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LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
School officials ask for Council full funding of project calls for
EDC board term limits
SUSPECT IN CARSON CASE PLEADS GUILTY
Gaskins, Williams to represent city council on county EDC committee
The man accused of killing a University of North Carolina student body president found shot to death in the middle of a street two years ago pleaded guilty Monday to federal crimes, avoiding the death penalty
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Students stroll out of classes in the math building on the campus of Lee County High School.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS’ JUMP MARKS 1974 CRASH
The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team landed in a field in Silk Hope Saturday , during the town’s annual Farm Heritage Day festivities Page 3A
OKC BOMBING RECALLED 15 YEARS LATER It’s been 15 years since a terrorist’s bomb destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 people and injuring more than 600 others. The passage of time hasn’t made mourning any easier for many victims’ family members. Page 9A
STATE PERDUE TO CUT $1B FROM STATE BUDGET Gov. Beverly Perdue’s spending proposal for next year likely will contain aggressive efforts to improve North Carolina’s public education and mental health systems as well as spending cuts of around $1 billion to help pay for them Page 7A
EASLEY AIDE PLEADS GUILTY
An ex-aide to former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley pleaded guilty Monday to one count of federal income tax evasion for failing to report a $30,000 investment return Page 8A
Vol. 80, No. 92 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
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SANFORD — Local school officials made their case for more dollars Monday. Now it’s up to county commissioners to determine how much more Lee County can afford to borrow to pay for long-sought renovations at aging Lee County High School. “At the end of the day when the dust settles, the question is how do we want to educate our students in this community?” said Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss. County commissioners and the board of education huddled Monday to discuss the possibility of seeking an additional $2.6 million in lowinterest Recovery Zone Economic Development bonds for work at the school. Commissioners have
Students wall the halls at Lee County High School. Although the county allotted $19.6 million for the renovation of the school, the lowest bid came in at nearly $1 million more. already approved $19.6 million in spending for the project, which includes renovations to the building, mechanical power grid, boiler and chiller, new construction and site
n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday on the LCHS project in the Commissioners’ Room at the Lee County Government Center
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SANFORD — Add the Sanford City Council to the list of parties who are apparently displeased with the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. The council discussed ways for revamping the county’s economic recruiting group in recession-wracked Lee. LCEDC has been a target of late for 2010 election candidates and current Lee County commissioners who say it has not been active enough. “It’s sad right now,” said Sanford Mayor Pro Tem Michael Stone. “... We’re losing the battle in the retail sector majorly.” City officials called for a restructuring of the LCEDC Economic Development Board, namely imposing two-term limits and seeking a more “diversified” roster, Stone said. Stone said the board is too homogeneous in terms of race and socio-economic background. “We have to represent more than one segment of the community,” he said. Sanford officials also focused on growing the county’s retail base, complaining that LCEDC focuses chiefly on industry recruitment and retention. Stone said surrounding communities have been able
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ELECTION 2010: LEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Atkins: The teachers need a voice Political newcomer wants a more open board By CAITLIN MULLEN
SANFORD — Dana Wicker Atkins is not a political person and, until recently, didn’t have any desire to hold public office. But after talking with educators in Lee County and sharing her thoughts with her husband Brandon night after night, she decided to throw her hat into the ring for a seat on the Lee County Board of Education this May. “My main reason for running is because I got upset in talking with a lot of teachers in town,” she said. “Many felt they didn’t have a place to go if they didn’t agree with policy changes.” Atkins said she’s a firm believer in being able to speak her mind, and that goes for
HAPPENING TODAY n The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church choir room, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new members to join and sing in our upcoming May 23 concert. For more information please call 774-4608.
Throughout the week, The Herald will profile (in alphabetical order) the seven candidates vying for three open seats on the Lee County Board of Education. The schedule: o April 18: Mark Akinosho o Today: Dana Wicker Atkins o Wednesday: John Bonardi o Thursday: Shannon Gurwitch o Friday: Kim Lilley o Saturday: Ellen Mangum o Sunday: Linda Smith
others as well. “That hit me,” she said. “From there, I started talking to parents. It was kind of
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Dana Atkins is seeking a seat on the Lee County Board of Education for the first time.
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Sanford: Betty Johnson, 79; Judy McQueen, 40; Edmon Morris; Annie Yow, 89 Cameron: Jimmy Sellers, 64 Carthage: Ruth Ross, 85
The field of potential Senate candidates have just one name you may have heard
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Sanford. n The Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Moncure Fire Department. The speaker will be Jason Hensley of FirstHealth EMS.
WEDNESDAY n The Lee County Voluntary Agriculture District Agriculture Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Sciences Laboratory at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. n The Harnett County Board of Education will hold a work session/training session at 8:30 a.m. at the Superintendent’s Office in Lillington. n The Moore County Social Services board will meet at 3 p.m. at the DSS Board Room in Carthage. n The Lee County Board of Health will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford.
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n The Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Moncure Fire Department. The speaker will be Jason Hensley of FirstHealth EMS. n The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church choir room, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new members to join and sing in our upcoming May 23 concert. For more information please call 774-4608 or 776-3624.
THURSDAY n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. to consider entering into one or more installment financing agreements for the purpose of paying the costs of renovating and improving exiting facilities and constructing and equipping an addition to Lee County High School. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners’ Room, First Floor, Lee County Government Center, 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington and Greensboro. The festival also features local crafts, food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops and more. For more information and ticket prices, visit www. shakorihills.org.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Bobby Ray Hall, Sharon O’Neil, Scottie Vodenhamer, William H. McLean, Tim McDougald, Elizabeth Ann Baber, Jeffrey Taylor Patterson, James Monroe Patterson, Leteta Verbal, Dianne B. Willett, Yowanda Swann, Luke Adam Matthews, Michael Paul Jones Jr., George Martinez, Ny’Heim Tay’shaun Abrams, Jack Alexander Holder, Pat Gaster, Delores Jacobs, Ashton McElveen, Virginia Brooks, J.D. Thomas, Chris Chezem, Lisa Hancock, Jenny Meadows, Lisa Pressley, Darcell Denice Watson, Anne Smith, Kaye Parker and Bonnie Lucas. CELEBRITIES: Actor George Takei is 73. Actress Jessica Lange is 61. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 61. Actor Clint Howard is 51. Actor Crispin Glover is 46. Actor Andy Serkis is 46. Actress Carmen Electra is 38. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 38. Rock musician Marty Crandall (The Shins) is 35. Actor Joey Lawrence is 34.
Almanac Today is Tuesday, April 20, the 110th day of 2010. There are 255 days left in the year. This day in history: On April 20, 1980, Cuban President Fidel Castro invited any of his countrymen who wanted to leave their country to do so, sparking the massive Mariel Boatlift from Cuba to the United States. In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at age 72, becoming the first vice president to die while in office. In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria. In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart. In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada. In 1971, the Supreme Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon. In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed. In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.
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n An International Photography show will be held in conjunction with ART3, the annual art walk and wine-tasting fundraiser for Temple Theatre. This year’s event will feature international wine and treats, art to enjoy and bid on, music and entertainment, all in downtown Sanford from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A contribution of $25 in advance or $30 at the door reserves a “glass passport.” For advance reservations, call the Temple Theatre at 774-4155. n Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn blankets and chairs, purchase dinner from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a movie under the stars every Friday night at Depot Park (106 Charlotte Avenue) this spring. These family-friendly movies are free and open to the public; movies start at 8 p.m. For further details please contact DSI at (919) 775-8332, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.downtownsanford. com. This week’s movie is “The Cat from Outer Space.” n The Truck and Tractor Pull in Silk Hope begins at 5 p.m., and the pull starts at 7:30. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72
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SATURDAY n The Central Carolina Antique Power and Equipment Club will hold its fifth annual Plow Day and Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas Farms, 3800 Lee Ave. in Sanford. Free event and free parking. See tractor, plow and antique vintage equipment demonstrations. Food and refreshments available. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington and Greensboro. The festival also features local crafts, food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops and more. For more information and ticket prices, visit www. shakorihills.org. n The Deep River Park Bicycle and Canoe Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep River Park. n Central Carolina Community College offers a High-Tech/High-Touch Bioprocessing Technology Workshop for middle
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school students and their parent/adult mentors. The workshop, sponsored by the college’s Engineering Department, takes place 9 a.m. to noon in Room 9221 of the Science Building on the Lee County Campus, 1105 Kelly Drive in Sanford. The workshop includes an overview of bioprocessing, extracting DNA from fruit and separating dyes from grape soda. Registration is $12 per pair. Reserve your space by calling Virginia Brown at (919) 718-7347. n The Chatham County NAACP Branch #5377 is holding its Mother of the Year Banquet starting at 4 p.m. at the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Pittsboro Campus, in the Multipurpose Room. Timothy Tyson, Ph.D., renowned author of Blood Done Sign My Name, will be at the banquet. For more information, contact Mary Nettles, Eastern Branch NAACP President, at (919) 542-7182. n A Latino Art Festival sponsored by the Lee County Arts Council will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Depot Park. There will be continuous live entertainment, including the music of David Sovero and the Mariachi band “Mariachi de me Tierra,” dance performances from the Andes and Costa Rica, and Andean music. There will also be a wide variety of food and games and activities for children. n The Truck and Tractor Pull in Silk Hope begins at 5 p.m., and the pull starts at 7.
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SANFORD â€” U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) will join the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Department at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center to dedicate the departmentâ€™s new mobile command vehicle The vehicle was made possible with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Etheridge will be joined at the event by Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter, N.C. Rep. Jimmy Love (D-Lee) and Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive. After the dedication, the group will take a tour of the vehicle.
which was started by his grandfather, Radmer said. The thief or thieves also took a red bandana that belonged to Radmerâ€™s grandmother and a 1988 $5 bill, a keepsake since it was withdrawn by his family when he was born, he said. â€œI can replace TVs, money and guns,â€? Radmer said. â€œStuff like that is irreplaceable.â€? The intruder ransacked two rooms in the house, Radmer said. Also taken were flakes of gold that Radmer said he got from the Uwharrie Mountains. Radmer estimated the value of the gemstones and gold flakes at $20,000. Anyone with information should call the Harnett County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 893-9111.
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$30k in property stolen from Spring Lake home
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SPRING LAKE (MCT) â€” Someone broke into a home in Spring Lake on Thursday and stole property valued at $30,410, according to a Harnett County Sheriffâ€™s Office report. It happened on the 500 block of Harger Lane at the home of Daniel Dennis Radmer and his stepfather, Boyce Jeff Sizemore. The stolen items included three shotguns, a rifle and two pistols, cash and a television. But itâ€™s the theft of rocks and gemstones, including jewelry belonging to his late mother, that is most upsetting to Radmer. â€œThey were family heirlooms,â€? he said. Some of the gemstones were given to him by his grandfather and his mother, who both were rock hounds, the 21-yearold Radmer said. He is part owner of Râ€™s Gems & Rocks on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville,
FORT BRAGG (AP) â€” The commander of the hospital at a North Carolina Army post has been nominated for the rank of brigadier general. A statement from the Department of Defense on Monday said President Barack Obama nominated Col. Nadja West for appointment to brigadier general. West was scheduled to relinquish command of Womack Army Medical Center on Friday at a ceremony at Fort Bragg. She is being reassigned to Europe Regional Medical Command in Landstuhl, Germany. West took command of the hospital in July 2008. She attended West Point and graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine. Womack Army Medical Center serves the largest beneficiary population in the Army with more than 160,000 soldiers, families and retirees.
Knights salute crash with jump By JUSTIN GOBLE Special to The Herald
SILK HOPE â€” March 8, 1973, will forever be a defining day in the history of both Silk Hope and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. In the early hours of that morning, a C-47 aircraft was heading from Fort Bragg to Overland, Kan., for the 14-man teamâ€™s first demonstration. At around 8:45 a.m., Silk Hope resident Janelle Newlin reported sounds of an explosion on her farm. Members of the Silk Hope Fire Department responded to the call, where they found that the C-47 had crashed. Every member of the team perished in the incident. Silk Hope Ruritan member Jack Johnson remembers it well. â€œWhen we got the word, we went straight there,â€? he said. â€œThe fire marshal was already on the scene. There was only one more chance for us to go in before it got too bad. I remember coming up to the field and seeing the entire tail section resting on top of the trees.â€? The crash was the single biggest loss the Golden Knights had ever experienced, and the residents of Silk Hope did everything they could to accommodate the group while members investigated the incident. â€œWe took one of the fire trucks out and let them use one of the four bays we had as a base of operations,â€? Johnson said. â€œThey ended up operating out of there for two weeks while they investigated the crash.â€? After the incident, members of the Silk Hope Ruritan decided to honor both those who lost their lives and the fire department members who responded to the crash by installing a memorial plaque at the base of the SHFD flagpole. The memo-
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A member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team lands in a field near Silk Hope Saturday rial remained there until the building was recently torn down to make way for a new fire department/ community building. Instead of simply moving the memorial, Ruritan members decided to rededicate it at the new SHFD building. Thatâ€™s when Johnson decided to ask the Golden Knights if they wanted to be involved in the ceremony. â€œWe needed to move the memorial we had there to the new building,â€? Johnson said. â€œThatâ€™s what started the process. I had a meeting with the Golden Knights and asked them if they could come out for a rededication ceremony. They said that was something they could support and offered to do a jump.â€? That jump and rededication took part Saturday, April 17, during the townâ€™s annual Farm Heritage Day festivities, where hundreds came out to witness the event. Dropping from a height of 12,500 feet, the eightman â€œGold Teamâ€? demonstrated the precision that the Golden Knights are renowned for. After completing a maneuver in which to members remained in free fall while others kept
a circular formation, each person took turns landing a small strip of baseball field. â€œItâ€™s like a human air traffic pattern,â€? Sgt. Dan Cook, the teamâ€™s narrator, said of the landing formation. â€œEach team member has to circle the field until the man before them lands.â€? Before the jump, team members said they were more than prepared for the dayâ€™s events. Sgt. 1st Class Dan Hewig said there â€œwasnâ€™t much to itâ€? when preparing for a jump. â€œWe basically just do safety checks and what they call a â€˜dirt dive,â€™ where we practice the maneuvers that weâ€™re going to perform in the air on the ground. Other than that, we just jump out of the airplaneâ€? Sgt. 1st Class Angela Nichols said her main concern was the weather. Winds and cloud cover, along with a chance of rain, had members of the Golden Knights crew making adjustments right up to jump time. â€œThe clouds, winds, it all plays a big part in how we do a jump,â€? she said. â€œThose things determine when you open the canopy, how high you jump from and whether you can jump
at all. Though concerned with the details of the event, both members were quick to point out that the team was heavily invested in the dayâ€™s jump and what it meant to the Golden Knights and the residents of Silk Hope. â€œWe want to make sure we memorialize our fallen teammates,â€? Nichols said. â€œThey will always be part of the team, even if they arenâ€™t here and we never met them. Thatâ€™s what today is all about.â€? â€œThe team is what it is today because of those that came before us,â€? Hewig said. â€œWhen you see what they went through and what they had, it definitely influences who we are and what we do.â€? Johnson said he was happy that so many came out for the rededication and jump, since it ensures that the memory of the crash will live on. And for his part in making the jump possible, the Golden Knights recognized Johnson by presenting him with the flags team members flew during the jump.
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Volcanic cloud causing problems worldwide Our View Issue: Volcanic ash cloud is wreaking havoc across the Earth.
Our stance: Mother Nature is having her way — and patience is what’s needed.
celand’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier may be unfamiliar to many people, but the volcanic ash that is spewing forth from it is having an affect across the Earth. As The Associated Press perhaps said it best in a recent story, “It left behind stranded travelers, grounded cargo flights, political confusion and even fears the cloud of grit settling on Earth will endanger the lungs of children, asthmatics and others with respirator ailments.” Reports have stated that the East Coast of the United States may be affected by the cloud. What is most apparent are the stranded travelers in Europe and
Asia as airline travel in parts of our world have come to a virtual standstill. Obviously, these travelers had no idea that their plans would be affected by a volcanic cloud. We are accustomed to life as normal. That includes being able to get into our vehicle and travel when we wish — or scheduling an airline flight and counting on that flight to travel on schedule. There are those who believe that airplanes would be fine to travel in the midst of the volcanic clouds. That’s a decision that would need to be made by people with far more expertise than an everyday observer. What is important to remem-
ber is that the vocanic clouds are not normal clouds. As the AP reports, “Scientists say because this volcano is located below a glacial ice cap, magma is being cooled quickly, causing explosions and plumes of grit that can be catastrophic to plane engines, depending on prevailing winds.” The AP noted how airplanes can be affected. “Ash and grit from volcanic eruptions can sabotage a plane in many ways: the abrasive ash can sandblast a jet’s windshield, block fuel nozzles, contaminate the oil system and electronics and plug the tubes that sense airspeed. But the most immediate danger is to the engines. Melted ash can then
congeal on the blades and block the normal flow of air, causing engines to shut down.” So, airline travel may be save in some areas. Perhaps not in other areas. The bottom line is that safety should be the foremost factor for one and all. A little inconvenience, even for a week or so, would seem to be much more preferable than taking a risk in the air that could prove deadly. Mother Nature is in control at this time — and it’s patience that we need. It may have a costly affect in our world’s economy, but that’s preferable to the risks in the air.
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Battle vs. Burr
hree weeks prior to the May primary, polls show nearly half of likely Democratic voters don’t know who they will choose to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr. There’s an obvious reason for that indecision. Most voters have never heard of or only recently heard of all but one of the six Democrats running. The one exception is Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, the first woman ever elected to statewide office in North Carolina. Marshall, 64, holds a fairly obscure office. As secretary of state, her two biggest jobs are overseeing business filings and lobbying regulations. She has made a name for herself as a fairly blunt politician who speaks her mind. But that trait didn’t help her much in 2002, when she lost in the primary for U.S. Senate. Marshall also isn’t the favorite of the party establishment in Washington. That distinction belongs to WinstonSalem lawyer and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham. Those party regulars see 37-year-old Cunningham as the biggest threat to Burr. He’s articulate, telegenic and has a near-ideal resume for non-incumbent. He has some political experience but not a long track record that can be used against him. Cunningham also is an Army reservist lawyer who did a stint in Iraq in 2007. Those advantages helped him to raise enough money to recently go up on state airwaves with a biographical ad, something his opponents have yet to do. The big question for Cunningham is whether being the party’s establishment candidate carries more risk than reward. In public appearances, he’s seemed a bit over-coached and overrehearsed. Ken Lewis, a 48-year-old Chapel Hill lawyer, comes into the race having worked behind the scenes for several Democratic candidates, but never having held office himself. Lewis does have a strong professional background, having worked for two major law firms in state. He’s also a graduate of Harvard Law School. The field of Democrats also includes Lumberton lawyer Marcus Williams, Gastonia school teacher Ann Worthy and McDowell County photographer Susan Harris. Most pundits aren’t giving those three much of a chance. Williams, though, is a viable candidate, active in the State Bar Association, who will get some support come Election Day. In fact, no candidate is likely to get the 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. The candidates aren’t simply struggling to become known to the electorate. The front-runners generally haven’t set themselves apart on major issues. All agree with health care reform plan passed by Congress. Only Marshall has criticized the troop buildup and continuing role of the United States in Afghanistan.
Health care market I
n economics we often talk about markets. Markets are simply where buyers and sellers come together to trade. In the old days, these transactions occurred in a physical market. Today, they can also occur in electronic markets, where buyers and sellers don’t even see each other. Any economic market answers three questions: (1) What is produced and sold? (2) What is the price of the items sold? And (3) How much is sold? In an unconstrained, or free market, these questions are answered by the interactions between buyers and sellers and the competition among sellers. In determining what is sold, sellers have an incentive to provide what buyers want. Competition between alternative sellers keeps prices at levels that cover costs, compensates for risks and gives the seller a sufficient return to stay in an uncertain market. The resulting price is that which equates the amount sellers want to provide to the amount buyers want to purchase. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the health care bill — each of these three questions in the health care market will be directly influenced by the federal government. Here’s how. The legislation gives the federal secretary of Health and Human Services the power to set the provisions and coverage in health insurance plans. In other words, the HHS secretary will have a strong role in saying what is produced and sold in the health insurance market. The new bill also gives the HHS secretary some direct power over the prices (premiums) charged for health insurance policies. Specifically, the legislation says the secretary can review “unreasonable” increases in premiums for health insurance coverage. Finally, the new act mandates that everyone have health insurance, and if not (with a few exceptions), a penalty will be levied for not having coverage. This restriction obviously puts a floor on the third market question of how much is sold; now everyone must have at least some standard health insurance policy, where “standard” is defined by the secretary of HHS. These expanded powers of the federal government in the health care market are obviously controversial — some say they go too far, while others say they don’t go far enough. Rather than take sides, let me raise some issues and questions — some pros and cons — that might clarify the debate and help you decide where you stand. Giving the HHS secretary the power to say what health insurance policies will cover is based on the notion that everyone should be guaranteed some minimal level of health insurance protection. But left unsaid in the legislation is how the secretary will determine what’s in health insurance policies. Also, if changes are made to the standard policy over time, will those changes apply only to newly written policies or all policies — new and existing? We don’t know.
Dr. Mike Walden You Decide Dr. Mike Walden is a professor and economist at N.C. State University
The new power given to the HHS secretary over insurance premiums is in response to public displeasure with some of the increases in premiums that have occurred in recent years, although it should be pointed out that government data show health insurance prices have actually risen slower than the average of all consumer prices since 2005. Still, there are many unanswered questions related to this new authority. For example, how will the secretary define unreasonable premium increases? Will there be coordination between the allowable premium increases and the required insurance provisions, especially when new provisions are mandated? Like any private business, if insurers can’t recover their costs, they won’t remain in business. The mandate that everyone have health insurance has sparked some of the most heated debates about the new health care bill. Indeed, there may be a constitutional challenge to this requirement. Opponents say the federal government doesn’t have the power to require anyone to purchase a private product. Leaving this constitutional question to the lawyers, supporters of the mandate say it is necessary for two reasons. First, as a compassionate society, no one will ever be denied health care. Thus, without a mandate, there is the likelihood some individuals would simply not purchase health insurance and then rely on the free provision of care when needed. Second, one of the goals of the new health care bill is to moderate the increase in insurance premiums that can occur as an individual ages and uses the health care system more. However, to accomplish this objective, young and healthy individuals must be part of the health insurance pool. The young insured persons would pay somewhat higher premiums than their health condition would indicate. In essence, the payments for health insurance would be “front-loaded,” higher than needed when young but lower than needed when older. Health care and the new health care bill will continue to be discussed and debated. There remain many unanswered questions about implementation of the government’s new powers and effects of those powers that will have to be decided. How the bill is applied may be just as important what the bill does!
It seems to me it would be interesting to know if or how many of the “newly created jobs” released by the “authorities” includes the many new Census workers who were former members of Acorn. Just a thought to ponder over. Acorn was so helpful in the last presidential election. There are now more than 13 state government legal cases have been filed in their courts concerning voter fraud. The government set aside $7.8 billion to conduct the Census. The nation added 162,000 jobs in March; 48,000 of which were Census jobs, the Labor Department reported. The unemployment rate is stuck at 9.7 percent for the third month in a row, largely because more people entered the work force. The big boost in Census jobs anticipated in April and May could reduce the unemployment rate slightly, but those jobs are mostly part-time and last six to eight weeks, so the unemployment rate is likely to increase again in June without equivalent hiring from the private sector. Census workers accounted for nearly a third of the jobs added in March. Over the next two months, another 600,000 to 700,000 Census jobs will be added, putting $10 to $25 an hour into pockets of some desperate job seekers. Census jobs help temporarily, but it appears a new approach to private sector longer lasting jobs are needed. We certainly don’t need more government jobs. DOROTHY Q. BURSEY Sanford
No Kidding? COMPANY LINES Business Surprises 1. Twitter — only 50 people officially on staff 2. Boeing — makes about seven 777s a month 3. Gerber Baby logo — artist intended sketch as his rough 4. Legoland Park (Calif.) — 70 percent not owned by LEGO 5. Microsoft — once suggested to Apple they create a single OS Source: World Features Syndicate
Today’s Prayer Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. (I Chronicles 16:25 KJV) PRAYER: O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! We ask You to focus our attention on You and away from our material needs. Amen.
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Obituaries Betty Johnson
SANFORD â€” Betty Nelson Johnson, 79, died Sunday (4/18/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. She was born Aug. 10, 1930 in Cabarrus County, daughter of the late Herman Owen Nelson and Gladys Hyman Nelson. She served in the U.S. Air Force, was an active member at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church and a longtime member of the choir. She was active in community activities such as meals on wheels and The Enrichment Center. She is survived by her husband, S.V. Johnson of the home; daughters, Karen Johnson Lamm of Broadway and Pat Johnson of Charlotte; and brothers, Lewis C. Nelson of Hudson, Fla. and Jerry Nelson of Taylors, S.C. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Carolina Memorial Park in Concord. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Mark Gaskins and the Rev. Gilbert McDowell officiating. The family will receive friends at the McDowell Hall following the memorial service. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome. com. Memorials may be made to Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church, 316 W. Main St., Sanford, N.C. 27332. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Judy Ann McQueen, 40, died Sunday (4/18/10) at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The family will receive friends at 1540 Winslow Drive, Sanford. Arrangements will be announced by Watson Mortuary, Inc. of Sanford.
Edmon Morris SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Edmon Harold Morris was held Sunday at Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford with the Rev. David Dudley presiding. Burial followed at Buffalo Cemetery. Pianist was Cindy Haye, soloist was David Almond and Carol Cox read a special Poem. Pallbearers were A.C. Morgan, Jimmy Davis, Ronald Poole, Darrell Burch, Tom McNeil, Paul McDonagh and Doug Preslar. Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.
Jimmy Sellers CAMERON â€” Jimmy Sellers, 64, of 2659 Nicholson Road, died Sunday (4/18/10) at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
was played during the service. Pallbearers were James George Jr., Terrance Miller, Dean Buchanan, Brad Dowdy, Jason Yow, Billy Hughes, Bob Hughes and Charlie Fallin. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
Ruth Ross CARTHAGE â€” Ruth Ross, 85, died Monday (4/19/10) at Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage. Arrangements will be announced by Pugh and Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.
Kareem Fowler DURHAM â€” Kareem Latif Fowler, 33, of 1226 Sedgefield St., died Saturday (4/17/10) at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He is the son of Alfred and Glenda Turner Fowler. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater Joy INternational Ministries in Durham with the Rev. R. Tiff McCarter officiating. The family will receive friends at the home. Condolences may be made at www.cewilliefuneralservice.com. Arrangements are by C.E. Willie Funeral and Cremation Services of Pittsboro.
Lutton, 81, died Sunday (4/18/10) at Windsor Point in Fuquay Varina. Arrangements will be announced by RogersPickard Funeral Home of Sanford.
Yvonne Murphy SELMA â€” Yvonne R. Murphy, 39, of 1480 Riverrun Road, died Thursday (4/15/10) at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. She is survived by daughters, Alissa Murphy of the home and Halinah Murphy of Tampa, Fla.; sons, Brian Murphy, Derrick Murphy and Donyeah Wiggins, all of the home; finance, Levi Richardson of the home; mother, Barbara Murphy of Trenton, N.J.; three brothers and four grandsons. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church in Kenly with Pastor Hazel Woodard officiating. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. today at the church prior to the service. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are by LHorton Community Funeral Home of Sanford.
Commissioners appoint members to new board PITTSBORO â€” The Chatham County Board of Commissioners appointed members for the newly formed Transportation Advisory Board. The major purpose of the board is to identify and study issues and make recommendations to the county commissioners on transportation and related issues. The long-term goal is to have a sustainable transportation system that offers access to various modes of transportation for people and goods. County commissioners appointed eleven voting members from across the county, based on the recommendation of a three-member selection committee charged with reviewing all applications. The newly appointed voting members are appointed from across the county, representing all five county commissioner districts. The appointees are listed below, along with each personâ€™s transporta-
tion interests: Delonda Alexander â€” Environment Mary Bastin â€” Social David Bordsen â€” Economic & Social Philip Bors â€” NonMotorized, Public Safety & Social Faythe Canson Clark â€” Public Transportation, Economic, Environment & Social Dale Chodorow â€” Personal Motor Vehicle, Public Transportation, Economic & Social Robin Emerson â€” Personal Motor Vehicle, Public Safety & Economic Claire Kane â€” NonMotorized, Public Transportation, Public Safety, Economic, Environment & Social, Commissioner District 2 Kimberly Sevy â€” NonMotorized, Public Transportation, Environment & Social Rosa Sutton â€” Social Willa Thompson â€” Public Transportation & Social â€” From staff reports
Annie Yow SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Annie Mae Hughes Yow, 89, of the Deep River Community, who died Thursday (4/15/10), was conducted Sunday at BridgesCameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Yow officiating. Burial followed at Euphronia Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pastor J. Scott Yow Jr. sang at the graveside. Recorded music
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to draw major retailers and restaurants, but Lee County is lagging. â€œYou look at all the retailers out there, weâ€™re not taking advantage,â€? he said, adding the influx of sales tax dollars stemming from retail operations increases muchneeded county revenue while avoiding unpopular property tax increases. â€œItâ€™s a win-win,â€? he said. Council members J.D. Williams and Samuel Gaskins will relay the City Councilâ€™s conversation to county commissioners
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work and possibly work on McLeod Auditorium. The low bid offered by Sanford-based American South General Contractor earlier this month came in at nearly $20.5 million, almost $1 million mor e than anticipated. Commissioners will hold a public hearing Thursday on borrowing more money for the project, at which time the board could take action. Lee County voters have already approved a quarter-cent sales tax to
for further discussion. LCEDC Director Bob Heuts said he is happy to discuss changes to the non-profit group, which is funded through the county and muncipal governments of Sanford and Broadway. Heuts said the discussion thus far as been â€œgenerally very healthy,â€? although he did not attend Mondayâ€™s City Council session. He said the LCEDC typically focuses on manufacturing rather than retail because the former tends to have more of a â€œripple effect throughout the community.â€? â€œWe look at retail as an after-effect of the manufacturing jobs that are
here,â€? Heuts said. â€œThatâ€™s why we think itâ€™s more of an economic driver in a community. The restaurants and retail will come as a result of people moving in or doing shopping.â€? Heuts said the LCEDC will assist retailers in settling, but it is more difficult to craft incentives for such businesses. Retailers and restaurant chains typically research a potential location and their research will either point to starting a location or not. Industrial manufacturers tend to have more options for where they can settle, making incentives more of a necessity, Heuts said.
fund improvements at Lee County High. Lee County Manager John Crumpton said the board needs to make a speedy decision in order for work to be completed in the summer months before students return in the fall. â€œThis was a tight timetable to get it all done,â€? Crumpton said Monday. Some commissioners were soured by the additional cost of the bid on top of initial estimates, but others said it was merely a byproduct of improving times for contractors. â€œAn estimate doesnâ€™t mean a hill of beans,â€? said Commissioner James Kelly,
pointing out the price of construction materials often fluctuate on a daily basis. Moss said a construction estimate is always just a â€œsnapshotâ€? of the prices at the time of the estimate. â€œWe hoped for the best and came in a little bit less than that,â€? said Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Hayes. Commissioner Amy Dalrymple said votersâ€™ support of the sales tax last fall is an indicator of their where they stand on improvements at the school. â€œOur board has to respect the voters and what they chose,â€? Dalrymple said.
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Intellectually Gifted program and teacher assistants restored to their full potential. Floating teacher assistants could be a solution to the problem, she said. Right now, â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair to have an assistant in one classroom and not in the next,â€? she said. Atkins also would like to see changes made to the policy that allows high school students to opt out of exams. She understands that some students may not be good at taking tests, but they should be allowed to work toward extra credit, not be exempt from an exam. â€œI think taking exams away just to help our graduation rate is not a good idea in my opinion,â€? she said. Atkins wasnâ€™t neces-
sarily bothered by the two Saturday school days used this past winter, but understands many parents were and thinks the board should have listened to their concerns. â€œThey need to listen instead of just saying, this is the best way. If people are upset about it, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a good policy,â€? she said. She and her husband would like their daughters Clarice, 6, and Evelyn, 4, to continue in public school if it works for them. If they arenâ€™t happy with the public education, they are able to put their children in private school. But not all parents have that option, Atkins said. â€œThat was another motivator for me. The school system should be great for all,â€? she said.
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RALEIGH (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdueâ€™s spending proposal for next year likely will contain aggressive efforts to improve North Carolinaâ€™s public education and mental health systems as well as spending cuts of around $1 billion to help pay for them, legislative budgetwriters said Monday. Perdue, who is scheduled Tuesday to propose adjustments to the $19.6 billion budget already approved last summer and set to begin July 1, also wants changes to the personal care services program that has struggled with Medicaid overspending, according to a lawmaker who got a preview last week from Perdue and her staff. â€œSheâ€™s got an ambitious program,â€? said Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, senior co-chairman of the House Appropria-
enough of that already.â€? Unions have long pushed to allow card check, fearing that businesses can abuse secret ballot elections and tilt the scales against workers. Card check would allow workers to form a union by signing cards as an alternative to an election. Asked in an AP interview whether he would support that, Cunningham said: â€œI support elections. I think that what weâ€™re about to see emerge from the Senate, if anything, protects elections as the sole way for there to be unions created. Thatâ€™s something that I would support.â€? Pressed on whether he would push to allow card check, Cunningham responded: â€œNo, no, not the card check.â€? Later asked to clarify, Cunningham said he supports a compromise idea that would allow workers to use card check as a way to trigger an immediate secret-ballot election â€” similar to what is allowed today. He said the idea of using card check as an alternative to elections is likely not going to pass in the U.S. Senate.
tions Committee. â€œWeâ€™ve got to see how ambition works out.â€? Michaux and a Senate budget-writer interviewed Monday declined to discuss specifics about the health or education initiatives. The Democratic governor hasnâ€™t provided many hints publicly about what she wants lawmakers to approve during this yearâ€™s session save for a $17 million small business assistance package and ethics reforms. But Perdue has said her spending plan would include efforts to expand her â€œReady Set Go!â€? program designed to ensure every child must graduate from high school with the skills to succeed in a career or attend a community college, university or technical training. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson con-
firmed last week the budget proposal would have money to pay for hand-held devices teachers can use to make real-time diagnostic assessments of students to ensure they donâ€™t fall behind their classmates. Each device costs about $300, Pearson said. Perdue said in January she would shift money away from outdated or unnecessary state programs to find additional cash. â€œThe bulk of the budget will be about trimming state government (and) finding ways to make state government leaner,â€? Pearson said Monday. Perdue also said in March she wanted to repay North Carolina state workers their lost wages for taking away 0.5 percent of their salaries last year to close a budget shortfall, at a cost of $65 million.
Slaying suspect makes first court appearance
Teamsters now split on Democratic Senate race
RALEIGH (AP) â€” The suspect in the death of a North Carolina school board member has made his first appearance in court. Jason Keith Williford appeared briefly in a Wake County courtroom on Monday. The court appointed two lawyers to prepare his defense. The 30-year-old Raleigh man is charged with first-degree rape and murder in the death of 62-year-old Kathy Taft. Taft, who was from Greenville, died three days after being found badly beaten at the home of a friend. Members of Taftâ€™s family attended the court proceeding, but did not speak to the media. Williford is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 10. He is being held without bond. Calls to his lawyers were not immediately returned Monday.
RALEIGH (AP) â€” The Charlotte branch of the Teamsters union broke with its leadership Monday on a U.S. Senate endorsement, saying a candidate went back on his commitment to a pro-labor proposal. Teamsters Local 71 said it is endorsing Secretary of State Elaine Marshall for the May 4 Democratic primary. The local president, Ted Russell, said his members were concerned after candidate Cal Cunninghamâ€™s comments in an interview with The Associated Press that he would not pursue a so-called â€œcard checkâ€? plan to make it easier for unions to organize. Russell said he believed Cunningham, who won the endorsement of Teamsters leadership, recanted on a commitment to the idea. â€œWe donâ€™t need that,â€? said Russell, whose unit has about 3,800 members. â€œWe see
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