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JACKETS HOPE TO TURN TRAGEDY INTO TRIUMPH Lee County’s baseball team will carry heavy hearts into their second-round road playoff game with Richmond County tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. Page 1B
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Students and well-wishers visit a makeshift memorial to Lee County High School student Josh Britt as school lets out Monday. Hundreds of students gathered at the spot at Paul Gay Stadium Monday to pay tribute to their classmate killed in an accident on U.S. 1 Friday night.
‘HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON’ SCIENTISTS WORRY OIL MAY END UP IN KEYS With BP finally gaining some control over the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are increasingly worried that huge plumes of crude already spilled could get caught in a current that would carry the mess all the way to the Florida Keys and beyond, damaging coral reefs and killing wildlife Page 9A
AUTO DEALERS OBJECT TO FINANCIAL REGULATIONS The nation’s 18,000 auto dealers are trying to cut themselves a deal in the Senate, seeking exemption from proposed consumer regulations that would police how they write car loans
Lee County High School ‘eerily silent’ as students come to grips with the ‘senseless’ death of Josh Britt, a popular student and athlete By BILLY LIGGETT firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD — The news spread quickly Friday night, less than an hour after emergency crews responded to the horrific scene on U.S. 1. Phone calls. Text messages. Emails. Online social networks. By Saturday morning, an entire community of students and their families shared the same silent shock after hearing of the death of Josh Britt, a good-looking and well-liked 17-year-old Lee County High School student who was but a few weeks away from becoming a senior. On Sunday, a few thousand people had joined memorial websites created on Facebook, and on Monday morning, a few students took a helmet, some flowers and spray paint to the football field to create a memo-
FUNERAL SERVICE The funeral service for Joshua “Josh” Britt has been changed to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, located a 1801 Nash St. in Sanford. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ashley Heights Baptist Church Cemetery in Aberdeen. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lee County High School Booster Program in memory of Josh Britt: P.O. Box 2421, Sanford NC, 27331.
rial to No. 9, Britt’s number on the varsity squad. “It’s been very quiet today. Most of the time, you could hear a pin drop,” said LCHS student Kaleigh Ingersoll, a friend of Britt who paid another visit to
See Britt, Page 7A
Josh Britt, 17, smiles for a prom picture in late April. The Lee County High School junior was killed Friday night when his vehicle slammed into a car parked in the middle of U.S. 1 with no lights on. Police are still investigating the crash.
CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Congressman tours district’s STEM lab
STATE SENATE BUDGET WOULD OK TEACHER FURLOUGHS
By BILLY BALL
The Senate’s proposed education budget unveiled Monday would cut less deeply next year compared to changes sought by Gov. Beverly Perdue but would allow local school districts to furlough teachers and use lottery funds as a last resort to prevent layoffs
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TO INFORM, CHALLENGE AND CELEBRATE
Vol. 80, No. 115 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
CCCC student Alejandra Benitez (right) of Lee County receives congratulations from Johnny Shull, business administration lead instructor, during the college’s Academic Excellence Awards program. Read about all the award winners inside, Page 3A.
HAPPENING TODAY n Career Blitz 2010 — a free career management seminar — will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Seating is limited for Career Blitz 2010. For information about the seminar, contact Jane Wesley at (919) 774-8435.
SANFORD — U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge, D-Lillington, got a look at some of Lee County’s youngest engineers Monday. The lawmaker toured one of Lee County Schools’ most touted science labs at East Lee Middle School as Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives ramp up for a science and engineering education funding bill this week.
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Sanford: Josh Britt, 17; Anthony Boswell, 48; Jeff Hickman, 28; Charlotte Lutton, 81 Broadway: Sondra Matthews, 66; Larry Sykes, 58
Luckily, the state budget is not Greek, otherwise we’d all be in serious trouble
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TODAY n The Chatham County Board of Elections will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections Office, 984D Thompson St., Pittsboro. n The Lee County Partnership for Children will hold an Audit/Finance Meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 143 Chatham Street. n The Lee County Board of Education’s Policy Committee meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Heins Education Building. n The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Sanford.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Tiffany Garrett, Natalie Butts, Jennie Taylor, Lee Lamm, John Dowdy, Richard Boone Hancock, Melanie Yarborough, Landri Elizabeth Stein, Latoyia Nichole Toomer, Latavia KaNarsha Bland, Jesse Michael Morris, Caleb Walter Mashburn, Ishyna Buie, Alexander Lee McKenzie, Carmen Collins, Margaret M. Heck, Ada Tyson Peoples, Robina M. Kelly, Anthony Wicker, Wade Crump and Junior Hill. CELEBRITIES: Actor Bill Macy is 88. Hallof-Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker is 86. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson is 73. Bluegrass singer-musician Rodney Dillard (The Dillards) is 68. Baseball Hallof-Famer Reggie Jackson is 64. Actress Candice Azzara is 63. Country singer Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 62. Rock musician Rick Wakeman (Yes) is 61. Actor James Stephens is 59. Country singer George Strait is 58. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 55. Rock singer-musician Page Hamilton is 50. Contemporary Christian musician Barry Graul (MercyMe) is 49. Singer-actress Martika is 41. Comedian-writer Tina Fey is 40. Rock singer Jack Johnson is 35. Actor Matt Long is 30. Christian-rock musician Kevin Huguley (Rush of Fools) is 28. Actor Spencer Breslin is 18.
Almanac Today is Tuesday, May 18, the 138th day of 2010. There are 227 days left in the year. This day in history: On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. In 1860, the Republican Party convention in Chicago nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. In 1896, the Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept that was renounced 58 years later with the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. In 1910, Halley’s Comet passed by earth, brushing it with its tail. In 1920, Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. In 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, Calif.; she reappeared more than a month later, claiming to have been kidnapped. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces finally occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle that claimed some 20,000 lives. In 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif. In 1969, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10 on a mission to orbit the moon. In 1980, in the South Korean city of Kwangju, townspeople and students began a nine-day uprising that was finally put down by troops.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING n The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a water skills for lifeguarding class in May. Call (919) 774-6857 to register. n Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Avenue will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 775-8310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. Child must be present for seat to be checked, unless mother is expecting. n Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday from May through October.
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TODAY n Senior Games & Silver Arts of Lee County opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. For all Senior Games & Silver Arts participants. Guest tickets are $3. n Career Blitz 2010 — a free career management seminar — will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Seating is limited for Career Blitz 2010. For information about the seminar, contact Jane Wesley at 919.774.8435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. n The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church choir room, located at 203 Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. This community group welcomes new members to join and sing in the upcoming May 23 free spring concert. For more information, call 774-4608 or 776-3624.
Amanda Saunders gave birth to her first child, Chelsey Mae Smith, at 10:06 a.m. on Mother’s Day. Chelsey weighed a healthy 7 pounds and 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Chelsey was the only baby born at Central Carolina Hospital this past Mother’s Day. If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 718-1225.
WEDNESDAY n Mary Upchurch, Senior Tarheel Legislature Representative, will speak at a Lunch & Learn program at noon at The Enrichment Center. n Gary Thomas Farms will be located in front of CCH visitor entrance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fresh produce and strawberries. Proceeds benefit CCH Auxiliary Projects.
THURSDAY n “Let’s Talk” with Mayor Cornelia Olive will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center. n Sanford Area Photographers Club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. n The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Lunch and Learn” event at 11:30 a.m. Topic this month is “Identity Theft Compliance,” presented by Brian Kennedy of Brian Kennedy Global. Cost for lunch is $10. For more information, call the Chamber at (919) 775-7341. n Miller-Boles Funeral Home will be hosting its fourth annual Lee County Emergency Services Appreciation Dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ron’s Barn in appreciation for their commitment to their jobs and time they sacrifice away from their families for their dedicated services to our community. n Sanford Elks Lodge #1679, 910 Carthage St., barbecue chicken plate fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or as long as plates are available at $6 per plate. Call 776-7537 or 776-3660 for
tickets. Delivery available for 10 plates minimum. Plates are available for take or eat in. Proceeds help fund the Sanford Elks Lodge #1679 Scholarships awarded annually to Seniors attending public Lee County High Schools.
FRIDAY n The O’Neal School graduation will be held at 6 p.m. at Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. downtownsanford.com. This week’s movie is “E.T.”
SATURDAY n CPR for the profession-for lifeguards class, sponsored by Lee County American Red Cross, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (919) 7746857 to register. n Pet First Aid and CPR class, sponsored by Lee County American Red Cross, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call (919) 774-6857 to register.
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MAY 26 n Gary Thomas Farms will be located in front of CCH visitor entrance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fresh produce and strawberries. Proceeds benefit CCH Auxiliary Projects.
MAY 27 n The Northwood Concert Band, directed by Eugene Cottrell, will present “Our Freedom,” the 11th annual concert for Memorial Day at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium on the Northwood High School campus. This year’s special guest is country/blues artist Windy City Slim. Advance tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door. Order tickets online at www.SeatYourself.biz/northwoodband or from band members or band booster members. Cottrell is also available at (919) 542-4181 to take ticket orders.
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America’s Junior Colleges, Larry W. Talton Excellence in Business Award; Lacy Walker — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student in Dental Hygiene; Sharon Walker — Outstanding Student in Human Services; Jessica Walshaw –Academic Excellence in Computer Information Technology; and,
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LILLINGTON (MCT) — Nearly four months after a 13-year-old Harnett County teen was shot and killed by two sheriff’s deputies along N.C. 87, the State Bureau of Investigation says the shooting inquiry is ongoing. In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, two Harnett County Sheriff’s deputies spotted 13-yearold Joseph Wheeler walking along Nursery Road toward N.C. 87 carrying several bags. About 2:25 a.m., the deputies, Cpl. T. Assman and Sgt. T. Daggett, approached the teen, who was seated in the ditch outside a convenience store at 1943 N.C. 24-87. When the deputies asked to search Wheeler’s bags, he pulled out a gun and started shooting at them at point-blank range. Assman was shot in the leg. Deputies returned fire, killing Wheeler. Jennifer Canada, a spokeswoman for the SBI, said investigators are waiting on a few more reports before handing over their findings to District Attorney Susan Doyle’s office. The SBI investigates any shooting deaths where law enforcement is involved as a matter of protocol, Canada said. The N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not released Wheeler’s autopsy, which was performed days after the shooting. A spokesman said the office still was waiting on final medical reports before releasing the autopsy findings. Canada said the SBI, nor any other agency, had been withholding the autopsy results during the investigation. No special instructions or changes in policy were imposed on the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office as a result of the incident, Canada said. Assman and Daggett were placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, Canada said.
SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College honored members of its graduating class during the Academic Excellence Awards program May 5 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Students were recognized for excellence by the academic programs, as well as for serving as college Ambassadors, excelling in both academics and sports, and being honored in Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges. Students honored and their awards, by county, are:
Chatham County Jamie Beavers — Academic Excellence in Human Services; Richard Bogart — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Academic Excellence in Electronics Engineering Technology; Stephen Boyte Sr. — Academic Networking Technology Student of the Year; Bentley Frazier — Academic Telephony Student of the Year; Cheryl Hillard — Academic Excellence in Early Childhood/Teacher Associate; Emily Needham — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges; Jennifer O’Brien — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student in Early Childhood/Teacher Associate; Lisa Powers — Academic Excellence in Human Resource Management; Jeremy Rushlow — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award, Dallas Herring Award Nominee, and Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges.
Harnett County Joshua Bussey, Jeffrey Cannady, Shawna Cash, Lori Dewar, Skye Hoffman, Taylor Kennedy, Kimberly Liles, David Mansfield. Sondra McDougald, and Edwina McKoy — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior
Central Carolina Community College student Richard Bogart (right) of Chatham County, is congratulated by Jerry Clendenen, Electronics Engineering Technology lead instructor during the college’s May 5 Academic Excellence Awards program. Colleges; JoAnne Geddie — Outstanding Student in Early Childhood Education; Lynn Joyner — Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education; Malcolm Murchison — Outstanding Student in Computer Information Technology; Ashley Ross — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges; Jamie Yeatman — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award, Academic Scholar Athlete, Academic Excellence Award, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, and Academic Excellence in Laser & Photonics Technology.
Lee County Erick Andino — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student in Electronics Engineering Technology; Amanda Barnes, Tanya Haislip and David Nettleton IV — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges; Alejandra Benitez — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award, Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student in Business Administration; Benjamin Boggs, Josh Mize and Delanie Warcup — Academic Scholar Athlete. Alex Bridges — Outstand-
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Officials say the pilot of a single-engine plane was uninjured after he missed a grassy rural runway and landed on U.S. Highway 76 in South Carolina. Florence County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Nunn told the Morning News of Florence that pilot Phillip Brown of Sanford attempted to land Sunday at Huggins Memorial Airport. No traffic on the road was involved in the crash but the highway was closed Sunday afternoon as the plane was removed and aviation fuel was cleaned up. The newspaper reported that the plane is a Cirrus SR22 and is owned by Norma One LLC based in Charleston. Nunn said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.
mental Math; Taylor Kennedy and Sondra McDougald — Outstanding Ambassador Service Award ; Christie Lieberman and Ashley Lincoln — Academic Excellence in Veterinary Medical Technology Department; Jonathan McKoy — Outstanding SGA Senator; Angelina Morales — Cary C. Todd Mathematics Excellence Award, Academic Excellence in Physics; Teresa Morrison — Academic Excellence Award in Dental Hygiene; Jacob Reece — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student in Computer Engineering Technology; Tammy Sexton — Outstanding Student in Laser & Photonics Technology; Layton Sheppard — Oustanding Student in Theatre; Melvin Smith IV — Who’s Who Among Students in
Cumberland County Hillary Daly — Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior Colleges.
Edgecombe County Sara Turner — Academic Excellence in Veterinary Medical Technology Department.
Robeson County Dustin Locklear — Academic Telephony Student of the Year.
Wake County Ashley Burgess — Outstanding Student in Human Resource Management; and, Hunter Roberts — Academic Excellence in Machining Technology.
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Great opportunity to step up, serve county
ave you ever felt as if you would like to give some of your time and talents to Lee County? There are numerous agencies who would love to have volunteers from the community. The Lee County Board of Commissioners is among the groups looking for volunteers — individuals who would be willing to serve on various county boards and commissions. Here is a listing of those various boards and commissioners of which there are vacancies this year: Agriculture Advisory Board (6 vacancies); Sanford Board of Adjustments (1 vacancy); Economic Development Corporation (2 vacancies); CCCC Board
of Trustees (1 vacancy); Fire Advisory Board (3 vacancies); Board of Health — 1 Dentist, 1 Pharmacist, 1 Medical Doctor and 2 General Public members; Cemetery Board (5 vacancies); Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Financing Authority (1 vacancy); Library Board of Trustees (3 vacancies); Mid-Carolina Workforce Development (2 vacancies); Parks and Recreation Commission (1 vacancy); Lee County Planning Board (5 vacancies); Sanford Planning Board — alternate (1 vacancy); Rest Home-Nursing Home Advisory Board (9 vacancies); Senior Services Advisory Board (2 vacancies); COLTS Transportation Advisory Board (1 vacancy);
and Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (2 vacancies). Richard Hayes, chairman of the county commissioners, says the board is “very serious wanting to encourage new people to get involved in county government on a year to year basis. We seek interested, active citizens of all ages who are willing to be appointed and who want to serve their fellow citizens, in one capacity or another, perhaps for the first time, and to bring new, fresh ideas to the table ... for the benefit of all.” So who is qualified? “All citizens 21 years old or older who are Lee County residents, who are knowledgeable and dedicated to serving
Lee County for up to two consecutive 3-year terms (unless otherwise stipulated by state law) and prepared to participate in all regularly called meetings as stipulated in the bylaws and called by the committee chairman,” says Hayes. The county has been wellserved by these boards and commissions over the years. It’s important that dedicated men and women continue to step to the forefront of responsibility in service to our county and its citizens. It’s great that we have experienced individuals on these boards and commissions — and it’s critical that there are others who are willing to serve and
bring fresh ideas to the table. There are many vacancies — and it would be nice if our commissioners have plenty of choices to find the very best people available to serve in these different capacities. This is a great time to step forward and offer your service to the citizens of this county on one of these various boards and commissions. Commissioners will make the appointments to these boards at the June 21 meeting. Applications are due no later than May 31st and can be found on the website lee countync.gov ... or, contact Gaynell Lee, Clerk to the Board, at (919) 718-4605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ALEIGH — A.B. Swindell, a state senator from Nash County, emerged from closed-door budget talks as the North Carolina General Assembly was about to convene for another year. “These are strange times,” Swindell said, leaving it at that. I assumed that the strangeness to which he referred had to do with weighing budget cuts and spending increases in yet another year where state tax collections weren’t exactly overwhelming the folks in charge of processing the money. ... ... the Democratic politicians in charge walked with a bit more jump in their step after a jobs report showing that the country added 290,000 jobs in April. House Speaker Joe Hackney talked about hearing more optimism from people as he traveled around the state. And he reminded a group of reporters that North Carolina isn’t like Washington or Greece. “We balance the state budget every year,” he said. The Orange County lawyer echoed the words of Gov. Beverly Perdue as she had rolled out her $20.6 billion state spending plan amid discussion of remaking state government. Hackney spoke of streamlining and prioritizing. Legislative Republicans, meanwhile, talked about structural deficits, which in legislative parlance means unsustainable spending. Their solution was a spending freeze. Why come up with specific ideas to ease long-term spending pressures and actually make some constituency mad? Outside the Legislative Building, just 60 or so protesters from the tea party crowd showed up for the opening day of the legislative session after pledging to surround the building. They came calling for the Democratically-controlled state legislature to join efforts to block national health care reform. They might have better spent their time asking the Neuse River to flow west. Then again, they weren’t rioting like their disaffected counterparts in Greece. But the disconnect, inside and outside the building, seemed about as great. With the politicians, the reality hasn’t sunk in that the thorny political problems aren’t so likely to dissipate as the economy improves. A growing elderly population, escalating health care costs and retiring state workers promised defined retirement benefits – especially in such volatile investment markets — will see to that. With the protesters, the reality hasn’t sunk in that those political problems are, in large part, a result of an electorate that occasionally yaps about government deficits but mostly demands that politicians allow them to live beyond their means. At some point, in North Carolina and elsewhere, these lines will cross. Government will actually have to be remade.
Alienation of Latinos W ASHINGTON — Has the Republican Party become, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently charged, the “anti-immigrant party”? The accusation is overbroad. Republicans (and others) who are offended by chaos at the southern border, who are concerned about the strains placed by illegal immigration on public services and who believe enforcement should precede comprehensive reform, are not necessarily “anti-immigrant.” Reid has an interest in painting with the broadest possible brush to motivate Hispanic supporters in his own, uphill re-election campaign. But it would be absurd to deny that the Republican ideological coalition includes elements that are anti-immigrant — those who believe that Hispanics, particularly Mexicans, are a threat to American culture and identity. When Arizona Republican Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth calls for a moratorium on legal immigration from Mexico, when then-Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., refers to Miami as a “Third World country,” when State Rep. Russell Pearce, one of the authors of the Arizona immigration law, says Mexicans’ and Central Americans’ “way of doing business” is different, Latinos can reasonably assume that they are unwelcome in certain Republican circles. The intensity of these Republican attitudes is evident, not just from what activists say, but from what Republican leaders are being forced to say. Republican Sen. John McCain, a long-term supporter of humane, comprehensive immigration reform, has run a commercial feeding fears of “drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder” by illegal immigrants. Never mind that the level of illegal immigration is down in Arizona, or that skyrocketing crime rates along the border are a myth. McCain’s tag line — “Complete the danged fence” — will rank as one of the most humiliating capitulations in modern political history. Ethnic politics is symbolic and personal. Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy gained African-American support by calling Coretta Scott King while her husband was in prison. Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater lost support by voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A generation of African-Americans voters never forgot either gesture. Republicans have now sent three clear signals to Hispanic voters: Proposition 187 in California, attempting to deny illegal immigrants health care and public education; the immigration debate of 2006, dominated by strident Republican opponents of reform; and now the Arizona immigration law. According to a 2008 study by the Pew Hispanic Center, 49 percent of Hispanics said that Democrats had more concern for people of their background; 7 percent believed this was true of Republicans. Since the Arizona controversy, this gap can only have grown larger. In a matter of months, Hispanic voters in Arizona have gone from being among the most pro-GOP in the nation to being among the most hostile.
Local families and businesses are having to cut their budgets to make ends meet. Meanwhile, our local government maintains the status quo. Chairman Richard Hayes wouldn’t know bare bones if some were placed upon his lap. Hayes applauded government workers for bearing the strain of a full-time job with premium benefits in a county with unemployment levels ranging from 13-15 percent. Hayes is as out of touch with Lee County as this bloated budget. The county manager could have provided for tax relief in the budget if Hayes and “Doc” Oldham would let others participate. After reading its article on the budget, it looks like The Herald is applying for a PR position with Hayes. — dchris46
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Immigration issues are emotional and complex. But this must be recognized for what it is: political suicide. Consider that Hispanics now make up 40 percent of the K-12 students in Arizona, 44 percent in Texas, 47 percent in California, 54 percent in New Mexico. Whatever temporary gains Republicans might make feeding resentment of this demographic shift, the party identified with that resentment will eventually be voted into singularity. In a matter of decades, the Republican Party could cease to be a national party. Even describing this reality invites scorn from those who regard immigration as a matter of principle instead of politics. But this represents a deep misunderstanding of politics itself. In America, political ideals are carried by parties. Republicans who are pro-business and pro-life, support a strong national defense and oppose deficit spending depend on one another to achieve influence. Each of these convictions alienates someone — pro-choice voters, economic liberals, pacifists. But Republican activists who alienate not an issuegroup but an influential, growing ethnic group are a threat to every other constituency. The vocal faction of anti-immigrant Republicans is not merely part of a coalition; it will eventually make it impossible for anyone else in that coalition to succeed at the national level. The good news for Republicans is that Hispanics tend to be entrepreneurial and socially conservative. While the general image of the GOP held by Hispanics is poor, individual Republican candidates can make significant inroads. In presidential elections, Hispanic support can swing widely. In 1996, Bill Clinton got 72 percent of the Hispanic vote. In 2004, John Kerry’s support was in the 50s. And Republicans do not need to win a majority of the Latino vote to compete nationally, just a competitive minority of that vote. But even this modest goal is impossible if Hispanic voters feel targeted rather than courted.
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A $285,000 shrink in revenue. That’s about the amount that the business privilige tax was supposed to net this May for the 2009/2010 budget. Not to mention the short fall from it missing from next year’s budget. That’s almost a $600,000 swing. Why are they having to cut programs with all the extra money that Mr. Sam Gaskins said was available in January and Mr. Charles Taylor referred to in March? No one ever seems to find all this extra cash laying around, so programs are not cut. If you are going to cut a program, do so because the program is not worth the investment and is not needed. Once again ...where’s the extra cash? — positivethinker
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Dislike of stateâ€™s annexation bill turns off many senators By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH â€” Thereâ€™s a saying around the Legislative Building that a bill has probably found the right balance when neither side of a contentious issue is thrilled with the final product but both can live with it. The 2009 House compromise to the stateâ€™s annexation rules now sitting in the Senate may serve as the example for what happens when both sides hold legislation in disdain. Citizens and municipalities are so displeased with the bill that cleared the House after more than a year of debate and lobbying that lawmakers are suggesting itâ€™s doomed after the first week of this yearâ€™s short session. â€œItâ€™s hard to get enthusiastic,â€? said Sen. Dan Clodfelter, D-Mecklenburg, who formed a subcommittee last year to examine the House bill and try to find more agreement. â€œThereâ€™s not a lot of profit dealing with a bill that nobody likes.â€? Changing the 1959 law that lays out how towns and cities can assume unincorporated areas against the will of the property owners has brought out passion from both municipal leaders and the public. Now their sentiments have turned sour on the bill approved by the House last July by a comfortable margin. Those opposed to involuntary annexations who have been lobbying for changes in the law since 2008 now say the 34-page bill makes the situation worse for home and business owners. And they say their brass ring â€” requiring a referendum as a prerequisite for involuntary annexations â€” is tarnished because the threshold for such a vote is too tall for anyone to reach. Fifteen percent of registered voters within the existing city
limits and the area to be annexed would have to sign a petition seeking a vote. â€œThe referendum is a joke,â€? said Tony Tetterton of Johnston County, vice president of the Fair Annexation Coalition, a citizenâ€™s group demanding reform. Tetterton said the bill doesnâ€™t protect residents from the abuses of cities that fail to offer services in a timely manner. The cities and their lobbying group, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, were adamantly opposed to any referendum provision and remain so as this yearâ€™s session began. They said it gives voters veto power over a cityâ€™s efforts to control suburban sprawl and to create an orderly process for incorporating high-density developments that need police and fire services as well as water and sewer lines. Few people are willing to vote for something that would raise their taxes. â€œWhat is urban in nature should be considered municipal,â€? league lobbyist Kelli Kukura said. The leagueâ€™s opposition comes even after the House bill inserted nearly all 20 suggestions the league offered to lawmakers â€” suggestions the league said would give citizens more input and time to respond to an annexation proposal. Those suggestions include increasing the time for a property owner to challenge an annexation in court and giving property owners 20 years to pay their share of water and sewer installations. Kukura said thereâ€™s not enough time in the budget-adjustment session â€” likely to end in July â€” to find a solution that would satisfy both sides. That would mean legislation would have to be reintroduced when a new Legislature gets sworn in next January.
Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, co-sponsor of the House bill, said one compromise could require county commissioners to formally approve a municipal annexation before it can occur, saying it would at least allow residents in the unincorporated areas to have representation. Members of the anti-annexation movement arenâ€™t giving up. Citizens dressed in red shirts visited the General Assembly last Wednesday, many of whom sat in the gallery overlooking the Senate as it gaveled in the new session â€” a reminder to those in the chamber that the bill still sits in the finance committee. Annexation groups on Monday will mail the first of 15,000 post cards to senators urging them to approve comprehensive annexation law reform. Future post cards will feature official state wildlife like the cardinal, gray squirrel and plot hound. â€œWeâ€™re mad. Weâ€™ve been mad. Hopefully the post cards will be a little bit of a lighter touch,â€? said Barbara Jackson of Buncombe County. Whether reform is pursued this year rests with Buncombe County Sen. Martin Nesbitt, the new majority leader. Predecessor Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, was largely cool to the idea of broad annexation reform. Nesbittâ€™s populist bent and mountain origins gives him a different perspective. Nesbitt said there are some abuses with municipal annexation but heâ€™s not sure lawmakers have fully figured out how to reduce them. House members â€œworked on it a year and a half and have a bill nobody likes,â€? he said. â€œWhat makes us think we can fix it in a month?â€?
LEE COUNTY n Abner Ramirez of 411 John Garner Road in Sanford reported a larceny of his wallet from his home Saturday. n Margie S. Toomer, 46, of 207 E. Main St. in Sanford, was arrested Saturday for failing to appear in court; she was held under $750 secured bond. n Tex Richard Huffman Jr., 35, of 253 Hunters Ridge Drive in Sanford, was arrested Sunday for communicating threats; he was held under $400 secured bond. n Obed Carreon Guzman, 25, of 2337 Eastway Drive in Charlotte, was arrested Sunday for driving without a license; he was held under $1,000 secured bond. n Joseph Daniel Wicker, 25, of 229 Fountainwood Drive in Sanford, was arrested Sunday for failing to appear in court; he was held under $2,000 secured bond. n Candace Jo Sylvester, 29, of 149 Melnyk Lane in Lillington, was arrested Saturday for financial card theft, misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods; she was held under $6,000 secured bond. n Joseph Cody Rochelle, 18, of 1596 Dixie Farm Road in Sanford, was arrested Saturday for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; he was released under a custody release. n Dyshan Lamar Williams, 30, of 7121 Sheriff Watson Road in Sanford, was arrested Friday for felony assault inflicting serious injury; he was held under $20,000 secured bond. SANFORD n Keith Devonne Hackney, 35, of 2402 Caroline Drive in Sanford, was charged Saturday with driving while license revoked and failure to appear. n Brian Keith Jackson, 43, of 604 S. Moore St. in Sanford, was charged Saturday with failure to appear. n Dwight Laurice Smith,
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32, of 1610 Woodland Ave. in Sanford, was charged Saturday with failure to appear. n Barry Duane Johnson, 33, of 1309 Broadway Road in Sanford, was charged Sunday with driving while impaired. n Scott Allen Stacey, 36, of 645 Hunters Lane in Broadway, was charged Sunday with driving while impaired. n Catherine Michelle Young, 41, of 26 Oakwood MHP in Sanford, was charged Sunday with failure to appear. n Aubrey Rochester Ellis, 22, of 1528 Winslow Drive in Sanford, was charged Sunday with failure to appear. n David Richard Alexander, 34, of 714 Highland St. in Sanford, was charged Sunday with failure to appear. n Virginia Evelyn Jones, 48, of 1554 Winslow Drive in Sanford, was charged Sunday with harassing phone calls. n A woman reported assault on a female Saturday at 527 Forestridge Drive. n American Mobile Home Supply reported larceny Saturday at 919 Fields Drive. n Chaquita Tiarra Spruiell reported a hit and run Saturday at 1891 Bragg St. n A woman reported assault on a female Saturday at 2013 Longwood Ave. n Eula Griffin Cummings reported theft from a vehicle Saturday at 902 Broadway Road. n Mary Denise Cox reported motor vehicle theft Sunday at 1119 James St. n A woman reported assault on a female Sunday at 223 Charlotte Ave. n Charlotte Wilson Merritt reported theft from a vehicle Sunday at 401 North Ave. n Panela Renee Baker reported theft from a vehicle Sunday at 216 High Ridge Drive. n New Tokyo Express reported breaking and entering Sunday at 2902 S. Horner Blvd.
n Alexander Jackson reported larceny Sunday at 330 Steele St. n Stephen Chad Cameron reported motor vehicle theft Sunday at 404 Carthage St. n A woman reported assault on a female Sunday at 207 N. Seventh St. n Walmart reported counterfeiting Sunday at 3310 N.C. 87. n Arthur Delmontra Gunter reported theft from a vehicle Sunday at 308 Village Drive. n Sarah Alston Raeford reported property damage Sunday at 2673 Mallard Cove Road. n Amanda Hammonds Jones reported motor vehicle theft Sunday at 401 N. Horner Blvd.
HARNETT COUNTY n Christopher Patrick Sweeney, 24, of 751 FlynnMcPherson Road in Cameron, was arrested Friday and charged with felony larceny and possession of stolen goods. n Zackary Aaron Carter, 26, of 2635 Leaflet Church Road in Broadway, was arrested Sunday and charged with forgery of instrument, uttering forged instrument and assault inflicting injury. n John Vernon Woynaroski reported breaking and entering and larceny Sunday at 100 Foxwood South in Sanford.
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