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Letters to the Editor: May 24, 2018

A Hardister Thanks Dear Editor, Thank you to the voters of NC House District 59 for the strong vote in the May 8 Republican primary election. It was an honor to achieve a landslide, 43-point victory in this race. Our victory in this race is primarily attributed to the people who volunteered their time and energy to support our campaign. I must say a special thanks to my family and friends who stood behind me during this process. Winning an election is a team effort, and I am proud of the teamwork that we did to make this campaign a success. We had several endorsements in this race, including the endorsement of the Rhino Times. I am honored to have received the support of Guilford County’s conservative publication. To the editor of the Rhino Times, I appreciate your confidence in my reelection. With the primary election behind us, we will now move forward to the general election in November. My focus in this campaign will be to continue promoting our message of legislative accomplishments, conservative solutions and a positive vision for North Carolina. It has been an honor to serve, and I would be honored to continue working to represent the people of Guilford County. Rep. Jon Hardister     Panhandling Tales Dear Editor, Thanks so much for writing the column on how potential donators can control panhandling.  In...

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May 24, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Teachers now are complaining about their salaries, not getting raises, and not having money allowed for new programs. Now they stage a big walkout. Let me ask you teachers this: Didn’t you vote for Roy Cooper? You had to have him. All the teachers wanted Roy Cooper over Pat McCrory. Pat McCrory gave you raises. He allocated money for new programs. He released a lot of money for education. But you couldn’t stand him because he didn’t want the pedophiles around your kids in the restroom. So, you voted him out and voted in mister politically correct, Roy Cooper. Now, Roy Cooper has tightened up the purse strings on money, won’t give you a raise, and won’t allow money for programs. It serves you right. % % % I just got done watching the news and noticed that in Alpharetta, Georgia, it took five police officers to pull a 65-year-old black woman out of a car for speeding because she would not sign the ticket, and she kept asking for a supervisor. And they have it all on dashcam. And then the police officer that was using derogatory comments to her resigned. Did you notice how every time a law enforcement officer gets in trouble or is caught on video for doing something illegal or something he’s not supposed to be doing, they always resign because they know they’re...

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Rhino Shorts: May 17, 2018

The May Rhino Times Schmoozefest is Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau at 2411 W. Gate City Blvd. Free snacks, beer and wine will be provided to all business professionals who sign in and wear a name tag while supplies last. ***** Driving back from High Point last week on Bryan Boulevard, just after the Old Oak Ridge Road exit, I came up on two Greensboro police cars – one in each lane with their blue lights flashing. At first I thought they were stopped, but then I realized they weren’t stopped, they were traveling side by side, blocking traffic, going 2 mph. I know it was 2 mph because the slowest my car will go without braking is 3 mph. I followed them for about 15 or 20 minutes and then they sped up to normal highway speeds. By that time there were quite a few cars behind us. I tried to find out the reason for the slowdown and to the best of my knowledge the Greensboro police cars were working for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and holding up traffic so it could move equipment or do something involving construction. I never saw what it was. I have been in traffic slow downs on the highway, but never that slow for that long. It’s hard to...

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Letters to the Editor: May 17, 2018

A First Lady of Accomplishments Dear Editor, I write regarding your comments regarding Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign and how it makes no sense. In the same article, you mentioned that she had no doubt become leery of trusting some of the dubious speechwriters since being accused of plagiarizing lines from a Michelle Obama speech. You only need to understand that she is Slovenian, and like Russian and some other Slavic languages, the use of the definite article, “the”, in Slovenian is often if not usually omitted. In Slovenian, “Be the Best” is rendered “Biti Najboljši” or literally “Be Best,” and considering English is not her second language, or even her third or fourth but her fifth, I think that the minor omission of the definite article is not problematic if she still has any distrust of speechwriters in the White House. I am constantly amused by the criticisms of her accent and sometimes halting English speech, when many of these critics appear to have an uncertain command of their own native English. When I hear some native English speakers say things like “Me and him had went to the store,” I wonder how anyone can find fault with an attractive and accomplished first lady with impeccable taste in everything from clothing to state dinners. Dan Post Lincoln’s Guidelines Dear Editor, Please excuse the writing. I am 76 years old...

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May 17, 2018 Sound of the Beep

As our broken immigration system in America, we are seeing evidence of it now with the train and buses coming in. We have illegals on the American side welcome illegals from Mexico to come in. Put them all on a train, and the Democrats, and send them South and America will be much better off. % % % The headline in every major newspaper in America should have been, Obama duped by Iranians. But you know something? It won’t be, because they’re so fixated, the media, on Trump and bashing him and trying to basically cause the basis for a civil war. An elected person who they don’t want to recognize who they want to unseat and impeach, that’s all they’re after. But they’re totally able to forget the $150 billion, the lies that were told about that deal by Kerry, by Obama himself, by Brannon, by Clapper, who now, of course, is a CNN analyst who we know leaked the Russian dossier. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what to say to a Democrat. If that’s your philosophy and that’s your priority, shame on you. You have no moral values. % % % So much attention concerning President Trump. I want to know when Hillary will answer for her guilt and support a fashionable suit behind bars. Southern Guilford here. I have not forgotten what she should be accountable...

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What 11 Percent of Guilford County Voters Decided

Tuesday, May 8, a about 89 percent of the voters in Guilford County didn’t vote, so about 11 percent of the voters decided who would move on from the primaries to the general election in November. It’s not hard to understand why voter turnout was so low. In many Republican precincts the sheriff’s race was the only one on the ballot. The Democrats elected a new Guilford County district attorney, since the Republicans don’t have a candidate in the race. There were no big upsets on Tuesday night. All the incumbents won, which means the throw the bums out...

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May 10, 2018 Sound of the Beep

The Democrats want us to welcome the illegal immigrant at the border and welcome them in our country with open arms. They don’t want to stop anybody from coming into the country. They say we should welcome everyone. But they have no problems stopping the babies that they don’t want from coming into the country through the womb of their mother. They have no problem aborting and killing the babies they don’t want in this country, but yet they want to welcome the illegal immigrants with open arms. But keep in mind, the babies can’t vote. Thank you. % % % City and county governments need to revamp their pay scales. The employees should get paid for what they produce instead of just showing up. Run it like a business instead of a giant welfare program and give employees for the city, for the county and for the government who do not do anything and receive a paycheck, isn’t that nothing but a welfare program? And we know that’s going on. Thank you. % % % I see where the leader of North Korea has came down to South Korea and they’re shaking hands and they’re going to try to actually put an end to the Korean War. All of this is because of Donald J. Trump. How these other news, and how people can set and watch these...

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Ask Carolyn: May 10, 2018

Dear Carolyn, I live in Raleigh and was divorced in 2009. Our separation agreement (signed and notarized) states that each parent is to pay one-half of all college expenses. My son is now 18 and daughter 16. My ex is now balking at paying one-fifth of the college expenses for my son. What remedy do I have?   Carolyn Answers … Under your facts, you have a very clear remedy for breach of contract. While the court in a domestic relations case will not order college expenses as child support in North Carolina, a parent can contract for college expenses. Your ex has a contractual obligation to pay half of all college expenses. (I am unclear why your question asks only about one-fifth when half is required by the contract. Typo? Regardless, my answer remains the same.) If the contract literally says “all college expenses,” your ex is on the hook for more than tuition, room and board. Case law interprets “all college expenses” very, very broadly. You need a consultation with a family lawyer to file a lawsuit for this breach. I would not wait, as these cases can take a few months to get through the court system. Also, sounds like the ex also may not want to pay for the 16-year-old in the future. I’d get the pattern of the ex paying half going asap. On...

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Under the Hammer: May 10, 2018

According to reports in the news media, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hired Bob Mueller as special prosecutor, he was supposed to give him instructions on what he was to investigate.These reports state that it was collusion with Russia, which is not a crime. Perhaps the reason Rosenstein doesn’t want to turn over his instructions to Mueller to congressional oversight committees is that he knows that it is all a big farce. Mueller was actually hired to dig up any dirt he could on Trump. It’s doubtful if the order states, “dig up dirt,” but if it doesn’t state specific crimes that are to be investigated then the entire investigation is improper. In another report, a legal expert opines on the wiretap of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. According to this expert, it is difficult to get a warrant for such a wiretap and specific crimes would have to be listed. But as this legal expert should know, the rules have been changed with regard to Trump and his associates. For instance, it is also supposed to be difficult to get a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), but one was granted based on the Steele dossier, which even former FBI Director Jim Comey said was made up of “scurrilous and false allegations.” So how did FBI agents in his employ take such a document to the...

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Rhino Shorts: May 10, 2018

The May Rhino Times Schmoozefest is Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau at 2411 W. Gate City Blvd. Free snacks, beer and wine will be provided to all business professionals who sign in and wear a name tag while supplies last. ***** The Greensboro City Council is making immense efforts to be politically correct, but the Communications and Marketing Department sent out an offensively sexist email that reads, “Lake Brandt will host a series of guided paddling tours for women Friday mornings …” Imagine the hue and cry from our City Council with its eight female members if the notice had read, “guided paddling tours for men.” It would appear that the women who now run the city are going to offer special programs for those of their gender and males can fend for themselves. Wow. ***** Teachers and educators across the state who always put children first are putting their desire for more money in their pockets first on May 16 and going to Raleigh to protest for higher wages. If they are really so concerned about the children, why don’t they wait a month and go down to Raleigh when the children are on summer vacation? The legislature is going to be in session in June, so why do they have to go in May when school is...

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Letters to the Editor: May 10, 2018

Marching Teachers Need to Think Twice Dear Editor, For those teachers who are attending the Raleigh march to pressure the legislature to appropriate yet more funding for the schools, I would suggest their interests would be better served by marching on their own school administration – where the great education funding ruse has and is being perpetrated. The school administration has long said that they fund from “the bottom up.”  Really? Give it some thought – if they actually did fund from the bottom up, then there would never be any shortage of any kind at the classroom level. Any shortage would occur only at the top – at the administration level. No, the school administration funds from the “top down.”  And, they do this precisely so that there will always be a shortage by the time the funding would otherwise reach the classrooms. In-between they cook up all manner of ways to burn off the massive funding already supplied by the legislature (via the taxpayers) so that they can manipulate public opinion into thinking that our schools are not adequately funded. By purposely shortchanging the teachers and students, they are able to garner the sort of public concern and empathy that would not be possible if they were to go in front of the legislature and ask for more money for administrative spending. Make no mistake, the school...

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Letters to the Editor: May 3, 2018

Revenge Hurts Bystanders Dear Editor, Is anyone as concerned as I am for the survival of our republic? What will be the future of our government if those who didn’t get the result they desired in the election seek to overturn the 63 million votes that chose to repudiate Hillary Clinton? Will we every four years have an impeachment temper tantrum if we don’t get our way? Clinton was a candidate with a multi-car baggage train. She ran as if she was entitled to the presidency. We have seen over and over she is a sore loser who blames everyone but herself for her loss. But lose she did and decided to destroy Trump and ruin his presidency and it is leading us to a possible constitutional crisis. We have seen how there is one set of laws for the Clintons and their allies and another set of laws for Trump’s. From the first day Trump has been vilified unmercifully, but he is still accomplishing his agenda. He is having to deal with Obama’s messes in the Middle East, North Korea, Iran, etc., while the mainstream media are obsessed with an aging porn star trying to cash in on an consensual one-night stand 12 years ago. News to them: We don’t care. Bill Clinton and Jack Kennedy turned the White House into a brothel but we were told that was...

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May 3, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Have you noticed how our educators always talk about money, but never about education? % % % It’s horrible what happened in east Greensboro, but we already feed a lot of these kids breakfast and lunch at school. Now they have to provide transportation to their parents to go to the new schools. Thank you, Lyndon Johnson, for your great society. % % % First time caller here. I like your new puzzle. Please keep ‘em in. Thank you. % % % Since Vladimir Putin is running things in the White House, I mean he told Donald Trump not to hire Mitt Romney, I wonder what Putin thinks of Mike Pompeo, if he will allow that to happen because he’s running the White House, not Trump. He’s telling Trump what to do. Known fact. Look it up. And the prostitution, the porn stars and all these women that are getting paid off. It’s not the point that poor Trump slept with women, it’s the point that they just paid them off right before the election in 2016. That’s the problem. That’s breaking the law. It’s not the point that he slept with women. It’s the point that he paid them off to keep their mouths shut. And now he’s lying about it. And Michael Cohen can’t slip on something that never happened. And you can’t make up stuff. %...

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Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2018

Conservatives Don’t Create New Taxes Dear Editor, Mark McDaniel is right; conservatives don’t impose new taxes on consumers. Sales tax killed my small business in England and led me to emigrate. The bathroom renovation business I had started was doing well and would have done better if the Thatcher government had not decided to impose Value Added Tax on previously exempt home improvements, at the rate of 15 percent. Much like our current GOP legislature in Raleigh, Maggie had embraced the wrong-headed notion that the tax burden should shift from direct to indirect taxation. So her government broadened the base of VAT by imposing it on new goods and services. By skimming off the top 15 percent of every pound I took, she was reducing my gross income by 40 percent at a stroke – before all the other taxes. I left for America. VAT has since risen to 20 percent in the UK. Can you imagine the outcry if a 40 percent wage cut for public sector workers like teachers or police officers were announced? Liberals never do the work of conservatives when in power; we should not do theirs by imposing new taxes. If conservatives would think strategically, they would affect changes which liberals would find politically impossible to reverse – such as a repeal of the food tax. That would reduce the tax burden for us...

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April 26, 2018 Beep

Hey, John, what’s going on with the puzzles in the Rhino? I really miss The New York Times crossword and the Hyper Sudoku. Thanks a lot. Goodbye. % % % Good evening, John. This is Dick in Gibsonville. Really nice article on Daniel Markus in your paper. I thoroughly enjoy your paper. But one quick question, is that an Eagle Scout belt buckle that he’s wearing on your cover? Among all the other things that he’s done, was he an Eagle Scout? Appreciate it, John. Keep up the good work. % % % Editor’s Note: Yes, Daniel Markus was an Eagle Scout. % % % Yes, I wish the Rhino Times would return to the Hyper Sudoku puzzles. The one you have printing now is for beginners. And we sudoku lovers like the more difficult ones that you were printing before. If you would go back to those, we would appreciate very much. Thank you. % % % So, I’m just reading in your April 12 edition of the Rhino Times. And I’ve read the two articles, one concerning the potential location of Publix in this area. And then also another company, Amada America. Probably not pronouncing that correctly, a sheet metal company potentially locating here. But yet to be announced their decision. But I’m just wondering if their decision is hinging on the name of the airport. That’s...

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April 19, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Hello. I’m truly thankful for the Rhino and the Beep. For without it, I couldn’t speak my mind nor hear the thoughts of others. I’m especially thankful for Roy Carroll and John Hammer and staff for your dedicated effort to keep this publication ongoing. Southern Guilford and Otis here. % % % I bet the Democrats would be in favor of the border wall if it were Russians coming across the border. Do you think so? % % % I cannot understand how the feds can raid the law offices and home of Trump’s lawyer and they didn’t look into – they didn’t raid Hillary’s lawyer, his office and his home. And they didn’t look at OJ Simpson’s lawyer and home or any of the high profiles. Why Trump? This is outrageous. % % % I believe we can cool the earth. Put millions of pieces of tin foil cut into 12-inch squares in the space shuttle. Launch it and spread the tin foil out in space over the desert Southwest. The tin foil will reflect some of the sun back into space and cool the earth. You know how much cooler you feel when you get out of the sun into a shade tree. Thank you. % % % Don’t ever expect CNN to get around to the real story about why we are in Syria. The real...

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Letters to the Editor: April 19, 2018

Missing Rhino Times Dear Editor, While in Greensboro recently, I ran across the Rhino Times, which conjured up happy memories of the original RT in Charlotte, which, quite frankly, I had forgotten about since you discontinued the Charlotte print edition a few years ago. Apparently, the new RT does not publish a Charlotte edition.  Our loss.  We sure could use you to hold the feet of local government, CMS, etc., to the fire.  A good place to start would be to ask why a state with one of the highest gas taxes in the nation (if not the highest) can’t come up with the money to widen I-77 in North Mecklenburg County, while south of the border, South Carolina had no trouble widening I-77 with a far lower gas tax. Inquiring minds not only want to know, but deserve to know. Stephen V. Gilmore     Speaker of House for Hardister Dear Editor, I’m proud to endorse my friend Rep. Jon Hardister for reelection to NC House District 59. It has been a pleasure working with Hardister and getting to know him. He is a hard-working legislator and a strong voice in Raleigh for the people of Guilford County. Hardister has been a major part of the important work we have done in getting North Carolina on the right track. He has worked hard to cut taxes, reduce job-restricting regulations...

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April 12, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Congressman Howard Coble would be the best name for our airport. He served our community, our state faithfully for over 30 years. He was loved by everyone. I can’t think of a better person to have an airport named after than Congressman Coble. He was loved by everyone, black or white. There’s your answer to the highway airport situation. Thanks. % % % I ask all concerned citizens go to YouTube and hear the speech Mark Robinson gave to the Greensboro City Council a few days ago. Hooray for him and God bless his sentiments in putting in their place the councilmembers who forget or never knew the rights of the common citizen and the Constitution. We ought to require them to individually walk alone on a late Saturday night in the more dangerous parts of town and let them see first hand what the police and law-abiding people have to put up with. % % % Am I the only one who’s sick of schoolteachers whining about how little they’re paid? Their average salary here in North Carolina is over $50,000 a year, which isn’t bad for a part time job dealing with kiddies. And let’s tell the truth, our educators are not doing a very good job of educating, are they? We consistently finish about 27th or so in international testing, with many third world countries outperforming...

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Letters to the Editor: April 12, 2018

Airport Renaming Simply Distraction Dear Editor, Regarding the issue of renaming and re-branding the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). It’s easy to see why the PTIA wants to get this done. Name changing and re-branding are changes with visibility, use money and easily show that something is being done. This takes the public’s eyes off the real issues PTIA should be focusing on. When you go to the counter at the airport and are asked, what’s your final destination, would you say McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) or Sky Harbor (Phoenix)? Would they say you have a layover at Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta) before going on to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (Little Rock)? Nothing wrong with changing the name of an airport, just don’t expect to get results such as increased traffic, more business opportunities and more airlines using the terminals to pay for the cost of a name change and re-branding campaign. PTIA needs to give people a reason to come, and it’s not the name of the airport. How about providing top-notch service, more airline choices and competitive rates – goals much harder to achieve than a name change. In other words, PTIA is looking for the easy way out. David Briscoe Focus on Criminals Dear Editor, A very few years ago, the husband of a sitting Greensboro city councilmember was caught with three concealed firearms in his car...

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Odd Parcels: Home Sizes, Apocalypse Signs, Wood Heat, Aging

House sizes are coming down, but the size of apartments is going up. According to preliminary data from the Census Bureau, the square footage of new single-family homes in last year’s final quarter continued its downward trend after years of marching ever higher. The median floor area of a single-family home was 2,371 square feet in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the median was 2,440 square feet. (Median is more representative than average, because the figure is not skewed by outlier super-size houses.) The lowest median point in the most recent cycle was...

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Letters to the Editor: March 29, 2018

Driver Shakedown Dear Editor, What is the point of interstate highways/motorways/autobahns? The Germans who pioneered the concept understood the great economic and personal advantages that accrue from swift, seamless and free rapid transit between cities. The Autobahn system helped restore Germany to economic pre-eminence after the disastrous hyperinflation of the 1920s. If you had told them to erect roadblocks every few miles and bring traffic to a complete halt in order to extract money from all the drivers, they would have laughed at you.  Why build them at all? It defeats the purpose – and it’s dangerous. But our government in its greed has decided to spend $600 million on a controversial new North Carolina toll infrastructure to shake down the driving public. Raleigh’s rampant rapacity recently led them to begin stealing from the Highway Trust Fund by transferring money to the general fund – a fraud that is ongoing. If they weren’t such thieves, there would be plenty of money for road building. We are not willing to serve as ATMs for government. Just ask Pat McCrory. Austin Morris     Go Line-Item Dear Editor, President Trump wants Congress to allow him to use the line-item veto. I hope that Congress will give him this power, and I hope that the Supreme Court won’t rule that action to be unconstitutional. A line-item veto would allow a president, or...

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March 29, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Yes, I’d like to clear up several false talking points of the left. One is that McCabe will not – he will receive his pension. He just won’t receive advanced benefits. The other is that for a federal employee to be fired, it’s almost like an act of Congress. The person that fired him had 14 years in that job in the office of professional responsibility. Trump and Sessions had absolutely nothing to do with that. This case was reviewed. They found enough evidence to terminate him, and they fired him. Let’s talk about the three Democratic Congress people who’ve stepped forward knowing that this man has fully violated public trust and are offering him a job. What does that say about the Democratic Party? % % % This is actually directed to Mr. Editor. I called in a week or so ago about the Second Amendment and assault rifles, and your response with editor’s note: None of the recent mass shootings has been done with an assault rifle. Well, the Las Vegas shooting was done with a bump stock, which effectively turned the rifle into a rifle that would shoot repeatedly like an assault rifle. And they say an assault rifle by any other name is still an assault rifle. And you missed the point entirely. If our forefathers were here now, the ones that wrote the Second...

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Letters to the Editor: March 22, 2018

Mask is Slipping Dear Editor, The mask of the socialist, progressive, radical left has slipped, and I’m thinking they don’t care. These school walkouts supporting gun control should prove once and for all what is going on in the overwhelming majority of taxpayer funded public schools. I exclude private schools because if you are paying for attendance you the option of changing your situation. These walkouts were way too organized, and in some cases too well financed, to have organized by the children on their own. And not only are the school administers guilty of allowing professional organizers access to the children, they are guilty of participating in this blatantly obvious indoctrination. There are a few exceptions and I salute them. I am not saying that these kids do not have a right to assemble and protest. In fact, I encourage it. But when someone who is supposed to be educating children instead abuses their position of power and authority by using it to brainwash, indoctrinate and dictate to the children whom they have been given responsibility, it’s time to stand up and demand answers. In some of these protests the children were placed in situations where they could have been injured.  In fact, in one case a child was assaulted and received a broken arm as a result. If that had been my child, I would own the...

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March 22, 2018 Sound of the Beep

I believe that most Americans, Republican or Democrat, believe that the Second Amendment right of self-defense against aggression and tyranny is absolutely necessary. But I want to talk about the First Amendment, which is protected by the second. I read the Beep every week and, as you say, it tells us what people are thinking. What much of it tells me is that many people don’t know what they’re talking about or what is really going on. In this country, everyone still has the right to say what they’re thinking even if their opinion requires no thought. % % % Hello. I’m calling about Hillary Clinton out there in India talking about white women that didn’t vote for her because our husband, you know, wouldn’t allow us to. I’d like to say this to her. I’m a married white woman, and I didn’t vote for her because I don’t like her. I don’t like her policies. I don’t like her period. She killed these four people in Benghazi, and I just don’t like her policies at all. She didn’t stand for nothing. She felt like she was supposed to have that presidency job because she lost in 2008. Not only that, you know, just because I’m white, I have a right to vote for whoever I want to. I don’t have to vote for her. I don’t have to...

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Letters to the Editor: March 15, 2018

Downtown Needs Parking to Grow Recently, I posted the question, “What do you want our home town to be? Should we grow or stay as is? If we grow, what does it look like?” Overwhelmingly, the responses confirmed that we need to grow thoughtfully with a diverse employer base that supports Greensboro’s varied workforce. With more than 40,000 college students, Greensboro must make every effort to keep this brainpower in our community. Over the past two years, more than $413 million in downtown projects has been announced, currently under construction or completed. In addition to these quality developments, downtown Greensboro has the potential to see more than $435 million of new development in the coming years, including two new and substantial office projects. For Greensboro to grow – and grow intelligently – we must have quality office space development to attract both new and relevant businesses. A major point in the ability to build new office space is that bank financing is not available without a minimum number of dedicated parking spaces. This important fact in the recent parking deck discussion has been overlooked. There is a direct correlation between business growth, recruiting and retaining jobs, working with small and large employers and parking availability. Downtown Greensboro has approximately $1 billion in tax base, almost 22,000 employees and 2,700 residents with more to come, including the first hotel in almost...

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March 15, 2018 Sound of the Beep

County to pursue drug dealers, colon, the corporate kind. Since this is a family paper, I cannot describe the county commissioners as I would. So I will just call them fools. There are strict federal and state laws that determine how these type drugs can be distributed and who can buy them. If these laws were not broken, the fools that are going to sue them stand no chance. The only thing they’re doing is wasting our tax dollars. Thank you. % % % Hello, Rhino Beep. I was just sitting here watching the ACC tournament from New York City. Ain’t it a darn shame there ain’t no fans in the stands? Wow, I feel sorry for those poor boys playing basketball with nobody there to watch. Bring it back to Greensboro. There ain’t nobody there. Nobody’s there. % % % Hi. I’m calling about the other night I was watching Tucker Carlson, and he had a guest on there that comes on there quite often. And she said she would like to see the world rid of men. And I’d like to say this to her, I’m a woman, and I say this: Why? Why would you like to see the world rid of men? You wanted all women. I guess the Democrats – she’s a Democrat talk person – I guess the Democrat Party has just gone...

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March 8, 2018 Sound of the Beep

In response to the Beep caller who complains that this president didn’t give him any Social Security boost when people got $1,000 bonuses from their company. We all know that people want to blame this president for everything. However, the bonuses came from companies, not the government. LBJ, a Democratic president, borrowed the money from Social Security. It was never returned. That’s why Social Security is running out. There is no relation between Social Security and the $1,000 bonuses. I know you want to blame this president for everything, but not this one, my friend. Thank you. % % % I’m not a gun owner but I’m going to join the NRA and I’m making a list and checking it twice of all these places that are boycotting the NRA, and I’m going to boycott them. % % % So sad. Now Trump and his lackies are attacking Republicans FISA warrant court judges. Too bad. So sad. Like a soap opera up there in that White House. It’s very entertaining. At least they do make us laugh. % % % Hello. I was just reading the Beep. And there was an call in there that was talking about that they don’t want the government to send them food, that they wanted the food stamps, and people should be talking to the government about it, that they should all reach...

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Letters to the Editor: March 8, 2018

Schools Safer Than Homes Dear Editor, Youthful exuberence can result in a severe lack of objectivity. After the extremely rare but recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there were several student protests. In one, a young woman carried a sign reading, “Kids should be as safe in school as they are in their homes.”  Really? If that young lady had done any research she wouldn’t have made and carried that sign. There are roughly 51 million children enrolled in schools throughout the US. The number of children killed in school by any means, whether it be shootings, stabbings, beatings, falls, transporation accidents (the leading killer), etc., is about 150 per year (0.00003 percent). Conversely, the number of school children killed in the home by any means is much higher, at about 2,300 per year (0.005 percent). In reality, we should be more concerned about making children as safe in the home as they are in school. Activism and engagement are important. But so, too, is credibility. Emotion and a rush to judgment based on media misinformation often discredit otherwise well-intentioned activism. Statements must be backed by facts if they are to have any value to those attempting to improve a given situation. For anyone truly interested in making schools safer, the following should be required reading: http://safehavensinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Relative_Risks_of_Death_in_US_K-12_Schools.pdf Tom Kirkman III     Seeking Ears To Hear Dear Editor, This is...

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March 1, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Thank you for the papers you leave at the Thomasville Library. I pick some up to take to some of the folks at the senior center. We enjoy reading them, especially your cartoons and your crossword puzzles and sudoku. I like your new political cartoonist very much. As the person who does Speed Bumps is a comic genius, I hope you don’t lose him to a big-city paper. Thank you. % % % Yes, I’d like to give everyone in Greensboro a verbal warning. If you’re driving down Gate City Boulevard, the speed limit is 45 miles per hour. When you get to Gate City Boulevard in Adam’s Farm, the speed limit is 45 miles per hour. But when you come up where the GOP headquarters and the Box Seat is and it splits off to High Point Road, the speed limit drops down 15 miles, all the way down to 30 miles per hour right there in that curve into that intersection. And there’s a lot of people getting yanked over, because there is no reduced speed limit signs or anything. In fact, I have it on good terms that the speed limit is supposed to be 45 through there. But somebody has stuck up 30 miles speed limit signs right through that one section of the road. And there’s a lot of people getting pulled over by...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 22, 2018

Why Have a City Council? Dear Editor, I read with interest and frustration John Hammer’s article on the City Council retreat.  My first comment is “no new taxes!” The City Council needs to work within its budget like taxpayers must.  It is inconceivable that the City Council takes no responsibility for overseeing the budget and gleefully works with a tax-and-spend mentality.  They should all be put to term limits and out to pasture. I love the community, the people and the great geographic location of Greensboro.  However, in the nine cities I have lived in, this is the most irresponsible city governance of them all. One need only look to larger US cities and Canada to see what raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour has done to cause massive layoffs in entry level positions.  But then again, these would be city employees and in a protected status.  More taxes and no improvement in services. “Move Along” Yvonne Johnson didn’t want time to discuss allocations of the housing bond money.  Is there something she did not want discussed?  For what reason? If the priorities of spending tax dollars is to be set by staff and not the City Council, why have a council at all?  To whom are staff heads accountable?  Should it not be elected officials such as the council?  Or are they turnkey figureheads on parade? It...

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Feb. 22, 2018 Sound of the Beep

This is for Scott Yost. I graduated from Greensboro Senior High School in 1946. The team was known as the Purple Whirlwind, one of the outstanding teams in the state coached by the legendary Bob Jamison. For the new reporters, Purple Whirlwind was too much. So, they changed the name to the Purple Whirlies. After a while, they dropped the purple from the name and the uniforms and called them the Whirlies, which they are today. Thank you. % % % The Florida shooting is a tragedy. It’s unfortunate there weren’t any resource officers there, teachers or other individuals that were armed to stop that person that wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Why wasn’t there some kind of system for identifying the children going in and out of this school? You’ve got to control the people. What are they doing in one of the most dangerous places in the world, Israel? You don’t hear of school shootings in Israel. And they don’t only have to worry about shootings, but also bombs and other fanatics who just want to kill them all the time, not just the occasional psycho. Gun control won’t do it. It’s got to be people controlled. % % % Yes, every Republican and every Independent needs to read Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. And if you’re a Democrat and you care...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 22, 2018

Transgender Athletes Hurt Women’s Sports Dear Editor, Texas is divided as an 18-year-old transgender individual has won the state girls wrestling championship. Mack Beggs was born a female and now identifies as a male.  Beggs has undergone preliminary gender reassignment, which involves steroid treatment.  Some in the sidelines cheered with enthusiasm as Mack pinned each competitor.  Others loudly booed. Beggs won two years in a row.  Last year Beggs responded to the controversy by stating he would prefer to compete as a male on a men’s team. On the surface, this seems like a logical win-win for all involved.  It would allow Beggs to live a male lifestyle.  It would allow female competitors to face individuals that do not use performance enhancing steroids.  The reality is that all of the alternatives in the current calculus are dangerous to women’s sports. The State of Texas has two policy alternatives.  It must either allow females who identify as males – transgender males – to compete against female athletes or allow males who identify as females, transgender females, to compete against female athletes.  The transgender male athlete competing in women’s sports will have the advantage of legally allowed performance enhancing steroids.  The transgender female competing in women’s sports will have the advantage of decades of muscular development enhanced by natural testosterone. Regardless of the state’s policy decision, women’s sports will suffer.  We...

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Feb. 15, 2018 Sound of the Beep

News flash for Scott Yost. The Greensboro-Guilford megasite is in Randolph County near Liberty. Not one inch of it is in Guilford County. And I know Greensboro likes to think they’re the biggest gorilla around. Well, they are pretty dumb at times. Down here in Randolph County, we were hoping that Toyota and Mazda wouldn’t look very closely at the way the Greensboro City Council and their politicians up there act because we figured that would kill the whole deal. Randolph County has a nice set of people, a good government, conservative Republican government to keep the taxes low. The people get along. We don’t have all the crazy goings on like they do in Greensboro. So, Liberty is the home of the megasite, and we hope to get something in here very nice very soon. % % % Let’s look at the newspapers. Justice for Jose. Attempted murder. Just saying. % % % Rhino, feel free to strike my previous comments, because this is more alarming. Quoting Politico. Comey suggested that the memo had failed to offer proof of malfeasance while doing significant damage to the intelligence community, quote. That’s it. That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House Intel Committee, destroyed trust with the intelligence community, damaged relationships with the court and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. Comey treated, for what? I don’t...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 15, 2018

Scary Sheriff Dear Editor, You can go online and see police body camera footage from a recent incident in Tennessee. An unarmed driver named Michael Dial was suspected of driving with a suspended license.  A car chase ensued. Deputies rammed the vehicle and tried to run it off the road. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe gave the order to “take him out by any means necessary including deadly force.” Deputies spun the car around. Then Deputy Adam West “neutralized” the driver by shooting him in the head. The sheriff showed up on the scene and body camera footage shows that the sheriff was more concerned with his patrol cars getting damaged than the life of a person who was suspected of driving with a suspended license. We need sheriffs and deputies that are more concerned with the lives of citizens than damage to police property. Chuck Mann     Republicans: Man Up Dear Editor, I’m wearing my body armor while writing this because I’m going after Republicans. It’s a given that liberal/socialist/communist Democrats are included. Why do these FBI/DOJ officials that have overtly demonstrated through word and deed still have a job? And in one case not only still have a job but working in human resources. Why is one of them that was in essence fired being allowed to sit at home, still collecting his salary, and wait out his time until he...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 8, 2018

Another President on Immigration Dear Editor, Here are Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907: “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Ed Byrum     Europa Bolsters The Downtown Dear Editor, Although it is said that money makes the world go around, I think we all realize that not everything depends on money, and because of this truth, I am writing in support of Europa, the lovely, laid-back restaurant located on Davie Street, between the Cultural Arts Center and the future Tanger Center. According to a recent article in the News & Record, the...

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Feb. 8, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Hello, John. Hello, Beep. Pennies are good for one thing. Throwing them in a fountain. However, if my wishes were to come true, I would want more than a penny’s worth. Now that I think about it, I see more nickels, dimes and quarters in fountains than I used to. Otis says hello. % % % Can you imagine the furor if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had targeted the Clinton campaign based on a fabricated dossier created by a former spy of a foreign country that had been financed by the RNC? % % % To all the Trump-haters out there. I would just like to ask you one thing. Is it comforting to know that you only have seven more years to look at him? Trump in 2020. Go, Donald. % % % Yeah, I’m just calling in response to the person talking about eight years of Obama, the economy only grow over 3 percent growth or never did. What people don’t remember, or tend to forget, I think – I don’t think they forget. I think it’s convenient for them to forget is Obama inherited a huge mess left by Bush. People forget this. I don’t know how they forget it, why they forget it. I don’t – for the life of me, I don’t understand why Obama would want to be president, or anybody, following...

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Feb. 1, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Folks, just when you thought you had already heard it all. I have been watching and listening intensely for weeks Sean Hannity’s weeknight show on the Fox News Channel about the fake Russian dossier. One guest panelist this week told Hannity that when all of this is made public and sees the light of day, out of the special counsel’s findings, it will quote, make Watergate look like kindergarten. Also, it is already the biggest, most-corrupt political scandal in our nation’s history. Think about that. Let that sink in. Guess who’s at the heart of all this? That’s right. Hillary Rodham Clinton. And there are many more lesser-knowns. Surprise, surprise, surprise, as Gomer would say. % % % This is Obama’s economy. He dropped the unemployment down from the other Republicans, Bush, from 9 percent to 4.5. That’s Obama’s. Only thing Trump has done is got from 4.5 to 4.1. And Carrier, losing jobs. Chevrolet losing jobs. Nobody talks about that. In the meantime, you’ve got pregnant Russian women coming in through Florida, staying on Trump properties. And the DACA kids, they’re not criminals. Why doesn’t he get rid of the real illegal criminals? Is he scared of them like he is Hillary and Obama? The only thing he’s done is put a judge in office. That’s it. He’s an embarrassment to the United States. The whole world thinks...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 1, 2018

Cleansing Memo Dear Editor, I’m listening closely for a sound that would be music to the ears of not just me, but of all freedom loving Americans. That would be the sound of the hoof beats of the horses carrying the various swamp creatures that have had the cleansing effect of the light of truth and openness shined upon them by the four-page memo that I believe will be released for all to see. It appears the first creature of darkness to succumb to this is Andrew McCabe, the No. 2 in the FBI. He was hoping to make it to retirement and I hope he will, in a 10-by-10 room with a view of the yard. And as I had said before, I hope they are watching all ports of departure in the coming days because there is about to be an exodus criminals that attempted to undermine the American way of life that has been paid for time and again in blood, sweat and tears. You have to wonder what else will crawl out as more rocks are overturned. One has to wonder if dear leader and his minions are worrying about what is coming out and if any of his underlings will roll over on him to save their own skins. And then there is the queen of darkness herself, the Hildabeast. Will this be the...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 25, 2018

Reader Wants to Know Dear Editor, Three questions with respects to the Rhino transparency: Have you ever been to any of the countries or to the African continent? How many minorities are full-time employees at the Rhino? Are you giving each employees bonus (if so how much) and how much of a tax refund do you and your employees expect to get in their next paycheck? James Wilson   Editor’s Note: I have never been to Africa but I did work for about seven months at a Baptist mission hospital in Limbe, Haiti, in the 1980s. The editorial staff is 25 percent minority and 25 percent female. I have no say in what people get paid but would love to get a raise and bonus myself. Could you put in a good word for me?   Attempted Overthrow Dear Editor, From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of coup d’état: “A sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.” If the information coming out in the texts (at least those the FBI’s dog didn’t eat) is accurate and is as it appears, then we need to take a good look at the above definition. And if the information in the four-page memo that is supposed to be released in February is as explosive as the lawmakers who have...

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Jan. 25, 2018 Sound of the Beep

I don’t claim to be the brightest bulb on the tree, but it looks like to me – I’m watching Channel 8. It’s 12:15, Wednesday – people standing out in the snow freezing cold, snow sticking on their face. It looks like to me that they could film that stuff from inside the car. We all know it’s snowing. And why they have to stand out there, I don’t know. I believe if the people that’s got stock in WGHP-TV needs to talk to producers a little bit and see if they could at least put them people under an umbrella instead of standing out. % % % Just want to say thanks to the staff at the Rhino Times. Every time I have called The Sound of the Beep my concerns have always been printed. I really appreciate your Rhino Times, seeing it each week. And thanks again. Bye-bye. % % % The answer is obvious. Colfax International Airport. CIA. % % % This is to the person who called in and was bragging about their sensational, unforgettable Uber rides. Well, when I say that the city has sacrificed public safety but technological correct, what I mean by that is the insurance laws regarding taxis are ducked and dodged by Uber because they can’t afford to operate and pay the taxi insurance like you’re supposed to pay. Now...

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Jan. 18, 2018 Sound of the Beep

I would like to thank the Rhino for being the Rhino, and printing great editorials and interesting attitudes about what’s going on in Greensboro. And I’d like to comment about the Greensboro airport changing the name from PTI to whatever. This is a really bad idea. It’s wasteful, ridiculous. It won’t make a difference. And whoever came up with it obviously doesn’t have enough to do in their everyday work life either with the board or with running the day-to-day operations and creating more revenue, and flights, and more great things and have the whole thing flourish vs. sitting around trying to figure out something as ridiculous as a wasteful name change. Really? Are you kidding me? This is downright embarrassing. % % % This is the airport diatribe, part 2. Further, I think that the reality is that when any entity is partially funded either by the government, or taxes, or federal funding, local, state, whatever, the people in charge have a tendency to spend money that they might not ordinarily spend if it was coming out of their pocket. So, my thinking is that we aren’t privy to what percentage of airport income is earned income based on their revenues, and what percentage is state-funded, locally-funded, federally-funded, and if all those people that think it’s such a great idea to change the name had to actually pay...

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Guest Editorial • What to Do on DACA

by 13th District Congressman Ted Budd   In 2012, President Barack Obama went outside the law and granted around 800,000 illegal immigrants, ages 15 through 31, amnesty. This amnesty is called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA for short. In September of last year, President Donald Trump cancelled DACA and set a March deadline for Congress to come up with a solution. Given that this topic’s been in the news over the past few weeks, many at home have asked for my views on the issue, and I thought I’d relay those here. When I look at...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 18, 2018

Logical Airport Name Dear Editor, It wasn’t so long ago that Greensboro was once referred to as that little town between Horneytown and Climax.  Today, Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina and it can easily be found on the map.  As a matter of fact, so can High Point and Winston-Salem, but when people travel they like to know exactly where they are and Greensboro International Airport best describes that. Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point best describes an area with over 1.7 million people, and if the Triangle of Raleigh/Durham were added in, it would be over 2 million and with international flights. Ray Hylton       Cold Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Hot Dear Editor, We’ve had extremely cold weather here recently, but let us not allow it to lull us into complacency about climate change. The world is a big place.  Cold spell or not, the average worldwide temperature is rising.  The last three years have been, worldwide and successively, the hottest ever on record.  The 10 hottest years have all occurred since 1998. When scientists first suspected climate change (global warming), they designed scientific models to predict what would happen if they were right.  These models predicted stronger storms, atypical weather extremes and increasingly aberrant weather patterns. This is what is happening all over the globe. Maureen Parker      Where Will Left Stop? Dear Editor, Is it my imagination or...

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Author Takes Issue with Uncle Orson’s Review

Editor’s Note: In Orson Scott Card’s Jan. 4 Uncle Orson Review Everything, Card wrote about My Cousin Vinny as well as the sequal, Back to Brooklyn. Back to Brooklyn’s author, Larry Kelter, was unhappy with the content and submitted the following rebuttal. (To see the Card’s column, visit rhinotimes.com.)   By Larry Kelter Jan. 4, 2018. I awoke to the sound of howling winds and clattering shutters. Winter Storm Grayson was upon us, a blizzard of such epic proportions, it carried its very own destructive moniker, bombogenesis, a title commensurate with a Michael Bay disaster film. Little did I know that all the bluster I was to face that day was not to come from explosive cyclogenesis (the badass storm). As a writer I have the privilege of working from home. I fired up my Mac and began checking emails. Lo and behold, a Google alert popped up announcing that literary icon Orson Scott Card had written a piece about my all-time favorite movie, My Cousin Vinny. I couldn’t have been more excited. Not only am I one of the film’s most enthusiastic fans, I’m the author of Back To Brooklyn, the film’s authorized sequel. I was eager to see if such a well-respected writer held this film in the same high regard that I did. After all, he is Orson Scott Card, the genius writer behind Ender’s Game. No...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 11, 2018

Can’t Have It Both Ways Dear Editor, The alt left is quick to praise “diversity” and yet considers diversity to be about how a person looks, not about how they think or what they do. Politically they believe that a person can only be property represented by someone that looks the same, is of the same race, sex, etc., as the constituent. Ironically, the new Greensboro mayoral and City Council makeup miserably fails the alt left’s diversity test. There is only one male on board, and not a single white male to be found. The new council therefore cannot possibly proportionally represent Greensboro’s male citizens and certainly not the city’s white male citizens. At least half the city is now without representation. Diversity either works both ways or not at all. It is time for the alt left in Greensboro to “diversify” the mayoral and City Council offices. Harold Gabriel     Don’t Dumb Down Airport Name Dear Editor, My wife and I moved from Washington State to Stokesdale in January 2017. As we scoured the internet and print media to finalize our retirement destination, PTI kept showing up.  At first, I harbored Italian visions of vineyards (check), varied agriculture (check), mountains to the north and west (check) and a coastal plain leading to a large body of water to the east (check).  Hoping for a Winter Olympics host city or...

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Jan. 11, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Michael Wolff’s new book is salacious. I mean, it’s really astounding. It’s dossier adieu, version 2. I mean, the investigation by Mueller has uncovered no collaboration, no conspiracy between Trump and his administration and Russia. Zero. So now it’s back to character assassination and questioning the mental capacity of the president and mental stability. Well, Mr. Wolff, you said during the year you spent time with the president and his associates. And then, when you were pushed on the point, you said that in a year you spent three hours with the president. So, in the course of a year you spent exactly 30 seconds a day on average with the president of the United States and you’re able to write this book. Sir, you need to give up journalism, if you call it journalism, and go into psychiatry. Because you, and your ability to prognosticate and determine without a question of a shadow of a doubt the capacities of the president, that makes you a genius. % % % Love your newspaper, but now that Tex and Shirley’s is closed, where’s the next closest place that we can find it? It’s hard finding it at Friendly Center. Thank you, bye. % % % Editor’s Note: You can find the Rhino Times in the lobbies of area Harris Teeters and Food Lions, including the Harris Teeter at the Shops...

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Jan. 4, 2018 Sound of the Beep

Yes, this is just a comment for the gentleman that called into The Sound of the Beep in this week’s edition, and he said, quote, the $1,000 I may get, I’m going to spend it. The $175,000 he’s going to get, he’s going to put it in the bank and put it in his pocket and keep it, unquote. Actually, that’s not true. First of all, to get $175,000 out of this tax cut, you’d have to paying about $3 million in taxes. And furthermore, whatever cut the wealthy Americans get typically goes into the bank where it’s used to provide student loans, housing loans, car loans. The banks don’t have any money of their own. They use other people’s money. This is where it comes from. And this is why in so many other countries around the world, particularly socialist countries, there is no money for investment capital. The banks don’t have any money to loan anybody. But in this country, they do, because we have people that are wealthy enough to put money in the banks, and it’s there to loan money to everybody else. % % % I met an emergency room doctor over Christmas who believed the British economy was in the tank after Brexit. He admitted to getting most of his news from NPR, poor fellow. On the last trading day of 2017, the...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 4, 2018

Twilight Dear Editor, The following quote from William O. Douglas, former associate justice of the US Supreme Court, deserves careful thought: “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.  In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we must all be aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” Maureen Parker Misdirection Dear Editor, It’s extremely interesting that all of a sudden the mainstream media are stampeding towards a story that says the Australian government was the one that started the Russian FBI probe. What makes it even more interesting is the lack of comment from the FBI. I think what we are about to see is a classic propaganda maneuver, that being misdirection. First, you have an individual that the FBI charged for some unrelated crime and then began squeezing him in an attempt to get him to roll over on someone else higher up in the food chain. Then the subpoenas for what exactly the FBI used to begin the witch-hunt started coming after it was revealed that the “dossier” was bought and paid for by the DNC and the Hildabeast’s campaign and that they had not been able to verify any of the contents beyond the fact that someone did make a...

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Dec. 28, 2017 Sound of the Beep

The dim-rats in this country do everything in their power to destroy the economy of the nation when we have a Republican president. Chuck and Nancy have one thing: The tax cut is for the rich. Taxes are like labor and material to a business. They have to be regained in the price of the produce. The more you tax a business, the higher the price of their product. In a sense, you can’t tax a business. % % % In regard to the grandmother whose 16-year-old granddaughter got the speeding ticket on Highway 220, just want to say, congratulations to the state trooper for giving her a speeding ticket. Wonder if she’d be upset and crying if perhaps he saved her life or someone else’s life from her being careless. If she’s not mature enough to obey the traffic laws, she shouldn’t be driving. Good job, trooper. Congratulations to the trooper for making our roads safer. % % % You know, nobody cares anymore who investigates Hillary Clinton. You can investigate her until the cows come home. Nobody cares anymore. That doesn’t mean Trump is innocent. So he’s wasting taxpayers’ dollars investigating Hillary. She’s already been investigated for these crimes many, many, many times. But whatever. Nobody cares anymore. Trump is still guilty. This is just a diversion just to keep all eyes off of Trump. But he’s...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 28, 2017

Something’s Not Right Dear Editor, Help me to be sure I got this straight. We have a representative form of government. We elect representatives to conduct the business of the state, and among those many functions we find the establishment of voting districts. Now the Democrats ran this state for over 100 years, some good, some not so good, and they established voting districts to suit their goals. These districts were heavily gerrymandered in their favor and those who were outvoted did not sue claiming rights violations. Even with these districts tilted in favor of the party in charge, the Republicans won. Now comes those who were outvoted, claiming rights violations because those now in charge are doing what their constituents expect of them. So those not in charge, sue to re-establish “justice,” involving the courts, who see fit to appoint one man to determine voting districts and that is seen as just by a judge.  Go figure. Rich Carrera     Good News from Republicans Dear Editor, It’s the end of a wild, rollercoaster ride sort of year and it appears the Republicans are going out on top. They managed to cobble together a tax cut bill and get it passed and, of course, no Democrats voted for it. In fact if you believe their usual lines – one, the cut will only benefit the rich, two, the...

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