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ECONOMY DOMINATES COMMISH FORUM Republicans, Democrats vying for three county seats form partisan split when it comes to opinions on local economic development By BILLY LIGGETT email@example.com
SANFORD — It wasn’t mentioned specifically in the question, but it makes sense that economic development dominated the conversation in a political forum hosted by
business leaders. The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce invited the six candidates vying for three open seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners Monday. And when economic development came up — the candidates were asked about
County OKs five-year incentive for MMPS By BILLY BALL
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the issues they felt were most important — the opinions on Lee County’s EDC were split among the three Republicans and three Democrats who spoke. Democrats seemed to be
Soccer teams turn to rock-scissors-paper to raise money for upcoming trips By JENNIFER GENTILE firstname.lastname@example.org
BUTCH JOHNSON Democrat Retired law enforcement officer and magistrate in Lee County
JIM WOMACK Republican Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who has lived in Lee County since 1999
LEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
DISTRICT 4 Former sheriff candidate hopes to help law enforcement from the commissioner’s seat
Busy candidate wants end to wasteful spending in cash-strapped Lee County
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SANFORD — Lee County commissioners approved a five-year incentives agreement Monday that will help a local car parts manufacturer upgrade its machinery. Monday’s deal amounts to $290,269 in tax breaks for Magnetii Marelli Powertrain Systems USA, which operates a 250,000 square foot facility for nearly 300 workers on Nash Street and Broadway Road, officials said. The company, which has reportedly foundered with layoffs and lost contracts in recent years, creates hightech engine components for carmakers like Ford, General Motors and Toyota. The approved incentive agreement will allow the company to recoup half of its paid county taxes over the next five years, a carrot
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Vol. 80, No. 231 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
Classic game becomes a tourney
sk Democratic Board of Commissionere’s what was on tap for Jim Womack ers candidate Butch Johnson what he’s Monday: Wake up, go to a meeting, take about, and the words “law and order” a half-hour break, speak at a Chamber of are likely to come up. Commerce luncheon, conduct a Sanford Herald Johnson, a former law enforcement officer interview at Java Express, sit in on a Board of and magistrate who once ran unsuccessfully for Commissioners meeting, drive his kids across Lee County Sheriff, points to public safety as one town for a social function, go home, change into of the key components for beta patriotic shirt, go door-to-door tering Lee County. stumping for votes. COMING WEDNESDAY Cut the crime and Lee County Somehow Womack found becomes more attractive to time for a bowl of bread pudding The Herald will profile job-rich employers and families at Java Express. candidates in the District 2 looking for a home, he said. “If you want to win, you’ve got Lee County Commissioner “Nobody wants to come to to work hard for it,” he said. race, Democrat incumbent Sanford if we’ve got a high crime The Sanford resident and milAmy Dalrymple and rate,” Johnson said. itary veteran is the Republican Republican challenger In his campaign, Johnson has choice to battle for the District Charlie Parks. praised Lee County Sheriff Tracy 4 seat on the Lee County Board Carter for his work and blasted of Commissioners this fall. He opponents for overlooking the will square off against Democrat role law enforcement plays in strengthening a Butch Johnson next month. community. An avowed conservative who once advised top Johnson, who has decades of experience military leaders in the Pentagon, Womack is runmanaging a local insurance agency, said he is ning a staunch campaign for what he calls “fiscal also an advocate for public education, pointing prudence.” to Central Carolina Community College and Lee That means an across-the-board review of County Schools as barometers for the quality of wasteful spending in Lee County government, he
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HAPPENING TODAY The Jen Chapin Trio returns to the stage at Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and seating is general admission. For more information, visit Jen’s website at www.jenchapin.com. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
SANFORD —The rules of the game are simple and finite: Paper covers rock, scissors cut paper and rock crushes scissors. Rock-Paper-Scissors has been used to settle small matters between two people since its inception. On Saturday, players will roshambo in Sanford to help raise funds for two traveling youth soccer teams. A Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, which is being held at the Sanford Area Soccer League fields, will benefit the 99 SASL Sabres and the 95 SASL Lightning. When Sabres manager Julie Dutchess sought a unique way to make money for the teams, her answer came in the form of
See Tourney, Page 2A
Arts council calls for creativity in the class By ALEXA MILAN email@example.com
PITTSBORO — For some students, a lecture about the Civil Rights Movement or mathematical formulas isn’t enough to make the information stick. In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Chatham County Arts Council hopes to show the community that creativity and innovation in the classroom are keys to success. ChathamArts, the Northwood Arts Education Foundation, the Northwood High School Arts Education Department and Americans for the Arts are partnering to host a Creative
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Sanford: Josephine Gertenbach, 77; David Lynch, 79; Rex Norris, 38; Zettie Osborne, 89; Nellie Patterson; John Sharpe, 63
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Sanford. ■ The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. in Carthage. ■ The Chatham County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Extension Building in Pittsboro.
THURSDAY ■ The Sanford Herald candidate forum will be held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. ■ The Moore County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Commissioners Meeting Room in Carthage.
OCT. 11 ■ The Moore County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. ■ The Siler City Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Edna Earl Musselwhite, Brittney Judd, Terry Thompson, Lakesha Drakeford, Michelle Womack, Sabrina Wade Spruiell, Hargie McLean, Steve Gunter II, Allen Brooks, Melvin McManus, Kameisha King, Milton Washington, Alice J. Smith, Tonda P. Carraway, Pamela Simon, Nellie Holder, Alice Jean McIntyre and Sgt. Jamie Phillips. CELEBRITIES: “Family Circus” cartoonist Bil (cq) Keane is 88. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 73. Actress Karen Allen is 59. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 58. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 50. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 45. Actor Guy Pearce is 43. Actress Josie Bissett is 40. Actress Kate Winslet is 35. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 27. Rhythmand-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 25. Actor Joshua Logan Moore (TV: “Desperate Housewives”) is 16.
Almanac Today is Tuesday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2010. There are 87 days left in the year. This day in history: On Oct. 5, 1910, Portugal was proclaimed a republic following the abdication of King Manuel II in the face of a coup d’etat. In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan. In 1921, the World Series was covered live on radio for the first time as Newark, N.J. station WJZ relayed reports from the Polo Grounds, where the New York Giants were facing the New York Yankees. (Although the Yankees won the opener, 3-0, the Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.) In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis. In 1962, the Beatles’ first hit recording, “Love Me Do,” was originally released in the United Kingdom. In 1970, British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December. In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAY ■ The Jen Chapin Trio returns to the stage at Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and seating is general admission. Jen Chapin’s music is jazz-tinged urbanfolk-story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by funk, soul and improvisation of the city. For more information, visit Jen’s website at www.jenchapin.com. ■ The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford. This community group welcomes new and returning members to join and sing in our upcoming Dec. 5 holiday concert. For more information, call 776-3624 or 774-4608. ■ Powerful Tools for Caregivers free education program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5-26, at the Enrichment Center. Call 776-0501 ext. 230 to register. ■ Gently used books are being collected
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the labor force. If the community offers trained workers, businesses will want to settle in economically reeling Lee County, he said. Likewise, if a growing family just wants to settle down in a rich, inviting town, the schools will be up for close scrutiny. Johnson was a late entry to
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said, with the ultimate goal of lowering property taxes for economically-battered Lee County. All across the county, he’s hearing the same themes, Womack said. Taxes are too high and residents are plagued by insecurities about the possibility of a “doubledip” recession. “They’re saying, ‘I don’t know about Washington, but I haven’t seen us come out of the recession,’” Womack said.
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an eternally popular hand contest. “[My husband and I] saw this on TV and noticed that it’s starting to pop up everywhere,” the team manager said. “It’s very easy; it’s something anyone can do.” Both the teams are in the classic first division of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. A combined 30 players — 12 youth and 18 adolescents — play for the Sabres and the Lightning. Dutchess said the teams trek throughout the state and beyond for matches, which can get costly.
for a new local used bookstore, which will benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Books are being collected on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 Horner Blvd.
WEDNESDAY ■ The Lee County Library staff will present a 20-minute program of stories, rhymes and activities geared toward children ages birth to 2 years beginning at 10 a.m. There is no charge for the programs and it is not necessary to register in advance. For more information, call Mrs. DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x. 5484. ■ Meet and greet the 2010 election candidates at 10 a.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. ■ The Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary’s fall sale featuring mums, pumpkins, flowers and plants, courtesy of the Plant
Factory, will run from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. outside the CCH visitors lobby entrance. Proceeds support CCH Auxiliary projects. n Gently used books are being collected for a new local used bookstore, which will benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Books are being collected on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 Horner Blvd.
THURSDAY ■ The Sanford Herald candidate forum will be held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. ■ Managing Your Money, a free seminar, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. This seminar is aimed at helping consumers and small businesses make more informed decisions. Registration required. Call (919) 776-0501 ext. 201.
the campaign fray, stepping in when Democrats’ first choice Kenny Cole exited the field in June for a position managing the Harnett County town of Coats. But Johnson has had to shape his policy quick as GOP opponent Jim Womack hammered home calls for reduced government spending and lower taxes. According to Johnson, the conservative demands might be unrealistic if looming state budget cuts in local spending
come to pass. “I think in this economy everybody wants to hear what my opponent says,” Johnson said. “But realistically, I have not been a commissioner yet. I have not seen the specifics on what the line-item budgets are.” Realism, as Johnson puts it, is vital to his campaign. “Sometimes if you come over to me and want me to tell you that’s a nice shirt, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “But realistically, I’m going to turn
around and tell you that’s an ugly shirt.” Still, Johnson pledged that maintaining the county’s 75cent property tax rate would be a top priority, adding that the county levy is the third lowest in an eight-county region that includes Moore, Harnett, Wake, Chatham, Johnston, Orange and Durham. “I would fight to the end before I raise any taxes,” he said. “That would not be something I would voluntarily do.”
According to Womack, no county department should be completely safe from the budget ax, be it local schools, Parks and Recreation and beyond. “I’m not going to say there won’t be wailing or gnashing of teeth,” he said. Womack pointed to neighboring Moore County as one attractive region that recently cut millions in spending to save tax dollars. “Everything is on the table,” he said. “If government is involved, there is some inefficiency somewhere.” Womack’s background includes study at the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, time leading troops in the first Gulf War in Iraq, and years tracking Soviet threats for U.S. intelligence officials. An outspoken critic of economic incentives, Womack said Lee County must focus on providing an inviting climate for industrial leaders, not just tax breaks. The economic tax breaks have drawn fire from critics complaining that politicians are throwing away tax dollars on companies that might have settled locally anyway, although proponents have argued the incentives are vital to compete in today’s economy.
According to Womack, the county’s recent deal to provide $900,000 in upfront payments in exchange for some $28 million in expansion dollars is as close as commissioners have come to striking a “borderline strategic” incentive arrangement. Incentives have been “the only tool in our quiver,” Womack said. “It’s like we’re a broken record.” Womack said leaders must also offer low taxes and tout the region’s proximity to both the Triangle and Fort Bragg, one of the biggest strengths for Sanford and Lee County, he said.
“We travel two hours one way for games sometimes,” Dutchess said. “We try to help our families with fuel and travel expenses so all of our kids can play.” SASL President Brent Sloan said the league stands firmly behind its teams’ fundraisers. “These two teams in particular put a lot of effort into getting out into the community,” Sloan said. He added that events like the tournament allow all of the kids who make the team to participate — regardless of their financial situation. The kids may be particularly excited about the tournament, but Dutchess said she hopes to see contestants of all ages. If the event is a
success, the teams may hold
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another one in the future. “It would be nice if we could get 100 people out there,” Dutchess said. “That would be great for the first time.” Two players will face off in each round, and whomever wins the best of five will move on in the bracket. First- and second-place winners will take home $100 and $50 prizes, respectively, as well as a trophy. The games begin at 11 a.m., and players registering at the door are asked to arrive between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. To pre-register, contact Dutchess at 721-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: ROSHAMBO Tournament to benefit the 99 SASL Sabres and the 95 SASL Lightning WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. WHERE: SASL Soccer Complex COST: $10 to enter
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in favor of a recent contract between the EDC and local government agencies that called for better communication and regular updates regarding efforts to attract business. Republicans, on the other hand, were unanimous on the notion that the contract isn’t doing enough to ensure accountability. “We just did a new economic development contract that I feel was a giant step backwards,” District 4 Republican candidate Jim Womack told the assembled crowd at Chef Paul’s in Sanford. “The contract has no enforceability to it. It doesn’t have any performance measures, and it doesn’t target or provide (EDC Director) Bob Heuts and his organization the necessary top-down guidance they need to be effective.” District 3 Democratic hopeful Mike Womble disagreed, saying the contract was a step in the right direction for an agency competing against larger cities and other states for industry. “They did a wonderful job of revising and restating our economic development policy, because it does make it less restrictive and gives the county a better opportunity to go out and assist new and expanding industry in Lee County,” Womble said. “I don’t like incentives any more than anybody else does. But in my opinion, they’re an economic necessity. We have to do it to compete.” The six candidates are running for office during a difficult, though promising, time in Lee County. Unemployment has consistently ranked among the state’s worst in the past year, though the jobless rate has crept up consistently in the past six months. Good news also came in the form of an announcement by construction giant Caterpillar in August when the company announced an expansion that would mean 325 new jobs with salaries in the mid$30,000-a-year range. “We’re turning the corner slowly but surely, and the revamping of the EDC is very important to Lee County,” said District 2 incumbent, Democrat Amy Dalrymple. “We’ve opened things up. It’s not as stringent as it was before. It has avenues for smaller business ... and it’s critical to do what we can as commissioners to attract and retain businesses, put people back to work and to increase our tax base.” District 4 candidate Butch Johnson, a Democrat, echoed Dalrymple and added that he doesn’t feel Lee County’s businesses are being overtaxed as some have suggested. “In a comparison out of our eight surrounding counties, Lee County has sixth lowest per capita tax burden,” Johnson said. “I don’t think industry fails to come here because of our tax rate.” Republican Charlie Parks, who will face Dalrymple in November, disagreed with Johnson, describing taxes in Lee County and North Carolina as “too high.” I’ve lived in two different states — one that had high taxes and one that didn’t,” Parks said.
The Sanford Herald / Tuesday, October 5, 2010 / 3A “The one with (lower) taxes brought businesses in and provided a climate where new businesses could come in and grow. We can’t do that with our businesses here. Every county around us has lower taxes than we do.” Womble’s opponent in District 3, Republican incumbent Linda Shook, said economic development as a whole needs another look as it fails to acknowledge an important part of the county’s infrastructure — agriculture. “I have a rural district, and ... I have not seen that segment (agriculture) anywhere in our economic development plans,” Shook said. “Every dollar that is created from the ag sector turns over five times in Lee County. Any economic development plan we have has to include agriculture.” Other concerns of note included education and the county’s budget. In a short Q&A from the audience following the Chamber’s prepared questions, candidates were asked to grade Lee County Schools’ performance, and those grades ranged from a B (Womble) to an A- (Johnson). The candidates’ next forum stop is Thursday at The Herald’s forum slated to begin with a reception at 5:45 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Candidates for N.C. House District 51 and the U.S. 2nd Congressional District have also been invited to attend.
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Conversation at 7 p.m. tonight. The organizations encourage arts leaders and community members to gather at Northwood High School’s Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium to discuss the importance of the arts in the community and in schools. “Art is more than something that just hangs on the wall,” said Molly Matlock, executive director of ChathamArts. “It can challenge us to think and see in new ways.” To kick off last year’s National Arts and Humanities Month, Americans for the Arts coordinated 43 Creative Conversations throughout the country. Tonight’s discussion in Pittsboro will feature Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen of EbzB Productions, an organization specializing in student workshops, residencies, professional development seminars and touring theatrical productions that promote integrity and selfdiscovery. Ebhardt and zum Brunnen will discuss with attendees the idea of arts integration, which involves incorporating the arts into other subjects such as math, English, science and history. “They may use music to teach (students) about
sound waves, mathematical formulas and the history and social context of the music,” Matlock said. Ebhardt and zum Brunnen were both trained to teach arts in education workshops at the Lincoln Center Institute and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In addition to speaking at the Creative Conversation, Ebhardt and zum Brunnen will conduct residencies through ChathamArts at Jordan-Matthews High School and Northwood High School. Their residencies will focus on integrating the arts into other areas to enhance the learning process. At a past residency, Ebhardt and zum Brunnen had students conduct interviews about desegregation in Columbus County and use that information to write their own production about the topic. “It’s not a situation when you stop the learning that’s going on,” said Gina Harrison, chair of the ChathamArts arts in education committee and president of the Northwood Arts Education Foundation. “The teaching artists are enhancing the lessons. It’s trying to bring that holistic approach that arts educators use intrinsically into other disciplines.” Chatham County is no stranger to artist residencies. In years past, ChathamArts has brought
residencies to schools that focused on everything from language arts and social studies to science and math. “In the past three years, we’ve served more than 5,000 students through residencies,” Matlock said. “We’re kind of revamping this year and really letting David and Serena guide how we strengthen our programming.” Matlock said she hopes National Arts and Humanities Month will bring studies to the forefront that demonstrate the benefits of arts education. For example, The Center for Educational Policy conducted a 2008 study that revealed 93 percent of Americans believe the arts are important to education, but 22 percent of school districts cut arts-related instructional time. “We are now finding lots of research that the cuts
WANT TO GO? What: Creative Conversation, a discussion about arts integration with Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen of EbzB Productions When: 7-8:30 p.m. today Where: Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium, Northwood High School, 310 Northwood High School Road, Pittsboro Admission: Free, but attendees should register online at artsactionfund.org Info: 542-4181 or ebzb.org
that have often been made are detrimental not only to the arts but also to other core subjects,” Harrison said. “As arts integration points out, all of these activities contribute to a well-rounded student.”
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Preservationists have a lot to see in Lee Co. Our View Issue A group of preservationists toured one of Lee County's more popular sites last week, the Old Gilliam Mill
Our stance Lee County is lucky to have a number of historic sites such as the mill, the Railroad House, the House on the Horseshoe, the Endor Iron Furnace and more
his is all just amazing to me.” Those were the words of a Columbus, Ohio, woman concerning the puffing of a saw mill at Sanford’s Ole Gilliam Mill Park on Friday. The woman was part of a group of more than 100 preservationists and curators who were in Sanford for a tour of this fascinating park, which came about thanks to the efforts of Lee County’s own Worth Pickard who reconstructed the mill in 1977. The park evolved from there. Obviously, the park is not only a draw for preservationists and curators — but from all citizens who not only enjoy the beauty of
the old ways of operation, but the beauty of the park itself. Central Carolina has its share of historical preservation that hopefully will live on for generations to come. There’s the Railroad House in downtown Sanford, not only preserving one of Sanford’s earliest homes but also providing a safekeeping of many interesting artifacts from our past. The Endor Iron Furnace is a grand structure used in our 1800s, where many individuals have worked toward the preservation of this historic structure. The House in the Horseshoe in nearby Moore County is one of our state historic sites and
dates back to the Revolutionary War days. It was once home of Benjamin Williams, a four-term governor. There’s the Deep River Camelback Truss Bridge in the Gulf/ Cumnock area of nearby Chatham County, a bridge that dates back to the early 1900s. Then there are the various individual efforts to preserve our history, including Edwin Patterson. He has a Tar Kiln Village, where he has 13 buildings from Lee, Harnett, Chatham and Wake counties that date back to the late 1700s to early 1800s. Patterson has relocated and restored these buildings over the last 27 years. Over the years, the Railroad
House Historical Association has conducted tours of various historic sites in the Central Carolina area. So why is historic preservation important? Not only are all of these examples listed above enjoyable to visit, but it’s all about our heritage. It gives us a glimpse from the lives of our forefathers and ancestors. It should give us an appreciation of where we’ve been ... and the progress that has been made over the years. Central Carolina has a proud history — and we should be grateful that we have individuals and groups who have worked long and hard to preserve the past for future generations.
Letters to the Editor The only preferential treatment LCHS gets is from the school board To the Editor:
Scott Mooneyham Today in North Carolina Scott Mooneyham is a columnist with Capitol Press Association
s much as some might like to make politics about mosques or presidential birth certificates, what most people really crave from their government is competence. It’s why Bill Clinton, despite his moral failings, won two terms as president. It’s why politicians get tossed from power when the economy falters. Voters expect their elected representatives to be able to do something to turn around a sluggish economy. They may not expect government bureaucracies to operate competently, but they can hope for it. When not much competence is evident, you basically have three choices: You can mutter and curse. You can cast your vote against the political party in power. Or, you can go to Tea Party rallies. Lately, some unemployed workers have faced such a choice. The state agency responsible for doling out their unemployment checks looks pretty incompetent. It seems the state Employment Security Commission sent out $28 million in overpayments to the unemployed. Now, the ESC is having to recoup the money from some folks who probably aren’t in much a position to repay it. For some longtime unemployed workers, the solution has meant seeing their benefits slashed. In any enterprise as substantial as the state’s unemployment system, mistakes can happen. But revelations that the agency had known since January that it was miscalculating the checks of 38,000 people are a bit tough to accept. David Clegg, the commission’s deputy chair and chief financial officer, said the agency was unable until recently to complete the computer programming needed to correct the problem. Despite knowing about the situation since January, the commission notified those affected just 48 hours before it began cutting benefits. The ESC has alternately explained the problem as caused by paying people from the wrong pools of money or improperly recalculating benefits as people entered a second year of unemployment. The explanations probably don’t mean much to an unemployed worker who just had a weekly benefit check cut from $500 to $250. ... It was only a month ago that a state audit found that a couple of workers at the Employment Security Commission seemed more interested in the movie pirating than their actual state duties. If ESC workers have that much time on their hands, but still require eight months to fix a known problem affecting thousands of unemployed workers, then the solution would seem pretty obvious. The agency should make up the $28 million. Cut salaries. Fire administrators. Do whatever it takes. If agency workers get laid off, then they’ll certainly be able to empathize with those folks who have been jerked around by their former employer.
couple of back-to-back statements by President Obama at a town hall rally in Des Moines, Iowa, tell us all we need to know about his economic philosophy and that we aren’t going to climb out of his recession and begin to slow the growth of the national debt as long as he’s calling the shots. Voters, he said, tell him to “cut government spending.” But “most spending is for veterans, for education, for defense. ... Finding $700 billion is not easy.” Yet a few minutes earlier, in response to criticism over illegal immigrants getting health care in the United States, he had said, “It is very important that we have compassion as part of our national character.” (How about compassion for future generations of Americans?) Does anyone see the disconnect here? If Obama believes our national character is deficient unless we expand the welfare state to illegal immigrants, then how could he ever preside over a balanced budget? His wildly inaccurate statement about where the money is spent is equally revealing. For fiscal year 2010, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and other sources, benefits for veterans constituted about 3.5 percent of the budget; education expenditures were 3 percent; and defense and security totaled about 20 percent. Even worse than these errors is his defeatist statement that “finding $700 billion is not easy.” Well, of course it’s not easy if you have no desire to trim the size, functions and intrusiveness of government. Didn’t he just say again the other day that he is “committed to fiscal responsibility”? Hasn’t he incessantly argued that President George W. Bush is the one who ran up these outlandish deficits? We all know what a distortion and exercise in scapegoatery that is. President Bush fulfilled his promise to cut the deficit in half by 2006. In fiscal year 2007, the deficit was $161 billion. Hard to believe, isn’t it? That’s just three years ago, and Obama says it’s nearly impossible to trim much? Even the final Bush year, which Obama continues to blame for all “this mess” and which Obama has used to establish his new deficit base line, was not actually the alleged $1.3 trillion, but closer to $800 billion when TARP repayments are factored in. Assuming Obama even wants to bring down the deficit, his economic philosophy precludes him from advancing policies likeliest to do it. You cannot make much headway on the deficit in a period of recession, and his policies are leading us toward a double-dip recession. Indeed, the dirty reality is that Keynesian policy works as a double whammy against fiscal sanity. It involves government’s spending money it doesn’t have, which, by definition, increases the deficit and debt. And it also increases the deficit by smothering the
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private sector and deterring real economic growth. There is no appreciable “multiplier effect” from monies that are spent by government fiat, as opposed to those spent in response to true market forces, including real consumer demand — as opposed to government command . We saw the devastating impact of reckless Keynesian policies during the Great Depression, and we’re witnessing them again today. As long as Obama is married to his redistributionist profligacy, we cannot reduce the deficit. And it’s even worse when you consider that Obama wants to raise taxes on the primary generators of economic growth, small businesses, during a slow economic period. With his signature audacity, Obama told town hall attendees their taxes haven’t gone up in his administration. Puleeze! Obamacare, anyone — for starters? He also said Republicans haven’t been honest with voters about what needs to be done to revive the economy. “We can’t pretend that there are shortcuts,” he said. Sorry, but he’s the one being dishonest. The Bush years saw robust economic growth until the last year of Bush’s second term. The policies that led to the subprime collapse, the recession and the skyrocketing deficit in his final year were brought upon mostly by liberal Democrats hellbent on demonstrating their “compassion” for people by insisting on loans to people who couldn’t repay them and cynically resisting President Bush’s efforts to rein in Fannie and Freddie. President Reagan didn’t continue to blame Jimmy Carter for his malaise-ridden economy during his term. He didn’t implement policies that didn’t work after promising they would and then whine that it would “take 10 years to get out of this mess because it took us 10 years to get into this mess.” He passed tax cuts that launched an unprecedented period of peacetime growth — and not at the expense of federal revenues, as has been falsely alleged. I don’t expect President Obama to come clean with the American people or to ever accept responsibility for his disastrous policies, much less to voluntarily change course, but it’s gratifying to see that people, including some of his supporters, are finally onto him.
If anybody feels the Southern Lee Cavaliers football team is getting “preferred treatment” from The Herald, please call me, because I have an ocean front lot in Kansas I need to sell. If the Cavaliers are getting too much coverage from The Herald it’s because we’ve had four football coaches and three principals in our six-year-old “new” high school. How do you think the kids feel with all of that change? “Preferred treatment” and Southern Lee just don’t go together in this town ... just ask the school board. We finally have the right principal in place who is making the right decisions. If she keeps on doing a good job and if the LCHS parents keep complaining about “equality” and “lack of fairness,” our school board will make her the new principal at Lee County High School. So stop crying about the newspaper showing you any love; you’ve always got the school board. Doesn’t the softball field need a new scoreboard, too? Isn’t the preferential treatment you get from the school board enough? ESPN will not be covering any of your games, and The Herald is The Herald, but always remember that the next time you see Southern Lee before you see Lee County, believe that we are all happy Lee County is having a good football year. Why wouldn’t we be? We are still one county with friends and cousins playing on both teams. The late John Wooden once said, “Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” I know it’s been a long time, but act like you’ve been there before. Football is not the only game in town right now and neither is Lee County High School. What about soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf? How do you think Grace and Lee Christian feel? Some kids in this county go to those high schools as well, and they all have athletic programs. You could take all the newspaper coverage from those schools and put it in Southern Lee’s auditorium or our field house ... wait neither exist. We would have to borrow the ones at LCHS. Like Woody Durham and all Carolina fans say every year, “Wait ‘til basketball season.” Cav pride. You know. VINCE WENGER Sanford
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OBITUARIES Josephine Gertenbach
SANFORD â€” Josephine Lorena Drury Gertenbach, 77, died Sunday (10/3/10) at E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center in Lillington. She was born June 21, 1933 in Herkimer County, N.Y., daughter of the late Philip Burnop Drury and Lorena Finehout Drury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John P. Gertenbach. She was retired dental assistant. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Donald G. Gertenbach of Sanford; a son, Donald P. Gertenbach and wife Victoria of Reinholds, Pa.; a daughter, Lorena Daniels and husband Eric of Reinholds, Pa.; a brother, James Drury and wife Lynn of Mohawk, N.Y.; sisters, Louise Werner of Rome, N.Y., Florence Steele and husband Richard of Mohawk, N.Y. and Cordelia Richardson of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will hold a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
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memorials can be made to Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 8109, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by BridgesCameron Funeral Home of Sanford.
David Lynch SANFORD â€” David Winfred â€œSlimâ€? Lynch, 79, of 112 Mossy Oak Lane, died Monday (10/4/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. He was born Jan. 15, 1931 in Harnett County, son of the late Sam Lynch and Sarah Jane Thomas Lynch. He was retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Artemus Lynch; sisters, Azalea Womack, Sara Womack and Lula Mae Anderson; and a daughter, Diane Lynch. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Haire Lynch of the home, two grandsons, and one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the fam-
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ily home. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Full Gospel Assembly with the Rev. Ralph Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Gardens. Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
Rex Norris SANFORD â€” Memorial service for Rex Allen Norris, 38, of Frank Wicker Road, who died Sunday (10/3/10) at UNC Medical Center after suffering from a traumatic brain injury, was conducted Monday at Central Baptist Temple by Pastor Mike Oldham. He was born December 12, 1972, son of the late Linda Faye Haymore-Norris and Roy Allen Norris. He is survived by a brother, Richard Charles Dorley of Tallassee, Ala., and a sister, Patricia Elizabeth Medeiros of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Zettie Osborne SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Zettie Mae Oâ€™Quinn Osborne, 89, formerly of Sanford, who died Thursday (9/30/10), was conducted Saturday at Bridges-Cameron Fu-
neral Home with Dr. Mark Gaskins officiating. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens. Soloist and pianist was Ronnie Byrd. Pallbearers were Vernon Osborne, Jeff Osborne, Jeff Osborne Jr., Gary Osborne, Ken Osborne and Daniel Bradshaw. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.
John Sharpe SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Johnny â€œJohnâ€? Mac Sharpe, 63, who died Friday (10/1/10), was conducted Monday at Swann Station Baptist Church with the Rev. Russell Blackmon, the Rev. Curtis Norris and the Rev. Bob Brown officiating. Eulogy was by Charles Hickman. Burial followed at Cameron Grove Cemetery. Pianist was Joey Holmes. Soloist and guitarist was Ryan Barbato. Soloist was the Rev. Curtis Norris. The congregation also sang. Soloist at the graveside was Shelia Sharpe. Pallbearers were John A. Sharpe, Frankie Sharpe, Charlie Hickman, Joe West, Larry Bowles and Dale Sharpe. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.
Bonnie Purvis CARTHAGE â€” Bonnie Purvis, 90, of High Falls, died Saturday (10/2/10) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. A native of Moore County, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie Green Phillips and Mattie Shields Phillips. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman G. Purvis; sisters, Beatrice Nall and Alice Johnson; and brothers Glen, Eli and Joe Phillips. She is survived by a daughter, Marie P. McFayden and husband Robert of Ellerbe; sons, Melvin Purvis and wife Judy, Larry Purvis and wife Betty, Jerry Purvis and wife Beverly, all of Carthage, and David Purvis of High Falls; sisters, Helen Comer and Dorothy McFayden, both of Ellerbe; a brother, L.G. Purvis Jr. of Carthage; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Glendon Independent Christian Church with the Rev. Joe Johnson, Dr. John Williamson and the Rev. Robert Yandle officiating. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com. Memorials may be made to Glendon Christian Church, 148 Glendon Church Road, Glendon, N.C. 27325. Arrangements are by Kennedy Funeral Home.
Nellie Patterson SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Nellie Inez Brown Patterson was held Monday at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry W. Parsons officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Two special songs were performed by Lynne Green and Cynthia Spivey. Instrumental was by Louise and David Oyster. Personal reflections from Tonya Wigent, read by James Holt. Pallbearers were Kevin Thomas, Thurman Brown, Christopher McNeil, Steven Patterson, Ralph Holt and Matthew Patterson. Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.
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