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Vol. XXII No. 23

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Fox Threatens To Sue by Scott D. Yost county editor

Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox is threatening to sue Guilford County if the Board of Commissioners votes to take away a $61,000 retirement bonus that was provided in an early retirement incentives enhancement plan the commissioners

approved at their Thursday, March 1 meeting for employees who retire from Guilford County government between August 1, 2012 and Feb. 1, 2013. On Wednesday, May 30, Fox’s attorney, Seth Cohen of Smith, James, Rowlett & (Continued on page 32)

Music Hall Lurches On by john hammer editor

The Greensboro Performing Arts Center (GPAC) survived another round and the City Council discovered that the city staff is even more incompetent than it suspected at the six-and a half hour Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 5. Mayor Robbie Perkins has to be credited with two saves at the meeting, which

adjourned at 11:59 p.m. Twice he steered the council away from potentially expensive and time-consuming pitfalls. The motions to continue with the plan to put a bond referendum on the November ballot to build a downtown performing arts center passed on 6-to-3 votes with Councilmembers Trudy Wade, Marikay (Continued on page 33)

County To Cut Taxes by Scott D. Yost county editor

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has reached a tentative deal for the 2012-2013 budget that would call for a reduction in the county’s tax rate from 78.24 cents per $100 of property values to 78.04 cents. The new budget is expected to be adopted by the Board of Commissioners at their Thursday, June 7 meeting – likely

with bipartisan support. In addition to reducing the county’s tax rate for the first time in over a decade, the budget calls for the county to remove $1.4 million that was meant to be used to pay enhanced retirement benefits to employees with 30 or more years with the county who planned to retire before Feb. 1 of next year. (Continued on page 9)

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The Mosaic Festival, sponsored by CWS Greensboro’s Immigration and Refugee Program to celebrate culture and diversity, was held at Festival Park on Saturday.

County Salaries 2012 The great news about the top of the Guilford County salary list is that it will be vastly different next year. The good news is that at least at the top of the list the salaries are the same as last year. Unlike the Greensboro

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Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP), one of Greensboro’s favorite summertime events, kicked off the 2012 season with Martha and the Moodswingers at Blandwood in downtown Greensboro. Next Sunday, MUSEP will be at Friendly Center with the Greensboro Big Band beginning at 6 p.m.

So you’ve always thought you had a novel in you. If you actually want to learn how to get that novel out of you and on to paper, Orson Scott Card is teaching Uncle Orson’s Writing Workshop at the Sheraton Four Seasons on High Point (Continued on page 30)

salary list where the top dogs had huge raises, Guilford County has behaved like the economy is as bad as it is and hasn’t handed out $28,000 a year increases. (Continued on page 28)

Inside this issue

Diane Dimond Column............. 2 High Point News....................... 6 Uncle Orson Reviews.............. 14 Puzzles......................... 14,15,17 Yost Column........................... 15 Rhino Real Estate................... 19 Letters to the Editor................ 27 under the hammer.................. 43


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Consider this an “Ode to Greensboro” from one who lived there – albeit for just six weeks ~ DD The minute I flew into Greensboro in late April 2012 I felt at home. I can’t explain it any better than that, except to say I think it was the people who made me feel that way – smiling, friendly and as curious about me as I was of them. I arrived in the thick of furniture market week, and from my home near Nyack, New York, I had found it mighty difficult to reserve a hotel room. The O. Henry and the Proximity were full. So was the Marriott and all other major chains. In desperation I’d finally booked myself into the Super 8 out on I-40, but they only had space for me for a night or two. I knew that would never do as I was in town to cover the anticipated six-week-long trial of former Sen. John Edwards for Newsweek magazine and their popular website The Daily Beast.com. Mary Smith at the Sheraton Hotel at the Koury Center saved the day. Although the Sheraton was officially sold out Mary found me a “place at the inn” so to speak, and that was my home for the next month and a half. (I never did have to stay in the Super 8, but I got stuck for a night’s tab on it anyway!) I arrived on the Friday before the trial began and, as is my usual routine, I headed to the courthouse to scope out the neighborhood. As I explored the downtown Market Street section I looked for where I might eat lunch (Stumble Stilskins or Cafe Europa), park my rental car (the Greene Street public lot), and then I came upon a glorious old brick building sporting the legend “The Rhinoceros Times.” The painted sign on the glass doors below said “Second Floor,” and it mysteriously pulled me inside and up the stairs. What was this place of journalism with the unique and playful name? I had to find out! First I met Amy, the receptionist, who I’m sure thought I was some kind of a nut who had wandered in off the street. She quickly said, “Ummmmm. Let me see if Elaine is in.” Elaine Hammer emerged from the back of the wonderfully cluttered old office space and with a quizzical look on her beautiful and serene face she extended her hand. Soon I met her husband, John, the editor of the paper you are reading now. Automatically, I knew I had made two lifelong friends. Don’t ask me how I knew at that moment – I just did. Before my stay was over, the Hammers and I would share wonderful dinners and even a weekend away at a family member’s hunting lodge in Hanging Rock State Park. I kept thinking, “How will I ever repay these folks who allowed me to occupy a place in their conference room every day of the trial so I would have a quiet, cool and dry place to write?” Perhaps this missive will be applied toward partial payment for their kindness. And, it wasn’t just me they allowed in. When I discovered my colleagues Kim Severson and John Schwartz of The New York Times and Manuel Roig-Franza of The Washington Post were forced to dash to the parking lot during court breaks to write in their stiflingly hot cars I asked the Hammers, “Would you mind a few more lost souls?” They enthusiastically welcomed all of us. Rhino Times staffer Lisa made a whimsical sign and posted it at the top of the stairs which read, “Visiting Reporters’ Bullpen” with an arrow pointing toward the conference room. Non-journalists may never consider just how we are able do our jobs in a place where the court offered no consideration for the media. Judge Catherine Eagles made her distain for reporters clear in several different ways. Instead of viewing us as vessels of information for the public, we were roundly treated as suspicious interlopers. Exhibits and documents entered into the record were hard to get – although the court’s web-based system finally caught up. Instead of issuing each of us the usual credentials to wear around our neck (which (Continued on page 38)

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Sheriff Shoots Down Naming Committee by Scott D. Yost county editor

After nine months of intense effort from Guilford County commissioners and county staff, county officials have named almost every significant county-owned building and they have now turned their focus to a new effort: naming all of the meeting rooms in all those buildings that the committee just finished naming. That effort kicked off on Tuesday, May 29 in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House at 9 a.m. when the Guilford County Building Naming Committee met to take on the task of naming every classroom, conference room and meeting room in county buildings. The committee got off to an inauspicious start at the meeting as Commissioner Kay Cashion, the chairman, heard from Sheriff’s Department Major Debbie Montgomery in regard to naming the meeting rooms in the Sheriff’s Department headquarters in the Otto Zenke Building in downtown Greensboro. Cashion and the naming committee had sent a list of potential names to the Sheriff’s Department for sheriff’s officials to consider. The list included the names of former officers who had been killed in the line of duty – going back almost a century in one case – and the names of prominent past Guilford County sheriffs. The first room to be named was the

first-floor conference room. Cashion asked Montgomery if Sheriff’s Department officials had come up with a recommended name for that room. Montgomery responded, “Sheriff’s office conference room.” Cashion told Montgomery that, yes, in fact, that was the room to be named, and Cashion asked again what name Sheriff BJ Barnes and the others in the department would like to have the meeting room officially named. “Sheriff’s office conference room,” Montgomery said again, as though she were in a Monty Python skit rather than a naming committee meeting. Cashion began to understand that Montgomery was saying that Sheriff’s Department officials wanted the official name of the sheriff’s office conference room to be “the Sheriff’s Office Conference Room.” Cashion asked Montgomery if, of all the names submitted, Barnes wanted the room to be called by such a generic name, and Montgomery said that he did. “He wants to call if that because that’s what it is,” Montgomery said. Cashion, clearly making no headway in giving that room a fancy name, decided to put that room on the back burner for a moment and move on to another room in the Sheriff’s Department that the

committee was looking forward to naming: the classroom in the basement of the Otto Zenke Building. Montgomery said the department had selected a name for that room as well. Cashion asked what the name was. “The same thing – the Sheriff’s Office Classroom,” Montgomery said. Cashion paused for a moment. “So you don’t want to name it anything?” Cashion asked. Montgomery said that Sheriff’s Office Classroom would work nicely. Of another smaller meeting room in the basement, Montgomery said, “We just normally call it the small conference room in the basement.” Cashion asked Montgomery if Barnes and others in the department didn’t want to have more impressive sounding names for their meeting rooms. Cashion asked if Sheriff’s Department officials had discussed the list sent to the department. “I didn’t even get the list,” Montgomery said, adding that she wasn’t sure if Barnes or others in the department had seen it either. “I asked the sheriff what he wanted to call it and that was kind of the gist of it.” Cashion went over some of the names on the list. “He did not discuss that,” Montgomery said. Cashion then began to sound like an

investigator. She wanted to know who knew what, and when did they know it. She reviewed her notes. “We sent those to the sheriff on May 10,” Cashion said. “Are you saying he didn’t see them?” “I don’t know,” Montgomery responded. “I just asked him what he wanted them to be called.” The naming committee and the sheriff’s office have bumped heads in the past. Sheriff’s Department officials wanted to call the new jail “Jail Central;” however, the Building Naming Committee had overruled the Sheriff’s Department’s wishes and called it “the Guilford County Detention Center.” The committee made that recommendation to the full Board of Commissioners, which approved the name that the Sheriff’s Department didn’t want and is also the name of the jail in High Point, which is one reason sheriff’s officials did not want to use that name for the new jail. At the May 29 meeting, Cashion asked about naming a conference room in the new detention center, and Montgomery said Sheriff’s Department officials wanted to name it the “Jail Central Conference Room.” Montgomery was reminded that the Board of Commissioners had already voted to call the new jail the Guilford (Continued on page 10)

Blumenthal’s Will Be Missed After 86 Years by Scott D. Yost county editor

After June comes and goes, Greensboro will still have plenty of clothing stores, but when Blumenthal’s shuts its doors for the final time next month, the city will no longer have “The Store with a Heart.” That’s been the tagline for Blumenthal’s for years, and any customer who’s read that sign on the front of the store, and then walked in to buy clothes, quickly discovered why the place was known as the store with a heart. Everything about the experience creates a feeling of warmth for the customers: from the nostalgia of the store’s long history, to the sales women calling the male customers “sugar” and “sweetheart,” to the eclectic collection of clothing offered, to the personal service of owner Bob Blumenthal – who took over the business from his father Abe years ago and has always prided himself on the store’s customer care. Blumenthal’s, which opened in downtown Greensboro in 1926 and became a local landmark, has gone through many changes over the years: After a halfcentury of being a men’s clothing store, in the mid ’70s Blumenthal’s began selling

women’s clothes as well, and, 16 years ago, the business opened Blumenthal’s Big & Tall at 4620 W. Market St., near the corner of West Market Street and Muirs Chapel Road. In 2005, the main store moved from its longtime downtown location – on Hamburger Square catty-corner from what is now Natty Greene’s – to a smaller store near the Big & Tall store – though that store is closed and now only the Big & Tall store remains. In mid to late June, that store too will shut down. When Blumenthal’s first opened, it sold business clothes almost entirely. Then it added casual lines and now it specializes in big and tall clothing. Blumenthal, who’s 68, said it saddens him to close the store, but he added that his failing health has made it difficult to continue. Seven years ago, Blumenthal was diagnosed with leukemia, and, just a few months ago, he said, he found out he had Parkinson’s disease as well. He’s not shy about telling people that his doctor told him recently he probably didn’t have much time left. Blumenthal said he’s (Continued on page 12)


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Electric Rate Hike May Short Out Budget by paul C. clark Staff Writer

High Point City Manager Strib Boynton will probably get the proposed revenueneutral tax rate increase in his budget – but he is getting kickback from High Point city councilmembers about a proposed 4.9 percent electric rate increase for the city-owned electric company, High Point Electric. The City Council on Monday, June 4, held its first public hearing on Boynton’s proposed $327 million 2012-2013 budget, which would spend $8.5 million, or 2.7 percent more than the current budget of $318 million. The hearing, like most High Point budget hearings, drew few citizens, but in budget work sessions so far, enough councilmembers have kicked about both the electric rate increase and the 2 percent pay raise that Boynton is proposing for all city employees that either may be modified by the City Council. High Point Mayor Becky Smothers and other councilmembers have asked Boynton’s staff to estimate the savings that could be gained by limiting the pay raise to lower-paid employees. “Two percent of higher paid is more than 2 percent of lower paid,” Smothers said. “Do the math.” One of the few speakers, Wesley McCracken, echoed the sentiment, saying

employees making more than $100,000 a year should have their salaries cut by 10 percent, lesser-paid employees should get a 5 percent cut and the lowest-paid employees should get a raise. Several councilmembers have singled out the electric rate increase for possible elimination – although Boynton told the councilmembers that doing so would merely double the rate increase needed next year. Boynton said, “If you decide to not do that, and do nothing, we’re going to be sitting here next year looking at an 8 to 8.5 percent increase.” Among those who questioned the electric rate increase were Councilmembers Chris Whitley, Mike Pugh, Foster Douglas and Bernita Sims. The proposed rate increase is not a surprise. Last year, Graham Edwards, the CEO of ElectriCities, the association of municipally owned power companies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, told Boynton and High Point councilmembers that North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, to which High Point, Lexington and 17 other piedmont municipalities belong, would have to raise wholesale rates by about 15 percent over three years. The city and town councils of those municipalities set retail rates, but most pass the increases

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I wanted you to be aware of that. We did that by cutting $969,000 out of the budget.” According to High Point officials, 61 percent of High Point’s properties were reduced in value by the county, 5 percent were valued the same and 34 percent were increased. High Point Planning and Zoning Commissioner Cynthia Davis, who has said she may run for City Council in November, questioned numerous items in Boynton’s proposed budget, including the cellular telephone allowances of different departments and employees and the amounts spent on legal services and consulting contracts. The City Council also unanimously approved issuing $5.8 million in two-thirds bonds to be used for burying electric lines downtown. It also unanimously approved refinancing $30 million in general obligation bonds. High Point Financial Services Director Jeffrey Moore told the councilmembers that the city got a good deal on refinancing its 2004 and 2006 general obligation bonds. He said that, when the process was begun, the Financial Services Department hoped to save 8.3 percent on the refinancing – but was able, when the refinancing bonds were issued, to save 10.29 percent, which would save $200,000 a year in debt service, or a total of $3.3 million over 20 years.

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on to ratepayers. But with a Guilford County property revaluation having taken effect on Jan. 1, 2012, a tax rate increase to counteract the mostly downward revaluation is easier to sell to a City Council than an electric rate increase. Boynton is proposing no water or sewer rate increase for the first time in more than 15 years. Boynton pitched the tax rate increase strongly during the City Council’s Finance Committee meeting earlier in the day. He said that his budget would increase the tax rate from 66.2 cents per $100 valuation to 68.54 cents, which would raise the same amount as the property tax raised last year – $60.8 million, if all the taxes were collected. Boynton emphasized for the councilmembers that he was not proposing to do what is allowed by the state and done by most other cities – to add an annual average growth percentage of 1.57 percent to the $8.7 billion High Point tax base after the revaluation, which would have raised $61.7 million at a property tax rate of 69.6 cents. “We did not recommend that,” he said. “We did not come in to you with the high rate we could have, and that most cities come in with,” Boynton said. “The point is, we could have come in with a higher revenue-neutral rate and we came in with a lower one in the interests of our citizens, and

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High Point has demonstrated over the years that it barely wants to be in Guilford County – but Davidson County is doing all it can to prevent the City of High Point from escaping across Guilford County’s western border. The latest effort to prevent High Point from crossing the Davidson County line is the unlikely result of a unanimous March 13 vote by the Davidson County Board of Commissioners to petition the North Carolina General Assembly for a local act to prevent High Point from annexing properties in Davidson County without the permission of the Davidson County commissioners. In response, the High Point City Council is planning to send Davidson County property owners who want to be annexed into High Point to Davidson County’s planners before wasting High Point resources on a possibly null-andvoid annexation. The effort by the Davidson County commissioners to, by legislative fiat, prevent

any cross-border annexation by High Point – voluntary or involuntary – was considered a little weird by High Point officials. High Point hasn’t used involuntary annexation since the 1980s, and petitions for annexation by property owners are usually considered a property right. High Point has annexed considerable property in Davidson County as a result of property owners requesting annexation to get High Point sewer service. But crosscounty annexation is not rare in North Carolina. For example, Kernersville, which is in Forsyth County, annexed a good-sized chunk of Guilford County to create the Triad Business Park, in which Guilford County Schools is trying to build a high school. High Point officials considered Davidson County’s effort to prevent the City of High Point from annexing developments in Davidson County mildly eccentric and unlikely to succeed, like digging a moat on the county line and filling it with alligators. They considered it unlikely that a Republican-controlled and property-rights-friendly General Assembly (Continued on page 11)


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Eastern Principal Exit Marred By Potshots by paul C. clark Staff Writer

Principal Gregg Slate is leaving Eastern Guilford High School at the end of the fiscal year for an unknown administrative position in Guilford County Schools – but not without having to fight a rearguard action against his chief opponent. The latest guerilla attacks on Slate, unsurprisingly, come from his nemesis, Eastern parent and unsuccessful school board candidate Lisa Clapp, who led the charge to have the school system replace Slate at Eastern. Guilford County Schools has said that Page High School Principal Marilyn Foley will replace Slate. In a way, the Clapp-led fight over Slate’s leadership of Eastern has descended from the sublime to the ridiculous – from serious issues of violence, discipline and academics to a squabble over whether or not Slate came back from Florida in April with a suntan. Clapp’s latest round of communications with Guilford County Schools over Eastern began on May 22, 2012, in an atypically friendly fashion. Clapp wrote Foley to welcome her to Eastern and to ask her to actively listen to the concerns of teachers, whose morale she said was at rock bottom. “I have personally rallied + prayed diligently that God would send us HIS choice in principals,” Clapp wrote. “I believe HE has. Thank you for taking on this worthwhile but difficult challenge. Please know that we as a parent/community truly welcome you and want to support you.” Clapp had one question for Foley: When could Eastern have its next post-May school improvement team (SIT) meeting, “as our former principal refused to schedule one for June.” School improvement teams are committees of parents, teachers and principals that, in North Carolina, are one of the mechanisms for implementing school improvement plans, which, under the North Carolina School-Based Management and Accountability Program, are supposed to improve student performance. Slate probably knew what he was doing if he was actually putting off scheduling the June SIT meeting. Eastern’s last SIT meeting, on May 14, 2012, was to be the source of the last scrap between Clapp and Slate, and, to add insult to injury, raised Slate’s tan to the central office level. Later the same day that Clapp wrote Foley, Clapp wrote SIT Chairperson Medina Jones, an Eastern curriculum facilitator, asking her to amend the minutes of the May 14 meeting to include a conversation between Clapp and Slate over Slate’s attendance, in April, at a conference of the Association for Supervision and

Curriculum Development (ASCD) in Florida. ASCD is, according to Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr, “one of the most highly respected groups in the country for professional educators.” It publishes Educational Leadership, which Carr said is one of the top journals and keeps track of trends in K-12 academics. Carr said Slate had not attended a conference in three years before April. Clapp wrote Jones that, at the SIT meeting, she grilled Slate about the conference. “I asked why he could not have picked a closer location to save money,” Clapp wrote. “I also asked who he had to clear this with before he had money transferred out of our staff development account to the principals account and he replied, it was his discretion.  To which I asked to see a copy of the budget transfer form, then he said, ‘I don’t have a copy Mrs. Clapp.’  I said, ‘That is not what county office told me today, they said you should have one.’” “Thank you for your wording for the amendment to the minutes,” Jones replied. “I will forward this to team as an amendment to the minutes.” Clapp later said, of her conversation with Slate, “I said, you sure got a nice tan.” – a dig implying that Slate took a vacation under the guise of training – something Carr and Guilford County Schools Southeast Region Superintendent Phyllis Martin said wasn’t true. Slate, in a May 23 reply to Clapp’s email to Medina, defended the conference, whatever its location. “It should be noted that the conference was a national conference on turning a school of poverty into a high performing school,” Slate wrote. “The conference was held by ASCD and approved by my regional supt as well.” Clapp argued that Slate had transferred the money for the conference from one account to another without needed documentation – something both Martin and Carr also said was untrue. “There has been much discussion around his professional development trip so I sent the following email to the SIT and Ms. Clapp,” Martin responded by email this week. “I hope this will answer all questions about Mr. Slate’s participation at the ASCD Conference in Florida. He used staff development funds. There was no transfer of funds. As regional superintendent, I approved his utilization of staff development funds and attendance at this conference.” Before Martin weighed in on the intramural SIT fight over the justification or lack thereof of Slate’s suntan, Clapp (Continued on page 11)

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BJ’s Bed & Breakfast May Finally Open by Scott D. Yost county editor

The new Guilford County jail is supposed to start taking inmates in mid to late July. Of course, this won’t be the first time that the 1,032-bed giant new jail in downtown Greensboro was supposed to begin taking inmates soon. Last fall, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes predicted that the new jail would have its grand opening in December. But December came and went. Then, earlier this year, the word from the Sheriff’s Department was that the jail would open in March, which later got shifted to May, which then got changed to June – and which is now mid to late July, and holding. Barnes is quick to point out that the jail isn’t technically behind schedule. The county’s contract with Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction Inc. calls for the new jail – at $100 million the largest single project in Guilford County history – to be completed by July 1, 2012. Still, Barnes is getting the keys to the new jail about a half-year later than he originally anticipated. This week, the Sheriff’s Department sent out invitations to court and justice officials, county commissioners, print and television reporters, county officials and many others to notify them that the jail will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony

and grand opening reception at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11. Barnes said there hadn’t been any one major setback or large problem that led to the summer 2012 opening of the new jail instead of the pre-Christmas 2011 date that was first floated by the Sheriff’s Department. Barnes said that, instead, he was too optimistic in his initial projections. He also said he wanted to make sure that everything was exactly right before the jail opened, and he added that it is a huge project with a great many details that must be taken care of before it officially opens and inmates are moved in. “There were issues that took a little longer than we expected,” Barnes said. “And I was a little too hopeful.” There was one fairly serious issue that did hinder construction: Much of the surface of the jail’s floors had to be redone after an inspection of the first attempt found those floors to be unsatisfactory. “It was a setback,” Barnes said. “It wasn’t a huge one – but that did set us back.” Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Major Debbie Montgomery, who’s overseen much of the jail construction, said she still has some issues with the floors. “If you look down, in some places where they’ve patched it, it looks like chewing

gum,” Montgomery said. She was quick to add that, overall, however, the project had been remarkably smooth. Montgomery also said that, when the floors were being redone, other parts of the project were moving forward so those floor issues hadn’t caused any significant delays in other work. Interim Guilford County Property Management Director Sandy Woodard said that, as large projects go, the new jail construction had gone very well, and the building was deemed to be “substantially complete” in April, but there was a lot a detail work that had to be done after that point. Woodard has been with Guilford County for over 30 years, and she can remember the nightmare that the county faced the last time it built a jail. That was the Guilford County jail in High Point, which opened in January 1990 after massive cost overruns and extended construction delays. Memories of that experience helped convince county officials to outsource the construction of the new jail to detention facility construction experts Balfour Beatty, rather than have county construction officials oversee the project. In hindsight, Sheriff’s Department and other county officials appear to think that was a very good decision. Barnes said that, over the past three years, the large project did run into some difficulties, including inclement weather that limited construction at times, and construction crews found more water than they expected to when they started digging behind the Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 400 W. Washington St. “I guess you would call it an underground river,” Barnes said of what they discovered. The sheriff said that was one of the few moments in the three-year project that caused him to say, “Good grief.” The new jail, which was initially expected to have a turnkey cost of $115 million, is coming in under budget at

right at $100 million. The total cost of construction will be about $85 million. Voters approved $115 million in jail bonds in May 2008 and then the global economic collapse occurred, dramatically reducing construction costs and saving Guilford County millions on the completed project since the county funded the project before the fall of 2008 but bid it out afterward. On Monday, June 4, the Guilford County Jail Construction Advisory Committee met and toured the nearly finished structure and saw much of it was operational. For instance, the master control room, which looks like a NASA mission control room, had hundreds of surveillance screen shots up and running showing all the activity in the jail. Montgomery said that every aspect of the new jail could be controlled from that master control room and that many aspects of the jail were very high tech. “It is a lot of stuff to learn,” Montgomery said. Before the tour began, Commissioner Paul Gibson, the chairman of the Jail Construction Advisory Committee for the past four years, said that Guilford County needed the new facility, but, he added, he was optimistic that criminal rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment programs could reduce the number of people being put into the jail. “I hope we can make some of that obsolete as we go forward,” Gibson said. Many county officials thanked Balfour Beatty’s Jimmy Anderson, the project manager, for the job he has done leading the construction. About three years ago, a Rhinoceros Times jail-naming contest dubbed the giant new jail, “BJ’s Bed and Breakfast,” and Barnes said that, for the grand opening party, he’d had special napkins made at his own expense with that name printed on them. “The napkins are here,” Barnes said, ready for the ribbon cutting on the new jail that he has worked for years to see built.


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Kernersville Just Says No To School Site by paul C. clark Staff Writer

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen took the better part of a year to consider the Guilford County Board of Education’s request to put the $72 million “airport area high school” in the Triad Business Park in part of western Guilford County that has been annexed into Kernersville. It then took three and-a-half hours to get to the hearing on the issue on Tuesday, June 5, a half-hour to hold the hearing and only a few minutes to kill the idea. The Guilford County Schools contingent present had to wait three-and-ahalf hours because the zoning hearing was, unfortunately for them, scheduled after the hearing on the Kernersville town budget. The five-member Board of Aldermen voted 5 to 0 to deny Guilford County Schools the rezoning it would have needed to put the school in the business park. The school system had requested that the aldermen rezone 115 acres of the business park from business industrial (BI) to institutional and public – special use district (IP-S). The school system was spared the tongue-lashing inflicted by Kernersville Planning Board Vice Chairman Phyllis Mendel when the Planning Board recommended against the rezoning on a 7-to-0 vote on May 14. The Board of Aldermen was more respectful toward the school system than the Planning Board, although no more favorable. Guilford County Schools Chief Operations Officer Andy LaRowe made the pitch to the aldermen for the school system, although Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education Alan Duncan was listed on the agenda for the meeting. LaRowe said, “I want to lead off by saying I am not Alan Duncan.” Being Duncan probably wouldn’t have helped him. Duncan, a trial attorney for Smith Moore Leatherwood and part of the team that just kept John Edwards out of jail, wouldn’t have helped his record had he argued the rezoning case. LaRowe said the school system had evaluated 60 sites for the high school,

which is proposed as the cornerstone of its current $457 million building program. The Triad Business Park site, had the aldermen rezoned it, would have eventually held a middle school as well as the high school, although the project list for the 2008 school bond referendum that would fund the high school listed only land, not construction, for the middle school. LaRowe disputed the finding of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that the business park site was inappropriate and possibly dangerous for a high school, saying the school system considers Bunker Hill Road, which would provide access to the high school, a road the school system could work with the NCDOT to make suitable for high school traffic. A May 9 memo from the office of Municipal and School Transportation Assistance (MSTA) of the NCDOT included a preliminary traffic-impact analysis of the land, which was highly critical of the high school proposal. The MSTA predicted noise and heavy truck traffic problems from the adjacent FedEx sorting facility to the west, limited road access to the school because of the railroad line, poor connectivity to residential developments, needed improvements to nearby intersections, and school traffic congestion on South Bunker Hill Road. The MSTA wrote, “NOTE: This list should not be considered all-inclusive.” On the Guilford County School road design for the land, the MSTA memo states, “This design is expected to fail.” On traffic expected on the school’s driveways, the memo states, “These driveways are expected to fail.” LaRowe said the school system can put more mobile classrooms on a school site up to a point, but eventually it has to build new schools. He said, “We are certainly at that point in western Guilford County.” Colfax resident Garland Stack, whose property adjoins the proposed high school site, organized a protest petition against the rezoning request. Kernersville Community Development Director Jeff Hatling said that, as of Monday, June 4, 25 of 38

qualifying adjoining property owners had signed the petition. A successful protest petition requires a three-quarters supermajority of the Kernersville Board of Aldermen to approve the rezoning request. With five aldermen, four would have to vote in favor of the rezoning request. As it turned out, the supermajority wasn’t even an issue. Other than LaRowe, only three people spoke at the hearing. Two were opponents of the high school site: Stack and Kernersville resident Harvey Pulliam. The third was Brian Hall, a pre-construction project manager for Samet Corp., one of the three principals in TDO Land Holding LLC. The 115 acres would have been part of 148 acres of TDO Land Holding land in the sort-of-triangle formed by West Market Street, Bunker Hill Road and I-40 Business. TDO Land Holding is a partnership of developers: Arthur Samet of Samet Corp. of Greensboro, David Griffin of D.H. Griffin Construction of Greensboro and Grover Shugart Jr. of Shugart Enterprises of Winston-Salem, who are all contractors. Pulliam said that Kernersville and TDO Land Holding “entered into what you might call a marriage agreement” to create the business park. Hall said merely, in his lighting fast comment, that TDO Land Holding supported putting the high school in the business park. He said, “We’ve been married for about five years now and it’s been a good marriage,” but showed no regret about the proposed divorce. Stack repeated the many objections he and others had made against the site. He said, “Your ‘no’ vote will initiate a resulting search for a better location for the Guilford County school benefiting the western Guilford County public.” And a ‘no’ vote is what the aldermen quickly gave him, almost without comment. Alderman Dana Caudill Jones said that a high school was not a compatible use for the site.

Jones said, “I feel for those on the Guilford County school board and those who have this task in front of them, but I’m not on the school board and I’m not here to make decisions on what would be the best for the investors of the TDO group.” Samet Corp. put together the business park and had it voluntarily annexed into Kernersville to get water from Kernersville, which gets its water in turn from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Division. Sewer service comes from High Point under an agreement between Kernersville and High Point. TDO Land Holding last year proposed de-annexing the property from Kernersville. The only remaining question about the Triad Business Park site is whether or not TDO Land Holding, or the school board, will attempt to convince the North Carolina General Assembly to forcibly de-annex the land.

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Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox was in line to get a controversial payout of $61,000, but in light of the removal of funds for that purpose in the 2012-2013 budget, it now appears as though Fox and other retiring employees will be subject to a cap on bonuses that was in place before the Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday, March 1 to remove it – a decision almost all commissioners said they did not know they had voted for. The cap would mean that Fox’s bonus would be $16,500 when she retires. The budget calls for the Guilford County Schools operating fund to be kept at the same level as the current budget year, but it reduces the schools capital maintenance allocation by $2 million from the amount in Fox’s proposed budget. The new budget also calls for Guilford Technical Community College to get $1.5 million less for capital projects than the manager’s budget calls for. Fox had removed $1.1 million for a dental (Continued on page 42)

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City Garbage Deal Stinks To High Heaven by john hammer editor

The fix is in on the garbage disposal contract for the City of Greensboro, proving that Greensboro can be just as messed up as Guilford County. The city at first was just going to renew the contract with Republic Services without going out for bids. But the City Council insisted that the contracts for everything but picking up garbage from people’s homes and businesses be put out for bid. So in the beginning the city staff wanted to just hand the contract to Republic for disposal and Hilco for transportation – the companies that currently have the contracts. But the bids came in and Waste Connections had the lowest bid by an estimated $1.2 million. The city hired the same consultant who has given the city questionable advice in the past, Joe Readling of HDR Engineering. Readling found a “flaw” in the Waste Connections proposal and advised the city to do exactly what the city staff wanted to do in the beginning, which is stay with Republic and Hilco Transport. It’s going to cost the city a lot more.

Even Mayor Robbie Perkins, who is in favor of going with Republic and Hilco, said it would cost the city about $800,000 a year more. And the city is talking about a five-year contract. So that is $4 million to $6 million that is going to be spent because the city staff evidently doesn’t want to do the work to switch over to a new company. The proposal from Waste Connections, which is the third largest waste management company in the United States, was thrown out by Readling, not by the City Council or city staff. Readling said he didn’t like the fact that Waste Connections listed A-1 Sandrock as the subcontractor to haul the garbage from the city transfer station to the Waste Connections landfill in Anson County. Readling, in the small group meeting on Tuesday, June 5, in the council conference room, to go over the proposals with city councilmembers, said that he was a civil engineer, not an expert in hauling garbage, which is a very interesting statement because Waste Connections is expert at hauling and disposing of garbage. The garbage doesn’t get to Waste Connection’s landfills by magic. If Waste

Connections believes that A-1 Sandrock can do the job why should the city care? If it turns out that A-1 Sandrock cannot do the job then Waste Connections will bring in a crew that can, but the contract is between Waste Connections and the City of Greensboro. If Waste Connections has to pay more for hauling than it estimated that is their problem, not the city’s. Readling, by the way, is the engineer the city hired to look at using White Street Landfill for the city’s municipal solid waste, and he failed to mention to the city that the area it was planning on using to expand the landfill was not properly zoned for a landfill, so it could not be legally used. In this case it appears that the facts are being interpreted to reach the conclusion the city staff wanted. Readling says that A-1 Sandrock doesn’t have the experience or the equipment to do the job. Waste Connections says that they do. At the Tuesday night City Council meeting Councilmember Trudy Wade asked about a number of contracts the city had awarded to contractors because they were the lowest bidder but not the largest

or most experienced bidder. Because the Waste Connections Landfill is about 20 miles farther from Greensboro than the Uwharrie landfill owned by Republic, it was thought that Republic had a huge advantage. But the tipping fee – the cost of disposing of the garbage at the landfill – given by Waste Connections was $16 per ton versus $22.50 a ton by Republic. So even with the longer haul Waste Connections had the low bid by an estimated $1.2 million. Councilmember Jim Kee said Tuesday that he thought the city went through the bid process to save money and if the city is not going to take the low bid then what was the point. Wade, who is related to the owner of A-1 Sandrock, said she couldn’t say much but that she believed in saving money for the city. Councilmember Yvonne Johnson also said she was leaning toward the low cost provider. The city plans to vote on the contract on Tuesday, June 12, and the contract will go into effect on July 1. The Perkins’ council evidently isn’t going to do anything until the very last second.

Director Sandy Woodard, Facilities Director Fred Jones and County Manager Brenda Jones Fox. Remarkably, Assistant County Manager Sharisse Fuller, who’s also the county’s human services director, wasn’t at the meeting, nor was she at another meeting held later that same day to set the agenda for the commissioners’ June 7 meeting. It is a rare day in Guilford County when Fuller is not seen close at the side of Fox, and May 29 was one of those rare days. While the naming committee meeting didn’t have much luck with the sheriff’s meeting rooms and classrooms, it did make some headway naming meeting rooms in the Guilford Center and the county’s building at 201 S. Greene St. A meeting room in the High Point

Guilford Center was named for Dr. Robert Fincher Jr. Fincher, a life-long resident of High Point, was the clinical director of Guilford County Mental Health from 1957 to 1985. In 1997 that meeting room was dedicated to his memory, and the naming committee wanted to make sure that name was made official. Former county psychiatrist Dr. Roletta Jolly-Fritz also got a meeting room named after her. Born in 1896, she worked her way through the University of Iowa and later served as a clinical psychiatrist for Guilford County Mental Health from 1966 to 1973, winning many awards and commendations during her time with the county. The committee also recommended naming a meeting room in the Greene Street building after former Greensboro

City Councilmember Lonnie Revels. Revels, who died a decade ago, was a Pembroke native who graduated from Wake Forest University. A Lumbee Indian, he advocated strongly for the rights of the Lumbees. In 1975, he and his wife, Ruth, established an agency in Greensboro that later became the Guilford Native American Association. Revels served two terms on the Greensboro City Council. All recommendations made by the naming committee must be approved by the Board of Commissioners before becoming official, and so far the full board has approved the committee’s recommendations in almost every case. There is no word on whether or not, once the county is done naming meeting rooms, if it will move on to naming restrooms and storage rooms.

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County Detention Center. “Yeah – we’re still going to call it Jail Central,” Montgomery said. Though not much headway was made with naming the Sheriff’s Department meeting rooms, at least the meeting wasn’t taking up a huge amount of county staff time as meetings did last year. Last fall, one notable Building Naming Committee meeting drew over 20 top county officials and lasted an entire morning. While the committee still meets frequently, the number of attendees has dropped significantly, and, at the May 29 meeting, Cashion was there with Commissioner Paul Gibson, and Commissioner John Parks attended by phone. Also at the May 29 meeting were interim Guilford County Property Management

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would jump to pass the proposed bill. Even when two Davidson County state representatives, Rep. Rayne Brown of Lexington and Rep. Jerry Dockham of Denton – both Republicans – introduced the bill on May 16, High Point officials didn’t take it very seriously. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Government – and there, they assumed, it would die an undramatic an unnoticed death. To the surprise of High Point, that wasn’t the end of House Bill 943, titled “Davidson County Annexations.” The Committee on Government reported it out favorably on May 31, and it was immediately referred to the House Finance Committee. High Point officials woke up and began paying attention. At a meeting of the High Point City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday, June 4, High Point Mayor Becky Smothers took the bill seriously enough to present to the councilmembers for approval a letter to be sent to Rep. Julia Howard, senior chair of the House Finance Committee, in opposition to the bill. The first paragraph of the letter, which will be signed by Smothers, shows that High Point didn’t take Dockham and Brown’s bill seriously at first.

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“The City Council of High Point does NOT support this bill,” the letter states. “We intentionally did not lobby against the bill out of respect for Representative Dockham while it was in the Government Committee. Nor did we believe that there was the possibility that the bill would be reported out favorably because it violates the very basic tenets of property rights. I can only conclude that the members did not fully comprehend the scope of the bill.” H.B. 943 is short, even if High Point doesn’t consider it sweet. It contains only two paragraphs, both of which are easily comprehensible. The bill would prohibit all annexation of land in Davidson County by “a city not primarily located within Davidson County” without the approval of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners. That could, in theory, refer to WinstonSalem. In fact, High Point City Manger Strib Boynton originally said he thought the bill was aimed at Winston-Salem. The resolution to request the local act from the state legislature was proposed by Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts, who based his proposal on a similar local bill passed by the General Assembly in 2011. That bill required the approval of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners before the towns of Apex or Cary could make an involuntary

annexation into Chatham County. Potts, Davidson County Manager Robert Hyatt and Davidson County Planning Director Guy Corman, all said that the bill was aimed at High Point – with which Corman said Davidson County has had a sewage feud since the late 1800s, when High Pointers would drive sewage-tank carts into Davidson County and dump them. So Davidson County officials don’t like High Point. There are lots of places High Point officials don’t like, Greensboro and the rest of Guilford County heading the list. But High Point isn’t starting legislative wars with them, and apparently didn’t believe that Davidson County would start one. But, as pointed out, Davidson County’s intentions are clear. The bill states, “No city not primarily located within the territory of Davidson County may adopt an annexation ordinance under any of the provisions of [the state annexation statute] that applies to any territory located within Davidson County, unless the Board of Commissioners of Davidson County has, prior to the adoption of the annexation ordinance, approved a resolution consenting to that annexation.” The phrase “any of the provisions” shows that the bill, if enacted, would prohibit both voluntary and involuntary annexation.

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continued to demand that the SIT meeting minutes be updated, sending the team emails on May 28, May 29 and May 30. Finally, on May 30, Jones sent out an email to the team members asking them to note the following amendment to the minutes from the May SIT meeting. Here’s the amendment in its entirety: “Under budget discussion – Ms. Clapp asked Mr. Slate about his trip to Tampa, FL and why he could not have picked a closer location to save money. Mr. Slate responded that this was a one time national conference on ‘Turning High Poverty Schools into High Performing Schools’ and also stated that this was in line with the school’s mission and vision for improving student achievement. Mr. Slate also stated the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference mirrored the conference that a large cohort of teachers attended regarding teaching students of poverty. Ms Clapp asked who he had to clear this with before he had money transferred out of our staff development account to the principal’s account and Mr. Slate replied, it was his discretion due it being staff development. Mr. Slate also added that it was approved by the regional superintendent since it involved travel. Ms. Clapp asked to see a copy of the budget transfer form. Mr. Slate said, ‘I don’t have a copy Mrs. Clapp.’ Mrs. Clapp responded, ‘That’s not what the county office said today.’ Mr. Slate replied, ‘I personally don’t have a copy, but

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One reason High Point seems to be miffed is that it has gone to great lengths to negotiate annexation agreements with surrounding cities, towns and counties. High Point got into land-use planning in the 1950s, well before most North Carolina municipalities, and through a mixture of annexation agreements and long-term plans for land it doesn’t even control, it has had its future cozily planned for decades. High Point officials don’t like it when those plans go awry. In fact, High Point and Davidson County had the first city-county annexation agreement in North Carolina (such agreements are usually between municipalities). But the Davidson County commissioners have recently been miffed by the voluntary annexation by High Point of housing developments such as Laurel Oak Ranch and other neighborhoods served by High Point sewer lines. Potts blames such developments for Davidson County having to build $45 million worth of schools, including a $25 million middle school. He said the county’s increased tax base from houses does not pay for the schools and services they require. Smothers addressed that issue in her letter in a way guaranteed not to smooth the friction between High Point and Davidson County. Even though she cited the annexation agreement, she turned it on (Continued on page 12)

you can review the school copy when Ms. Whitaker returns.’ Point of clarification, for community members and parents, Ms. Whitaker is the school treasurer.” Slate responded, “Thank you for posting the amendment.” Clapp and Guilford County Schools have different interpretations of what a SIT is empowered to do. Clapp began the brouhaha by emailing School Superintendent Mo Green, school board Chairman Alan Duncan and school board member Paul Daniels on May 14, “Greg Slate has taken matters of spending into HIS own hands. I am on the SIT team + we did NOT vote on this. He took $ to go on a trip to Tampa that should have been used for teacher training. What I want to know immediately, is where is it written that a principal can delegate funds this way without a vote by the SIT team?” Carr said that SITs have no financial authority. “That’s not accurate,” Carr said. “Principals have discretion over their budget. The SITs are advisory and helpful but they do not run a school.” Clapp in 2010 challenged at-large school board member Nancy Routh hard and lost. When the votes were counted on Nov. 2, 2010, Clapp, who ran a one-issue campaign against Routh – focusing on crime and discipline problems in the schools – couldn’t beat Routh’s years of name recognition as a school board member, principal and teacher in the countywide race. Routh fended off Clapp, winning 52

percent of the vote to Clapp’s 47 percent. Routh won almost all the urban precincts in the county, and Clapp all the rural ones. Since losing to Routh, Clapp has returned to her avocation as general thorn in the side of the Eastern administration, particularly Slate, who Clapp has worked diligently to get transferred out of Eastern, saying he wasn’t controlling violence in the schools and was unqualified to run a large, problematic high school such as Eastern. Guilford County Schools brought in retired Eastern Assistant Principal Travis Ragins as dean of students at the high school. In that context, “dean of students” meant a hard-nosed discipline specialist to handle the gang, weapon, violence and other problems that Eastern parents said weren’t being addressed at the school. Slate was probably doomed at Eastern from that point – but Guilford County Schools had in July 2011 extended his contract for four years. According to Carr, Slate had been successful at several positions before becoming Eastern principal. He was an assistant principal at Grimsley and Dudley high schools, a curriculum facilitator at Northwest Guilford High School and an intervention team specialist at High Point Central High School. Before that, he was a teacher at Lexington Senior High School. Carr said, “He’s very bright and has done a lot of good work for the school district over the years.” Slate could not be reached for comment.

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selling everything in the store, closing the doors by Sunday, July 1, and then, he said, he’s going to enjoy the remainder of his life by spending time with his family, traveling and doing whatever he feels so inclined to do. Blumenthal has a wife, Lonnie, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. He said one of the things he’ll miss most is working with his excellent sales staff who, he said, really create the downhome customer atmosphere the store is famous for. Blumenthal said he’s had many valuable employees through the years but he wanted to call special attention to Carolyn Patterson, who’s worked at the store for 16 years, and Lois Renn, who’s been there 22 years. Patterson said that, like Blumenthal, she will miss working there immensely and she will really miss the customers who have been so supportive through the years. “I’ve enjoyed it so much,” she said. “Bob’s not like a boss to us – we’re like family.” Patterson said she, Renn and Blumenthal have had a great working relationship through the years. “We talk about anything and everything,” she said. She added that, in lean years when business was slow, Bob Blumenthal’s main concern was keeping them employed, and, she added, there were times he was dipping into this retirement savings just to keep

them on so they wouldn’t lose their jobs. Patterson said one big draw for the store was Renn’s special touch. “She would always know exactly what their size was and what they wanted,” Patterson said of Renn. “Sometimes she would have it up front waiting for them.” Patterson said one customer called Renn an “angel,” and he told Renn, “You make being a stout customer very easy.” Blumenthal said the store got its start in 1926 when his father, Abe, who was living in Manhattan, decided to open up a clothing store in Miami. Abe Blumenthal loaded up his car and began driving south toward the Sunshine State. “He was on his way down to Miami and he stopped in Greensboro,” Bob recalled. “He decided he really liked it here and he never left.” Abe Blumenthal found a location that appealed to him in downtown Greensboro, set up shop, and the rest is local clothing store history. Of course, as the son of a storeowner, Bob got an early start in the clothing business. “When I was a teenager my father would recruit me here and there,” Blumenthal said, adding that that’s how he learned the business. “I came on full time in 1968, and I’ve been doing this from 1968 to the present,” he said. He said that, at times through the years, business has been very good and at other times very slow. When he’s asked the best year the store ever had, he doesn’t even have to think about it before pinpointing the year exactly. “1983” he answers quickly, like a

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its head, telling rural residents of Davidson County to do what they want least – increase taxes. “The primary argument we have heard from some Davidson County officials is that High Point’s growth in Davidson County has impacted the County school system,” Smothers wrote. “If this is the true concern by the County Commissioners, perhaps they might consider the option of a local bill that would impose an impact fee on residential development to fund public schools. This makes more sense than penalizing property owners by denying them the right to make decisions about their property without the approval of the Board of County Commissioners.” In other words, in one paragraph, Smothers guaranteed she would enrage the Davidson County commissioners, the Davidson County residents complaining about the cost of new schools, and homeowners who have had their properties voluntarily annexed into High Point. The reason they moved to Davidson County in the first place was for lower taxes, something

contestant on a game show who knows the answer to the question very well. Blumenthal said that, in the years leading up to 1983, business had been going up and up, and then, in 1983, the downtown clothing store had its best year ever. He said that, over the last three decades, however, many “big box stores” have opened up and taken a lot of business his store once had. Blumenthal decided to open Blumenthal’s Big & Tall to supplement the downtown store and, 16 years ago, he opened what’s now the final incarnation of Blumenthal’s, which will be gone in a matter of weeks. In 2005, Blumenthal’s moved its main store from it’s trademark location downtown next to the Big & Tall store on West Market Street. Blumenthal recently announced to his customers that store would be closing, and he said Blumenthal’s Big & Tall has been seeing a mini-boom ever since. Blumenthal said everything is being marked down continually until the last item is sold, and he added it’s giving him a chance to see a lot of his customers one more time before the store closes. Blumenthal’s has been known for its line of jeans and, for many area residents through the years, it’s been the only place to buy blue jeans. In fact, for some longtime Greensboro residents, it’s almost sacrilegious to buy jeans anywhere else. According to Blumenthal, the store has taken part in many of the clothing fads over the years. “We’ve had parachute pants, Members Only jackets and Ocean Pacific swimwear,” he said.

And, of course, when they were in style, he added, Blumenthal’s carried a large selection of bell-bottom jeans. Blumenthal said he often thinks back to the downtown store. “Downtown had a lot of nostalgia,” he said. He said the location had an “oldfashioned” feel to it and it was the store he grew up working in, so it brought back fond memories. He also said that, in all his years running Blumenthal’s, he had never been robbed by someone with a gun or any other weapon. But, he added, there had been some criminal drama from time to time. “I’ve had to chase my share of shoplifters,” he said. Blumenthal said that, over the years, many prominent area people have been regulars at his store, but only one national celebrity ever came in. That caused quite a stir because it was Lindsay Wagner, who at the time was the star of the hit ’70s show The Bionic Woman. Blumenthal said he didn’t recognize her at first, but it then became clear who she was and the attractive star was very accommodating. “She stayed and autographed a picture,” Blumenthal said. He said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family but he’ll miss the store and especially the customers he has taken so much pride in serving over the years. Blumenthal said the customers have told him how much they’ll miss the store once it’s closed. “You can’t leave,” one told Blumenthal recently. “Where will I shop?”

an impact fee would counteract. Smothers said that High Point officials were so certain the bill wouldn’t clear the Committee on Government that they instructed former High Point City Attorney Fred Baggett, High Point’s lobbyist in Raleigh, not to testify at the committee’s hearing because, as Smothers put it, “Getting in a spitting contest down there doesn’t help anybody, I think.” Smothers said the bill’s effects are so uncertain that High Point officials won’t be able to give advice to anyone in Davidson County asking for voluntary annexation into High Point. She said, “It is so fraught with unknowns that I can’t imagine how we could give anybody guidance, period.” Councilmember Latimer Alexander said High Point should defer to Davidson County officials. “There will be people who want to sell their land, and that’s who this is aimed at,” Alexander said. “Access to sewer is what they’re going to need ... I don’t want to spend taxpayer dollars on a project that is dead on arrival. I think our best course of action will be to encourage them to go to Davidson and find out what Davidson will

approve without condition – and once they get that approved, they come back to us.” Councilmember Chris Whitley agreed. “If this is passed, I, like you, don’t want to see any staff time spent,” he said. “They should go to Davidson.” The Finance Committee meeting came on the same day the Davidson County commissioners held a public hearing on High Point’s request for a special-use permit to complete the third stage of upgrades to its Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant on West Burton Road in Davidson County. Some Davidson County residents have said that High Point’s desire to increase the plant’s capacity from 6.2 million gallons a day to 10 million gallons a day is proof that High Point plans to involuntarily annex large swaths of Davidson County. Smothers said the school-cost issue was partly a red herring. “I don’t know if this is the real issue,” she said. “I think it’s entangled with the fact that there are those who oppose the upgrades at Westside. There are those who think High Point is on a marauding expedition to annex everything to Montgomery County, I guess.”


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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything

Dance, Idol And Remembered Poems by orson scott card

Watching So You Think You Can Dance reminds me once again how much better these dancers have to be than the singers on any of the singing shows or the amateur dancers on the celebrity-dancing show. Two episodes in, and I’m blown away yet again by what some of these dancers can do before they get to dance to some of the brilliant choreography they’re given during the course of the competition. I’m glad that both Idol and So You Think have eschewed most of the how-sad or train-wreck auditions that used to take up so much time. Both shows seem to have caught on to the fact that the audience is there to be entertained by good artists, not embarrassed by people who lack skill or good sense. Having said that, I must say that American Idol has finally got the judging right. No false “banter” between Simon and Ryan; now the judges actually talk sensibly about the art. And if the judges’ love affair with the talented but unready Jessica Sanchez sometimes got embarrassing (great pipes aren’t enough to make a great singer, kids; you’ve got to understand the words), there was always Jimmy Iovine to offer a corrective.

No judge was right every time; but none of them was useless, either. Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson: All of them were – and acted like – professionals who knew both the art and the business of pop singing. And even though of my two favorite singers, one was eliminated way too early (Elise Testone), Phillip Phillips was obviously the best thing on that stage, week after week. Then again, I’m the guy who still thinks Taylor Hicks was a terrific choice in his year. I don’t actually care who sells the most records afterward – though I like his album way more than a lot of other winners’ albums! – because the show isn’t about outguessing subsequent record sales. It’s about who puts on the best show. That was Phillip Phillips this year. But I also loved Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, David Cook, David Archuleta, Scotty McCreery, Casey Abrams, Joshua Ledet and Crystal Bowersox; in fact, I have a lot of favorites since I started watching in season three. And I don’t think there’s any point in talking about whether Idol “got it right” in any year. By definition Idol always gets it right

I was lucky enough to attend elementary school in California back when that state had the finest schools in the world. They ability-grouped us, so that the better students weren’t held back, and the slower students weren’t constantly frustrated by material they weren’t ready for. Yes, it caused students to be clearly divided by scholarly ability – but let’s be serious here. If you have them all mixed together, how many days into a school year do you think it will be before every single student knows who the fast and slow learners are? Ability-grouping merely names officially what everyone can already see. Whatever harm having a label might do, it can’t possibly be as damaging to a slower student as having to be in the same classroom with the better students day after day, while the harried teacher can’t possibly give you the help you need. One of the features of that great public education system was that, slow or quick, we all got poetry. Both meanings of “got” apply – we had poetry thrust upon us, and we understood it. That’s because we were taught that poetry was clever and beautiful language with nifty ideas or stories. We were definitely not introduced to poetry as something that needed to be decoded. That came later. At Barnes & Noble I recently picked up Best Remembered Poems, edited by Martin Gardner. Along with many other jewels, it includes most of the poems that were given to us in grade school. In fourth grade, Mrs. Schroeder took us through the joys of Hunt’s “Abou Ben Adhem,” Longfellow’s “The Children’s Hour” and “Paul Revere’s Ride,” McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” Moore’s “A Visit

from St. Nicholas,” Burgess’ “The Purple Cow,” Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” Saxe’s “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat,” Whittier’s “The Barefoot Boy,” Field’s “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” Frost’s “Fire and Ice,” Kilmer’s “Trees,” and, above all, Noyes’ “The Highwayman.” I didn’t need a school class to give me some others in the book, like Hale’s “Mary’s Lamb,” Henley’s “Invictus,” Kipling’s “Recessional” and “If,” Procter’s “The Lost Chord,” Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Longfellow’s “There Was a Little Girl,” Mearns’ “Antigonish,” Stevenson’s “Requiem,” or Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat.” I learned those by singing or reciting them at home with my family. These are just the poems from my childhood that happen to be in Gardner’s anthology. To test the accuracy of the book’s title, let’s see how many of them you remember. If you were born before 1960, I’ll bet you can put all these lines with the abovelisted author and title of the poem they come from: “... I’d rather see than be one.” “... Sailed off in a wooden shoe.” “... Which was against the rule ...” “And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!” “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” “I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps.” “Poems are made by fools like me ...” “But if it had to perish twice ...” “Lest we forget – lest we forget!” sudoku_322A “... Right in the middle of her forehead ...” Created by Peter Ritmeester/Presented by Will Shortz “They danced by the light of the moon, 3 / The moon, / The moon, / They danced by the light of the moon.” 6 1 2 “Listen, my children, and you shall hear ...” 9 4the7crosses,1row on row6...” “Between “As I8was going up the 3 stair / I met 5 a man who wasn’t there!” 4 eyes – how they twinkled! – his “His dimples how9merry!” (Continued on page 18)

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Yost Says The Internet Stuff Is For The Birds by Scott D. Yost county editor

Someone once said that “Brevity is the soul of wit.” That line gets quoted a lot, and it makes the very valid point that, in writing, and in speech, sometimes less is more. That quote gets thrown around quite a bit and it’s an impressive little saying, but I have to say it’s a little less impressive if you go back to the original source and read the entire quote that it comes from – rather than just the one line that everyone now knows. Here, I’ll show you. Here’s the entire quote ... Brevity is the soul of wit. By that, what I mean is that if you are trying to make your point in an articulate, interesting and witty way, then, really, if you think about it, the fewer words the better. Because, a lot of the time, by adding more words to make your point – in other words, by making it “wordier” than you need to – you are in fact, not really adding to what you are saying, but, instead, you are actually taking away from it. It’s simply not as witty because, if what you are saying ends up being too long, and lacking in what I just referred to as “the soul of wit” – or, brevity – then it is really difficult for what you wrote to be witty or interesting. Without that “soul,” or brevity, writing often lacks wit. So for goodness’ sakes, just get in and get out! Once you’ve said the thing that you want to say, there’s no need after that to be redundant and repetitive because, if you are, it is something of an insult to the reader (or to the listener, as the case may be) because in a way you’re telling them that you don’t think they’ll be able to “get it” right off the bat. For, if they could, then there would be absolutely no reason whatsoever for you to elaborate, because they got it right away, and anything after that ... Anyway, I won’t quote you the entire passage because it goes on like that for four more pages to make the point, but I will just simply make the point here that the author of “Brevity is the soul of wit” was really aided quite a bit in history by the fact that someone took out and quoted that one line and left the rest of the passage out. Now, I have to be careful here, because there but for the grace of God go I. That is, I will say that I, too, have been known to have a tendency to be wordy from time to time – that I too can exhibit a penchant for verbosity and long-windedness. However, that’s never been much of a problem for me. Until now. Because now, in something I’m trying to do, brevity isn’t just essential, it’s the law. I’ve decided to join a new internet craze where I periodically send out short messages to people, and, when I use this service, everything I say has to be limited to 140 characters. In the past, I have fought the urge to follow the crowd, but lately I’ve found myself drawn to the new thing that all the kids are doing worldwide, and I thought that I would join in. The good thing is that it forces me to keep it short. It’s called “chirping” and I decided that, well, if everyone else is chirping these days, then I should be too. Limiting everything to 140 characters will certainly be a chore for me, but I thought to myself – well, you know, it’s time that I got “hip,” as the kids say today, and it’s time I became part of the “with it” internet generation. I’ve decided it was finally time that I created an “online presence.” So, in order to become cutting edge, I’ve been doing a number of things: For instance, I just set up “electronic mail” accounts on both AOL and CompuServe, and, as I just mentioned, in no time I will be chirping. You might even have to start calling me Yost 2.0, which, if you don’t know, is a way of saying that I am the latest version of myself. The thing about chirping is that, no matter who you are, or what you have to say, it can only be 140 characters or less. Now, like I said, the main reason I’m writing this column on brevity is to practice my chirping skills and to get myself to the point where I can easily express my thoughts in 140-character phrases or less – so let the chirping begin. Once you are chirping, people sign up to follow you and they can see your chirps as you write them and the people who read your chirps are your “chirpees.” I think. Something like that. All right, here’s my first practice chirp. Here goes nothing … • I’m always on the lookout for examples of bad judgment in things like poorly worded news scrolls that roll along the bottom of cable news channels. On CNN earlier this year, Nancy Grace was reporting the case of the Washington State man who blew his house up and killed his two children, and the news scroll across the bottom was, “Missing woman’s Hubby kills two kids, takes own life.” Now, is it just me or isn’t the use of “Hubby” there just a little too informal for the context. I mean, here at The Rhino Times, I help write headlines every week, so trust me I do know the meaning of limited headline space, and I realize that sometimes in headlines and news scrolls you have to use abbreviations when you would rather not. (Continued on page 18)

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Scott’s Night Out

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The Sound of the Beep What follows has been transcribed from the answering machine tape on our comment line 273-0898. We edit out what is required by the laws of the state, of good taste and of good sense. The limit on phone calls is one minute and each caller may make up to two calls per week. If you have something to say, call our comment line at 273-0898 and start talking at The Sound of the Beep. This is to Skip Alston and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. Can one of you read? Brenda Jones Fox, you would strike me as a person that would be old enough to know better. You are trying to swindle the taxpayers and if you weren’t trying to be untruthful and if you were trying to be aboveboard with what you have done, then you would have told the commissioners about it. You would have pointed out that fact to them. You’re just a shady, underhanded person. You will have to answer for what you have done sooner or later. Skip Alston, I’d like to know what she’s got on you. And as far as that matter, how about the rest of you? %%% John, this is truly just a personal observation. Our mayor, Robbie Perkins, seems to be smart and sophisticated. But when he is referring to a vote that has been taken, he should say, “The vote is seven to zero,” not “seven to nothing.” Thank you. %%% Yeah, I need somebody to explain to me how it saves the taxpayers money to pay somebody $50,000, $100,000, $150,000 a year after their retirement, plus, health benefits for life. And, then, have to also pay somebody to fill that person’s position. Even if it is at a lower starting rate. I don’t understand how that’s saving the taxpayers any money. I don’t think anybody should be making $150,000 to retire. I think that maybe they should get $5,000 a year at the most to maybe supplement their Social Security or something like that. But, you know, $100,000 or more is just absolutely ridiculous. Thank you. %%% OK. Someone explain this logic to me, please. Those of us who live in public housing recently got a letter saying, based on usage that we’re using less utilities, so they are going to raise our rent. Well, most of us on low incomes or fixed incomes, or both, have cut back on our use of utilities in order to be able to pay our bill. And, so, for that they’re going to penalize us by raising our rent. I personally haven’t had the air conditioning on. I’ve just suffered with the heat. We’re taking cooler showers. So, our gas bill won’t go up. And, so, now because we’ve been trying to economize we’re going to raise our rent? Can someone explain this logic to me? Because to me, it’s totally backwards. Thank you. %%%

Ashley Goldean is a very talented up and coming Greensboro artist and she invited me to her art show – the display of her second collection of works – at Rioja Wine Bar on Battleground last Thursday, where there was an excellent turnout and many impressed patrons. You should grab her work while you can and, then, years from now, sell it at Sotheby’s of London’s for millions of dollars after she becomes famous worldwide. Left, Ashley helps highlight some of her work, and, as you can see by her excellent presentation pose in this last picture, Ashley could always opt for a second career as a Price is Right showgirl if she decides to. – Scott D. Yost

Continuing on the illogical subject of penalizing people who are on low income who live frugally in order to pay their bills. I pay rent. I pay gas. I pay power. Then I have to buy my food and my clothing. I live on $8,016 a year. So, now, because I’ve been trying to live frugally, we all know utility rates have gone up. Gas rates have gone up. Power rates have gone up. Because I’ve tried to be frugal, and not have air and not have heat like I like, wear layers, not have hot showers, they’re going to raise my rent because I’ve cut back on using utilities so I can pay my bill. What in the world is going on in these people’s minds? I’d like to see them live like this on $8,000. %%% I can’t believe Robbie Perkins wants to put a scalping tax on the citizens of Greensboro. Why don’t he show what a good corporate citizen he is and donate some land that he has to this new GPAC that he’s so interested in? Show a little good cooperation; put something on the table instead of taking stuff off the table. Thank you very much. %%% I have a couple of things to say. One of them is to generation Z or whatever they’re calling them, 20-year-olds to 35-year-olds. Join a civic club. Do something good. It will make you feel better, and it’s good for our country. The Rotary Club, Lions Club, Jaycees, be a big brother, big sister, do something civic-minded. I’ve set an example. I’ve always been a member of one or the other. And Robbie’s music hall, man, I don’t think that thing (Continued on page 33)


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It’s just that I think tragic murder/ suicides call for a certain air of formality that one does not have to provide if it were a more lighthearted story – for instance, “Hubby finds wife’s long lost wedding ring in lawnmower gas tank.” Something like that would be fine. Wow, my first chirp. OK, let me make sure it’s under 140 characters. Hmmm. 817. OK, that’s too many. Now, it just hit me that, when it comes to chirping, I don’t know if you’re supposed to count spaces as characters or not. Either way, it’s clearly too long to make it onto my chirping account. I may need more help than I thought.

Maybe I need to take a look at some other chirps. Here’s one from Will Ferrell: “I guess wearing head phones and not speaking doesn’t really signal ‘[Deleted] Off’ well enough to some people.” That’s a pretty good one because I can relate to that. Here’s another pretty good chirp that I read; I can’t remember where: “The ocean. A thing that can kill you filled with things that can kill you. Let’s take the children there!” That’s a pretty good one if you ask me. And only 108 characters. OK, I think I’m starting to get it now. Let me try again.

• Hey, that new law in New York where you can’t get sodas over 16 ounces – that may be the stupidest proposed legislation in the history of mankind.

• Penguins can’t chirp, but I, on the other hand, am sure getting the hang of it. Chirp, chirp, chirp.

Good job, Yost. OK, right now, I have to set up my new Myspace page so I’ll be able to communicate with my friends in that hip new way too. If you don’t know what a Myspace page is – well, why not join those of us on the cutting edge? Won’t you finally join us in the 20th century for goodness’ sake.

“One, if by land, and two, if by sea; / And I on the opposite shore will be ...” “Blessings on thee, little man, ...” “And show’d the names whom love of God had blest, ...” “And so these men of Indostan / Disputed loud and long, / Each in his own opinion / Exceeding stiff and strong, / Though each was partly in the right / And all were in the wrong!” I admit, “Antigonish” is a title that probably didn’t stay in your memory, and “Requiem” and “Recessional” may not remain tied to their poems. I also cheated

by including two quotations from one poem. So sue me. In Gardner’s delightful commentary, he gives us lots of extras – like many parody versions of Hughes Mearns’ “Antigonish,” written by Mearns himself, including: As I was sitting in my chair I knew the bottom wasn’t there; Nor legs, nor back, but I just sat Ignoring little things like that. One night I met when stepping out A gal who wasn’t thereabout; I said, “Hel-lo! And how are you!” She didn’t say; so I never knew. There are also many poems in Gardner’s book that I didn’t hear or read till I was out of elementary school, including Shelley’s “Ozymandias” and Grey’s “Elegy in a Country Churchyard” – truly, many of the best-loved poems in our language. But today, poetry is taught in only two ways, both of them calculated to make poetry-haters out of students. First, kids are taught to write poetry, not as an art, but as therapy. Whatever they feel, they write down and get praised for. So they get no sense of just how much craft goes into getting the numbers right, and why even much-despised poems like Edgar Guest’s “Home” (“It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home ...”) are very hard to bring off. Second, kids are taught that “great poetry” is a deep puzzle, meaning nothing at all on the surface, and needing to be decoded. It’s a game with no prize. But no one has to be taught to decode Stevenson’s “Requiem.” It’s the epitaph on a tombstone, and it’s gaspingly beautiful and brilliant on first reading and on all subsequent readings: Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie: Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he long’d to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill. A great poem does not have to be obscure or figured or concealed; most great poems don’t need a teacher to help you understand them. Why? Because the

poet was competent, and the goal was to communicate. As Alexander Pope put it in his Essay on Criticism: “True Wit is Nature to Advantage drest, / What oft was Thought, but ne’er so well Exprest.” Today, a high school or college graduate can come away from school believing that poetry is a loathsome, difficult, useless thing. But the truth is that there are poets still writing works of great beauty and clarity; and others doing very clever things that are within the immediate grasp of any reader. For instance, Denise Duhamel’s Kinky, a book of poems about or from the point of view of Mattel’s Barbie doll. Look at “Barbie in Therapy,” a poem in which Dr. Midge tries to get Barbie to do more than smile: She never had time for any kind of childhood. Not quite an orphan, yet not quite part of a family, Barbie finds she’s been give so little vocabulary to talk about her feelings.... What do I wear to therapy? Barbie wants to know.... In another poem, these lines: “Barbie is as vulnerable as Cinderella / in that split second between her dissolving rags / and the instant gown her Fairy God Mother bestowed her.” The poems reel back and forth between giving Barbie ordinary human feelings and keeping her as a plastic doll. The book ends with Barbie going into a bodiless afterlife, where at first she thinks that she’s free at last from having to look perfect all the time. But along the way, she has to deal with problems like how to get a breast exam when your plastic body isn’t exactly pliable. And what need I add to a poem entitled “Barbie, Her Identity as an Extra-Terrestrial Finally Suspected, Bravely Battles the Interrogation of the Pentagon Task Force Who’s Captured Her”? (Except, perhaps, to point out that “task force” either takes the plural “Who’ve” or (Continued on page 35)

• Have your pet spayed or neutered. • Wow, I am really getting this now – oh sorry, I mean Yost 2.0 is really getting it. Stop me before I chirp again. • Hey, what happens if you don’t pay your exorcist? Answer: You get repossessed. Get it?

• Hey, why do they call it “chirping” anyway? That sounds like something that belongs on the bird internet, not on the people internet. • Man, I’m really getting the hang of this now! All right, this is my last chirp of the day – but tune in tomorrow on the internet for more.

Uncle Orson (Continued from page 14)

“The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.” “I hear in the chamber above me / The patter of little feet ...” “It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the sea ...” “Seated one day at the Organ, / I was weary and ill at ease / And my fingers wandered idly / Over the noisy keys.” “Home is the sailor, home from the sea, / And the hunter home from the hill.” “The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day.”

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Letters to the Editor Elections provide choices

Dear Editor, Now that the primary election is behind us, I want to take a moment to thank all of those who participated in the process. Democracy is a fragile institution that must be constantly nourished in order to thrive. Without the active participation of those directly affected by all levels of government – namely the voters – our system might not sustain itself. One of the keys to that is providing voters with choices. We conduct elections and not coronations. In the Sixth Congressional District, Republican and independent voters had a choice among Billy Yow, Bill Flynn and me. I applaud Billy and Bill for their willingness to throw their respective hats into the ring and for conducting professional and dignified campaigns. Both men are to be commended for putting their personal lives on hold to wage vigorous campaigns. As someone who has gone through a few of those over the years, I can attest that it is no easy task. I hope both men will remain active in the political process for years to come. As we head into the fall election season, I look forward to campaigning in Guilford County and all 10 counties of the newlydrawn Sixth District. Howard Coble Member of Congress

Effective, efficient repairs

Dear Editor, I found the article in the May 31 issue concerning the Sheriff’s Department and the county’s Facilities Department very interesting. Sheriff Barnes is concerned that facilities might prove to be ineffective in serving the new jail. I am a retired Guilford County paramedic, hired in 1978 and served until 2009. I had many opportunities to see the Facilities Department in action. The process I witnessed happened as follows: During the daily ambulance base inspection, problems would be identified. They were items such as a leaking faucet, toilet not flushing, broken window or some other housekeeping problem. We would fill out a work order and send it up the chain of command. Then a week or two later, facilities would show up with two to three people. They would show up about 9 a.m. and sit around drinking our coffee and reading the newspaper. Then they would confirm there was a problem and discuss how it could be fixed. They would tell us they had to get the parts for repair and would be back after lunch. So, about 1 p.m. they would come back and complete the repairs. Then they would have to sit around until a crew came back off a call to confirm that the repair was done properly and to sign the proper paperwork. Then the facilities people would sit in the base until about 4 p.m., when they would go back to where they came from in order to get off work by 5 p.m. I am not saying that is how facilities

works these days. I witnessed this activity from 1978 to 2009. It is no wonder to me that Sheriff Barnes is reluctant to trust the Guilford County Facilities Department to effect jail repairs in a manner that is effective for the jail or efficient to the taxpayers of Guilford County. Al Wright

Shameful spectacle

Dear Editor, My wife and I have lived in Guilford County for over 23 years, and during that time I have never been more ashamed of or more embarrassed for our county than I am right now. The source of the shame and embarrassment is the sorry excuse for “governance” in this county known as our Board of Commissioners, chaired by his excellency, Skip Alston. The attempted (and still possible) looting of hard-earned taxpayers’ money by Brenda Jones Fox as she waltzes out the door on her way to a cushy retirement (funded by the same taxpayers she so obviously disdains) is absolutely shameful. Isn’t an annual pension of over $142,000 sufficient to keep Mrs. Fox comfortable in her “golden years?” Apparently not, since she found it necessary to engage in what can only be called subterfuge to weasel an additional $44,500 out of the taxpayers of Guilford County. Instead of a handsome retirement bonus of $16,500, Mrs. Fox snuck a clause past the Board of Commissioners that allowed her and several other retiring county employees to cash in at a much higher rate – $61,000 in the case of Mrs. Fox. (The projected cost to taxpayers of this loophole for all of the county retirees expected to take advantage of it is over $285,000.) How sad. There are three parties responsible for this shameful spectacle, and three parties that should take action to correct this travesty. First, the seven commissioners who allowed this subterfuge to pass buried in what was thought to be “pedestrian, noncontroversial” county business should be ashamed for their negligence. There’s an old saying that “ignorance of the law is no defense.” Well, in this case, ignorance of what you’re voting on is no defense. You can alibi and backpedal all you want to, but it won’t change the fact that you failed in your fiduciary responsibility to Guilford County taxpayers. The only correct course of action for you now is to rescind the language that made the loophole possible. Mr. Alston bears a double portion of the blame for this mess, since he proudly claims to have been aware of exactly what was being voted on. If you truly were aware of this underhanded tactic, Mr. Alston, then your failure to advise your fellow commissioners of what they were voting on is reprehensible. How can you even look the hard-working taxpayers of Guilford County in the face after such a shameful act, let alone continue serving as the chairman of the Board of Commissioners? The only correct course of action for you to take now is to first apologize to your

fellow commissioners for your deceitful actions, and to cast your vote to rescind the loophole and the resulting higher payouts. And the greatest share of blame for this debacle rests with Mrs. Fox. Mrs. Fox, is this how you show your gratitude to the people of Guilford County, who for over 40 years have provided you with steady employment and income, consistent pay raises and generous benefits? I ask again, just how much money do you need to have a comfortable retirement? You are riding off into retirement with a pension that very few other people – in the public or private sector – will ever receive. Isn’t that enough for you? Since you’re grabbing for more, tell us – just how much is enough? If you have any shred of decency, gratitude and respect for the taxpayers of Guilford County, you will voluntarily abandon your request for the higher retirement bonus, and apologize to the people of Guilford County for your shameful behavior. Larry Holmquist

Trial helped community

Dear Editor, Most people assume that when summer comes, Greensboro Urban Ministry needs go down. Actually, the opposite is true. Why do numbers increase in the summer? School is out and children are at home. This puts more pressure on families to provide food and other essentials for their

children. They bring their children to Urban Ministry’s Potter’s House Community Kitchen for meals. They need more food to feed them, and therefore, Urban Ministry needs to provide more emergency food orders. Often, in the summer, high utility bills from the winter catch up with families, leading to power cut-offs and evictions. So Urban Ministry is called upon to provide more emergency financial assistance. In addition to having increased demand, Urban Ministry typically has decreased donations of money, food and volunteer time in the summer. So how did the John Edwards trial help meet this growing need? West Market United Methodist Church, which is directly beside the federal courthouse, leased parking and interview space to NBC News and NBC’s The Today Show. These funds will be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry. As of May 31, almost $7,000 had been raised. Rev. Mike Aiken, Executive Director Greensboro Urban Ministry

Vietnam vets not victims

Dear Editor, Now that Memorial Day is over, I’d like to make a few comments about President Obama’s Memorial Day remarks. I listened to his speech at the Vietnam Wall and cussed him repeatedly from my (Continued on page 31)

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Having said all that, Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox is still by far the most overpaid government employee in Guilford County. Fox is paid $183,200 a year and she has about 650 employees working for her. With the new jail employees, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes has 640 employees working for him and he is paid $137,493. To put that in even better perspective, Assistant County Manager Sharisse Fuller, whose job appears to be to follow Fox around wherever she goes, is paid $163,120. Why the assistant county manager has to attend every meeting that the county manager attends is a question that some smart Guilford County commissioner should pose, so it’s not a question that is likely to be asked any time soon. Fox has announced her retirement next February. On the way to making her announcement Fox slipped an agenda item past the Guilford County commissioners that raised her retirement bonus from $16,500 to $61,000. But the same deal had to be offered to all county employees who met the criteria, so 22 employees who have over 30 years in with the county have notified the county Human Resources Department that they plan to retire. None of the others will get a $61,000 bonus for retiring, but they will get four months salary, which is a pretty good deal. And it will be good for Guilford County in the long run if some of the long-term employees do retire. For instance, Barbara Weaver is the chief information officer for Guilford County and is paid $146,366, but her department is so bad that other county departments, like the Sheriff’s Department, that actually need to have their computers up and running, don’t use Weaver’s department. So if Weaver is such a good information officer that she is worth $146,366 a year, why don’t the other county departments want to use her department’s services? The county is in desperate need of a new county manager and the revamping of the few departments that are under the auspices of the county manager’s office. One county employee who doesn’t work for Fox and we hope doesn’t retire anytime soon is Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen, who is paid $107,438 per year and is supposed to move in across the street from the World Headquarters of The Rhinoceros Times in the near future – as soon as the county is finished with completely renovating the BB&T building. One thing Guilford County has been working on is naming buildings and rooms because everything is running so smoothly evidently county employees have a lot of time on their hands and this gives them a meeting to attend. We’d like to suggest that the county BB&T Building be named the Building Across the Street from The World Headquarters of The Rhinoceros Times. The list of salaries for county employees who are paid more than $60,000 a year is in this paper, but the salaries of all county employees are online at rhinotimes.com.

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SSV Division Dir Clerk to the Board Nursing Svcs Mgr Chief Appraiser/Reval Epidemiologist Deputy Dir/Planning Deputy Sheriff/Lt Enviro Serv Program Mgr Financial Analyst Emergency Svcs Mgr MH Quality Serv Sup Physician Ext Specialist ERP Specialist Detention Serv Supv II ISV Internal Auditor Social Work Program Mgr Nursing Svcs Supervisor Detention Serv Supv II Web/Internet Developer Deputy Sheriff/Sgt Physician Ext Specialist Physician Ext Specialist Physician Ext Specialist Physician Ext Specialist Deputy Sheriff/Sgt Detention Serv Supv III Chief Building Inspector I Prop Admin/Parks & Rec Web/Internet Developer Social Work Program Mgr Internal Auditor Detention Serv Supv II Detention Serv Supv II Deputy Sheriff/Lt Sr Web/Internet Dev Agency Accounting Mgr Detention Serv Supv II Nursing Svcs Supervisor PH Serv Admin Detention Serv Supv II Deputy Sheriff/Lt Social Work Supv Deputy Sheriff/Lt Sr Software Engineer Detention Serv Supv II Nurse Specialist II Nursing Svcs Mgr School Nurse I Detention Serv Supv II ESV Tech Support Supv Nursing Svcs Consultant Dep Sheriff/Detective Sgt

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Our brother, Jimmy Gwyn, passed away on May 18, 2012. His family would like to say

“Thank you so very much” to his many friends. Jimmy was a Vietnam Veteran and loved everything pertaining to the military. In fact, wanting to help “warriors”, as he called the men in service, was a top priority with him. When he came home from Vietnam he went to work for the City of Greensboro as a firefighter. He worked there over 28 years before retiring. He always loved being a fireman and was always so proud and respectful of his firefighter friends. They have stayed in close contact with each other for many years. They did not let Jimmy down, for on his last earthly trip, the firemen led the funeral procession, and all along the way big red fire trucks were stopped on the side of the roads honoring him. When we arrived at the cemetery, the military took over with a gun salute, the receiving of the flag, and the playing of the sad but beautiful Taps, honoring him. This was such a moving and meaningful experience for all of our family and we could only imagine how proud our brother would have felt to know such respect was shown him. We have one more “Thank you”, and that’s for all the staff of The Rhino Times. A few months ago, Jimmy made quite a few visits to your office. He was going through a bad bump in his life. All of you showed him a lot of patience and kindness. He needed both desperately, and for that, we will be forever grateful. THE FAMILY OF JIMMY LEE GWYN

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Road Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can sign up at the door Monday morning or preregister at www.hatrack.com/misc/bootcamp2012. The cost is $175, and if you’re interested in writing it will probably turn out to be the best money you ever spent. --I gave my column space on page 2 this week to Diane Dimond, who writes for Newsweek/The Daily Beast.com, as well as making regular appearances on network news shows. Diane spent the Johnny Reid Edwards trial using our conference room for her office, so I asked her to write a little something about her experience living in Greensboro for six weeks. She’s a little too kind to us, but otherwise it’s a great column. Diane is covering the Jerry Sandusky trial in State College, Pennsylvania beginning next week. --Jay Wagner has asked that we clarify a portion of an article (Continued on page 42)


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living room sofa. I disagree with much of what he said and especially his depictions and portrayals of Vietnam vets as victims. I find that to be worthless and insincere rhetoric, spoken only vainly for his personal political gain. I am a Vietnam veteran. That does not make me a victim. I volunteered. That does not make me a victim. I am glad I went. That does not make me a victim. I was wounded. That does not make me a victim. I went back. That does not make me a victim. I was spat on in Seattle. That does not make me a victim. The VA says I have PTSD. That does not make me a victim. Other than occasional treatment for my combat related wounds and injuries that are still a bother, I seek no assistance from the US government because I am not a victim. I don’t want more ceremonies or another parade. I am not a victim. I neither expect nor want any government help with managing my life. I am not a victim. I do not consider my military retirement and benefits and family health care to be an entitlement. I earned them by fulfilling a 20year contract. I expect the US government to honor their side of that contract. I find the constant badgering by politicians who insist I need their and your personal assistance to be very offensive. I want Obama and our other politicians to manage America instead of me. And I want them to quit telling you that I need help. My family and I are very grateful that America and North Carolina provided us with opportunities to provide for ourselves. This is what I am. I am proud of my dad and my wife’s father and our uncles who served in World War II and Korea. I am proud of our cousins and brothersin-law who served in Vietnam. I am proud of my stepbrother, his wife and my nieces and nephews who have served and are serving in Iraq and

Afghanistan.  I am proud of my granddaughter who is in the NC Army Reserve and was hired by a Greensboro company last week. I am proud of my nephew from Greensboro who graduated from West Point two weeks ago. I am grateful to those Vietnam vets and local civilians and their families who befriended us when we moved here 30 years ago. If Obama, America and American politicians want to reward soldiers with a parade and other largesse, heap it on those who have and are serving in our current wars and their families. Like me, they do not consider themselves victims. Nevertheless, they and their young families could use a helping hand occasionally. And they have certainly earned that and our respect and gratitude. They serve bravely with heroism and distinction. My family proves that many of their children will be part of our future defense needs. Show them and their families some love when you can. Mike Linnane US Army Special Forces, Retired

Protecting public health

Dear Editor, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to ban supersized sugary sodas has resurrected the age-old debate over the role of the state in protecting the public health. In recent years, this debate involved bicycle helmets, car seat belts, tobacco, trans fats, saturated fats in meat and dairy products and sugar (or more aptly, high-fructose corn syrup). Public subsidies for tobacco, meat, dairy and corn production added fuel to the debate. I would argue that society has a right to regulate activities that impose a heavy burden on the public treasury. National medical costs of dealing with our obesity epidemic, associated with consumption of meat, dairy and sugars, are estimated at $190 billion. Eliminating subsidies for these products, as well as judicious taxation to reduce their use and recoup public costs should be supported by health advocates and fiscal conservatives alike. Benjamin Franklin claimed that nothing

is certain except death and taxes. Ironically, death can be deferred substantially by taxing products that make us sick. Sally Morris-Randall Editor’s Note: Perhaps the government should tax automobiles out of existence since bus and train travel are much safer.

Back to old tricks

Dear Editor, The old adage that you can get all the justice that you can afford to buy certainly proved itself today. Pretty boy John Edwards’ trial proved that again today in what was called a mis-trial, which means for all practical purposes he is just as free as a bird to keep on doing what he is best at – flimflamming the public and the courts. Can you imagine that man wanting to run for president or vice president of this country? He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a golden horse shoe up his you know what and he never worked an honest day’s work in his life. He wouldn’t know which end of a shovel went into the ground first. What we’ve got for a president now is bad enough. We would be swapping the devil for the witch in this case. You couldn’t get his ego in a thousand gallon tank, he’s so stuck on himself. Let him go back to what he knows best, and that’s swindling people out of their hard-

earned money to make him as rich as he is, and being a lawyer, he knows how to do it and get away with it. I doubt this letter will ever be printed because it expresses the feelings of thousands of us here in North Carolina and Greensboro. I cannot sign this letter because some smart judge would have me in court for contempt. The truth still hurts. Anonymous

Salary surprises

Dear Editor, I don’t know why you were surprised about Noah Rogers’ salary. Look at the director of payroll, an accounts receivable clerk promoted to director of payroll – $91,416. The director of after school programs was director of child nutrition and given the job of director of after school programs – three hours after school for about 30 schools. Same salary as when she was the child nutrition director over all schools – $93,616. Lots of employees retire, draw retirement and Social Security and go back to work for Guilford County Schools on contract. And then Guilford County Schools does not report those salaries when you ask for them. This kind of thing is throughout our system. Anonymous


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Cohen LLP, had a letter hand-delivered to Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne, informing Payne that, if the board votes to rescind the March 1 action that provides Fox the $61,000 retirement bonus, then Fox may sue the county. Almost all of the commissioners say that the board only approved the plan in the first place because Fox hid it on the board’s consent agenda – which is a long list of items, usually routine, non-controversial ones approved with no discussion by a single quick vote of the board. Many commissioners who didn’t read their agendas closely enough to catch the change in retirement bonuses have said they never would have voted to temporarily remove the bonus cap in the first place if they had known it was included as part of the consent agenda, and they have expressed a desire to revisit and perhaps rescind the motion at their next meeting on Thursday, June 7. Payne has informed the commissioners that they have a legal right to overturn the bonuses if they choose to do so. Payne has conferred with the School of Government about the Board of Commissioners’ right to rescind the vote that would allow Fox the $61,000 bonus on her way out. The School of Government is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is often consulted by local governments on laws and practices. Payne argues that Guilford County and the 22 county employees who have stated they might use the plan haven’t entered into a contract; he has said the actual contract would take place at a future date, and he has also said that, just as the Board of Commissioners has the right to change the terms that it approved at the March 1 meeting, all the employees affected have the ability to alter their plans accordingly. Payne said there’s nothing forcing those employees to retire if they decide they don’t like the conditions of any new plan that the board might approve at its June 7 meeting. Cohen, who has represented Fox in various matters over the years, also represented former Guilford County Tax Director Jenks Crayton when he was accused of wrongdoing by commissioners about seven years ago. At that time, three separate investigations found that Crayton

did nothing wrong. Cohen states in his May 30 letter that it would be an infringement of Fox’s rights if the board votes to rescind the temporary lifting of the cap that made Fox eligible for the $61,000 bonus – rather than a $16,500 retirement bonus she would have qualified for if the board hadn’t done so. Fox, 69, has worked for Guilford County government for almost 42 years, and the move that many commissioners say was hidden in the March 1 consent agenda only lifted the cap for 30-year-plus employees, such as Fox – and only applied to those employees who decided to retire at the same time that Fox is retiring. All of that led many to believe that Fox was secretly packing a golden parachute for herself with taxpayer funds. A plan to encourage long-term – and generally high-paid – county employees to retire has been in place for about three years. However, that plan has always had a cap until the March 1 vote lifted it for the select group of employees for a short period of time. The county commissioners and the public found out about the cap on Thursday, May 10, after an article in The Rhinoceros Times revealed that Fox was in line to get the $61,000 bonus. It had previously been reported in the mainstream media that Fox’s bonus would be limited to $16,500, but that was wrong. The revelation that Fox would in fact be getting over $61,000 was followed by much outrage among citizens and commissioners – resulting in comments by various commissioners that the board might overturn the temporary removal of the cap. Cohen’s letter to Payne made it clear that Fox, and her legal representation, wouldn’t take that move sitting down. The letter begins: “Dear Mark, This firm represents Brenda Jones Fox. The purpose of this letter is to put the County on notice that if the Board of Commissioners rescinds its March 1, 2012 Voluntary Enhanced Retirement resolution (“VER”), Ms. Fox (and possibly other County employees) will seriously consider litigation against the County for breach of contract and violation of Art. 1, Sec. 10 of the United States Constitution. “It is my understanding, based upon media reports, particularly the May 24, 2012

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edition of The Rhinoceros Times, that you are of the opinion that the Board can legally rescind its earlier action with regard to the VER. You are quoted as saying that you do not believe there has been a formal offer and acceptance between the County and its employees; therefore, the Board could reverse its earlier action. You did, quite candidly, state that ‘reasonable people could, I believe, come to a different interpretation of the legality of making a change.’ Although I agree that reasonable people could come to a different interpretation, I strongly believe that there are binding executory contracts in place between Guilford County and those employees who have notified the County of their intent to retire prior to February 1, 2013, including Ms. Fox.” Cohen cites a 1959 NC Supreme Court case, Tillis v. Calvin Cotton Mills, in which, his letter states, the court found that, “Parties to an executory contract for the performance of some act or services in the future impliedly promise not to do anything to the prejudice of the other inconsistent with their contractual relations and, if one party to the contract renounces it, the other may treat renunciation as a breach and sue for his damages at once, …” Cohen further states that an action by the Board of Commissioners that overturned the March 1 temporary removal of the cap would harm those 22 employees who have expressed an intent to retire during the window in which the cap would be suspended. “Accordingly,” Cohen’s letter states, “these employees including Ms. Fox, could immediately sue for breach of contract.” Cohen further writes that there’s a constitutional basis for his claim on Fox’s behalf, citing Article 1, Section 10 of the US Constitution. That section, which contains the “contract clause,” declares that states and local governments cannot pass laws that impair the obligations of contracts they have made. Cohen also states that, in his view, if Guilford County is sued based on this ground then Fox and perhaps others who prevailed in a lawsuit would be entitled to recoup their attorneys’ fees in addition to other costs and damages. Cohen’s letter states that he hopes legal action will not be necessary, but it goes on to say, “however, if the Board of Commissioners does decide to reverse its earlier vote on the VER, litigation certainly is an option.” Cohen’s letter ends by instructing Payne to contact him if there are any questions, and Cohen also makes it clear that he wants the contents of the letter to reach the county commissioners. Cohen writes: “I trust that you will share this letter with each of the Commissioners.” On Thursday, May 31, the day after Payne received the letter, Payne did pass it on to the 11 commissioners. Payne attached a note that said he had an out-of-town meeting that day and he could be reached on his cell phone if the commissioners had questions for him regarding the threat of a lawsuit. They did have questions, and the commissioners were still calling Payne and

asking details and implications this week. Payne may have been willing to discuss the potential lawsuit with the county commissioners, however, when asked about the letter and some aspects of the situation by The Rhinoceros Times, Payne didn’t have much to say. When Payne was asked if Fox was the only one of the 22 county employees who had secured an attorney and sent a letter to Payne, he responded in an email that said simply, “I do not think I can respond to your inquiry.” At this point, however, there’s no indication that anyone other than Fox has contacted the county and threatened legal action. The purpose of the letter from Cohen was clearly to try to dissuade the board from taking action to overturn the bonus cap that it passed when it approved the consent agenda on March 1. The consent agenda passed on a 7-to-3 vote, with Commissioners Billy Yow, Bill Bencini and Paul Gibson voting against it. Commissioner Mike Winstead was not at that meeting. Yow, Bencini and Gibson commonly vote against the consent agenda for like reasons: As Yow put it recently, “With the consent agenda, you never know what you’re really voting for.” Last month, Yow called what happened on March 1 a local version of “Nancy Pelosi politics” – citing a now famous quote by the US House minority leader two years ago in which she stated that the only way to learn what was in a piece of legislation was by passing it. The three commissioners who voted against the consent agenda that night also happen to be three of Fox’s most vocal critics. Fox has been at the center of scandal after scandal starting in the fall of 2010. When new scandals arose month after month, there was plenty of outcry from citizens but, for whatever reason, the votes were never there to fire her. Yow said that, long before the current chorus of voices on the board that is now critical of the manager, he was publicly stating in open meetings that Fox needed to go. “They didn’t have the backbone,” Yow said of the majority of the board at that time. More and more, these days, however, the board is becoming disenchanted with Fox to say the very least. Yow said that getting rid of Fox now is more complicated since the board didn’t fire her in the face of a whole slew of very serious scandals in 2010 and 2011. Yow said that Fox supporters will ask, “Why now?” after all that’s happened. “They will say, well, you knew about all that and you didn’t fire her,” Yow said. Of course, on the other hand, the latest scandal is just more fuel for the fire. Gibson expressed utter surprise at the letter from Cohen and said he maintains the same position that he’s had from the start of the controversy: If Fox wants to sue, then let her sue. Winstead said that when he saw Cohen’s (Continued on page 36)


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Abuzuaiter and Dianne Bellamy-Small voting no. Perkins and Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Nancy Hoffmann, Nancy Vaughan, Jim Kee and Zack Matheny all voted in favor of the motions to put the bond referendum on the ballot. Before the votes, and even before the presentation, a motion by Johnson passed by the identical 6-to-3 tally to reduce the amount of the proposed bond from $30 million to $20 million. Vaughan said she would like to see $20 raised privately, $20 million from the bond and $20 million from other sources such as the hotel-motel tax, ticket tax, naming rights or other methods of raising public money that is not dependent on property tax revenue. Johnson made it abundantly clear that this was not the final vote on the bond referendum. The council has to vote one more time. It’s scheduled for a special meeting on Tuesday, June 26, after receiving the report from the task force on Tuesday, June 19 to put the bonds on the ballot. Kee stated numerous times that in District 2 he was not hearing support for the performing arts center and he stated a fact that everyone knows, which is if the bond doesn’t get the overwhelming support of east Greensboro, which is the polite way to say the support of black voters, it won’t pass. Wade, who represents District 5, which includes the far western portion of the city, said that at a recent neighborhood meeting she asked for a show of hands of those who supported the performing arts center and not a single hand was raised. So Kee is assuring the council that east Greensboro isn’t on board and Wade is just as adamant that west Greensboro isn’t on board. But one thing is

Beep (Continued from page 16) should be built. We’ve got the auditorium. It’s not outdated. They’ve got a great sound system. So, just go with the auditorium. Forget about Robbie’s music hall mess. Too much money. See y’all later. %%% Speaking of double dipping, Robbie Perkins is number one on the list. Still can’t get everything done without him getting paid twice for selling property and then selling some more the second time. And his property and his management, and he’s making a comment, “That’s a pretty good idea.” Well, praising his own ideas for the city and purchasing foreclosures back to the banks and selling them to businesses is more than double dipping. That’s plumb crooked. It’s just time to stop these people from doing all the dirty work and their corruption and everything else. We’re paying to the limit. And, incidentally, thank you for the teacher’s salaries and all these people with all these big bucks that we can’t afford anymore. OK? Thank you. %%%

certain, the people who were appointed to the committee to investigate the need for a performing arts center are enthusiastically on board. However, even those folks are not as enthusiastic as the council would like. Louise Brady, co-chair of the Greensboro Performing Arts Center Task Force, told the council that she had never seen Greensboro get together behind a project like this one. But when asked about private donations, Brady said, “We feel very confident we can have $13 million.” When asked if that could be increased to $20 million Brady repeatedly said that there was not much more from big donors, but there was additional money from people who could donate in the $25,000 to $50,000 range but that $20 million would be a stretch. It is also worth noting that these are not pledges or promises, but what people have said they would be willing to give. Brady noted that they felt confident with the $13 million number and they were just selling an idea. It is true that having drawings makes a project more real but it is also true that some people don’t like the buildings that Coliseum Director Matt Brown has designed, and others might not like the location Brown has picked out along the east side of North Elm Street from Bellemeade Street and Summit Avenue to Lindsay Street. Much of the lot will have to be cleared of buildings to provide the 272 parking spaces Brown wants on site. When asked about the location, Walker Sanders, a leader of the GPAC Task Force was quick to get up to the podium and say that no site had been selected and that they were still looking at three sites.

Brown had made it very clear that the only site that would work was the Bellemeade and North Elm Street site and that he already had his plans drawn up for that location. It’s the site that the powers that be in Greensboro have wanted all along, and those powers that be are the ones who are going to pony up the $13 million. For instance, it should be much easier to get a big donation out of VF Corporation if the performing arts center is across the street from their corporate headquarters. Abuzuaiter, with her ever-present husband watching in the audience, asked, “Why do I have to vote on this tonight just so I can hear what the task force recommendation is going to be?” Abuzuaiter, who was elected at large, echoed what Kee and Wade said about constituents. She said, “Those people who elected me are stopping me on the street, waving my car down to tell me they will not vote for a bond this fall whether it is $10 million, $20 million or $30 million.” Abuzuaiter also asked about operating losses, and noted that there was no business plan for the GPAC and yet she was expected to vote to put a $30 million bond on the ballot. Perkins said that if the vote Tuesday night failed then there would be no need to hear a report from the task force because they couldn’t get a bond on the ballot. Wade said that the new baseball stadium had not spurred commercial growth around it and neither had the Greensboro Aquatic Center or the ACC Hall of Champions.

She also noted that many citizens have been waiting for sidewalks, street repair, libraries and parks but were told the city didn’t have the money to undertake those projects right now. Wade said if the city could in fact sell $30 million in bonds without raising taxes then the city could spend that $30 million on projects other than the performing arts center. It took a couple of questions but finally Wade got Finance Director Rick Lusk to agree that the $30 million bond did not have to be spent on a performing arts center. Perkins made an impassioned plea for the GPAC. He asked, “If not this then what?” And said, “We have to compete or we will be left in the dust.” Once again Perkins said we needed the GPAC to keep up with Durham and Greenville, South Carolina. Matheny described the process as frustrating, and said, “The further the conversation goes the more frustrating it gets.” He said, “I don’t think a bond will pass this year.” And Matheny asked if Greensboro would benefit more by putting $20 million in a targeted loan pool. Knocking the proposed bond down from $30 million to $20 million was obviously an effort to gain support. Kee, Johnson and Matheny all indicated that they were willing to take the next step and hear the report but that they were not convinced this needed to be put on the ballot in November. (Continued on page 36)

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day and congratulations to the, I think, 58 people who became US citizens at the courthouse. I’m proud of you. And you’re now part of the greatest country in the world. %%% OK. It’s Memorial Day. I want to get one of my calls in. Anybody that’s got common sense and can tie their shoes on their own, and get outside, and mow their yard, knows that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. Obama don’t want to do anything about it, because he knows it’s going to raise gas prices, which we can’t help that. He has no trouble with them shooting down and killing people, and sometimes innocent people, with them missiles they fly around where you can’t see the plane coming, the remote planes. But he don’t want to bomb Iran, because he’s afraid it will hinder his election. The man needs to get on the ball and go ahead and take the bull by the horn. He wanted to be up there. Now, he’s there. He needs to go ahead and fulfill his job and drop four or five of those daisy cutters over there on where they’re building them, and that will end that. (Continued on page 38)

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the impersonal singular “Which has.” But that’s the old copy editor in me, which I try to keep suppressed.) Duhamel’s poetry is not always spot on, but it makes you think about what Barbie means in our culture, about all kinds of cool things. But what it never makes you think is: “What in the world does this poem mean?” Gary Jackson’s poetry book Missing You, Metropolis did give me pause, now and then, but not because he meant to be obscure. Rather, it was because more than half the poems required that the reader be more than merely conversant with the world of American superhero comic books. I’m not. So while I got many of the Superman, Batman and Spider-man references because of the movies, others sailed right over my head. Jackson is writing serious poetry for people who hold all the superheroes from Marvel and DC as an important part of their memories. Think about that: Poetry, not for professors to explain, but to communicate immediately with the kind of people who grew up hanging around the comic book store. You know who you are. Woven among the superhero poems are others that are much more personal, but gradually you realize that Jackson’s autobiographical poetry is not a digression. Rather, we see that the superheroes have lives not all that different from the life of a young black man in the American middle class – and vice versa. Again, the poems are not always perfect, but they are never anything less than entertaining. One might make the case that David Trinidad’s Plasticville poems are, as often as not, not poems at all. What do we make of a long list of lists, each group beginning with the next letter of the alphabet? It’s more like a culture quiz – in fact, rather like the list of poems with which I began this essay. But we live in this culture, don’t we? And we immediately recognize each list for what it is: Days of Our Lives, The Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, All My Children and As the World Turns Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Shelley Hack Jan & Dean, Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon, Simon & Garfunkel and Sonny & Cher Main Street,Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland Do these lists mean anything beyond just being what they are – soap operas, the original Charlie’s Angels, pop-singing duos and the original areas of Disneyland? Are they poetry? Who cares? They were a delight to me, because I’m of a generation that understood all of Trinidad’s references. (And he does understand the music of language – the lines all scan well.) Many of the poems in Plasticville are more traditional in form and substance –

though the subject matter may not be for everyone. With only a few exceptions, the poems are quite clear; Trinidad is not trying to hide his meanings, but to express them. Still, my favorite pop-culture poet in the group I recently read is Maureen A. Sherbondy, whose After the Fairy Tale does what the TV show Once Upon a Time is doing – only she did it first. For instance, here are the first two stanzas of the poem “If the Giant Retired and the Beanstalk Was Still Intact”: When the Giant retires he climbs down the beanstalk away from that big house in the sky. It is no easy task shimmying down, the stalk nearly breaks beneath the burden of his weight. His hands are arthritic, his heart enlarged. And what does he find when he reaches land? No pension or social security check, no grandchildren to take him in, just Jack who grew into a man, holds grudges, turns the Giant away, shuts the door in his big face. All these contemporary poets, while very talented, are working almost exclusively in free verse. This is not inherently bad – but poets are much better at free verse if they have also worked on and mastered the traditional meters and lines. I’m amused sometimes at the poets who sneer at Edgar Guest or Henry Wadsworth Longfellow because so much of their verse is “sing-song” in the regularity of its meter. That “sing-song” meter is part of what makes the poems memorable, and part of what makes them fun. Besides, it’s devilishly hard to do – and until one can match it in one’s own poetry, I would think it best not to sneer at it. I edit a small online poetry magazine, where I am constantly in search of poets who have mastered meter and even – gasp – rhyme. But the vast majority of the poems on the Strong Verse site (http:// www.strongverse.org) are free verse. Why? Because with rare exceptions, the metered and rhymed verse I’m offered shows not even minimal competence. Poets today are not taught to do the numbers, as they called it in the days of Dryden and Pope. They no more hear the stresses in a poetic line than kids at a prom move their feet in time to the beat in the music. It’s a lost art, except for a few eccentrics and diehards like me. So my poetry website publishes the best poems I am offered – which rarely follow traditional forms and meters. You have to go with the quality. If you pick up Best Remembered Poems and read them aloud, I won’t guarantee you’ll love them all – indeed, I can promise you that you most certainly will not. Still, you’ll get a sense of how poetry used to sound, the sheer pleasure of a good poetic line.

Which is why I remembered Alfred Noyes’ “The Highwayman” above all. Even though it tells a simple enough story, and there are no grand figures in the language, Noyes knew how to give the verses energy and drive, so that the sheer music of the lines is part of the story, like the soundtrack of a movie. At the inn, the landlord’s daughter Bess keeps watch for the return of her beloved Highwayman, but the officers who plan to arrest him have tied her up, leaning on a musket. Hoping to fire the musket to warn him, she struggles to get control of it: She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good! She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood! They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years, Till, now, on the stroke of midnight, Cold, on the stroke of midnight, The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers! You don’t have to be an expert in poetry readings to feel the rhythm and beat of those lines, the pounding energy behind them. It’s like the pulse of her heart; it’s like the hooves of the Highwayman’s horse. We 9-year-olds read it aloud in class and it was thrilling. Is it a great poem? Is it comparable to Eliot’s “The Waste Land”? Who cares? It succeeds at everything it tries to do. What artist can hope to do more? Too many poets – too many artists – think that the latest fad erases all that went before. They embrace the myth of “progress,” with its inherent assumption that whatever is new is an improvement on what went before. Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans do not erase Merritt’s “Love Locked Out” or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Nor do we have any evidence that Warhol mastered the craft of painting well enough to compete with them. He was doing something else, that’s all, not something better or smarter. The truth is that great art can be created in any style that ever existed, by anyone who masters the craft and has the mind and heart to create something good and true. And there are so many ways to create memorable and brilliant art that it seems a shame that we do not give our schoolchildren any understanding of the craft of poetry outside a narrow range that misses most of what makes the art so powerful. Fortunately, popular music has stepped in to fill the gap left by the literature professors and the brainwashed schoolteachers who got A’s in their classes. Most songwriters, you see, still learn a bit about rhyme, and a few of them aim for and reach the sublime. Beth Nielsen Chapman works in meter and rhyme when she creates a stanza like this (from “Life Goes On”): There was a third grade boy that we knew in school He was found face down in a swimming pool

And as they worked on that kid every minute was an hour And when his eyes fluttered open we could feel that power Life holds on Given the slightest chance Or the powerful nostalgia in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Come On Come On”: Some people remember the first time, some can’t forget the last Some just select what they want to from the past It’s a song that you danced to in high school It’s a moon you tried to bring down On a four in the morning drive through the streets of town Carpenter then goes on to a couplet that any poet could be proud of: It’s a need you never get used to, so fierce and so confused It’s a loss you never get over the first time you lose You can’t tell me that rhymed and metered poetry is dead when verses like these are still being written. The fact that they are written to be sung merely brings them closer to the deepest root of poetry. We’re hungry for good poetry. It’s in our bones. We’ll take it where we can find it. Too bad that it’s so rare nowadays for school to be that place.

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At the very beginning of the meeting Matheny reached his limit with former Greensboro Police Capt. Charles Cherry, who speaks at nearly every meeting and had accused interim City Manager Denise Turner Roth of being unethical. Matheny was looking for a way to restrict what speakers from the floor on non-agenda items could say. Cherry, who was fired as a police captain, frequently makes accusations against members of the city staff. Matheny suggested that the topics speakers could speak about be limited. Kee pointed out some problems with that; Abuzuaiter said it was important for people to be able to come up and say what they wanted; and Johnson agreed. Matheny had made a motion but Perkins stepped in and asked the attorney to look into what could be done and asked Matheny if that would satisfy him. Matheny said yes, so the motion went away and the attorney got a vague direction to look into how far free speech goes. Perkins also saved a rezoning where the city could have gotten itself into an expensive situation because the Planning and Community Development staff had bungled its job. The city planning department hasn’t had much to do since the economy tanked in 2008, and it appears they may have forgotten how to prepare an annexation and zoning request. If you spend a couple of years sitting around drinking coffee waiting for the telephone to ring, it can be tough to remember what you’re supposed to do when it does. Planning manager Mike Kirkman reported that the staff had given a favorable recommendation for a request for annexation and original zoning from Shelley and Josephine Bass of Bridge Over Troubled Waters Ministries for a 10-acre site on Sharpe Road near Lee Street and the I-85 interchange east of Greensboro. The neighborhood overwhelmingly opposed both the annexation and the zoning. The annexation because they didn’t want Greensboro creeping toward them and the zoning because they didn’t want a big institutional development in the middle of their neighborhood. The rezoning request was bizarre because

much of it was about what the applicants had done for the community not about zoning. The plans for what would be built on the 10acre site were all over the place, including 52 rental units, a gymnasium, swimming pools, a senior center, senior housing, walking trails and a multi-purpose building. But what Perkins realized was that the planning department had signed off on the project without getting the Water Resources Department to figure out a way to provide sewer service to the property. Perkins said that although the applicant would be responsible for running the sewer line to the property, the city might be faced with a situation where it would have to upgrade a lift station at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide the service. The staff didn’t know if that was true or not. Matheny earlier in the meeting went after Kirkman for the poor job the staff had done on vetting the project, including the fact that two streams run across the property currently but in the renderings one has disappeared. Matheny also noted that water resources had not signed off on getting water and sewer to the site. If the economy picks up and developers start developing, the city is going to be in serious trouble if it doesn’t revamp the Planning and Community Development Department to get some planners who know how to dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s. Perkins also said that it could cost the property owners hundreds of thousands of dollars to get sewer service to their property. Water Resources Director Steve Drew said, “I don’t have specific knowledge of this individual site.” The council continued that item without further advertising until Tuesday, July 17. Hopefully the planning department and the Water Resources Department will know if it is economically feasible to provide sewer to the area. The council also continued an annexation and original zoning request for property on Burlington Road for the same reason, but the council did that before discussing the matter for an hour and 45 minutes. One thing for sure is that the public is not any more interested in the 2011-2012 budget than the City Council. Tuesday night was

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the public hearing on the budget, and the usual suspects showed up to talk about how great the Greensboro Public Library system is and that was it. Vaughan asked the speakers “to spread their message across the plaza and hopefully the county will fund us at 100 percent so we can continue to run these great programs.” The City Council spent over a third of their scheduled budget session listening to a report on GPAC. The discussion of the

budget has been cursory at best. The Greensboro City Council continues to go through the motions of looking for a new city manager, with another meeting to interview candidates scheduled for Monday, June 11 at the O. Henry Hotel. The odds are that the City Council is going to hire the interim city manager, Roth, to be city manager. Roth lacks the experience and qualifications that the councilmembers said they wanted, but she makes up for that in votes.

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letter, it really said something to him about Fox’s character. Winstead said he wasn’t at the March 1 meeting, but he said, the board voted that night and passed something it didn’t know it was voting on and now – now that the commissioners want to undo that and set things right – Fox is threatening a lawsuit. He said it was totally beyond him what motivated Fox to call an attorney and have that letter sent. Winstead said he wasn’t worried about a lawsuit from Fox. “People who say that they are going to sue you never do,” Winstead said. “If people are going to sue you, then they just do it.” He said he didn’t even read the entire letter because it was simply “silly.” He said that even if Fox does sue, the board still needs to do what is right. “Unfortunately, people can sue you for anything,” he added. “If she sues us, and she wins, then she wins.” He also said that the board should just do the right thing and let the fallout come as it may. Winstead said the threat of a lawsuit doesn’t change his mind and it also shouldn’t change the mind of other commissioners who

wanted to see the cap back in place for 30-yearplus employees who decided to retire. “In a case like this, we should do what is the right thing – and our attorney tells us that we have a legal right to do it,” Winstead said. Winstead said the board may have other options, such as demoting Fox from her county manager position, but keeping her on in some other capacity until she retires. Commissioner Kirk Perkins also said he was very surprised by Fox’s threat of a lawsuit, and, he added, he couldn’t think of any reason for doing it. Perkins said it was a bad move politically as well as in other respects. Commissioner Linda Shaw also said she found the threat by Fox to be very disturbing. She said she had been trying to reach Payne to ask some questions, but the lawsuit threatened by the manager certainly wouldn’t cause her, Shaw, to back down. “It doesn’t change my mind one bit,” Shaw said. Gibson said he didn’t want to see Fox get a dime of that bonus money, but he reiterated a sentiment he had stated before – that even if the board did end up paying $61,000 to get rid of Fox, it would be the best $61,000 Guilford County has ever spent.

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419 E Radiance Dr. Totally renovated Sunset Hills area cottage with garage, potting shed & gazebo! IKEA kitchen & bath. Slate porches, soapstone fireplace, hardwood floors. Everything new and updated including HVAC, wiring and plumbing! Near park and walking trails. Lots of storage. Convenient to colleges and downtown. Lovely, enclosed yard. 210 N Lindell Rd # E. Gso, 27403. 3bd/2.5ba Ready-to-move-into. 2/1. $149,900. Call Ashleigh townhouse. 2 story family rm w/wood burning FP. Burr, Re/Max of Greensboro, 601-3004. DR. Hdwds, tile ML. Eat in kit w/ss appli ñ stove refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher. W/D incl. Front 3502 Summit Lakes Drive - $479,900. Quality built porch. Outside storage closet. Lawn care incl. Central executive brick home with 4BR/3.5BA/ 3 car garage air/elec heat. $1295. Mojgan Jordan at Palmetto on 1.28 acres, granite countertops, stainless steel Equity Group (336) 271-3020. appliances, two stone fireplaces, extensive molding, screen porch, stamped concrete, tankless water 913 McComick St. Gso, 27403 Fresh paint thruout. heater, sprinkler system, wet bar and much more. 3bd/1.5ba home. LR, eat-in kit, stove, refrigerator. John Owens - 379-8645, Ray Realty Carpet, vinyl. W/D connections. All electric. Close to UNCG, downtown. $685. Mojgan Jordan at Palmetto Equity Group (336) 271-3020.

FAB 2 bedroom condo at Wafco Mills $950. Walk to Universities, Law school and Downtown. Fireplace, Guilford College Townhouse. Private bdrm & private parking OR fully furnished for $1350/mo. Call bath. Pool & gym. $390/mo plus half utilities. 336336-255-6080. 609-1391

Small 2br/1ba house for lease. Outside city limits. 1 bedroom 1 bath, all elec available immediately- Good location. Easy access to I40/85. Call 336$350.00 per month + dep. Close to A&T, Bennett 275-3181. College. 1st Choice Management 336-387-1950 2bdrm/2.5bath townhouse, available 7/1/12Wendover &Stanley Rd area. $825.00 + deposit, small pet OK. Pool &clubhouse. 1st Choice Management 336-387-1950

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Gorgeous home w/5 bdrms & 4 1/2 baths. Shows like new. Granite countertops, Maple cabinets, gas stove. Nice deck. Keeping room in basement has gas log fireplace & plenty big for large family or just a teen room. Wonderful hardwood floors. 3 car garage. Enormous storage in basement. Wonderful neighborhood with pool & tennis courts. Don’t miss this one! $495,000. Call Gloria @ Parker Properties 454-1199 or cell 337-2968

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would have done away with the mandatory driver’s license check and speeded up the security gauntlet) we were corralled like cattle into a line outside the courtroom door every day. During the 15 minute morning and afternoon break, if we dared to leave the court to use the facilities we would lose our seat and have to go to the back of the line again. We weren’t allowed to take in a water bottle to quench our thirst (which was a blessing, I suppose, given the bathroom situation) and there were times members of the media were unfairly singled out by Eagles and sternly questioned on the suspicion of having bothered a juror. A photographer for the New York Post who just happened to be having lunch at Stumble Stilskins near some members of the jury was hauled before the bench in a closed session and accused of snapping their pictures with his cell phone. He later told me it was only after he showed Eagles the pictures on his phone that she was satisfied he wasn’t lying. A CBS correspondent who was talking on his phone around the corner of the courthouse one afternoon was taken away from the security line and questioned about whether he was taking pictures of jurors. He wasn’t. And, for the record, the media is not the enemy. We are here to serve the public just like the court system. When citizens can’t take time off to be in court every day to view an important trial we are there to make sure they get the information they are entitled to. Every other court I’ve ever been in has accommodated the media

in basic ways, but hardly so the court of Judge Catherine Eagles. Thanks for indulging me in that brief rant. Let’s get back to the positives I experienced in Greensboro. I was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, another place of open, friendly people, and except for the very different terrain (desert vs. verdant green) the two towns feel the same to me. As my native New Mexico has wonders to behold so does Greensboro. I drove the beautiful campus of Bennett and Guilford colleges. I read “The Gift of the Maji” printed on the upper wall of the lobby at the O. Henry Hotel. I took in Grasshoppers baseball games. Who could ever forget the Grasshoppers’ in-betweeninnings relay races featuring humans dressed in sausage boxes or the cockroach-costumed man who was beat down by a child with an oversized fly-swatter as the crowd roared? It’s the stuff of delicious memories. One day, while walking down Greene Street, I noticed the sign for February 1 Place. I wandered down the oddly named street toward Elm Street. When I spotted the old Woolworth sign on my left it dawned on me, “Could that possibly be the place where the courageous black students sat at the lunch counter for service?” Indeed it was! I was standing in a place where history had been committed on Feb. 1, 1960. And turning right onto Elm I read historical markers about the sit-ins that took place there and – my personal favorite plaque – read, “Lunsford Richardson – A pharmacist and entrepreneur, he created Vicks VapoRub

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204 Graphite Dr, Gibsonville - Spacious 1-level home, 3bd/2ba. Large great room opens into kit. Large mstr & bath w/ walk in closet. Nice patio in back. Priced at $150,500. Call Jenny Blythe, Shugart Enterprises at 336-446-7465 to see this home!

600 Bellemeade 3BR/3.5BA Downtown living Inspired by NYC Brownstones. Urban living w/ access to downtown, 1 block from ballpark.Eend unit 4 level condo, rooftop terrace, views of downtown every level. Hdwds; kit w/granite, tile bcksplsh, ss appliances; ample storage; 2 car attached garage + 2 car drive parking. All brs have access to a full bath. Mstr suite w/ sitting area; mstr bath w/dual vanities, jetted tub, custom tile shower, & htd fan. $399,000. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519

120 Still Water Circle, Gibsonville - Spac 2,444 sf home, 3bd/2.5ba, loft. Large great room opens into kit w/large pantry, sep DR. Priced at $172,130. Call Jenny Blythe, Shugart Enterprises at 336-446-7465 4088 Cosway Ct. High Pt- 1 story home, 3bd/2ba. Traditional elevation, stone front section, large great room, sep DR, smooth 9’ ceilings. Spac kit w/ upgraded cabinets, lazy susan, bfst bar w/ granite ctops, ceramic bksplsh, upgraded black appliances. Now Priced at $189,900. Call about our special offer on this home! Call Linda Weaver, Shugart Enterprises at 336-886-7804

Long-range view in the Blue Ridge Mtns. of VA. 13+ ac., Nice 2/3 BR, 2 BA home plus guest house. Near the Blue Ridge Parkway. An Exceptional property: $239,900 Contact Blue Ridge Mountain Real Estate

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772 Stafford Park. Like new 4bd/2.5ba, 2 story, 2 car garage. Open kit to 2 story family rm, FP, ML mstr, laminate wd flrs, more. $199,900. Jamie Harrelson, 2923 Oaktop. Great opportunity to buy instead of rent! Prudential Carolinas Realty, 336-889-9192. Sta772 UL condo near Battleground Park, n’hood pool. W/D, fridge stay. Fresh paint, carpets cleaned. Convenient 4620 Kernersville Rd: $114,000, Brick ranch, full to YMCA, Starbucks, Harris Teeter, restaurants/shps. unfin bsmt, 3br/1ba, Move in ready, breezeway to $45,000. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519 2 car garage, carport. Jamie Harrelson, Prudential Carolinas Realty, 336-889-9192 314 N Elam Ave. 3BR/2BA Lots of updates! New tile floor, ctops, SS appliances in kit. New tile, toilets in 8012 Perlette, Arbor Run New const by Jeff Little, baths. Mstr bath w/brand new tile walk in shower. Renaissance designs, bohemian faux finishes – Mstr w/huge walk thru closet, storage space. office stunning int, elegant style. Antiqued beams in DR, space can be den. Built ins thruout. New paint, carpet antiqued wood ceiling in keeping rm w/stone FP. & refinished hdwds. Brand new oil furnace. Screened Inviting kit w/rhinestone white cabs, sterling gray porch, spac laundry room. Slate entry, surround on glaze, honed black granite. Parade Home, New Price! FP. $154,900. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451$499,900. Delia Knight. Allen Tate Oak Ridge, (336) 9519 485-1112 3502 Panarama 4BR/2.5BA What a Beauty! 4815 Tower Road 3BR/2.5BA Wonderful End Unit Gorgeous home with lake view. Features ml mstr; 3bd townhome in great location! Tile floors in entry, Huge kit w/island separating family room. Beautiful hallway, kit . New carpet down. Bright, open kit w/ screened in porch. 3 bdrms up w/loft best used as beautiful bay window. Spac family rm w/addition that office. Immaculate. $164,900. Angie Wilkie, Allen can be office or sunroom. Private fenced back patio. Tate, 336-451-9519 $109,00. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519 4038 Quartergate Dr. 4BR/2.5BA New granite, carpet, 4406 Cove Way Rare 3bd/2 Bath end unit, sunroom/ appliances have been installed! Well maintained, keeping room. Spac great rm w/vaulted ceilings, gas brick front, covered back patio, large level bkyrd. FP. Sunroom off kit great space for added living. established, well kept nbhood. French doors to patio Formal DR, informal bfst nook in kit. Mstr w/walk in from tile floored bfst area. Mud room off garage enty; closet, add’l closet for ample clothing space. Second sep jetted tub. W/D, refrigerator, full size freezer in bdrm w/private bath. All appliances remain including laundry stays! Owner hates to leave but relocated. W/D. *Will sell w/furniture for add’l cost!* $139,900. $199,900. Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519 Angie Wilkie, Allen Tate, 336-451-9519

LAND & LOTS 2023 & 2025 Bishop Rd, Gso. Total of 15.42 acres in south Gso. Partially cleared, partially wooded, level. Two parcels for sale. Zoned residential. Convenient to Hwys 85, 40 & 220. Please contact for more information. $91,000. Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 4706 Bisbee Dr, Wiley Park, Gso. Wooded, sloping .78 acre bldg lot in cul-de-sac. Could build basement house. Low county taxes. Private well, public sewer. $39,000. Allen Tate Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336215-8017

in 1894 while operating a drugstore 150 yards north.” Wow, who knew?! At the end of the Edwards trial, as I checked out of my hotel I spied a rack of brochures. I reached for a small bookmark made of what appeared to be linen-like paper. Underneath a photo of the statue of Major General Nathanael Greene on horseback were the words “Go Green in Greensboro.” I realized as I looked closer there were tiny flower seeds embedded in the paper and directions that told me if I soaked the paper

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Enjoy ownership in the North Carolina Mountains for a fraction of the price! A beautiful 3 bedroom mountain home at The Mountain Club at Cashiers Private Residence Club offers you access to many other upscale properties worldwide. Call 336-324-0907. By owner. Long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 13.6+/- acres. Nice mountain home with 2/3 bedrooms, 2 baths, basement, deck, guest house. A gardner’s paradise. $239,900. Contact Blue Ridge Mountain Real Estate, 276.952.5008. http://www. valandsales.com.

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%%% I used to be a registered Democrat, but I changed over. Now, I’m a registered Republican. But any registered Democrat that can look at the Obama administration and the Democrats, that’s who passed it, is trying to do to the Catholics, it’s unbelievable. I believe it’s worse than communism. We have never in this country had any kind of turmoil like we’ve had since Obama has been up there. He has ruined it for any other black person to ever get elected president in the next 100 years because of all of the controversy that man has made. He absolutely will not change his mind and, hopefully, hopefully, he will not be reelected. He’ll go out and get him a job as a game host or something.

BEACH/RESORT PROPERTY MYRTLE BEACH Schooner II, timeshare, sleeps 4-6. Sale $3,500 or $1,000 rent, 6/30-7/7. Call 336817-4549.

WAREHOUSE SPACE Flexible Warehouse space in Jamestown. 2400sf $750 per month includes water. Security dep. Warehouse has 2 offices, restroom gas heat and loading dock and ample parking. 336-495-5504.

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OFFICE SPACE 430 BATTLEGROUND AVE $1200 / APPROX 1800 SQ FT 412 EAST MARKET $875 / APPROX 1400 SQ FT 208 EXCHANGE PLACE $ 800 / APPROX 1100 SQ FT DYYEN WALKER WRENN ZEALY PROPERTIES 336-272-3183

5043 Tamarack Dr, Wiley Park, Gso: Partially cleared, level .69 acre bldg lot in Wiley Park. Low county taxes. Private well, public sewer. $39,000. Allen Tate Office space near downtown. I-40 & Four Seasons shopping center. Includes 5 offices reception area, 2 Realtors, Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017 bathrooms and great parking. 1250 sq ft. $1050/mo. 336-292-0999. Pickett & Baugh Realty.

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in water and planted it, sweet alyssum and baby’s breath would grow in my garden. Don’t tell – but I grabbed about half a dozen of the bookmarks and they’re soaking in my sink in New York as I write this. Before I head out to cover my next trial for Newsweek/TheDailyBeast.com, I’ll plant them in my rose garden outside my front door. That way I’ll always come home to a bit of Greensboro. Thank you all for your profound kindness.

Building for lease. 3000 sf warehouse. 2000 sf office space with 4 offices. Roll-up drive in door for warehouse and loading dock. Fenced in back lot. Easy access to I40/85. Call 336-275-3181.

BUSINESS PROPERTIES Greensboro Business Complex. 212 Turk Place. Great location 1200sq ft. shop, 1 bath, A/C in office, gas heat, overhead fluorescent lights, roll up doors, water, large dumpster, furnished. $550/mo. Gary 362-0437, Curtis 362-0436.

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We have found your listing of the salaries for the Guilford County Schools employees very interesting. We would be especially interested in seeing what the salaries of the UNCG and A&T administration and faculty are. We’ve never seen that published, but it would be just as interesting, if not more so. It’s also a public institution. I’m sure that it is legally possible to obtain that information. Thank you. %%% Hey, Greensboro is certainly a deviant town. I’m going to make the call before Judge Eagles does. It’s going to be a mistrial. Yeah, mistrial for John Edwards. Often a juror was wordy. What is he, a (Continued on page 41)

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COMMUNITY EVENTS FREE LINE DANCING Join us for a fun filled free line dancing class. Once a week for 1 1/2 hours. If interested, call 656-3070 for details.

PARKING SPACES Downtown Parking Prime location at 422 W Friendly Ave. $ 30 per month. Call James with Realty Executives 336-681-6886. Downtown parking space for rent in private parking lot on corner of Greene & Market St., Greensboro. $50 per month. Call 336-273-0885 and ask for Erika.

CEMETERY PLOTS Lakeview Memorial, 2 plots available in the Veterans section. Call 336-852-1237.

AUCTIONS Estate Auction (deceased) Saturday June 16 @ 10:am 2989 Ormond Dr. Winston Salem Truly unique and unusual vintage furniture from back in the day as well as old glassware, antiques, NC pottery, and so much more! See photos at www.peggauction.com #5098 John C Pegg 336 - 996 - 4414

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AUTO SERVICES USED CAR COUNSELOR. Purchasing a car in Greensboro? My $99 service provides you the knowledge to make an informed decision before buying. Includes: Mobile service, on-site inspection, vehicle checklist, history, odometer report, OBD II code check, etc. 37 years exp. Call Scott 336-5081569, usedcarcounselor@gmail.com

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MOUNTAIN CABIN RENTAL. 5 Star cabin at 3 Star Prices. Near Blue Ridge Pkwy in Beautiful Meadows of Dan, VA., 75 minutes from the Triad. Pet friendly, sleeps 8, A/C, and much more! WWW.VRBO.com , listing # 252754 for details, or call Mike at 336-6018480.

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%%% Greensboro is one of the largest cities in the state. Why isn’t on Memorial Day and/or Veterans Day we have no parade to honor our veterans? I think that’s a shame. It’s a disgrace. Greensboro should do better than that. We have a lot of fallen war heroes, and some living. And I really think it’s a shame we don’t have a parade one or both of those times. Thomasville isn’t as large as Greensboro, and they have one. And, you know, I really think Greensboro should have one. And I think Locke Clifford should be a head of the committee to do it.

%%% This year’s sock-it-to-the-public award should go to Brenda Fox and her neighbor, Skip Alston. Once, again, they’ve attempted to pull the wool over our eyes to the tune of $61,000. Based on the county manager’s record of incompetence, deceit and deception, the county commissioners should consider one of the following for Ms. Fox: forced resignation, firing and denial of any retirement bonus. Ms. Fox and her sponsor has insulted the intelligence and integrity of the general public and the board of commissioners. She has betrayed the public’s trust. No bonuses deserved. Please just leave and go away. %%% I have a question for The Rhino Times or anybody who can answer it. I’ve been living down here 15 years now, and I wonder why Southerners are so backwards. Everything is done after the fact, after the fact. No one seems to do it. You build a jail, no parking.

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clinic for indigent and low-income county residents. However, if the deal between the commissioners holds, the dental clinic will continue to be run by the county, meaning that 12 health department positions will be saved. The big loser in the new budget deal is Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, who had requested over 30 new officers, including 26 detention officers, for the High Point Jail. The budget deal calls for the department not to get those detention officers – ones that Fox had proposed he get. Fox’s proposed budget had cut much of the county funding for nonprofits, but, in the deal expected to be approved on June 7, much of that funding was added back in. A county spay and neuter program would get $25,000 in the new budget, and the African American Atelier would get $50,000 from Guilford County. That art gallery is run by NC State Rep Alma Adams, who is friends with Commissioner Carolyn Coleman. The Friends of John Coltrane gets $25,000, the NC Shakespeare Festival $30,000, and the United Arts Council of Greensboro $66,667. The High Point Arts Council gets $50,000 if the deal holds. The budget calls for the War Memorial Foundation to get $25,000 in funding, and other area nonprofits to get amounts ranging from about $5,000 to $15,000. The Communities in Schools programs for both High Point and Greensboro would

each get $100,000 in county funding. The Interactive Resource Center, a place for the homeless to go during the day, would get $25,000. The Carl Chavis YMCA would get $25,000 and the YWCA would get $16,667. The new budget calls for the county to save money by having maintenance for the new jail be done by the Guilford County Facilities Department. The county’s Sheriff’s Department has been petitioning lately to be given a new staff of seven maintenance workers that would be under the Sheriff’s Department. However, it looks as though Barnes will not get that wish granted either. The budget would also reduce the county’s fund for contingencies by $250,000. Fox had recommended that county employees get money for 3 percent merit raises in the budget this year. However, the final budget expected to be adopted by the commissioners’ calls for county employees to get 1 percent merit raises. The commissioners were considering giving the employees one-time bonuses of $250 or $500. However, it looks now like they will get the 1 percent raises instead. Reducing the merit pay from 3 percent to 1 percent will save the county about $1.4 million over what Fox was proposing. Wednesday night, Commissioners Billy Yow, Paul Gibson, Mike Winstead and others who asked not to be named said they believed Chairman of the Board of

Commissioners Skip Alston now has the votes he needs to pass the budget. Gibson said he’s still considering whether or not he will vote for the deal, but he said

Alston had his six votes regardless. Winstead sounded as though he was likely to vote for the budget, but he said he wanted to study the details more.

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in The Rhino Times last week with the headline, “Smothers’ Exit May Open Door For Sims.” In that article it was noted that at the end of the mayoral campaign in 2010, “an ugly bout of personal name calling broke out, prompted by a posting on Wagner’s campaign Facebook page …” Wagner wanted it made clear that he had nothing to do with the posting and took it down as soon as he found out about it. For those not familiar with Facebook, it’s no different from someone pinning a notice to a bulletin board. Anybody can do it, and all the owner can do is take it down when he sees it, which is what Wagner did. --Some neighborhoods gather in the park or around the grill in somebody’s backyard. My neighborhood gathers in the City Council chambers at city hall. On Tuesday night, sitting right behind me at the council meeting, was my next door neighbor George Carr, and his next door neighbor Marc Isaacson. I don’t know where the

rest of our neighbors were. I guess they didn’t get the memo. --I realized the other day that I love my commute to work. For one thing, it’s short, but it could be shorter because I usually take the scenic route past the golf course and through old residential neighborhoods with narrow streets and lots of trees. I suppose I qualify as some of that evil cut-throughtraffic people are always talking about, but I drive slowly, try to be respectful and enjoy the calm before the storm. When I’m in a hurry, I drive down Battleground Avenue, which is much faster, but I arrive at work with a completely different attitude. --The High Pont Republican Women will host an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the High Point Republican Headquarters, 1721 N. Main St., High Point. The monthly meeting is open to the public. ---


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If you believe the standard claptrap from the mainstream media, then you believe that the Democrats care about the poor and the Republicans only care about the rich. But who hurts most in a down economy, the rich who decide to wait two years before they buy a new Jaguar or put off having their jet redecorated for another year, or the poor who are out of work and trying to figure out how to put food in the mouths of their children and keep a roof over their heads? Those who answered the poor got it right. A down economy is tough on everyone, with some notable exceptions like bankruptcy attorneys and bill collectors, but it is much harder on those living close to the edge. President Barack Hussein Obama for all his talk has not been kind to the poor. Unemployment has been over 8 percent during his entire term. The economy doesn’t seem to have improved. The $1 trillion stimulus was mainly for “shovel ready” projects, and even Obama himself has now admitted that there is no such thing. Much of that money was used by local governments to pay off debt or to keep them from piling on more debt. Obama can’t be blamed for the failure of the stimulus package. Imagine taking someone right out of college who has never worked at a real job – someone who didn’t work summers and didn’t work their way through school but instead traveled to far off countries during their vacations or hung out smoking pot with friends – and making that person president of a corporation that is in financial trouble and expecting the party boy to be able to pull the corporation out of the tank. The best he could probably do is to keep the corporation from completely going under, but it isn’t likely he could actually turn the thing around. It isn’t likely particularly if he brought his friends with him to run the company. That is essentially what we have with our president. Obama, according to his memoir, which is all we have to base his history on, didn’t work much. He was a community organizer after college and worked as a clerk for some corporation before that. He graduated from law school and unlike other students who have big student loans to pay

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back and, are hunting for a high paying job, Obama took a job as a part-time instructor, piddled around with his contract to write a book about race relations and instead wrote a book about his favorite topic – himself. He worked some for a law firm, taught a couple of classes and got involved in Chicago politics. But where is the experience that would indicate he knows how to spend a trillion dollars to pump up the economy, or how to run anything?

,,, In some elections the candidates are so similar it looks like they flipped a coin to see who would be the Republican and who would be the Democrat. Despite the fact that the Republican presidential candidate is not as conservative as many Republicans had hoped for, the difference between the candidates is striking in many ways, in part because Obama in office has shown his true liberal colors. He is the most liberal president ever, and far more liberal than any Democratic candidates since at least Sen. George McGovern in 1972. Some political opponents say that Obama is a socialist. Some of his supporters say that is an unfair label. But whatever you call Obama, he is in favor of big government and bigger government. But the contrast with Romney is far more than just political beliefs. Romney has spent his life running things and doing things. He knows how to put together a team and delegate authority. He knows how to listen to different advisors and take away something from each one. He understands how things work. Obama simply has nothing in his background to indicate he knows any of those things, and the way he has governed proves that he just doesn’t get it. Romney, also, like most people in this country, has strongly held religious beliefs. He understands what that means. If Obama understood what that meant he would not have thought the Roman Catholic Church would let Obama define its beliefs.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro

Welcome to an easy and affordable way to buy and service your tools!! Tool Locker Plus provides high-quality new & reconditioned tools from the best brands at affordable prices 20 – 40% below what you see at the big box stores. At Tool Locker Plus we know that the right tool makes all the difference and that´s why we provide the best tools at the best prices with uncompromising service to our clients! Tools & equipment from Tool Locker Plus are guaranteed to last with a one year warranty. Affordable 2 and 5 year extended warranties available SPECIAL PRICING FOR LARGE ORDERS TO RESELLERS, CONTRACTORS, TRADESMEN, BUILDING REMODELERS & HOMEOWNERS We are the authority in providing warranty service for; Homelite, Husky, Ridgid, Ryobi, and Toro! We service and supply parts for all brands of outdoor equipment: Including mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, generators as well as electric and battery powered tools any brand, any year. We have all kinds of Ridgid factory reconditioned power tools in stock for immediate pickup THE PLUS IN OUR BUSINESS We have many remodeling and new home products in our showroom warehouse, including tubs, sinks, faucets, shower bases, floor lamps, ceiling fans, wall lights, and many items for your lawn and garden needs.

Our Service and Parts departments are second to none. Our staff has over 75 years of combined experience!

SERVICE CENTER NOW OPEN: M-F 8-6PM and SAT 9-1PM 408 Gallimore Dairy Road, Suite E Greensboro, North Carolina 27409 PHONE: 336.285.6995 FAX: 336.617.8628 EMAIL: sales@toollockerplus.com

Coming soon www.toollockerplus.com


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