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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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Letters to the Editor: June 15, 2017

Editor’s Note: State Sen. Trudy Wade sent the following letter to the News & Observer after the paper published an editorial attacking her. The N&O not only didn’t print the letter, the editors didn’t respond to numerous phone calls from Wade’s office about the letter. So much for mainstream newspapers wanting to present both sides of the story. Wade Answers N&O Dear Editor, I shook my head as I read your June 2 editorial, “Sen. Trudy Wade takes aim at newspapers with two costly bills.” Rather than engage in a reasonable debate on the merits of the legislation, you used your bully pulpit to launch a personal attack against me – perhaps because you know you can’t win on the merits or justify your own hypocrisy. For your readers who couldn’t benefit from a single balanced news story in the N&O on my most recent bill, a bipartisan Senate took action to delete a special carve-out in the Workers’ Compensation Act that prevents newspaper delivery workers from being classified as “employees” of their publications entitled to benefits such as unemployment insurance, payroll taxes and workers’ compensation coverage – as long as multiple criteria are met. This legislation was partially inspired by a five-part series published in this very newspaper describing how some North Carolina companies gain an unfair competitive advantage by improperly treating their workers as independent contractors and...

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