in the state’s citizenry requiring them to be dependent on the state/government for their livelihood? • Is it moral or fair to use excessively extracted taxes to create programs that destroy the moral fiber of society? • Is it moral or fair to use excessively extracted taxes to create a program that demoralizes the recipients of that program? • Is it moral or fair to use excessively extracted taxes to create programs to support the breakup of the family unit? • Is it moral or fair to use excessively extracted taxes to create a program that supports increased child birth outside marriage? • Is it moral or fair to use excessively extracted taxes to create programs that continue to keep our citizenry in poverty? • Is it moral or fair to use the tax system to suppress personal growth be it financial independence or personal independence? Over the years I have seen numerous methods used to avoid taxation. I have also seen numerous methods used to claim excessive tax credits/subsidies. The legislature would be well advised to eliminate tax credits/subsidies to all: including individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Tax credits/subsidies are methods that have been used in the past to avoid taxes by many including the poor and will be used in the future to avoid taxation. We must ask our members of the North Carolina General Assembly to use all their efforts to modernize the state’s tax system. Remember God asks only for 10 percent for his churches to support their work. A government should understand that their work is important but is their work more important than God’s work, to require more than an equal percentage in taxes from all would be inappropriate. Ray Shamlin

Hit and run squad is back Dear Editor, I retired from the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) in 1997 after working as traffic investigator, crash reconstructionist and supervisor (sergeant) for 17 years in the traffic division. I worked as a private investigator specializing in accident investigation and reconstruction for another 15 years before having a stroke in January 2012. Some time before coming to the GPD a few years ago, a former chief (White or Wray?) dissolved the “Crash Reconstruction Squad,” which had been investigating hit and run collisions and assisting in the investigation of serious injury and fatality crashes.

I was very pleased to learn that the hit and run squad has been reinstated, and wish to thank Chief Miller for doing this. This investigative unit provided a very much needed service for Greensboro’s citizens. I doubt that the percentage of hit and run collisions in Greensboro are any less today than they were when I retired, which was approximately 22 percent of all reported accidents. If officers are accurately reporting them as hit and runs, as required by law, this would amount to over 3,000 hit and run accidents annually. Field officers do not have time to adequately follow-up and investigate hit and runs and answer calls for service too. All they have to do is document that the victim reported it as a hit and run and collect any physical evidence from the crash scene. However, information I have seen as an independent accident investigator and consultant indicates that this is not always being done. If the investigating field officer does not document the statement from the victim as required, the case does not get referred to the hit and run follow-up investigator, and justice is not served. The point is, Chief Miller reinstated the hit and run squad. Again, thank you, sir. You have done the citizens of Greensboro a very valuable service. Ramon Bell

Disagrees with Hagan Dear Editor, As a concerned citizen I requested where US Sen. Kay Hagan stands on gun control. My face-to-face meeting request at the Greensboro office or my residence does not seem to be of importance to understand the stance she is willing to take. Since our opinions seem to be no concern, I would like to reach out to potentials undecided voters, or voters disillusioned with information on her stances. Hagan supports the Affordable Care Act – my request to her is if she read the legislation before voting. To her supporters – do you want a senator who votes on legislation without knowing what is contained in the bill? The voters who support the Affordable Care Act – do you see companies reducing hours to 28 per week? Companies are reducing 40-hour workers to 28 hours per week. Workers at 28 hours a week are not required to be covered. Looks like you will be paying for coverage yourself. Hagan also supports the “death tax.” For low-information voters, that means if you own anything of value, you pay taxes on it during your lifetime. Upon your death, your heirs will pay a tax yet again. Just checking if the Hagan supporters feel good having a true blue liberal try to position in the middle. Anonymous


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Wade (Continued from page 2) But just to make sure that Wade got the message that she was going to be attacked relentlessly by TECAN&R, on Saturday, April 13, the lead editorial on the editorial page was about the rumor concerning Wade opening the White Street Landfill. The article and editorial had little to do with the White Street Landfill, but have a lot to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue that TECAN&R stands to lose if Wade is successful in passing Senate Bill 387 that eliminates a law that virtually requires the City of Greensboro, Guilford County and other local units of the state government to buy ads from TECAN&R. Wade’s bill – allowing local governments in Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Burke, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Union counties to post public notices required by law on their own websites rather than buying advertisements in paid circulation newspapers – passed the Senate

Kudzu Goats (Continued from page 6) The majority of the 2011 festival’s funding came from private donations, the largest, an $80,000 donation from the Hayden Harman Foundation of Burlington, whose founder, Patrick Harman, is the treasurer of the Friends of John Coltrane. In 2012, the nonprofit asked for $50,000 from the city – which the City Council voted, as part of its $328 million 20122013 budget, to hand off to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau (HPCVB), with instructions to provide the $50,000 for

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Rules Committee on Tuesday, April 9, causing an uproar in the paid circulation newspaper industry. Imagine what a great law that would be, regardless of what business you are in, if it required the city and county to do business with you. What if the state passed a law that Greensboro had to buy all of its coffee at a national chain of coffee shops that originated in Washington State and has a mermaid on its cups. Or what if the state had a law that all gasoline used by city vehicles had to be purchased at gas stations owned by a franchise that was started in Pennsylvania and sounds like a bad word mispronounced. Can you imagine the outcry from the other coffee providers and gas stations? But the unbiased daily newspaper in town believes that local governments should be required by law to advertise public hearings, tax delinquencies and other such matters in the News & Record. That is the kind of law that TECAN&R

and every other major newspaper in the state has working for them. The law doesn’t state that the City of Greensboro has to advertise in TECAN&R, but the way the newspaper where Greensboro has to advertise is defined, there is only one that meets all the criteria. Wade’s bill allows local governments to meet the legal requirement for advertising by placing a notice on its own website. It doesn’t prevent any local government from running as many ads as it wants about anything, but local governments in Guilford the other counties will no longer be required by law to advertise in their local paid circulation newspapers. The North Carolina Press Association is treating this bill like its First Amendment rights are being violated. But what the bill does is remove a government-sanctioned monopoly. Since far more people have internet access than subscribe to the daily newspapers, it seems like it is a way to reach more citizens.

the festival out of its budget. The HPCVB is funded by a Guilford County hotel occupancy tax created by a local act of the North Carolina General Assembly. Part of the act requires 15 percent of the tax’s proceeds to go to groups like the visitors bureau who attempt to attract events and increase hotel bookings. The city doesn’t pay into the HPCVB’s $1.3 million budget. For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Friends of John Coltrane asked the City Council for $50,000 – presumably in addition to the money it gets from the HPCVB.

Harman said the Coltrane Festival drew 2,000 in 2011, 2,400 in 2012 and hopes to draw much larger groups. He said the Chicago Jazz Festival is an entire department in the Chicago government, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest started smaller (300 attendees in its first year) and wound up with 18,000 attending annually. Harman said, “It takes about five years to establish a festival. A budget with no increase in funding for outside agencies would save Sims from the political fight that could accompany giving the festival more money. Other groups asking for funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year include the Community Resource Foundation ($100,000); the Southwest Renewal Foundation, which got $6,000 this year and wants $28,000 next year; the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival ($50,000 in credits to use the High Point Theatre); and the Piedmont Triad Ambulance & Rescue Squad, which got $3,000 this year and wants $5,000 for next year. The Southwest Renewal Foundation, a nonprofit headed by Dorothy Darr that is trying to clean up High Point’s historic mill-and-factory district, among other efforts, uses goats to clear 35 acres of kudzu from southwest High Point. That’s entertainment as good as any the Arts Council can provide. Darr said the goats eat the kudzu down to the roots, allowing volunteers to spray individual roots, instead of blanket-spraying the entire area, which drains into Randleman Lake. Several years of the goats-andspraying routine is expected to kill the kudzu, clearing the way for 35 acres of parks and greenways. She said her group is unlikely to get goat money elsewhere. “It’s a local issue,” Darr said. “It’s not going to be funded by the county. It’s not going to be funded by the state.”

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Davis, class of 1947. Mom said she was 10 years old when she attended the 100th anniversary in 1938 and that she was dragged there by her mother, Ethelyn V. Davis, class of 1922. Mom also said that for a 10-year-old she was very well behaved in 1938. But then again there is no one around to dispute that claim. According to Mom, 20 members of our family have attended Greensboro College. I was a student there in 1971 and 1972. My nephew Al Stern is reportedly going to graduate in May and his sister, Abbey Stern, is allegedly enrolled in summer school, continuing the family tradition. Doesn’t it seem like there should be a family scholarship or something? ---

What does it say about a city when its mayor declares personal bankruptcy? One of the most important jobs our mayor does is represent the city. Both former Mayors Keith Holliday and Bill Knight have told me that the amount of time they spent as mayor meeting and talking with business people who were looking at Greensboro was staggering. Now the mayor, the person who represents Greensboro to the rest of the world, has declared personal bankruptcy. How does that look to a business leader coming to see if he wants to plunk down a couple of million dollars in this town, be greeted by a mayor whose house is in foreclosure and has declared bankruptcy? The City Council spends millions to create an image for Greensboro and that sure doesn’t help. ---

After taking a winter break The Rhino Times Schmoozefest will be returning at the end of next month. On Thursday April 25 from 6 to 8 pm The Rhino Times Schmoozefest will be held at the Antique Market Place at 6428 Burnt Poplar Road in Greensboro. As usual drinks and food will be served gratis to those who sign in and wear a name tag.

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One of the arguments against the bill is that it is unfair to poor people because many can’t afford a computer and don’t have internet access. That is true, but it is also true that not many poor people and very few homeless people subscribe to the daily newspaper. This is a bill that will allow local governments to save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The other forms of notifying the public with signs on property to be rezoned and letters to nearby property owners remain unchanged. The bill only effects advertising in paid circulation newspapers. The local government is free to experiment with notifying the public. In Greensboro a billboard on Battleground Avenue has attracted a lot of attention lately. Maybe that would be a good place to advertise an upcoming public hearing. Perhaps radio advertising would work, or even advertising in a free newspaper that is picked up and read by people all over Guilford County.

School Map (Continued from page 1) alteration made to the bill before it passed committee. In this version the two at-large members would each be elected from districts comprised of about half of the county’s population. The districts look like a doughnut. Most of Greensboro is one district and everything else in the county is the other. Wade said that if you looked at the at-large election returns, the candidates who won the majority of the precincts in Greensboro and High Point won the election, meaning the losing candidate won almost all of the rural precincts. Wade said this plan would give the majority of rural voters a better chance at having their views represented on the school board. The other changes in the bill remain the same. School board members will be elected for two-year terms in partisan races, and in 2016 the nine districts will change to closely resemble the eight Guilford County Board of Commissioner districts. The bill has been wildly opposed by the current Guilford County Board of Education, but no one from the Board of Education spoke against the bill in committee. In fact only one speaker spoke against the bill. But school board members have a vested interest in keeping things exactly like they are. Only one sitting school board member had a challenger in last year’s general election. The bill obviously is an attempt by a Republican legislature to increase the opportunity for Republicans to win some seats on the Guilford County Board of Education. The current 11-member board was set up by the Democrats with the also obvious goal of maintaining a Democratic majority on the board, and the Democratic plan has been extremely successful. Republicans are heard from but have no clout.


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Pool (Continued from page 4) In August 2012, Sutton-Kennerly presented three plans for rebuilding or repairing the pool to the council, all of which cost between $3 million and $5 million. They also presented a $375,000 option for demolishing the structure. The community group, Save Our Pool (SOP), has maintained that the building does not have ongoing foundation problems, and has presented three alternatives for preserving it for under $1 million by reinforcing or replacing the walls and roof with a metal roof or steel frame membrane and keeping the current pool deck. Sutton-Kennerly reviewed the alternatives presented by SOP and estimated much higher costs. President of the Greensboro Swim Association Don Gilchrist, representing SOP, asked the City Council to honor its agreement to maintain the pool, echoing a request to the City Council by the school board. During the meeting SOP presented another repair option at a cost of $1.2 million. Ted Oliver spoke to the need to have more swimming space for the community. He said the Greensboro Aquatic Center is very successful, but that swimming pools for the community were declining, and that local swimming clubs were suffering. Councilmember Yvonne Johnson made a motion to explore cost sharing with Guilford

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County and Guilford County Schools to save the pool, and Councilmember Zack Matheny seconded it. However, after further discussion, Matheny withdrew his second. He said that $400,000 is the most that the city can put towards the pool. Matheny said that when building the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the bonds that could have been allocated to the Grimsley pool were redirected. “It literally is a prisoner of prosperity,” he said. Matheny said he wanted the pool to be saved, but said the council had to be realistic. “What we have is $400,000,” he said. Matheny suggested that SOP and other groups interested in preserving the pool pursue a public-private partnership. “If you are right and $1.2 million could do it, then go get it done,” he said. Mayor Robbie Perkins said that the council couldn’t determine all the details and costs about fixing the pool, but could make a decision from a legislative policy standpoint. “I’m not comfortable moving forward with retrofits that our professionals have said are inadequate,” he said. Matheny also pointed out that when the city entered the joint-use agreement with the schools in 1975, and the agreement was between the City of Greensboro and the Greensboro City Board of Education. The council voted 8 to 1 to transfer the Grimsley pool and $400,000 to the Guilford County School Board. Perkins and Councilmembers Jim Kee, Nancy Vaughan, Nancy Hoffmann, Dianne Bellamy-Small,

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Tony Wilkins and Matheny voted in favor of the transfer. Johnson voted against it. In other action the council approved a $30,000 “Pop Up Promenade Test Pilot Program,” which involves placing temporary art and entertainment features on February One Place on Fridays and Saturdays during May and June of this year. The program includes painting the street and adding decorative lighting, seating and green space to the street. The city will commit $10,000 of inkind services and Police Department

overtime. The remaining $20,000 will come from Action Greensboro and Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI). Wilkins pointed out that DGI gets most of its money from the city in the first place. He also expressed concern over the fact that two food trucks at a time would be parked in the Simpson Schulman & Beard parking lot. “I can’t support the city competing with our downtown restaurants,” he said. The program was approved 8 to 1. Wilkins voted in opposition.

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provides a home away from home for families to stay close to their hospitalized children at little or no cost. Needed are pop-tarts, cereal, grits, fruit cups, granola bars, chips, crackers, microwaveable single serve meals, powdered creamer, sugar, milk, eggs and fresh fruit. Dr. Welch’s office is at 2016-D New Garden Road. For information, please call (336) 288-4499. --This year’s Greensboro Home and Garden Tour will have five entries, Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Raffle tickets for arrangements in each home available at the door. For

information, call (336) 282-4940. --I spend a lot of time in city hall. Sometimes the things I write about the people there are not overly complimentary, but overall they are really nice folks. I remember former Councilmember Florence Gatten chasing me down one day with my camera bag, which I had deserted somewhere. After a meeting this week in the plaza level conference room I walked out, deep in conversation, and when I came back the room was locked. But there was Police Chief Ken Miller with my briefcase and camera bag that I had left on the table and he had rescued when they locked the doors. Really, you can’t get much better police protection than that.

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mathematical purity. We simply adapt our hearing to accept the “wrong” notes (or at least a certain group of musical purists would say so). Have I made it clear? Only to people who are already musicians, and probably not even then. But I have done a far, far better job than Heilbron does. In fact, Heilbron doesn’t even try. He just throws around words, and it quickly becomes clear to anyone who does know what the musical argument was about that Heilbron is completely clueless. In other words, Heilbron has promised to explain the intellectual context in which Galileo was working, and by page 11 he has proven that he understands the root concepts of neither logic nor music. If he lived in Galileo’s time, and uttered these explanations (in Latin or Italian, of course), he would be sent out of the room while the grownups talked. Heilbron then moves on to a discussion of Dante, and here again his handling of critical theory is just as muddled and unclear – though since even when you understand exactly what was being argued about, the ideas are idiotic anyway, it doesn’t matter as much. So here I am with a book that has 365 pages of text, on a subject I care about, with glossaries and charts and footnotes galore, and before I get 20 pages in, I have reached the inescapable conclusion that the author does not understand his own subject matter. He has come to the joust armed with a noodle. How did the author of this incoherent, incompetent mess survive a long academic career and achieve his reputation? I will

offer some logic here: Premise 1. In the cutthroat academic world, someone would have noticed and pointed out such utter incompetence at many points in Heilbron’s career, which would have destroyed his reputation. Premise 2. He had a fine reputation. Conclusion: During his academic career, Heilbron did not make the kind of mistake, or write with the kind of incoherency, that we see in this book. The publishing company gave Heilbron a contract because they thought they were getting the Heilbron who earned that good reputation. But surely someone in the editing process noticed that the manuscript was utter nonsense, completely useless and unpublishable. Surely that editor said to some executive, “Heilbron’s lost it. I ask him about these incoherencies and obviously wrong statements, and he gets angry and tells me to print it as he wrote it.” Here’s where a merciful publisher would have said, “All right, let’s quietly let this one go. Return the manuscript to him and tell him we’re canceling the project. We won’t ask for the money back unless he sells it elsewhere – which won’t happen because once they read the manuscript, no one else will publish it, either. So we’ve lost the amount we gave him as an advance. But at least we won’t lose any more money editing or printing it, and his reputation won’t be hurt at the end of his career.” But no. Either there was no editor, or the editor was incredibly lazy or incompetent, or the publisher said, “We’ve already sunk a lot of money into the advance on this book, and it’s too late for us to get another book out in time for the 2010 quadricentennial of Galileo’s greatest discoveries. So clean

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it up as best you can, and we’ll publish and promote this book as if it actually had value.” “But won’t people read it and be angry with us? Won’t the reviewers crucify us for such a fraud?” “Most people who buy it will just put it on the coffee table or in the stack by their bed and never get around to it. Most reviewers are Heilbron’s friends and they won’t be mean to him. The few reviews that actually point out the flaws will be ignored, and anyway, the only way we’ll make any of our money back is to publish a book and sell as many copies as we can, so get back to work.” I admit, I’m a fiction writer. But there must surely have been such a conversation, even if it was only inside the mind of the publisher who decided to go ahead and publish this embarrassing mess. The flap copy says, “In this fresh and frank portrait, John Heilbron captures the hero and martyr of science with a wideangle lens, which takes in the landscape of culture, learning, religion, science, theology, and politics of late Renaissance Italy.” Every phrase of that flap copy is a lie. But since it was probably written before the manuscript was turned in, the person who wrote it was not the liar. The liar was the person who went ahead and ordered the book printed, knowing that the Heilbron who earned his academic reputation was not the Heilbron who piled together this jumble of half-remembered, mostlyincomprehensible facts. This book is actually an example of mental deterioration with aging. It’s a tragic footnote to a distinguished career. The publisher should have had too much respect for the real John Heilbron to publish this book by the man who was by

most valuable parts of the competition is that shooters get a chance to converse with other marksmen and snipers from all over, as well as exchange firearm related tricks and techniques. Barnes said the event also highlights the importance of the shooting range. He said that having the range available at the county’s Prison Farm helps the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department remain one of the state’s best qualified agencies when it comes to using firearms. The sheriff said his officers often train more than required by law. “We train to be as good as we can be,” Barnes said. Barnes also said that training at the range helps keep Guilford County citizens safe and keeps the number of firearm related liability suits against his department low. Late last September, when a large unnamed company considered building a $100 million food distribution facility at the Prison Farm, the county commissioners

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One more tragic entry in our long list of “lost products.” A few years ago, Reynolds – known for its aluminum products – introduced a line of plastic wrap that was far superior to any other cling wrap on the market. They also offered the best (i.e., longestlasting, stain-free) plastic fridge-tomicrowave containers we’ve ever used. The containers were gone before we could stock up on them. We did stock up on the plastic wrap, though. I wish I had bought 20 cases instead of one. Because we’re finally running out of them, and yes, Reynolds is no longer making its wrap. The most frustrating thing is that the Reynolds plastic wrap we loved came in a package with an “EZ Slide” dispenser. Instead of having to tear off a sheet on a serrated edge that is likely to cut your fingers, you simply slid a plastic glider along the rim of the box and get a perfect edge every time. Of course we were throwing away these EZ Slide dispensers when they ran out of plastic wrap. But we realized our mistake, and now we have two left. We will take the rolls of Glad Wrap that we’re now using, and put them in the Reynolds EZ Slide boxes. Meanwhile, we will curse the fact that these brilliant Reynolds products have gone the way of the Scrunge – the best product, lost forever as we are forced to make do with inferior competitors.

and area economic development officials discussed the possibility of relocating the range along with other Prison Farm operations. That mystery company passed on the site, but Barnes said this week that moving the shooting range isn’t really an option. He said that, as Guilford County gets more urban, there are fewer and fewer places the range could be put. “It we don’t have it here we have to have it somewhere,” Barnes said. “This is a safe environment.” He pointed to the rows of large trees that line the range and act as a noise buffer, and he said that most of the residents who live near the range knew it was there when they moved into the area. Barnes said he’s not sure when the range opened, but he knows it was before 1973, the year he joined the department. Barnes became sheriff in 1994. If Guilford County attempted to put a new range somewhere else, Barnes said, it would invariably be met with stiff resistance (Continued on next page)


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By TuTTS DownSliving near the proposed from residents Incentives Editor site. Barnes said the importance of theRALEIGH shooting ebuffed in his efforts to looking get the range is apparent simply from state to kick in $62.5 million in at how many different law enforcement state tax dollars for upgrades to agencies – local, state and federal – train his team’s Charlotte home, Carolina there. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has Sheriff Department records illustrate a found out there’s more than one way wide variety to skin a cat.of users. In 2012, for instance, in addition to Gov. the Guilford Countyand Sheriff’s While Pat McCrory othDepartment officers who practiced there, er state officials were telling him his the rangefor wasmillions used by was the US Army,they the request no-go, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the were almost simultaneously telling Marine League,for US$94 Marshalls, MetLifeCorp thatPistol its request million the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms in incentives to moveTobacco, 2,600 jobs from and Border Patrol, the Explosives, Northeast US to Customs North Carolina had US Park Rangers and the US Department of been approved. Carolina Journal HealthRichardson and Human told Services. he The initially range was is alsomiffed used bythat localthe areastate law “feels it’s OKEven to give money to insurenforcement. though the Greensboro ance agents but not to own football playPolice Department has its range, last ers,”they until he hit upon Herange apyear occasionally usedan theidea. county proached MetLife distance and offered to The sell for some specialized training. naming rights to the stadium in Charrange has also been used by the Guilford lotte forSecurity $94 million. County Department, the WinstonMetLife already owns Salem Police Department andthethenamNC ing rights to the New Jersey Stadium, Highway Patrol, as well as the Rockingham where Sheriff’s the NFL’s Jets and Giants play, County Department, the Randolph so it would be no stranger to such a County Sheriff ’s Department, UNCproposal, Richardson thought, and Greensboro, NC A&T State University and might be receptive. He was right. Guilford Technical Community College. MetLife agreed, only the new name for One big reason for the popularity of the what is now Bank of America Stadium range, Barnes said, is that it has a “shoot in Charlotte will be MetLife Stadium house” South. that’s ideal for practicing hostage

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situations and similar scenarios. He said that to relocate. At the sniper competition in 2009, The house was made out of railroad ties. Barnes said the range is also used to train Rhinoceros Times Editor and Publisher John Hammer won the media shooting dogs for K-9 units. When Barnes was asked about the competition. This year, however, the only wisdom of allowing dogs to fire guns, he said not all of them got the privilege. “We only let the large dogs shoot,” Barnes said. Barnes said that he’s going to keep many (Continued from page 8) Prison Farm operations running after the last inmates are removed over the next three %%% months, and he added he’s determined to Editor’s Note: Yeah! keep the range where it is now. However, %%% some economic development officials in the Hi. I’m calling in response to the City county want to see much of the 806 acres Council. The people of Greensboro need in eastern Guilford County, and Forsyth to all form together and go up there to one County, turned into an industrial park. of these council meetings and dismantle all Dan Lynch, the president of the of them. We need to get rid of all of them, Greensboro Economic Development throw them all out. Robbie Perkins, he Alliance, that, since the disappointing An artist’ssaid rendering of what the Carolina Panthers stadium will look like when signage needs to spoof step down mayor. He’s not a is changed to September, reflect the new sponsor. (CJ photoasgraphic) close call last therenaming has been mayor. He can’t even pay his child support, occasional in the with area from “We interest are pleased this some part- his vate funds. spousal support, and his ex-father-in-law. companies. Asked by CJ if he didn’t feel that nership with MetLife,” said RichardI think it’s time we got somebody in there the does City of has the $94 million in incentives that the son.Lynch “Notsaid only it Burlington give MetLife that works for Greensboro. Thank you. made infrastructure enhancements in state granted to MetLife wasn’t the some some added visibility and yet another % %MetLife % was now place to fly its area Snoopy the Prison Farm near blimp, that city,but butthe he same money that giving toNote: the stadium, the Commerce It’s an election year. We revenue from more the improvements naming rights is Editor’s added that many would official responded tersely, of“Well, that moretothan 50 before percent more ofthan we could have nine new members the council have be made a facility any size justDecember. shows that you don’t understand werebuilt asking was at thefrom farm.the state for renova- by tions.” Guilford County Commissioner Alan the complicated%nature % % of the state’s incentives program.” McCrory earlier had said the Branson said that, even if Guilford County We were brought up to believe in the people A spokesman for MetLife told CJ statedecide couldtonot tothe give thePrison Pandoes sellafford or lease other that run this country, but they’re smart that the media and North not Carolina thers $62.5 million in tax money, but Farm land, the shooting range should stay at all. Thethe very idea with this gun thing, the a Commerce Department official con- taxpayers should not get “hung up” where it is. Like Barnes, Branson said it is a very idea. All that is is a way to get votes. vinced him this arrangement was OK on the coincidence of the incentive and much needed facility that would be difficult because all the money comes from pri- the naming rights amounting to the

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“There comes a time when you make an investment because you believe in what it will provide in the future,” she said. “I think we would be remiss if we didn’t follow through with this.” Terrell said Griffin has spent $20 million on land, and Boynton said the development agreement requires Griffin to build the roads for the development to North Carolina Department of Transportation and High Point standards. He said most of the roads have been planned for years anyway. Boynton said, “This is entirely, 100 percent at the developer’s risk.”

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was mayor when the city ran water and sewer out to what became the Piedmont Centre office and industrial park, said the development provides safeguards High Point didn’t have when it made the longterm investment in Piedmont Centre. She said she supported Griffin’s development. Mendenhall said at that time, the City Councilmembers didn’t know if they would be eventual heroes or run out of town on a rail. Piedmont Centre has since been considered one of High Point’s signal economic achievements of recent decades.

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AUCTIONS John C. Pegg Auction & Appraisal During a recent 30 day period We sold ONE commercial building, ONE large farm and all associated equipment, TWO vacant lots, and SEVEN single family homes! Our magic may work for you as well. Contact the Genie today. 336-996-4414 – john@peggauction.com Professional Auctioneer and Liquidator of Real Estate and Chattel of any type. Visit us at www. Peggauction.com and see who we are and what we do.

LOOKING TO RENT Retired, professional gentleman, active, nonsmoker/non-drinker, needs furnished studio, efficiency or room with private bath in private home. Closer to downtown area preferred. References available. Call 336-314-4795

FOR RENT

Mosby Oaks 2 Bedroom Townhouse Apts. $425 month 3806-14 Mosby Dr. Off Merritt Dr. 336-379-8384 Knight Rentals www.greensborohomelist.com

1 room studio apt, private entry, private bathroom, beautiful large bedroom, kitchenette. $475/mo. Call 336-908-0032 Beautiful country Apt., all utilities included, huge bedroom, beautiful large kitchen $575/mo. Call 336908-0032 Apts for Rent – 4br/2ba apts. $795/mo, w/$500 sec dep. Sect. 8 welcome. Call 336-355-9079. Pictures at www.triadrentalhomes.com. Triad Investors Realty, Inc. Battle Forest. Spacious 3br/2.5ba, 2-story townhome, appls, fenced patio, pool privilege. $850/mo. Rent-A-Home @ 336-272-0767. www. gsorentahome.com

Houses & Apartments For Rent

All real estate advertised in this newspaper is subject to the federal EQUAL HOUSING and state Fair Housing Act which OPPORTUNITY makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” The newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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office space available 422 BATTLEGROUND AVE

Approx 600 sq ft $495, Entry-foyer/ office space. 2 Restrooms/small loft space

412 EAST MARKET ST

290 Post Oak - Outstanding 3BR/2BA brick home w/ basement,2 car garage, fenced backyard, updated deck, new roof, vinyl replacement windows, kitchen with slate tile counter and much more. $209,900 Call John Owens with Ray Realty @ 317-2266.

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LARGE HOME IN STARMOUNT 216 HOMEWOOD AVE 4 BEDROOMS/ 3.5 BATHS GAS HEAT/CENTRAL AIR STOVE, FRIG, DISHWASHER, DISPOSAL DEN WITH FIREPLACE WASHER/DRYER CONNECTIONS WRENN ZEALY PROPERTIES 336-272-3183

APTS OFF W. WENDOVER 1006/1008 RUCKER ST 1 BR LOFT $ 495 4005/4007 MCINTOSH ST 1 BEDROOM $ 325/$395 STOVE & FRIG IN BOTH WATER INCLUDED IN BOTH WRENN ZEALY PROPERTIES 336-272-3183

DUPLEX FOR RENT 2600 SPRING GARDEN ST 2 BR $ 625 STOVE & FRIG GAS HEAT/CENTRAL AIR WASHER/DRYER CONNECTIONS WRENN ZEALY PROPERTIES 336-272-3183 UNCG area 1 & 2BR Apts Appls, A/C, character galore $395-$625 Rent-A-Home (336) 272-0767 www.gsorentahome.com

THE ELMS Special Rates: One bedroom garden Apt. $425/mo Two bedroom garden Apt. $495/mo Desirable 3307 N. Elm St location 336-288-5755 or 379-8384 Knight Rentals www.greensborohomelist.com Houses & Apts For Rent Lambeth-Osborne Realty 214 W. Market St. (336) 272-3163

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1707 Colonial Ave, Gso. Heart Of Kirkwood. Recently renovated 3BR/2BA apx. 1900 sqft home. Perfect for everyone from downsizers to 1st time homebuyers. New Kitchen w/Cabs & Granite, new Bath, Tankless H20 & more. $229,900. Call Gil Vaughan-Prudential Yost&Little Realty-337-4780

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FOR SALE BY OWNER Historic Mary Fisher Frazier House! Charming Storybook Victorian Home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the Department of Interior. Beautiful four bedroom home for residential use, and a gardeners dream. Also may be utilized as professional offices, as there is a dual zoning on this parcel (presently zoned for residential or professional offices). Adjacent lot may also be available for purchase (additional parking). Near Downtown High Point, Main Street, and High Point Regional Hospital, Schools and Commercial Properties. This unique home features hard wood floors, large rooms. Newly renovated both externally and internally. Roof 5 years old. The yard is a gardeners paradise with nearly 50 species of fruit trees from the world over. Wrap around front porch. We are in the final stage of a three year renovation project and will be sanding and epoxying the hardwood floors. $215,000. Call 336-889-9408

FOR SALE 3 bedroom, 1 bath has open floorplan, 2 car detached garage, w/14x24 finished bonus above. Concrete boat ramp, dock/pier, near Tamarac, East Schools. Must See $249,777. MLS 2145769. Call 704-280-3516 1500 Elwood Avenue. 2BR/1BA vinyl home with large front porch, convenient to UNC-G, fenced backyard. $49,900. Call John Owens with Ray Realty @ 3172266

WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN? We maintain an inventory of owner-financed homes. All Credit OK! No Banks Needed! BuyCarolinaTriad.com/2

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1124 Northwood 3Br/2Ba addition not on tax card. Bdrm, bath added in 2000 making this a spacious 3BR/2BA. Priced to sell, waiting for someone to update w/their own personal touches. Great location! Spac fenced backyard. $162,000. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, (336) 451-9519 or 681-7680

201 Pearce. 5Br/5.5Ba Meticulously well kept. Great n’hood w/pool, tennis. Beautiful 2-story family rm w/built in shelves, tons of nat’l light. Kit w/SS appli include cook top, dbl ovens. Hdwds ML, Updated fixtures thruout. Walkout daylight bsment w/full bath, 7 Suburban Ct - 3/2 ranch on cul-de-sac off Alamance wet bar. Workshop in stand up crawlspace. Bedroom, Church Rd. Completely renovated including all new full bath ML. Perm stairs to walkup attic, eve storage. appliances, $75,000, 336-453-5128 for appt. Pictures Sunroom not incl. in sq ft. Come see! $459,900 Angie at www.triadnchouses.com. Wilkie, Allen Tate, (336) 451-9519. Call me for any questions or to help you find your new home. Pam Staples, REALTOR ®/ Broker, Allen Tate Realtors. (336) 210-9776 http://www. pamstaples.com

AFFORDABLE LUXURY FOR 55+ Admiral Pointe Apartments in High Point now leasing BRAND NEW 1BR Apartment Homes at Affordable Rates! Call us today to ask about our AMAZING MOVE IN SPECIAL! 336-307-2414

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2728 Stratford Drive - Wonderful 2BR/1.5BA ranch home with garage, fenced backyard, vinyl siding, updated bathroom, designer paint, beautiful wood floors and more. $124,900. Call John Owens with Ray Realty @ 317-2266

336-272-3163

2800 Spring House Place

Sullivan’s Lake 2BR/2BA one level end unit with light interior paint, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, lots of built-ins and fireplace.

$124,900

Approx 1424 sq ft $650 Large open space/office in back

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Adams Farms. 3br/2ba, one level townhome. C/A, all appls, fenced patio. $975/mo. Rent-A-Home @ NW Schools. 3br/2ba ranch, heat pump, C/A, appls, 336-272-0767. www.gsorentahome.com fireplace. $995/mo. Rent-A-Home @ (336) 2720767. www.gsorentahome.com

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3212 Hobbs Landing Ct, Hobbs Landing. 4BR/3 1/2 BA. 2009 Parade of Homes! Custom designed home loaded w/many features. Decorator touches thruout. Abundance of living space. Kit w/custom designed cabinets, banquette table/chairs, SS, gas cook top & FP. M/L mstr suite w/sitting area & bath w/porcelain deep soaking pedestal tub. Library w/ built in bookcases, file cabinets. Downstairs has 10’ ceilings, up 9’. Cozy up to one of 3 FPs. Fantastic game/media room w/wet bar. 3 seasons screened porch. Home has EPA Energy Star rating & is Green Home certified. Cul-d-sac close to shops/restaurants. $745,000 Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336215-8017

833 Cornwallis, Irving Park. 4 BR 2 ½ Bath. In heart of Irving Park. Many updates, 2 story addition w/ sunroom & den/library. Sep entrance to 2nd floor w/2bdrms, bath and another kitchen. Roof replaced recently along w/AC units. Plenty of storage in floored 5704 Chinaberry Place, Gso. Charming and attic. Fresh paint and lovely landscaped yard. Great Immaculate 3BR/2BA/2 car home with Open Floor convenient location. $264,900. Allen Tate Realtors, plan that accommodates any lifestyle. A Huge & Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 Fenced Back Yard. Shopping/Eating are closeby. Co. Taxes and 100% USDA Financing Eligible. 8300 Banager Rd, Stafford Farm Estates. 4 BR/ 4 1/2 $123,900- Call Gil Vaughan-Prudential Yost&Little BA. Like new home, abundance of living space. Spac Realty-337-4780 ML mstr suite w/tray ceiling. Upgraded finishes, dramatic stairway, awesome kit w/island, granite, SS 6 Ashway Ct, Gso. Updated & Immaculate Home appli, breakfast room. L/R would make great office/ in the heart of Adams Farm. Nestled on cul-de-sac library. Finished walk out bsmt w/den, workout room, w/fenced back yard, this 4BR/2.5BA/2Car home surround sound, extra storage. 2nd level bonus rm w/ w/many updated items-Hardwoods up & down, built-ins, space for pool table or media room. 3 car Screened Porch, SS Appl’s & Kitchen Isle. Home side entry garage, screened porch, large backyard. Warranty! $219,900-Gil Vaughan-Prudential Yost & Beautiful details thruout. $512,000. Allen Tate Little-337-4780 Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 108 Thora. 4Br/2.5Ba. Beautiful open plan in popular Whittington Hall. Kit w/bfst open to family rm w/ island, SS appli, solid surf ctops, new can lights, pendant lighting. Updated fixtures throut, eve and attic storage, front and back stairs to UL. Large bonus rm w/extra nook for Craft or sewing rm. Huge deck w/ beautifully landscaped .60 acre lot. Spac garage w/ storage nook. Sprinkler system. Short walk to n’hood pool, playground. $359,900. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, (336) 451-9519 or 681-7680

Vacant Land. 2210 Freeman Mill Road. Presently zoned RS-7 this large 6 +/- track is convenient to I-85, I-40, US 220 and downtown Greensboro, almost 500 feet of road frontage. Rezone to meet your needs. $299,900

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3708 Mosby Drive

Well maintained 3BR/1BA brick ranch home with updated HVAC, beautiful hardwood floors, new interior paint, updated bathroom, large kitchen with lots of cabinets & counter space, 12 x 24 wired storage building negotiable.

$79,900 Call John Owens at

(336) 317-2266 507 Creek Ridge

1.08 acres zoned RM-18 - $150,000

503 Creek Ridge

.85 Acres Zoned RM -18 - $125,000

2514 Florida St. Zoned RS7 - $22,000

2516 Florida St.

3395 Springsong, Sunnybrook-Summerfield. 3 BR, 2 1/2 bath. Seller offering $5000 Paint Allowance. In Zoned RS7 - $22,000 serene Summerfield. Totally renovated, spac home, vaulted ceilings, designer touches. Private large landscaped yard w/multi-level new reinforced deck. Kit w/granite, tiled bksplsh, wormy maple wainscoting. Zoned RS7 - $22,000 ML mstr suite w/amazing bath. LR w/exotic hdwds, Call John Owens at (336) 317-2266 wood burning FP. New carpet, updated bathrms w/ designer finishes. Loft/bonus room. Huge walk out unfin basement. Oversized garage, storage shed. Northern schools. $299,900. Allen Tate Realtors, 312 Melbourne. 3 Br/1.5 Ba brick ranch convenient Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 Weatherstone 82 – 1672 Ridgestone Ln, Kernersville, to shops, restaurants. New roof 2011; replacement 3 BR & 2 BA, Finished bonus room above 2 car windows; spacious kit and laundry; detached 2-car 4612 Baylor St, Alexander Pointe, Gso. 3 BR/2.5 BA. garage, partial stone front, covered front porch, DR garage w/workshop; spac lot. Mstr shower handicap New Price! Lovely home in convenient location close + bfst rm, 2091 sf, $169,900 – Call Sarah Draughn, accessible. $94,000. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, (336) to shops, restaurants. Open floor plan w/ 2-story great Shugart Enterprises, 336-283-9809 451-9519 rm & foyer; ML mstr; hdwds down; maple cabinets, Corian ctops; 2nd level bonus rm; cul-de-sac lot; Weatherstone Townhome Lot 219 – 4375 Weatherton 2003 Elkhart. 3 Br/1.5 Ba cute ranch style home in builder’s personal home. $269,900. Allen Tate Dr, Kernersville, 2 Master BRs & 2 BA, 1 car garage, Kirkwood area! Spac kit w/bkfst nook that opens to Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 cathedral clgs, skylights in GR, curved roof elevation, LR/DR. Lrg LR w/FP. Fenced backyard w/detached spacious kit/dining area, 1417 sf, $129,900 – Call screen porch. Many options with rooms; 3rd bdrm 1859 Longmont Dr, Kernersville – 3BR/2.5BA, 1908 Sarah Draughn, Shugart Enterprises, 336-283-9809 could be den. Office could be bdrm. $139,900. Angie sf, loft area. Enjoy a beautiful kit w/ceramic bksplsh, Wilkie, Allen Tate, (336) 451-9519 or 681-7680 upgraded black kit appliances. Great incentives Weatherstone Lot 243 – 4354 Portico Ln, Kernersville, available!! Priced at $147,900. Call Sarah Draughn, 3 BR & 2 BA, 2 car garage, Eat-in breakfast room, Shugart Enterprises at 336-283-9809 black appliances, tile backsplash in kit, FP can be added, 1521 sf, $149,070 – Call Sarah Draughn, 3103 Diana Circle, Burlington, 4BR/2.5BA, 2739 sf. Shugart Enterprises at 336-283-9809 Brick and stone elevation, 9’ smooth ceilings, FP, granite ctops, kit island, tray ceiling in mstr. Priced at $199,920. Call Scott Goodson, Shugart Enterprises at 336-270-5230

Apt FOR RENt 4 BR / 2 BA Apts.

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Deadline 5 pm Friday

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it’s forced to endure any more reductions, the commissioners may as well send out the ambulances to start collecting the bodies of county residents who were the tragic victims of the commissioners actions. To be fair to Green, she was only doing what virtually all department heads do when they come before the Budget Committee each year to discuss possible reductions. If it’s the Sheriff’s Department, crime in the streets will go up. If it’s Emergency Services, then, rather than sending medical professionals in an ambulance to respond to calls, they might be limited to sending a candy striper on a bicycle. Phillips also wanted to know the areas in which Green did not feel the department needed additional money or help. “Where do you feel most satisfied?” he asked. She responded, “Registering birth certificates and death certifications – vital records is OK.” Phillips also asked about $300,000 that went to an adult care program. Assistant Health Director Ken Carter jumped in to aid Green. “We’re keeping those residents out of nursing homes,” Carter said, adding that the program brought in more than enough revenue to pay for itself. Phillips, who had probed into quite a few areas by the end of the conversation, summed things up well with a question for Green. “So you would suggest no reductions?” Phillips said, more as a statement than a question. Phillips asked which health department services should be treated as a priority. Green said, “I don’t want to say all of the above because that’s not fair to you,” and she followed that with a speech on why the answer was all of the above. She said, for instance, the health department handles Animal Control, which 1003 W. Cornwallis Dr - $674,900. Irving Park Gem. 5bd/3 bath home filled w/quality & craftsmanship that can’t be found today. Extensive moldings, slate roof, extensive recessed lights, multitude of built-ins, antique paneling, hdwds thruout, four FPs, large spacious rooms, all completely updated w/renovated kit w/SS appli, granite ctops, gas cooktop, extensive cabinets. Mstr bath updated e/new cabinets, marble floor & ctops, garden tub, sep shower. All Situated on large lot. Not to be missed – hard to find today. Michelle Porter, Allen Tate Realtors, (336) 207-0515. 2405 Pineview - $79,400. Home also for rent for $850. Well kept bungalow on dead end street. Excellent opportunity for owner occupant or investor. 3rd bdrm can be additional living area or DR. Deck w/ privacy fence, hdwds thruout. Large back yard w/ lots of privacy. Kit and laundry room w/new vinyl floor. Lots of space for money. Gas furnace Dec 2011, Water Heater Oct 2010, Roof 2009 per seller. Home warranty. Seller will also rent home. Michelle Porter, Allen Tate Realtors, (336) 207-0515. 2400 Philadelphia Lake- $297,500. Welcome to quaint village of Philadelphia Lake, 12 townhome community in prestigious Irving Park. Quality construction w/heavy moldings, 9’ ceilings, hdwds ML, open yet traditional floor plan w/ML mstr, two car attached garage, extensive walk in storage. Large bonus room could be bdrm. Kit w/custom cabinets, bay window, Corian ctops, all appliances. Not to be missed! Michelle Porter, Allen Tate Realtors, (336) 207-0515.

now have to “triage calls” since there aren’t enough animal control workers. Green added that, in another program, some pregnant women aren’t seen by county health professionals until the second trimester, and that’s not good, she said. She added that, if the county’s poor don’t get dental care it can be a death warrant. “A guy died in Maryland [from a lack of dental care],” Green said. She said the health department already does a “Three R’s” evaluation program of the departments programs on an ongoing basis, they “retain, restructure and retire.” In other words, Green was saying, there’s really no need for the commissioners to probe into the inner workings of the health department because, if there were savings or efficiencies to be found the health department would have already found them and made the necessary changes. If the Budget Committee members were less than impressed with the non-proposals with no savings brought by the health department, it was equally so by the nearly identical message from Guilford County DSS Director Robert Williams. Williams said cuts to his department had already been made in recent years, and the department was in serious danger if there were additional cuts. “Over five years, we’ve cut 100 positions,” Williams told the Budget Committee. He said that, given the critical nature of services provided by his department, more cuts would put those county residents who rely on the department’s services in danger. “We protect children; we protect adults,” he said. Williams added that the department keeps families together and it offers a support system for the least advantaged county residents. He pointed to the aging profile of Guilford County residents and said that the demographic shift to an older population

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was creating increased demands on his department. Like Green, he said more aging adults will require in-home assistance which saves money by keeping those clients out of assisted living. Williams added that other clients would be at risk as well if his funding were cut. He said DSS helps many of those who are caught in the middle of the safety net. “They can’t manage a budget or manage their lives – but they’re not sick enough to be in an institution,” he said. When Phillips asked Williams how the county could save money with DSS, Williams replied, “It’s kind of like asking a parent which child not to send to college.” For instance, Williams asked, should the county cut funds for care to the 240 adults that DSS is now looking after? “It’s just real critical,” he said of that program. On the other end of the age spectrum, protecting child welfare in Guilford County is prevention for keeping those out of county jails later in life. “I don’t think a child’s life is something that we should take chances on,” Williams said. As the Budget Committee pondered the choice of pulling the rug out from either ailing seniors or poor children, Williams said other programs also couldn’t bear any cuts. He said that the county’s food stamp distribution service, for instance, was already bare bones. “We have not had an increase in staffing while are case loads are up,” he said. Just as Carter, assistant director of the health department, had jumped in to help Green make her case before the committee, Myra Thompson, an assistant director for DSS, came to Williams’ aid. “We can’t stop people coming in for services,” she said. “That’s the one thing we can’t do.” Thompson added that many of the people the department serves will end up costing Houses & Apts For Rent Lambeth-Osborne Realty 214 W. Market St. (336) 272-3163

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other county departments more if social services sees cuts. “They cause trouble for the sheriff and everyone else,” she said. Branson, Henning and Davis all asked a few questions as well at the meeting, and they got the same type of response from the directors and assistant directors – namely, that there wasn’t one wasted penny in either the $68 million DSS budget or in the $33 million health department budget. The next Budget Committee meeting is schedule for Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House.

Tea Party (Continued from page 2) Burr is about as conservative as it gets. To attack him for one vote on a procedural matter is an indication that some folks don’t understand how a legislative body works. Burr is in Washington working to support conservative principles. He is one of the very last people any conservative group should be attacking. But with this group either you agree with them on 100 percent of the issues, or you are attacked. The local branch of the Tea Party, Conservatives for Guilford County (C4gc), had a lot of potential to get some much needed reforms made, but it’s all-or-nothing attitude appears to have left them with a whole bunch of nothing. In government, as in life, to get anything done you have to learn to compromise. There are some principles that you don’t compromise, but you can’t be uncompromising on everything. Liberals, moderates and a lot of Republicans who have been deemed not conservative enough will be delighted to hear that the rally was a shadow of what it has been in the past.

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Schools, and possibly of Rogers, instead of a normal moving company, and paid Brockington, yet Rogers wound up with the money and ended up having to pay it back to Guilford County Schools. Rogers lives in a small brick ranch house on West Vandalia Road – a house that seems unlikely to have room for possessions that would cost $18,975 to move. Brockington’s complaint claims that in January 2006, Guilford County Schools paid Brockington Moving Co. $18,975 to move Rogers, money which he turned over to Rogers ìat the insistence of the defendantî – Rogers. Brockington claimed that he moved

Beep (Continued from page 29) counseling. I submit that it warranted an arrest on felony charges, because that basketball was a weapon and there’s five men on the court, and he assaulted each one at least once. So, he should have, I don’t know, seven, 10, 15 felony charges against him. All right. Thank you. Bye. %%% Yeah, President Obama said he wasn’t going to cut Social Security and Medicare. Then he gets voted back in and now he’s talking about reducing benefits for both of them, which means cost-of-living increases will be less, just like they were this year. Mine was completely wiped out. And not only that, I’ll probably end up paying more for doctors, and for medications, and for monthly premiums. So, I’ll pay more and get less. And I’ll get farther and farther behind every year. Thank you. Bye. %%% Man makes alcohol. God first planted marijuana. Who do you trust? %%% I had to give this some serious thought. What they should do is let all the Democrats, registered Democrats, have Obamacare. Leave everybody else out of it. Let them raise their insurance. If this thing works after a couple of years, then put the Republicans on. It would be a lot easier to implement that way. And besides, the Democrats is the one that voted this thing in. Not a single Republican voted on it. And while they’re at it, this person up North that thinks everybody that owns a gun ought to have insurance. Let the Democrats have insurance on their guns and leave everybody else out of it. That way we can find out just how it works. It’s something that needs to be done. Don’t put all of us on it at one time. Just put the ones on that thinks Obama is the best thing that’s ever happened to this country. That’s what they say. %%% Just pay attention people. Once this illegal immigration reform passes, wait till you see (Continued on page 38)

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Rogers to Guilford County, expecting to be paid by Rogers, and for Rogers to give him documents to justify the moving expenses. He wrote that Rogers refused to give him the documents. Brockington asked the court to award him the $18,975 plus legal costs. Brockington later filed two court papers demanding, under the law, responses from Rogers. In the papers, Brockington was trying to get Rogers to admit for the record that he took the money from Brockington. Brockington’s arguments are summarized in his request for admissions from Rogers filed with the court. A request for admissions is essentially a ìplease ëfess up to the followingî document. B r o c k i n g t o n ’s a rg u m e n t i s t h a t Brockington received the check and gave it to Rogers in March 2006. Brockington argues that Rogers agreed to provide him a receipt for the money, but presumably didn’t; agreed to provide documents for tax purposes but didn’t; and told Brockington that Guilford County Schools had no problem with Brockington giving the money to Rogers. Why Brockington agreed to give Rogers the money is uncertain, but Brockington’s filings argue that he did so, and that Rogers kept the $18,975. That Guilford County Schools considered Rogers keeping the money improper is shown by its recovery of the money – and Rogers paying the money back shows that, if he contested the issue, he lost. It’s not clear which state would have jurisdiction over a dispute over payment for Rogers’ move. But in general, taking money under false pretenses, such as claiming it is being used for a legal expense when it isn’t, is prosecutable under various charges. Several school board members have said that the issue that triggered Rogers’ resignation could be referred to a district attorney. Brockington refused to explain the business transaction between himself and Rogers and declined to comment on the legal case. Rogers responded to Brockington’s complaint only by filing a demurrer – a challenge to the complaint – on July 29, 2009, claiming that the complaint ìis not sufficient in law and ought not to be prosecuted as it fails to adequately state a set of facts constituting a cause of action.î Norfolk District Court Judge Herman Thomas apparently didn’t agree. After Brockington filed numerous requests with the court for Rogers to answer questions, admit to facts and provide documents, Thomas on Oct. 28, 2009, issued an order to compel discovery – an order requiring Rogers to respond to all discovery, interrogatories, requests for admissions and requests for production of documents. There appear to be no court records indicating that Rogers did so. Norfolk Circuit Court records show that the lawsuit was ended on Dec. 22, 2009, with a judgment in favor of Brockington. It was also ìnonsuitedî – determined to no longer be a lawsuit – which probably means

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that Rogers and Brockington settled the matter between themselves. Rogers, at $141,632 a year with bonuses, was the highest paid Guilford County Schools principal and touted as a star of the school system. But there have been other oddities in his record. The Rhino Times in September 2011 reported that Rogers, although he claimed two presumably legitimate degrees – a 1980 bachelor of science degree in social studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1982 master’s degree in education administration from Norfolk State University in Virginia – also claimed a 2003 Ph.D. in education administration (magna cum laude) from Madison University, a diploma mill in Gulfport, Mississippi. A diploma mill is a college – a company, actually – that offers diplomas for a fee based on little or no academic work. Diploma mills are usually unaccredited, or are accredited by fake institutions unrecognized in the normal academic world. Some charge by the degree, rather than by the class. Also, Rogers has apparently operated, while principal at Lake Taylor and Smith, decent-sized outside businesses involving rented properties. The civil records of Norfolk General District Court show that a Noah V. Rogers rented properties in Norfolk from 2007 until as recently as May 2012 – while Rogers was principal of Smith.

Running other businesses on the side is a no-no for Guilford County Schools principals. The standard Guilford County Schools principal contains the following provision: ìThe Administrator shall and hereby agrees to devote his/her time, attention, knowledge, and skills to the mission and interest of the Board in his/her capacity as a school administrator, and to use his/her best efforts to promote the interests and affairs of the Guilford County School System. Administrator further agrees he/she shall not engage in any other endeavor which would intrude upon his/her obligation herein.î The Noah V. Rogers in the Norfolk District Court records successfully sued a dozen plaintiffs for ìunlawful detainerî – in other words, to get them evicted for not paying rent. The Norfolk Criminal Court records show that a Noah Rogers was arrested on June 3, 2003 on several misdemeanor charges of running a rooming house without a permit. Those charges were dropped by prosecutors at a July 17, 2003 hearing. Noah Rogers has bought properties other than his house in Greensboro and Guilford County. Guilford County records show him owning seven properties, most in the neighborhood of his house on West Vandalia Road. Rogers could not be reached for comment.

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Repair (Continued from page 1) since he was in the rich and powerful group, he eventually got it fixed. That is really going to make a business owner want to invest in a building downtown. Imagine just how horrible it is for a business to have a window facing the street with a cracked window. The reason the council gave for taking this action was to improve economic development. Can you imagine a business owner planning to build a 10-story building downtown and deciding against it because there is cracked window across the street? A cracked window is considered so detrimental to the City of Greensboro that this City Council will fine property owners $500 a day. However, if the building is six inches outside the Central Business District, every window and door can be cracked or boarded up and it doesn’t harm the city at all, according to this council. When asked about it, Planning and Community Development Director Sue Schwartz talked about the flexibility that the city staff would have in enforcing the ordinance and implied that the city staff would be hesitant to invoke that $500 fine; just like the city staff is hesitant to write parking tickets for people who have parked

at expired meters. Oh, but that’s just for city councilmembers when the city manager is with them, not for regular folks. And the enforcement of this ordinance will be the same. People who believe Schwartz and her line about selective enforcement, which she calls flexibility, need to attend more meetings of the Greensboro Board of Adjustment and see how the zoning ordinances are actually enforced. But a primer on enforcement is that the letter of the law, with no allowance for common sense, is the way the zoning regulations are actually enforced. The city staff had earlier told the City Council that 14 buildings downtown were not in compliance. Schwartz said that was done by a “windshield survey,” where a couple of city employees drove around and looked for buildings in violation. The point was that not many property owners would be affected. Tuesday night Schwartz explained that the city staff had done a real survey where they actually walked the streets and wrote down all the violations they saw. The number of buildings with violations is not 14, it is 92. And many of them are not going to be easy to fix. The Stumbles Stilskins building at 200 W. Market St. next to the World Headquarters of The Rhinoceros Times is listed as a

violator. It appears the violation is that several small arched windows that face Greene Street were bricked up years ago. From reading the ordinance it could be that the brick doesn’t quite match the brick of the exterior of the building. It could also be that a window has a small chip or a crack. If some of the owners of the 92 buildings that are now looking at fines of up to $500 a day had been at the meeting, the council might have voted differently. Noticeably absent from the speakers on the downtown ordinance at the meeting was a representative of Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI). You would think that with an ordinance that only affects the downtown on the agenda, DGI would weigh in, but it did not. However, Schwartz is right. There is a lot of selective enforcement in her department for certain people. Like Perkins, who had no trouble getting a variance to build his house on Wentworth, which is now in foreclosure. You have to wonder how much Perkins has spent on maintenance of that house in the past year and if this ordinance affected the whole city would his houses in foreclosure make the grade. Perkins had no trouble getting a variance to build house in the setback, but the average citizen often can’t get a variance of a couple

inches to build a deck or enclose a deck into a screened porch. Flexibility means the rich and powerful don’t have to obey the law and don’t have to worry about a $500 fine for a cracked window. It does make you wonder how many windows in the Lincoln Financial buildings at any one time are cracked. Perkins and his shadow Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann voted against limiting the ordinance to doors and windows, a motion made by Councilmember Nancy Vaughan. But everyone on the council, with the notable exception of Councilmember Tony Wilkins, voted to put the downtown even more under the thumb of the city staff and take a few more rights from downtown property owners by voting for the good repair ordinance for doors and windows. It doesn’t appear this council – with its higher taxes, increased regulations and greatly increased enforcement and fines for parking – will be able to completely destroy downtown Greensboro in two years. But if this group gets reelected, around about 2015, people are going to be talking about the good old days downtown when there were stores and businesses. The City Council destroyed the downtown in the 1970s and 1980s and it appears this City Council is determined to repeat that mistake.


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of Gibsonville oversees. That park also raises money from its fireworks display by charging $5 per car, which for the most part offsets the other costs of the July 3 festivities. Northeast Park is the only Guilford County park that has fireworks this year – though Southwest Park did have free fireworks at its grand opening three years ago and one time after that. At the April 11 meeting, Commissioner Carolyn Coleman raised the question why Northeast Park charged for fireworks – and the county subsidized the cost of those – while Southwest Park had had fireworks at no charge to viewers. Also, Coleman said other parks, such as Hagan-Stone Park, didn’t have any fireworks at all. Hagan-Stone Park, by the way, is in Coleman’s district and is surrounded by Pleasant Garden, where Coleman lives. Coleman said she wants to see some uniformity and fairness in the fireworks offerings at county parks. “Gibsonville charged per car, and asked us for $1,900,” Coleman said this week. “At Southwest Park, we paid the total fireworks bill. Why pay for one and not another? That’s why I want a policy.” Among the simple answers to Coleman’s questions are that the other parks have shown no desire to have fireworks, and Northeast Park is an exception for purely pragmatic reasons. Still, county staff is now hard at work on a new policy for fireworks in the county’s parks. Guilford County Parks Operations Manager Thomas Marshburn said he’s unaware of any park in the system besides Northeast Park that wants fireworks. “At this time,” Marshburn wrote in an email, “no other parks have any interest in hosting fireworks and most of them don’t have the park layout or amenities to accommodate park patrons.” Guilford County Parks Planner Roger Bardsley said Northeast Park is in a unique situation among the county’s parks. It’s 374 acres off of High Rock Road near Gibsonville, and that park gets a lot of

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donations and paying customers to support the fireworks show since it’s a good distance from the other large fireworks displays in the county. “It’s a combination,” Bardsley said. “For one thing, they get pretty good-sized donations. Also, Northeast is so far out.” According to Bardsley, the park offers a “dark sky” since its removed from urban light. He said it’s surprising how much that light detracts from fireworks in well-lit urban areas. Bardsley said that Northeast Park offers fireworks for people who would otherwise have to travel a good distance to see fireworks. He added that the display is on July 3 so that the fireworks won’t compete with July 4 fireworks, such as the one put on by the City of Greensboro. The July 3 event draws about 8,000 people a year and includes a host of activities that cost money, but which, in some cases, generate \ revenue as well. In 2012, the event also featured a DJ at a cost of $300, as well as a magician, “Looney Laney,” and a balloon shaper, for $275 each. There were other expenses as well – such as $400 for portable toilets and $168 for ice. Bardsley said it gets very complicated if one tries to break down the programs each park offers – such as the fireworks at Northeast – to determine what’s fair and what’s not. He said all the parks have special events they are known for and one could easily pick out big events at other parks that Northeast doesn’t have. “Hagan-Stone has a huge Funfest,” he said. He said current offerings depend largely on what parks have a history of doing. “It’s a program thing,” he said. “Some programs have been there for a long time.” He said that some events, like the large swim team competitions at Bur-Mil Park, make money because participants pay a fee that covers the cost. According to Bardsley, Guilford County is currently very cautious about adding any parks programs. “Now, new programs have to break even or make money,” Bardsley said.

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He said that, as with the fireworks show at Northeast Park, event costs are often subsidized by fees, ticket sales, sponsors, concessions sales or other revenue streams. Guilford County Property and Parks Management Director Sandy Woodard said staff is putting the fireworks policy together as the board requested. “It’s going to set parameters as to what amount of money an event can cost, and we’ll try to get parks to solicit donations,” she said. She said the policy will be geared toward keeping costs down. “We’re going to try to keep it as inexpensive as we can,” she said. “We’re going to try to get volunteers to work.” Like Marshburn and Bardsley, Woodard said some parks simply wouldn’t be good places for fireworks displays. For instance, she said, Bur-Mil was heavily wooded and didn’t have enough parking and open space for a good show. In reality, it makes no difference whether or not the Guilford County Board of Commissioners adopts a detailed fireworks policy: The commissioners are notorious for creating intricate and complex policies and then, in a flash, turning around and completely ignoring them. For instance, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners approved a lengthy and complex economic incentives policy that lays out when, and how much, the county will pay as incentives to companies that are expanding or relocating in Guilford County. However, the county has routinely ignored its economic incentives policy. For instance, the commissioners recently abandoned their own policy when they voted to give the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority $400,000 in taxpayer money to help TIMCO Aviation Services expand its operations at the airport. Also, about five years ago, the Board of Commissioners devoured an astonishing number of man-hours when about 20 county staff and commissioners met, sometimes three and four hours on end, over a period of four months, to form a highly detailed policy for handing out taxpayer money to nonprofit organizations.

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Just weeks after that policy was adopted by the Board of Commissioners, however, the board was back to its old practice of simply handing out money to nonprofits on a largely haphazard basis. In many cases, the real funding “policy” depended mainly on which groups had close personal friends on the Board of Commissioners. That is still the case today. That nonprofit funding policy is still in on the books but is now completely ignored and rarely even mentioned. About two months ago, the board adopted a very simple policy for commissioner parking: The commissioners would have their individual names removed from the signs in front of the parking places, but the board made an exception for Coleman. And though the board didn’t officially make an exception for Commissioner Bruce Davis, he, too, now magically has his name on a sign on his parking space. Now Coleman and Davis have their names on their spaces, one other sign says “Chairman,” and the rest of the signs simply read “Commissioner.” About two years ago, Guilford County came up with a policy to oversee the creation of names for buildings – however, the actual naming process contained some serendipity that fell outside the naming policy. That naming policy does state that “Exceptions to this policy of naming property belonging to the County may be made by the BOC [Board of Commissioners] as it deems appropriate” – so in that case, at least, the inevitable exceptions were baked in to the policy’s language. At another point years ago, the Board of Commissioners adopted a policy on how long a commissioner could speak on a topic at meetings, and how long the commissioners had to respond to comments by other commissioners. However, that policy, which is also still on the books, is completely forgotten. Soon, on top of the pile of past policies currently being ignored and forgotten, Guilford County will have a new fireworks policy for a low-dollar item expected to affect one park. The new policy will address what, for years, has proven to be a popular and successful event at practically no cost to the county.

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Water Rates (Continued from page 4) are taken out when the rate projections are calculated. Deputy Finance Director Marlene Druga said the Water Resources Department has about $46 million in the bank. Last year the City Council voted to raise water rates by 3 percent for city users and 7.5 percent for outside users. In 2009, staff said that the council needed to raise rates by 6 percent or risk a reduction in the city’s bond rating. Despite the dire warnings the council voted not to raise rates after then Councilmember, now state Sen. Trudy Wade, discovered that the Water Resources Department had an unrestricted fund balance of $126 million. The next year the fund balance had fallen to $47 million. The explanation from staff for the discrepancy was that an accounting error had placed the Randleman Damn project in the unappropriated fund line instead of the asset line. Even without the rate increase requested by staff, the Water Resources Department fund balance increased that year and the city’s bond rating improved. Water Resources Director Steve Drew said the proposed rate increases reflected a 2.4 percent decrease in water sales from last year’s usage to date. He also said that the increase in funding is required for water and sewer line repairs. He said 0.5 percent of the lines in Greensboro are “rehabilitated” each year but that

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the department had a goal of upping the percentage of lines rehabilitated to 1 percent a year over the next 10 years, which would result in the lines being rehabilitated every 100 years instead of every 200 years. Drew said part of the long term plan for water rates is to increase the outside rates to 2.5 times the city rates over the next five years. His presentation also included projections for raising the rates in future years, which show city users paying an average of $48 per month and outside users paying an average of $120 per month by 2018-2019. Councilmember Nancy Vaughan said that she had been under the impression that the rate for outside users was already 2.5 times the rate for city users. “I thought that’s what we were doing now,” she said. At the meeting she suggested going ahead and increasing the outside user rates to 2.5 times the city user rates now. Mayor Robbie Perkins said that raising the rates too quickly could cause political pressure on the state legislature to place a cap on water rate increases. Drew said a major cost is the upgrade of the T.Z. Osborne Wastewater Treatment Plant to comply with nitrogen and phosphorous limits in the Jordan Lake Rules, a project that would cost about $98.6 million. That cost also includes the decommissioning of the North Buffalo Creek wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater it currently handles would be pumped to the T.Z. Osborne plant.

Councilmember Yvonne Johnson asked if that cost could be avoided if the legislature, which is debating modifying the Jordan Lake Rules, is able to change the restrictions. Staff said that upgrades to the plants address requirements of the Jordan Lake Rules that had already been agreed upon.

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“For this one the train has left the station,” said Assistant City Manager Andy Scott. After the presentation Councilmember Tony Wilkins said he was not comfortable reaching into the pockets of taxpayers in this economy but said he would have to study the issue more.

Beep (Continued from page 35) wages, how much they’ll drop, because they know they’ll be able to get cheap help. So, we will be lower, lower, lower class. There will be no more middle class. It will just be low, low, low class. But you just watch. Our wages will drop once they bring all of these illegals in here. America, we live on our knees now. %%% How can our mayor keep a child in Greensboro Day School when he owes $32,000 there? If I had a child in Greensboro Day, and I owned $32,000, she would be kicked out immediately. And, also, if I had a child there, I would say, well, I don’t need to pay if he doesn’t need to pay. He is really an embarrassment to Greensboro, the City of Greensboro. I’m sorry he’s our mayor. %%% I’d like to make a comment. I think that if people that are opposed to having the people voting show an ID, picture ID, people that

are opposed to that must have something to hide. Thank you very much. %%% I urge every man and woman in this town in to call their congressmen and senators and demand that they get these immigration hearings out in the public. We’re sitting and watching Barry Obama and his gang of eight try to cram amnesty down the throats of American taxpayers again. They’ve tried it for over 20 years. And every time they’ve tried it, when the taxpayers were involved in it, they always called the White House and protested. Now they’re sitting back idly. They’ve done the stuff over and over and over, and now they see they can’t do it, they’re going to hide behind closed doors to form an immigration bill that is going to cost amnesty, which will end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the upkeep for people that have stolen and sneaked into our country illegally and been stealing from the time they came into this country until right now.


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Small towns traditionally have four-way stop signs at intersections where there were bad traffic accidents, and generations of drivers are inconvenienced because a drunk was going to fast and ran into a car full of teenagers on their way to a football game. The stop signs would not have prevented the accident, but it makes people feel like they have done something The bombings at the Boston Marathon were a tragedy. Simply running in the Boston Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime event for a lot of Americans. It is symbolic of much of what many Americans love about their country. The result of the carnage caused by two bombs in Boston will mean increased security everywhere. I go through security a lot. Not as much as people who fly every week, but more than most people because I spend a lot of time in government buildings. Nearly 20 years ago I remember being shown a box of the “weapons” that security had confiscated from people going into the Guilford County Courthouse. The vast majority were what most of us consider tools, screwdrivers, box cutters, pocket knives, pliers, wrenches and the like. At that time the Planning Department where contractors went to get building permits was in the courthouse and most of the objects in the box looked like a contractor had forgotten to empty his pockets. There were a couple of scary looking knives, but I didn’t see how anyone was safer because a contractor had sacrificed his screwdriver or pocket knife. The terrorist problem is not caused by contractors going to get building permits, nor is it caused by Americans getting on planes and flying somewhere. None of the 9/11 terrorists were Americans. So why is the government practically strip-searching every American who wants to get on a flight? Maybe it would make more sense to let anyone with an American passport on a flight and strip search everyone else. But that is not how we do things. The current report is that the bombs were placed in trashcans, and immediately in some cities they started picking up trashcans. Everybody wants to do something, but it would be nice to have a well thought out, reasoned response rather than a knee jerk reaction that will just make life more difficult for normal law-abiding citizens. We all still take our shoes off before we fly because one terrorist had a bomb in his shoe. Another terrorist had a bomb in his underwear, but fortunately they do not make us take off our underwear – they just use some high tech device most likely invented by a 12-year-old boy to see through our clothes. Wouldn’t if be interesting to know how many other shoe and underwear bombs the Transportation Safety Administration has found?

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The gun laws before Congress right now are yet another example of government by reaction. We have lots of laws governing the ownership of firearms in the United States. It is hard to understand how the Supreme Court can rule that all of these laws don’t “infringe” on the right of the people to “keep and bear arms.” But the Supreme Court has ruled that the current regulations are legal, so they are. Would more background checks have prevented the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut? It doesn’t appear that would have helped because Adam Lanza killed the owner of the guns, his mother, and stole the guns. He didn’t go out and purchase the guns. The Columbine killings took place while the assault weapon and large magazine prohibitions were in place and it didn’t stop those killers. But evidently banning guns that look bad makes lawmakers feel like they have accomplished something. There is a large contingent in this country that doesn’t think anyone other than the government should own firearms. The government has far too much power, and taking away power from the people is just a way of giving more power to the government.

,,, After he was sworn in, one of President Barack Hussein Obama’s first acts was to insult Great Britain by returning a bust of Winston Churchill that President George Walker Bush had placed in the Oval Office. Obama obviously didn’t want Churchill in the Oval Office, but the White House is a big building. He could have put it somewhere else. A call to the British Embassy to come get your statue was not the best way to start a relationship with America’s closest ally. Then Obama insulted Great Britain again by giving then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a bunch of DVDs as a gift when Brown had brought him a penholder from the sister ship of the one from which the famous Resolute desk was made. Plus the framed commission for the Resolute and a biography of Winston Churchill. Maybe the biography was so that Obama might learn something about the man whose bust he returned immediately upon arriving in his new office. The DVDs evidently had no thought or meaning because American DVDs won’t play in Europe. So Obama gave Brown a thoughtless, worthless gift. Obama then doubled down with Queen Elizabeth by giving her what must be one of the worst gifts ever, an iPod with Obama’s speeches on it. Fortunately you can erase an iPod, so she wasn’t’ stuck with the speeches. But he may have outdone himself with the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It is insulting to Thatcher, Great Britain, Ronald Wilson Reagan and

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American conservatives for Obama not to send a single member of his administration to the funeral. The job of the vice president is to go to funerals. Certainly Vice President Joe Biden is not doing anything more useful than that, but maybe he couldn’t go because he had to collect rent from the Secret Service who rent a house from Biden so they can protect him. If Bush had charged the Secret Service rent for being on his ranch in Texas, the press would have had a field day. But it’s OK for Biden to collect rent from the men who we pay to protect him. It is incredibly insulting to not send a single member of the current administration to Thatcher’s funeral. Obama really doesn’t appear to like the United States or our allies. He bows to the enemies of this country and goes out of his way to insult our allies.

,,, The sequester has brought about the strangest budget cuts ever. White House tours are the poster child of the cuts, and cutting the tours has not been the rousing public relations success that Obama anticipated. Now Congress is complaining about national parks putting up signs about service cuts caused by the sequester. So the parks don’t have the money to provide the services but do have the money to put up a bunch of signs. Knowing what the government pays for work, you can take whatever you think a sign would cost and multiply it by 10, 20 or 50, and probably the result of the 50 multiplier will be the closest. It’s not just the Defense Department that spends $600 for a toilet seat. Take a look at what the Guilford County Board of Education spends on building a new school. In the current real estate market, with a commercial Realtor – albeit a bankrupt one – as mayor, the City of Greensboro paid more than the appraised value for property that had been on the market for years. You can bet the signs were not cheap and there was money in the budget for them even though the sequester cuts had forced the parks to cut their regular services. It’s a little like the fact that there is no money for regular people to go on White House tours but there is money for Sasha and Malia to go both to the Caribbean and to Aspen during spring break. Either swimming in the Caribbean or skiing out West would be enough for most billionaire families, but not for the Obamas.

,,, Obamacare is the law of the land, and even some Democrats are finding that maybe it’s not a good idea to vote for a 2,000-page bill that nobody has read. The Roofers union is calling for a repeal of Obamacare. That union notes that it supported Obamacare and supported Obama in both elections, but according to the press

By John Hammer release, “In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.” The press release also states that Obamacare creates an unfair advantage for employers who choose not to provide health insurance for their workers. It is yet another demonstration of how important it is to read a bill before you decide to throw your weight behind it. No doubt, if Obamacare is deemed bad for the roofers union then it will be found les than adequate by other unions. If Obama loses the unions, well, it won’t really affect him except to make it even more impossible for him to get anything done. Obama has already won all the elections he will ever win. Whether the unions or anybody else supports him from here on out doesn’t make any difference, except that he might not want to go down in history as the most do-nothing president the country has ever had.

,,, Why is it that when Dylan Quick stabbed over a dozen people in Houston, Congress didn’t take up a bill to outlaw knives? In fact, Congress isn’t even looking at a background check for knives or a national registry.

,,, The Obama Democrats have done a great job of making being financially successful look bad. Like most fads it doesn’t make any sense because it is obvious that the fabulously wealthy Hollywood crowd who give generously to Democratic causes are not bad. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are not bad. The people who are bad are the theoretical Republicans who are rich. The ones that hire people to work for them and then make money off their workers, those evidently are the really bad characters. What the Obama Democrats have done is made cutting taxes wrong because tax cuts benefit the rich more than the poor. Depending on how you define rich, that simply has to be true. You can’t cut taxes on the poor because they don’t pay any. You cannot cut taxes for people who are being supported by the government. It’s a brilliant public relations campaign and the Democrats have won it hands down. Cutting taxes, which stimulates the economy, has become something that you don’t want to be associated with because you are just putting more money in the pockets of the wealthy. But all those folks out there looking for jobs might want to consider how many poor people are hiring people and paying them a good wage.

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