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Dec. 14, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Just heard on the news that Alcee Hastings paid $200,000 out for a sexual harassment case. Not Alcee Hastings, the public, the people of the US paid $200,000 for a sexual harassment case. These people that have done this should be sued, and we, the people of the US, should be paid back with interest for every little thing that they took out of that account. The account, the sexual harassments account, should be done away with. No more free rides on such mess as that. Thanks. % % % The superintendent of the Guilford County Schools should have called the schools out early when it started snowing. And how many school bus wrecks did we have? Three or four? The superintendent should resign. She’s incompetent. Thank you. % % % On Fox News I see Gloria Allred, the big high-dollar lawyer from California, with this lady that said Roy Moore molested her back in 1977. And she was crying about that. My question is, has she been crying for 40 years? That is a long time to cry about that. And the next thing, did her mother not tell her at 16 years old to be getting in the car with grown men? Something about this don’t add up. Why didn’t she come forth before now? I wonder what politics her people are. % % % So Nikki...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 14, 2017

Reflections on Public Service Dear Editor, As I read about the Nov. 3 decision in Bowe Bergdahl’s court martial, I was painfully reminded that my youngest brother was killed in November 1969, at 20 years of age, serving in the Army in Vietnam. My first thoughts were bitter. My brother died because he chose to serve rather than to evade the draft by lying, cheating or even by escaping to Canada, as approximately 60,000 American citizens chose to do. Ultimately, the Vietnam War draft dodgers and even deserters were given amnesty and, in some cases, pardons. These amnesties and pardons were meant to reunite the country, as President Lincoln sought to do after the Civil War. But, in my case, it did not help me to heal. Instead, I felt that it made a mockery of the life my brother lost because he chose to honor his citizenship by serving when called to serve. Amnesties told those that ran away from service, or subsequently deserted while in service, and those that would choose to do likewise in the future, that one would likely be forgiven. I was concerned about the precedent set. When someone is given a thing of significant value for free, without having to work for it, scrimp and save for it and put in blood, sweat and tears for it, that thing can never be as cherished...

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Dec. 7, 2017 Sound of the Beep

There is a very serious problem in America and beyond which has, apparently, hit Scott Yost particularly hard considering the coverage he has given to it in his columns. So, I am extending this advice, which should eliminate all his anxieties and depressions. When you have a cheeseburger with the cheese under the meat, turn your burger over and, shazam, the cheese is on top. % % % I just read in The Sound of the Beep, a gentleman talking about how poor people are the most discriminated people in America. He goes on to say that the government should subsidize whatever they want. They should be able to live in any neighborhood, wealthy neighborhood, big home, eat in the finest restaurants. If they can’t afford it, the government should subsidize it. I got to thinking. What a great idea. Why don’t we all quit our jobs. Let’s just stop working. We will all be poor. But we can afford million-dollar homes. We can eat in the finest restaurants. We can get a new car every year. Heck, a new car every month. The government will subsidize it. What a tremendous idea this gentleman had. Why didn’t somebody think about this before? % % % Hello. I’m calling about Sen. Thom Tillis wanting to pull the funding for the red wolves. I think that he needs to look in...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 7, 2017

UNC Athletes Did have Class Dear Editor, I agree with your assertion that the NCAA should abandon the pretext of amateur athletics and simply pay the athletes.  However, you continue to refer to UNC athletes attending “classes that didn’t exist.” That is false.  Various investigations revealed that the classes in question were misrepresented as lecture classes, when they were, in fact, independent study classes, approved by the faculty. Athletes and non-athletes were required to write a 20- to 25-page paper in order to receive a grade and credit for the courses. Regarding your suggestion that other schools follow UNC’s lead in this area, you might be surprised to learn that many schools already give academic credit to varsity athletes, just based on their participation in sports. They include such institutions as Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, TCU and many others.  This is verifiable fact, unlike your “presumption” that the UNC starters got A’s and the benchwarmers got B’s. I have been reading, and enjoying, your reporting for many years.  It surprises me that you have lazily bought into the narrative spouted by Ed Hardin and the rest of the mainstream media hacks that the NCAA should have hammered UNC with penalties. Here are some facts: The NCAA Notice of Allegations did not accuse UNC of academic infractions. By their own admission, this is out of their jurisdiction. They alleged that athletes’...

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Nov. 30, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Scott, I enjoyed your article related to the freestyle voters and the accompanying photo of Zack Matheny, Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, Elmo, Donald Duck and Sheriff BJ Barnes. Thank you, Loyal Rhino Reader. % % % This is for Uncle Orson. You reviewed many Christmas movies this year, and I know one of your favorites you mentioned in the past is One Night at Christmas. Do you know when it is coming on, if so, this year, and when? % % % Card’s Note: I haven’t seen that on the schedule, but the Hallmark website does not offer the full season’s schedule, and I find it on TiVo only two weeks ahead. So it might be running this season, but I haven’t seen it yet. % % % Discrimination. Did someone say discrimination? Poor people are the most discriminated against people in America. They’re told they can’t live in certain neighborhoods. They’re told they can’t go to certain clubs. They can’t eat in certain restaurants just because they don’t make enough money. Poor people should be able to live in any neighborhood in Greensboro that they want to live in. If they can’t afford it then the government should subsidize the rest. These people should not be punished because simply they don’t make enough money. It’s just not fair. These people should be helped and there should be government help...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 30, 2017

Swamp Continues to Shock Dear Editor, “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This old saying is coming more to the fore as more masks are ripped away. To paraphrase a line from my favorite movie, Casablanca, “I’m shocked, shocked to find out this kind of thing going on here!” This would be funny but there are actually people in Washington, DC, that would say that with a straight face. Left-leaning liberals started this when they trotted out the 40-year-old, currently unsubstantiated accusations against Roy Moore of Alabama. Am I defending him? No, because I have not seen any solid proof one way or the other to decide. Al Franken, on the other hand, provided us with photographic proof of his lewdness. And John Conyers, all we have to do is file a Freedom of Information Act request to see how someone who accused him of inappropriate behavior can receive a $27,000 “severance” payout and still have to work there. The left started these actions and they came back to bite them. They started talking about how if Moore is elected they would consider a vote to toss him out of the Senate. If the accusations – and that’s all they are is accusations with no proof – are the grounds for that action then why haven’t they said the same thing about Franken? Oh, I forgot – they’re the ruling...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 23, 2017

Unpopular News Isn’t Fake News Dear Editor, The Rhino Times persists in referring to Democracy Greensboro as “another one of Nelson Johnson’s organizations.”  This is not true.  To give credit where it is due, Rhino was a purveyor of fake news long before Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin made it popular. In this case, I think I understand how Rhino gets it wrong.  Rhino admires power and money and mistrusts overt displays of democracy.  The Rhino is a business owned by one person (local developer Roy Carroll, whose yacht is also named Rhino) who answers to no one. Democracy Greensboro, by contrast, is owned by no one and is fully committed to a democratic process.  No individual has any more power within Democracy Greensboro than anyone else. After observing the Rhino for several decades, it is clear to me that John Hammer and company could learn a lot about truth telling and fairness from Rev. Johnson.  I certainly have. Gary Kenton   Editor’s Note: Rev. Nelson Johnson certainly seemed to be taking credit for Democracy Greensboro at the Democracy Greensboro Candidates Platform Conference, and his people were running the forum.     Head Scratcher Dear Editor, When I read your newspaper it is with a skeptical eye, which results with a range of humoresque disbelief to head scratching puzzlement at some of the statements printed in your paper. As...

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Nov. 23, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I’d just like to respond to two of the comments that were in last week’s Sound of the Beep. The first is in response to a gentleman who said that Donald Trump has caused his insurance, I assume he means health insurance, to go up by $800 a month. Well, Donald Trump hasn’t done anything to health care in this country yet. The law of the land is still Obamacare. If your insurance premiums increased, that’s on Obamacare, not Donald Trump. Second, another gentleman or lady wrote in to say that Nancy Vaughan has driven Greensboro’s taxes to the highest in North Carolina. This is not true. High Point’s taxes are far and away the very, very highest in North Carolina, almost 25 percent to 30 percent higher than Greensboro’s. Thank you. % % % Editors Note: Greensboro has the highest tax rate of major cities in North Carolina. High Point is not considered a major city. % % % Can we stop in this country with the hero nonsense? For some reason everybody who does their job now is a hero. Can we just stop with it? It’s getting a little bit out of hand. And, quite frankly, nothing can be farther from the truth. The true heroes are these people who sign up for the military, sign up for overseas duty, go over there to the hottest...

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Rhino Shorts: Nov. 16, 2017

Wrangler headquarters has been in Greensboro for years, but now we’re getting something a bit more interesting. Wrangler is going to put a pop up store in the old Miller Furniture Building at 314 S. Elm St. The store will open on Dec. 1 and the plan is for it to be open two months. But if it works out that could be a lot longer. Wrangler sells jeans practically everywhere, but it only has two actual stores – one in Denver and one in Dallas. This could be the third. There will be a lot of specialty jeans and items that won’t be sold anywhere else in the area. Rumor has it that Downtown Greensboro Inc. President Zack Matheny was so enthusiastic about the new opportunity that he was seen mopping the floors in the old Miller Furniture Building, which has been closed for 10 years. ***** The word is that the Toyota-Mazda automobile plant site selectors have narrowed their choices to two states – North Carolina and Alabama. Even if North Carolina is chosen, it doesn’t mean it will be the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite. There are four megasites in North Carolina, but some say that Greensboro-Randolph is the front-runner. But whether the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite is chosen by Toyota-Mazda or not, it’s a great sign to be in the running. That means the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite is on the radar...

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Nov. 16, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Yes, good morning. I’d like to thank the knuckleheads that keep switching the time. Now, instead of getting up at 4:30, I’m getting up at 3:30 in the morning. Leave it one way or the other, please. % % % So we finally know what it takes to shut up Hillary Clinton – Donna Brazile. % % % Theresa May will be forced to step down as prime minister within a month. If she is replaced with a remainer, then Brexit will be in jeopardy and the globalsts will have wrested control away from the British people. So say a prayer for Boris Johnson (BoJo) or Jacob Rees-Mogg to assume the premiership, which is exactly what the EU is afraid of. They have enough backbone to tell the EU that we’re not married to them so there will be no divorce bill. And we’ll just walk away. The EU needs Britain more than we need them. Just sign me off as An Independent Thinker. % % % On voting day I hope everybody – or many people in Greensboro – are going to do better than the primary. Less than 10 percent, way less, showed up, and we missed out on the opportunity to get some new blood on the City Council. Therefore, I hope the weather is raining. I hope people will make the effort today, because we...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 16, 2017

Proof That Tax Reform Works Dear Editor, This letter is to respectfully take issue with the News & Record’s Nov. 10 editorial about tax reform. In this editorial, the News & Record claimed that tax reform will increase the national deficit. They referenced the often-cited but much-disputed figure that tax reform will add $1.5 trillion to the national deficit over the next decade. The problems is that this figure does not account for economic growth. When we implemented tax reform in North Carolina, our detractors claimed that it would increase our deficit and result in budget shortfalls. But those predictions were wrong. Our state’s economy has grown steadily since implementing tax reform. We have turned budget deficits into surpluses, including a surplus of over $500 million this year. Jobs are being created, the unemployment rate is down and our GDP is strong. We cannot tax ourselves to prosperity. Reforming our nation’s tax code is a necessary and logical effort. We need to unleash the potential of private enterprise across America, which will create jobs and generate tax revenue through a stronger economy. We don’t need more taxes. We need more jobs and more opportunity. If tax reform worked for North Carolina, it will work for our nation as a whole. Rep. Jon Hardister NC House Majority Whip     Go With Hope Dear Editor, As we journey though life, most...

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Nov. 9, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I just now read this week’s issue, and I run into John Hammer’s Under the Hammer on the back page. I absolutely think that this should be moved to the front page and more people should be able to see it and realize what’s going on in this country. Thank you. % % % Yeah, I just want people to know that there is a – Trump was on David Letterman in 2013 talking about meeting Putin. Now that’s a video. If you need proof, there you go. Plus, he’s on a talk show, another one, Mike Savage, saying the same thing. And I sure would like to know why he’s so scared of the Russians. What do they have on him? % % % Editor’s Note: Trump does not deny ever meeting Putin. He denies colluding with Putin to fix the presidential election. % % % Yeah, I was just wondering, since Trump released the JFK files, did it prove Ted Cruz’s father is the one that killed JFK? Trump is such a fool. Did it prove it or disprove it? It’s just all in his head. % % % Well, once, again, great Americans. We have blood on the Obama’s hands and Clinton’s hands once again. Seems like the guy that killed all those people in New York, mowing them down with a Home Depot truck, he...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 9, 2017

Ultimate Price: $10K Dear Editor, Every service member past and present, active duty, retired and any and every one who ever served and was honorably discharged has just been spit on, slapped in the face and told that you wasted your time serving by Col. Jeffery Nance of the Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Nance (I refuse to add the title colonel to this stain on JAGs everywhere) just tagged the price of service members that were killed, wounded and disabled while searching for this creature at a mere $10,000. That is the amount of the total fine levied against it. It will continue to steal air, enjoy life and walk about freely while good men lie in their graves or struggle through life with their injuries. And all this right before Veterans Day. Bowe Bergdahl is a disgrace to the uniform of the US Army. His actions deserved nothing less than life in a military prison at a minimum. And it’s made even worse by the actions of Nance, who, in my opinion, should immediately resign his commission and disappear. It is my hope that no state would grant him status as a lawyer and allow him to practice anywhere. No doubt, many people are outraged by this decision. And I am not demeaning anyone when I say you don’t know the level outrage, disgust and sense of...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 2, 2017

Barber is Needed Dear Editor, I am writing to encourage voters in the upcoming Greensboro election to support candidates with broad experience and genuine concern for the total good of the city (as opposed to political expediency). My top choice is Mike Barber, an at-large candidate. He has served with distinction on both the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and Greensboro City Council and has been a moderating voice for reason and wisdom on what is best for the entire region, whether the issue is economic growth or public safety. He has been especially sensitive to the importance of honesty and integrity (he has both) when it comes to law enforcement. Greensboro’s government has gone through significant changes in recent years, particularly in the performance and efficiency in the Police Department. He has been a steadying and rational influence in working toward professional approaches to reasoned solutions within that department. City government in Greensboro also has tilted rather sharply to the political left in the last elections. He has helped keep the tilt within a reasonable balance. His commonsense approach to issues is critically important for continuing this way of governing. Mike Barber’s service needed now more than ever. Walter A. (Sticky) Burch Former Guilford County Sheriff     In Support of Kenton Dear Editor, Nancy Hoffmann continues to defend her leadership and vote to rezone the property at...

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Nov. 2, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hi. I only hope that those people who protested the awesome Trader Joe’s store are kicking themselves all the way up and down Hobbs Road now that they’re getting that who-knows-what on the corner, and right across the street on the other corner. I hope they’re happy. % % % Hey, people. Southern Guilford here. It’s that time of year again. So, watch out for deer. They’re trying to deal with traffic just like the rest of us. % % % Yeah, this is for the guy that called in about no proof about Trump and Russia. What about all the emails they got from the Russians and all the backdoor deals they made with the Russians and the point the fact that Trump wants to bend over for the Russians? No telling what they did in the White House when the Russian spies were in the White House. So, here’s the proof. It will all come out. And the dossier has not been disproven. Most of it has been proven. And Hillary Clinton, oh my goodness, she’s been investigated over and over and over again. They found nothing. But, yet, Republicans keep bringing it back up. And I don’t understand why Fox News doesn’t do their own investigations instead of just repeating on TV half stories, not even the whole story that comes out. Yeah, Trump is Putin’s...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 26, 2017

Tax Exempt Property Not Good Solution Dear Editor, Regarding the High Point stadium catalyst project, we have a TIF area that is already deep in tax-exempt properties. This afternoon (Thursday) we learn that High Point University may be planning to build a satellite building or buildings plus graduate housing in the TIF area. This equates to yet more tax exempt properties in the TIF acreage. The very idea that a TIF area comprised of so many tax exempt properties can possible repay a $35 million bond ($50-plus million repayment cost) is absurd. The county commissioners were right to ask the questions they did and now, more than ever, they must decline. This has been a shaky financial deal all along, and now, even more so. Frank Swanson       NC Whip for Hoffmann Dear Editor, This letter is to express my support for Nancy Hoffmann’s reelection to the Greensboro City Council. Over the last few years I have observed Nancy’s work on the City Council. I have been impressed with the time, energy and dedication into her job. She is accessible to her constituents and she works hard to address their concerns. There have been occasions when I contacted Nancy to seek her assistance with a local matter. In each case she was very responsible and adamant about resolving the issue. This is exactly what people want from...

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Oct. 26, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Now that the local elections are over, I urge all of the candidates to, please, pick up all of their signs. % % % Editor’s Note: The election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. % % % I’m sitting here listening to the talking heads on Fox and, once again, it seems like the Clintons have kicked the American public under the bus. They deserve an orange jumpsuit and to be with Bernie Madoff. We’ll see how it plays out. % % % The question is, why is it right for football players to demonstrate by kneeling in a football game when they play the national anthem, and they get praised for it, and a vice president exercises his right to protest by walking out of the ballgame after they did this, and he’s being political and grandstanding? The reason that it was wrong for what Pence did is because he knew he wasn’t going to be staying at the game. He knew he was going to walk in. He knew the players were going to do that. And he knew he was going to get up and walk out. And that is political because he was there for the game and didn’t stay for the game. And it cost taxpayers about $1 million for his little stunt. The football players stay there and play the game. That’s what they’re there...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 19, 2017

Defending Animals and Their Defender Dear Editor, I’d like to respond to the article of yet another debacle at Guilford County Animal Shelter (Sept. 21, 2017). You see, Gretel McCall is a friend and probably one of the most compassionate and thoughtful people I’ve met.  Thankfully, she’ll speak up for animals and that seems to be the issue behind this “vendetta.”  The reason, according to Gretel, is as a volunteer she witnessed a dog named “Daphne” in distress.  The area where she was reported as having entered was the medical room where Daphne could get care.  Gretel reported this neglect and was then banned from returning to the shelter.  Daphne died not long after. I grimaced with every assessment of what went wrong and how it was (probably) Gretel’s fault.  I also contacted Art Cole.  His report of the events of how the shelter refused the items his church collected: box fans, canned dog food, puppy food and toys was plausible. To hear a Southern Baptist church went to this length for animals is pleasantly surprising (I grew up Southern Baptist).  According to Mr. Cole, he spoke with Nancy Fauser, volunteer outreach coordinator for the Animal Shelter to tell her about the donation.  He expected this to be well-received news.  Instead Ms. Fauser refused it telling him she didn’t know him or his church. I also asked Mr. Cole...

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Oct. 19, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hillary is against guns except for the ones the Secret Service have to protect her and Bill. She should ask the Secret Service to remove their guns. % % % Finally, credit has been given where it’s due. Finally, private citizens can show heroic values and act as heroes and help people and they have been recognized. The horrible shooting in Las Vegas was one of the worst catastrophes in our nation’s history. We had private citizens jumping to each other’s aid, sticking their fingers in bullet holes, making tourniquets while the bullets were still flying over their head. Just private citizens helping each other. True, 100-percent Americans and, finally, the news media has called these people heroes. And that’s exactly what they are. Finally credit was given where it was due. % % % Question. Why is it all right for football players to demonstrate by kneeling at a football game when they play the national anthem, and get praised for it, and if someone else, like our vice president, exercises his right to protest by walking out of the ballgame after they did this, and, yet, he’s considered done politically and grandstanding? Talk about grandstanding, what do you think those $80 million a year players are doing what they’re doing out there? It’s stupid to me. How about you? Sorry about John and his what’s her name...

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Rhino Shorts: Oct. 12, 2017

Tuesday night there was a good-sized crowd at the Old Guilford County Court House to watch the primary election returns come in, including seven of nine city councilmembers. Gathering at the courthouse for election returns is an old tradition and Guilford County is reportedly one of the few counties in the state where it is still alive. Not so very long ago, you had to be at the courthouse to get the latest returns, but today you can get real time election results on your phone wherever you happen to be. However, it’s a tradition I hope we keep alive in Guilford County because it is a great way to end a campaign season, with winning and losing factions in the same room. And although we live in a digital world, a handshake and congratulations is much more personal than a phone call or text. ***** In my years in the newspaper business, I have been called a lot of names, many of which cannot be printed in a family newspaper. But I’ll have to say that Sunday was the first time I’ve been called a “noted liberal, hippie, beatnik,” and I kind of like it. Margaret Moffett of the News & Record gave me that label in the Inside Scoop column on Sunday when she wrote about attacks on me by the Chairman of the Guilford County Republican...

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Oct. 12, 2017 Sound of the Beep

These players and coaches have shown the ultimate disrespect for our veterans and their families who have lost their husbands, wives, sons and daughters. You have no respect for this country and what it stands for. You are nothing but a traitor to the USA, as is anyone who supports these teams in any way. If the true Americans don’t insist these players and coaches are fired, this country is in a serious downward spiral and all that she stands for. You’re not protesting the president. He’s not at the game. You’re disrespecting our national heritage, our national rights and American pride. It’s the national anthem, not hail to the chief. Obviously, you don’t know the difference. % % % Hi, Beep. This is for the Page coach who said he let his players make the decision about respecting our flag and country. Coach, you are a patsy – one who is easily manipulated, a sucker. I played on all three sports in high school, two sports in college. I played on three championship teams in college and went to the NAIA World Series. I am an NAIA All-Conference third baseman. We finished third in the nation in NAIA Baseball World Series. No coach ever let me make the decisions. Evidently, you know very little about discipline. % % % Millionaires. Unbelievable. You know, fantasy football is exactly what...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 12, 2017

Define Creep Dear Editor, So Hillary Clinton hangs out with Harvey Weinstein and Anthony Weiner but thinks that Donald Trump is a creep because he walked behind her on a debate stage? Well, what can you expect from a woman who’s married to the most famous sexual abuser creep in recent history? Austin Morris     United in Disrespect Dear Editor, I was born in October 1941. In December 1941, my father joined the Marine Corps. He was at Guadalcanal, Saipan, Okinawa and some other god-awful places. I did not know him until 1945. He was a quiet, serious, unhappy man for the rest of his life and died young. He, like hundreds of thousands of other men and women, gave their lives in service of this country and what it stood for. In today’s fishwrap, the headline reads, “United They Stand,” and you can see who is not standing. A similar headline and article appears in USA Today. This country, with all its freedoms that remain, allowed these bores an opportunity to play a game for a living, and make lots of money while they are doing it. It doesn’t matter what the president says, our anthem is a chance to show our respect and admiration of all those who gave of themselves so that we might retain our freedoms, and to the greatest country that has yet...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 5, 2017

Like a Prayer Dear Editor, With regard to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, it occurs to me that President Trump has taken the position that kneeling is disrespectful when in fact, throughout history, kneeling has been seen as a sign of reverence and respect. For example, many people kneel to pray as a way of expressing love, awe, respect, supplication, humility, and a recognition of a power greater than themselves.  People pray in times of celebration and in times of desperation.  Often they do both at once, giving thanks for having survived the storm while asking that loved ones also be spared. The national anthem and the flag are not divinity, but they do represent our national soul.  They inspire us to be the best that we can be. They remind us of those things about ourselves that we are proud of.  And there are many.  But this does not mean we are perfect. The NFL players did not stomp on the flag or boo during the anthem.  They merely knelt, or locked arms, in honor of what we are, and in recognition of the fact that much remains to be done. Maureen Parker Stand Up Dear Editor, Taking a knee is un-American when the national anthem is played.  Our American national anthem honors Americans’ fight for freedom. That freedom is emblazoned in our founding document –...

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Oct. 5, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hi, Beep. Just reading your Sept. 28 edition. And Scott Yost’s column just cracked me up. I just think he’s a funny, funny guy. But, listen, I’m not going to save any money for tickets for your dining. It’s a wonderful idea. Thank you for the laughs. Bye-bye. % % % Old Man Rockingham here. I’m watching the news again. Don’t know why. But they’re talking about all these football players, and I guess they’ve got no backbone or something. They got to take a knee during the national anthem. And all these commentators are saying that Trump is just being a bully on them by talking mean to them. Well, on Facebook when they put something up there about it, all I saw were hundreds of people telling these big babies to shut up and stand up. If they think their feelings got hurt or something, why don’t they go to a VA hospital and tell those people there how their feelings are just getting stomped on? Yeah, I’m pretty sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house. % % % Hey, editor, do you still love our liar, embarrassment, arrogant, crotch-grabbing president who just called hundreds of US citizens sons of bitches? % % % John, on your recent slam on the convention of states, please look at this again. Since the country’s founding, it...

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Rhino Shorts: Sept. 28, 2017

Today we are launching an all new and improved website. For the past couple of years we have had an electronic page-turn edition, but not a functioning website. The new rhinotimes.com site has all the bells and whistles of an actual website, and we know that some of the bells won’t ring and some of the whistles won’t blow. Please let us know if the website isn’t working properly. I’ve never known a website where right out of the box everything worked perfectly, but maybe this will be a first. We’d like to thank Clever Robot for creating a great looking website for us and for putting up with all the changing requests we made during its development. The page-turn edition is now a part of this website. So if you became addicted to that, have no fear – it’s only one click away. ***** The first Schmoozefest of fall is Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 at Lee’s Sports Bar at 2618 Lawndale Dr. in the shopping center across from Target. Free beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available while supplies last for those who sign in and wear a name tag. ***** People in High Point are so disappointed in the response from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners concerning funding for the proposed baseball stadium that discussions have been rekindled about High Point seceding...

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Sept. 28, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I am a big fan of the Rhino Times. Uncle Orson Reviews Everything sometimes has something of interest to me and frequently I’m not interested at all. But this last week’s article from the Sept 14 edition, Third Places in American Life was spot on and one more fantastic article. I think it ought to be required reading in all sorts of different educational venues. Great job, Uncle Orson. Thank you. % % % President Trump and the members of Congress need to consult their dictionary for the word illegal. Taxpaying citizens of the US do not owe illegals in this country anything. They are all lawbreakers, no matter what age. The children are the responsibility of their parents, not the US citizens. We paid for their education and their health care. Let him go back to their own country and help their own people with their education. America first; time to help our own. Candidate Trump said repeal and replace, build the wall, no amnesty, no DACA. So far we’ve gotten nothing. He’s about to lose a whole lot of votes. % % % Why would anyone make a contribution to help renovate a theater when so many of our American friends in the southeast are in such dire need. % % % I wonder if the Dreamers are doing themselves any good by protesting and shouting down...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 28, 2017

Freedom For all Dear Editor, One Beep caller seemed to be lamenting the results of the “Brunch Bill,” which makes provision for alcohol sales earlier on Sunday than had previously been the case. Contrary to the caller’s lament, it has nothing at all to do with the Sabbath, since Sunday is not the Sabbath, never was the Sabbath and never will be the Sabbath. Having said that, may I add that there is a much more serious issue to the caller’s complaint, namely, the idea that we can and should use the force of law to coerce others into behaving in the manner we think is appropriate. I neither drink “adult” beverages nor condone drunkenness, but the idea of telling someone else what hours he can’t buy alcohol based on my religious beliefs is abhorrent to me. If the law can prohibit liquor sales while a church service is going on, what’s to keep the same fools in Raleigh from restricting what hours a church service can be held? Or maybe they could keep you from shopping at Wal-Mart during the hours of a synagogue service on Saturday. Would you be happy with that? It comes down to a basic, fundamental idea called freedom. If you like the idea of freedom for yourself, you should extend that same courtesy to the person purchasing alcohol, or doing whatever else isn’t inherently immoral...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 21, 2017

Subsidizing Disappointment Dear Editor, I so enjoy our great yearly Bryan Series of lectures (sponsored by Guilford College and many corporate partners) provided by talented and intelligent guests from around the world.  However, I am becoming frustrated with the venue for these lectures – our own Greensboro Coliseum. I have previously `sounded off about the stadium seating that is packed so tight that people with long legs experience pain pressing their knees into the seatbacks in front of them.  But last night was really frustrating for all attendees. For the first 15-plus minutes of this lecture, both Dr. Jill and former Vice President Joe Biden were using wireless headset microphones that obviously had not been sound-checked before the presenters mounted the stage.  The result was garbled sound throughout the facility and the audience was not able to understand what was being said for at least 15 minutes. My wife and I saw people seated all around us trying to adjust their hearing aids, as they must have thought it was only them who could not make out what was being said. Finally, someone brought Jill and Joe wireless hand-held microphones, and even those had to be replaced yet again after another 10 or more minutes due to batteries running low or whatever. In a quality facility, the batteries would have been renewed and a full sound check of the...

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Sept. 21, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hi, I’m calling about Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened. I’d like to tell her or anybody that’s associated with her, I’ll tell her what happened. What happened was she was a lousy candidate, not only that, the American people did not believe a word that was coming out of her mouth. Also too she thought that she was queen, that she was owed the presidency because she lost to Barack Obama. Not only that, she called the American people deplorable, and then she had the audacity have that woman come out and say that if you didn’t vote for this woman president, and you were a woman, you were bound for hell. Anybody that is going to be campaigning to be a president, you’ve got to be connected to the American people or you are not going to get voted in. I think that she is the most disgusting woman that has ever gotten up and talked on the platform. She’s dishonest. She’s not anything that we want as a president, and I think that’s why she lost. If she wants to know why she lost, there’s a lot of reasons why: Benghazi, the email scandals, the Russian reset button. She’s just a bald faced liar. And to call Donald Trump creepy? Well, her husband is creepy. That’s what you call a creep. Bill Clinton is a number...

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Sept. 14, 2017 Sound of the Beep

My property was damaged in the rear of the 1300 block of Elwell Avenue, which abuts to the playground of Peeler Recreation Center.   Several males have come by there and pulled one of the boards of the wooden privacy fence off, breaking it in half, stuck a paint gun through my fence and fired several rounds of paintball material, striking things inside of my yard in the rear. They also fired the paintball projectiles against my wooden fence causing damage. Then they went to the side of the rec center by the pool and fired several shots with the paintball up against the brick portion of the building. % % % Even the liberation theologist liberal pope cannot bring himself to acknowledge such an absurdity as homosexual marriage, deigning to allow only some sort of vague civil union.  So as Australians participate in a mail-in referendum on whether to legalize gay marriage, let’s hope that their elites don’t overturn what I predict will be an overwhelming rejection of the charade, as our US judiciary did.  The Aussies aren›t stupid. Even their dogs are intelligent enough to recognize a contradiction in terms when they see one. So a deafening silence is as absurd as a vegetarian carnivore, a square circle and homosexual marriage. Just sign me off as An Independent Thinker. % % % If an individual can start a business...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 14, 2017

Stadium Questions Remain Unanswered Dear Editor, Specific answers to legitimate questions about the High Point stadium project are still not being answered. Given that Nido Qubein said that private donations, which were expected to be $38 million, have reached $50 million, shouldn’t this additional $12 million negate any need for Guilford County to sign over the requested $11 million from county property taxes? Why bother the county now that it has been announced that proponents already have a surplus of $12 million on their hands? Why continue to seek county dollars, or even High Point City tax dollars, since they have more on hand than they claim the entire project is going to require? Furthermore: What is the true total cost of the project including all required city infrastructure improvements? How much property/acreage will be required and therefore removed from the tax roles for both the stadium and the museum/cinema/park complex? What will be the annual cost to the City of High Point to staff, operate and maintain the museum/cinema/park complex? Who will be providing the land for the museum/cinema/park complex? Will it be purchased with the private donation funds or will it be acquired with tax dollars? Who will be designing and building the museum/cinema/park complex and has the City of High Point agreed to accept it, operate it and maintain it? Will it be delivered intact or will...

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Sept. 7, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I read in the paper where the ACLU had decided since what happened at Charlottesville that maybe all speech shouldn’t be protected. I just wondered who they thought was going to make decisions about whose rights were going to be protected. Thank you. % % % Isn’t it amazing how these people are berating Trump for pardoning this sheriff for not obeying a court order? Yet all these same people are refusing, in these so-called sanctuary cities, violating laws passed by the Department of Justice. When you’re goring my ox it’s bad, but when I’m goring yours it’s OK. Hypocrites all. Love your paper. Thank you. % % I was just reading the August 24 Beep and the last caller about the qualifications of president saying they had to read and understand the Constitution. I wonder what they had thought about Barack Obama’s total disregard of the Constitution. Because I got the feeling and impression from him through his eight years that all he wanted to do was rip it to shreds and start over and rewrite a whole ‘nother one. % % % Our president is threatening a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his way regarding building the wall. I was working for the government during one of the shutdowns. Here’s what happened. We were told, you can’t come to work during the shutdown, or you’ll get...

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Letters to the Editor: August 31, 2017

ALL ONE NATION DEAR EDITOR, My ancestors were raided, raped and ravaged by white men who employed violence to wrest our historic lands from us, forcing us into a small corner of what was once ours.  They destroyed our idyllic, peaceful, bucolic lifestyle that imposed no ecological price on our planet. My race defended our lands valiantly but were overwhelmed by successive waves of numerically superior invaders from foreign lands. Do you expect us to share in the glorification of those who oppressed and overwhelmed us? I am Welsh. We were the first Britons, defending as best we could the impossibly indented coastline of our island home from Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, Vikings and Normans. Without immigration control we lost our country, ultimately pushed into the enclaves of Wales and Cornwall. So do we deface the statues of Churchill, Wellington, Nelson, Lloyd George, Victoria and Elizabeth?  Of course not. Superimposing today’s morality on previous ages is absurd, futile and pointless. My people – the Brythonic Celts – salute our British heroes and our Teutonic queen, Elizabeth Saxe Coburg Gotha. It’s all water under the bridge because we forged a nation together, from the Magna Carter to Brexit. We are all Britons now. There is a lesson here for Americans – of all races, creeds and cultures. If our embattled but enduring little island can come together as one, why...

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August 31, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Yes, I’d like to self-report my brother. He has a picture of my great uncle in a casket wearing a Confederate uniform with a Rebel Flag draped over it. I also want to self-report my first cousin. Her mother was a racist. If I can help out, who should I contact to do this self-reporting? I think the Communist Workers’ Party, which is affiliated with the Democratic Party, the progressive end of the Democratic Party, they should come after all these things. I think he also has some Confederate toy soldiers that he used to play with. Please, see if you can find out where I should self-report my brother and my first cousin. Thank you. % % % I was just reading in the Beep in the Rhino where the City Council apologized for the Klan-Communist shootout. Is there nobody in Greensboro that can go and vote to remove these fools? This woman is the biggest racist that’s ever been on that board. Everything that comes about is racism is her aspect in the whole situation. I can understand why the mayor done what she done, because she’s from Connecticut. I was wondering where she was from. Apparently, everybody in Connecticut is a fool, and they send them further down. I don’t understand how they can apologize for something that happened 40 years ago. What has that accomplished? What’s it...

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August 24, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I am not a racist. Racism is wrong. Let’s tear down all Confederate statues: The Washington Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. Remove all Confederate graves. What do you want next? There will always be one more demand. Change the name of the country. Design a new flag and remove the national anthem. God help us. % % % Well, I’m watching Fox News at the moment. And I see there’s a terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, where so far 13 people are dead and 50 or more are injured. I suppose that’s Trump’s fault, too. Everything seems to be Trump’s fault. Nothing was ever Obama’s fault. You know, if you people would just stop for one minute and stop your hatred for this guy, and let him work, and quit blaming everything on him, he might could get something done. Just let him try. I mean, you people talk about how you’re the part of – you want equality, and your peaceful. That’s a big bogus lie. You are not – you do not want equality. And you’re not peaceful at all. As a matter of fact, you’re quite the opposite of peaceful. % % % Given that North Carolina saw a record tourism dollars in 2016, while House Bill 2 was in full effect, I would have to say that while you may not want to credit HB2...

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Letters to the Editor: August 17, 2017

SLIDING TOWARD ANARCHY DEAR EDITOR, To paraphrase Jack Nicholson’s character the Joker from the Batman movie, “This country needs an enema,” and I know where to stick the nozzle. Colleges are becoming progressive indoctrination camps run by a minority of the inmates with the help of spineless administrations, and in the case of publicly funded universities, done so on our dime. The federal government is proving the definition of insanity by doing the same thing repeatedly expecting a different outcome, again doing it on our dime. American society is being destroyed by state and local bureaucrats enforcing ordinances and rules (not laws) designed to appease a fraction of 1 percent of the populations by denying citizens their God-given rights under the Constitution. But the part that should be really scaring people is the obvious lack guts on the part of law enforcement officials to enforce peace and order. I’m not talking about the street level officers; I’m referring to the gutless wonders over them. I will not buy into the idea that the beat cop on the line is choosing to ignore the chaos occurring in front of them. They are acting on orders, or a lack thereof, from their superiors who in turn are kowtowing to the politicians too afraid to act for fear of making someone mad and thus losing their cushy position. A statue was pulled...

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August 17, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Why does the president of the United States keep going, every speech he gives going back to Obama and Hillary Clinton? His campaign speech, Hillary locked up. Obama did this. Obama did that. Will somebody, please, talk to him, tell him, you are the president of the United States. There are certain things you can do and you cannot do. But what he needs to learn, he needs to get off the same boat he’s riding and find another ship to ride on and be a president for the United States. Will somebody, please, explain that he’s the president. He don’t have to defend his victory and everything. Somebody tell him he’s the president. Good morning. I live in High Point. I’m reading the Rhino, the Thursday, August 3 edition. City Council, $95,000 payment. I find this absolutely disgusting that the City Council of Greensboro voted to pay this criminal thug one penny, and it cost two good police officers their job. I would not be a police officer in Greensboro for $500,000 a year knowing the City Council and the mayor does not have your back. It is disgusting. Thank you Yes, I’m calling from High Point. Our city leaders have sold, or has handed, our city to High Point University. They tear down more property there, High Point University, colors and names. The homes and the businesses...

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Letters to the Editor: August 10, 2017

THAT’S WHY DEAR EDITOR, In the August edition, Mike Northius had many complaints about President Donald Trump. I will not address his litany of complaints because he is insinuating that he wants all campaign promises 100 percent fulfilled right now, less than eight months after Trump took office.  That is a childish approach to the topic of campaign promises. It is the equivalent of a little child stamping his foot and screaming over and over, “I want it! I want it right now!” I will, however, address his rather uneducated claim that the Electoral College is a “system that, in the age of instant communication, is obsolete.” Mr. Northius, the speed of communication is not the point of the Electoral College. The point of the system is to keep the bigger states from controlling who will be president. The founding fathers knew that some states would become larger and more populous than others and so they created the college to prevent those states from taking over. I did the numbers, and using each state’s total population number as its eligible voting number (for lack of a more accurate one), I made the assumption that if one half of the voters (only one half) in each of the states of Texas, Florida, New York and California, which is where Hillary Clinton’s surplus of 3 million votes came from, were to vote for...

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August 10, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Literally, from the most decent, humble and classy president in modern American history to quite the opposite of everything that’s good and decent. Wow. Poetry is an act of peace. Peace, an act of poetry. Thank you, Beep. Yes, I’m calling regarding an editorial letter that I just read by a candidate in District 5 who is opposing Tony Wilkins. He accuses Tony of supporting a woman batterer. He accuses Tony of being a liar. And he says that he hates – or Tony hates cops. All of this is bull manure. This particular candidate has tried to run for something, for anything, just to get elected for years. Why would a current uniformed police officer not have the avid support of the local Police Officers Association? That’s interesting in itself. On the other hand, Tony has received the endorsement of the Greensboro Firefighters Association. It is time for Sen. McCain to resign from the Senate. I don’t wish him any bad luck with his health problems, but, with his vote, he has hurt millions and millions and millions of American families. He has no feelings for the American family. And, also, he’s trying to be a star in working with the Democrats, like the Democrats worked with Republicans for the last eight years. What a big laugh. And it is time for Mitch McConnell to step aside. He...

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Letters to the Editor: August 3, 2017

KEEP THOSE CARDS AND LETTERS COMING DEAR EDITOR, In the July 20 and July 27 editions of the Rhino Times, you published a letter to the editor from my opponent in the Greensboro City Council race for District 5. I want to thank you for that. Tony Wilkins District 5 City Councilmember NOT HIS PRESIDENT DEAR EDITOR, The past several Under the Hammers, you’ve omitted facts which counter your statements. You assert “The American people” elected Trump – facts: 46 percent of eligible voters abstained, 7 percent voted independent, of the remaining 47 percent, 3 million more voted Hillary. Trump was “elected” by an electoral system that, in the age of instant communication, is obsolete. You state that Trump is fulfilling campaign promises. Huh? Where is the great wall “Mexico will pay for”?  If it’s built it will be with our tax dollars, Mexico will pay “later” with tariffs – meaning American consumers will pay more for Mexican produce/goods, meaning continue to pay for it indefinitely. Where’s his “more affordable/better” healthcare? Obamacare actually made insurance accessible/affordable to my family and many friends including Republicans. Problems with the ACA could be fixed simply: Let Americans purchase drugs from Canada/Europe, tort reform, and let people buy insurance across state lines. Our health care is rated below Costa Rica in world standing (26th?), but the most expensive worldwide. The Republican answer – return to a...

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August 3, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hey there. This is the Pleasant Garden Republican calling. I just watched Jared Kushner’s speech in front of the White House about the collusion with the Russians and all that mess that’s going on, but he forgot to mention one very important thing, even though he handled himself well in front of the news media. He forgot the most important part: He should have made clear to all the news media that under no circumstances at any time did he meet with Boris Badenov, Natasha or Mr. Big, and that he is no way connected with trying to get rid of Moose and Squirrel. Ha, ha, ha. Anybody that’s my age, 62 and older, knows all about that from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. That should tell you just about how ridiculous it’s gotten. But if I had been Jared Kushner, that’s exactly what I would have said to the news media, and they would have gone berserk. It’s Sunday morning, and the man and his father being held in Iran was on Fox News Live. When Obama and John Kerry gave Iran $150 billion in cash, I don’t know whether they mentioned getting the man turned loose or not. They’ve been holding him for 10 years. If that had been his daddy, I believe he would have said something about, I’ll let you have the money if you...

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July 27, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I am very tired of hearing about occurrences at Camp Lejern. Print that however you want. There is no R in Camp Lejeune. And after several years of French, I have no idea where this comes from. Please, stop calling it Camp Lejern. I know of no such actual place. Thank you. Bye. % % % Editor’s Note: It sounds strange to those of us who have heard Camp “Lejune” all our lives, but it’s the Marine Corps that made the change. Gen. John Lejeune, for whom the camp is named, pronounced his name “Lejern,” and the Marine Corps decided it should follow suit. % % % Whoever originated this new math was determined that all students would hate math the rest of their lives. All the people in the school superintendent’s office should have to do two hours doing multiplying fourth-grade math. % % % Regarding the current healthcare vote delayed by Republican politicians, oh, the irony of respecting someone’s medical needs before purposefully erasing others’ rights to medical care. If all politicians’ government-provided health care was the same as what they wished upon the American voter, I’m sure there would be a change of heart. John McCain, a well-known and hardworking politician, is receiving great medical attention for what now is a preexisting condition. What would his insurance rates be? Or, better still, would he be denied...

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Letters to the Editor: July 27, 2017

Council Candidate Speaks Out Dear Editor, I might have been hard on John Hammer lately but it is not like I had no good reason. I actually like John and read his paper way before I ever had the idea to run for any office. I will say the paper does give a different point of view from other papers and at times I agree with John. I like to add that I will prove myself as a leader if I win District 5 because I always get the job done. Mr. Tony Wilkins is a failure and if you read the December 9, 2015 News and Record, Tony said that he and Blust were ineffective, his words not mine. Mr. Tony Wilkins is a women batter supporter and he proved that when he backed a certain criminal over Officer Cole, the City paid good money to a felon who beats on women, call me a liar and will prove it. The suspect before ever meeting Officer Cole was a convicted felon with a long arrest sheet so I don’t want to hear from Tony the women battering charges came later, the criminal has a long history and you can look it up yourself. The video of Officer Cole arresting the felon was not extreme and if Tony or council ever did any police work they know that. I read...

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July 20, 2017 Sound of the Beep

The news agencies have got a short memory. This is July 10. They talk about Trump’s daughter sitting in on a meeting overseas, that she shouldn’t have been sitting there because so and so and so and so. They forgot all about Michelle Obama changing the schools’ food. Had no right whatsoever to do it. Stopped them from even selling peanuts. Said they were fattening. So they didn’t want them to sell any peanuts. And while I’m on the subject, pretty boy Floyd and John Kerry gave Iran $150 billion in cash. Now they found out Iran is the one that’s helping North Korea fix these missiles so they can reach the United States of America, and they don’t say nothing about that either. There should be something said about it. And everybody knows that what I’m telling you right here is true. This is not something that’s just been thought up overnight. % % % To Commissioner Carolyn Coleman, you need to realize this country was not founded on your religious beliefs. Who cares who drinks when on what day, period? Eight-to-one, welcome to the 21st century and let businesses make money doing what they do. Cheers. % % % I haven’t been in a federal building in quite a while. Is it true Trump’s picture isn’t hanging on the wall? That’s a little disturbing. I’m guessing Obama’s...

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Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2017

City Council Candidate Speaks Out Dear Editor, Well john likes to take shots at me, let me give some back. I do like to run because I don’t give up, yes I changed parties but so did the conservative God you call Ronald Reagan. As per losing races yes I do but I guess I am as good as running as you are owning and running a paper, you were on the tax deadbeat list if I recall and you lost your business and many jumped ship if I recall, happens when you don’t want to be with a loser.  The fact is you forgot your conservatives also run multiple times, did Blust not file in House 62 and Congress race, oh wait it was not me so no need to laugh at me. Your boy Tony and Blust did they not clown each other not long ago, you forget. The fact is you don’t know nothing about owning a business because Sweet Daddy Roy saved you, and he happens to give lots of money to certain people on council who happen to vote on his projects, lots of people change parties John. I like you to remember facts, I have two pensions, healthcare for life, money coming in for life, properties, what you have John, oh wait they auctioned it off and Roy saved you because you be...

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Rhino Shorts: July 13, 2017

Here’s an idea that won’t cost the city a dime, but would be helpful to its citizens. First, list the Greensboro City Council meetings on the city meetings calendar on the city web page. The City Council meetings may not seem as important to staff as the TaiRoGa workout class, but a lot of people like to know when the governing body for the city meets. Second, in some easy to find location place a readable and printable list of what residents can put in their recycling containers. It appears that even the city is a little unsure on this, so it might force the city to find out exactly what is and isn’t recyclable and then they could tell the rest of us. ***** One of the most frightening maps imaginable for the future of our country can be found in the July 7 edition of the Triad Business Journal. It lists the wealthiest communities in the US and far and away the wealthiest place in the country is Washington, DC. Of course, Washington, DC, isn’t listed but out of the top 25 wealthiest communities eight are in the DC area. Chevy Chase, Maryland, is the wealthiest; Chevy Chase Village, Maryland, is number 15; next door Somerset, Maryland, is 12; and Chevy Chase (CDP) is number 20. In Virginia, Wolf Trap is number 4, Great Falls is number...

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July 13, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Hey, mayor and city councilmembers, I’ve got a great marketing idea for downtown Greensboro. Since you’re very intent on construction on every road in downtown, why don’t change the logos on the side of the vehicles of the little cute leaves to a detour sign. And we can also, instead of calling ourselves Gate City, we can call ourselves Detour City. And that would make sure to bring a lot of visitors downtown. I’m just sure. Because we just love tearing up all the streets at the same time. Thanks. % % % July Fourth fireworks? Are you kidding me? I don’t imagine anyone except those folks in the ballpark, and the people who live at Center Pointe, could even see them. It was pathetic. % % % This is hysterical. I’m a 59-year-old man who happens to dye my hair to cover up the gray. No big deal there. Last week I went into a grocery store to buy wine. And I got carded. Flattering, but amusing nonetheless. Two days later, I went to a restaurant and was asked if I qualify for a senior citizen discount. You just can’t make this stuff up. But it is funny. % % % Hi, Rhino. I’m calling in reference to the lady that cannot get in touch with somebody at the News & Record. She wants the magazine stopped. They...

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Letters to the Editor: July 13, 2017

Citizens Unite? Dear Editor, Calling all concerned citizens who are fed up with perceived or actual mistakes that occasionally occur in our local surgical centers and operating rooms. We are forming the first surgeon citizens review board, which will be comprised of locals who will review the professional actions during video-documented surgical procedures by Greensboro doctors. Where mistakes are made, members will democratically vote and decide whether or not to publicly sanction, chastise, berate or criminally slander the erring surgeon. Oh, wait. We aren’t surgeons. We aren’t privy to the years of professional development, experience and continuing education that these skilled men and women endure. We couldn’t possibly possess a valid opinion on such procedures. Never mind. Bad idea. Blair Flowers Energetic Disagreement Dear Editor, The Rhino Times is the most reliable paper in the county, so it’s truly too bad that you are so uninformed about renewable energy. Contrary to your recent assertion, there are, in fact, huge batteries to store electricity. California installed two giant storage projects this past year. We need more installations, but the technology exists and is working very well. In the absence of storage, utilities can and do use solar power. Peak electricity demand occurs when the sun is shining. It’s much cheaper for utilities to add solar power to the grid than to start and stop expensive and inefficient peaker plants. When...

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July 6, 2017 Sound of the Beep

Go into any federal office building and look for a picture of our great President Trump. You will not find them. Many of the federal buildings do not display Mr. Trump as required by law. I think it’s a disgrace. And the building managers should be fired immediately. Have a great day, and God bless America and President Trump. % % % This is a question about 15 of us would like the editor to respond to. Someone asks for a free inspection to find a problem. They never found it. They never came to do anything more. Never signed any papers of any kind in any shape, form, and the job was not done. He was asked to leave. He didn’t leave. And, then, they, unbeknownst to the party involved, apparently, an attorney or someone, has filed a lien against this person’s property, any property that they have, to try to collect for a job not done that they had to hire someone else to do and pay them the following day. Now, our question is this, how can that possibly be legal? % % % Editor’s Note: We’ve forwarded your question to Ask Carolyn. % % % This is our second call from a group of us who want to know about what’s going on with Spectrum, the new supposed owners of Time Warner Cable. We are...

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Letters to the Editor: July 6, 2017

DA Fraud is a Felony Dear Editor, Raleigh Chief District Attorney Lauren Freeman indicted two chief district attorneys, Craig Blitzer of Rockingham County and Wallace Brasher of Person and Caswell Counties of one misdemeanor each of failure to discharge the duties of their office. These are the two who conspired, along with their wives, to defraud and cheat the State if North Carolina out of about $100,000 by hiring each other wives for “no show jobs.” And the best the Raleigh district attorney could come up with is a misdemeanor, which is a slap in the face to real justice and to all the people of North Carolina who are the victims in these cases. North Carolina General Statutes 14-100 clearly covers false pretense in this situation. In short: If any person obtains or attempt to obtain money or anything if value with the intent to cheat and defraud is guilty of a felony – a Class C felony if over $100,000 or a Class H felony if under $100,000. Further, why are not the wives also charged? The prosecution of these cases would be like shooting fish in a barrel, if only the North Carolina district attorney had good judgment, a backbone and a scintilla of common sense. I am disgusted with the misdemeanor charges in these cases. Howard D. Cole Doing Time for PC Crime Dear Editor,...

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