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Feb. 16, 2017 Sound of the Beep

You know, I’d go somewhere and protest against that Ninth Circuit Court deal. But I got to work. Get it? % % % Good morning. I just wanted to call the Rhino for another great issue. Sorry to hear about Mr. Brooks’ passing. I was reading the column, Street Level, Policing in the Twilight Zone. This is great. This is super. A lot of his situations belong up there with News of the Weird. I’ll tell you that. But, please, keep it up. We appreciate your paper. We appreciate your expertise, and I hope I never get under the Hammer. You take care. Bye. % % % You want to talk about discrimination? Did someone say something about discrimination? Let me tell you who is the most discriminated against people are in our country. The people who are discriminated the most against are poor people. I’m not talking about black people. I’m not talking about Hispanic. I’m not talking about whites. I’m talking about poor people. They are the most discriminated against people in America. I’m sorry. You can’t eat in this restaurant because you don’t quite have enough money. I’m sorry, you can’t sit in the front of the airplane, this is for the people with all the money. First class. I’m sorry, you can’t live in this gated community, because you don’t have enough money. I’m sorry,...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 9, 2017

What If You Want a Revolution? Dear Editor, In Sen. Dan Bishop’s column, he wants to make it a crime to “threaten, intimidate or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her actions.” Wasn’t this same course of action the whole basis of the founding of our country? If fighting a revolution against the king wasn’t retaliation, then how does Sen. Bishop (or anyone else) define the term? And how can chasing a man down an alley for five minutes possibly compare to taking up arms for six years in order to overthrow the current regime, and institute a new form of government? Our Constitution guarantees the people the right to protest and demonstrate against unjust, oppressive or corrupt officials. We have seen this right exercised numerous times in our country’s history, particularly during the 1960s during the Vietnam War and the civil rights era. Though there were a number of times when, unfortunately, these demonstrations turned riotous and violent, could anyone deny that they helped bring about the end of Vietnam and beginning of civil rights for blacks? If I were an elected official of this state, I would be very hesitant about voting Sen. Bishop’s proposal into law. Under this proposal, anyone who writes a letter, sends an email, speaks out in public...

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Feb. 9, 2017 Sound of the Beep

There are two words to describe Trump supporters: ignorant and gullible. That doesn’t mean they’re bad people, just that they’re uninformed and they’ll believe anything the man says. Ignorant and gullible. % % % Hillary walked out of her mansion and didn’t see her shadow, which means four more years with her not being president. % % % You brave people that want to tote around a gun so you can protect someone from someone else with a gun. That’s fine. But as soon as the shooting starts, you need to jump up, get the shooter’s attention and let him know that you have a gun, and you’re going to be shooting back so that you distract him, and you are the one being fired on since you are so brave. That would show me that you really are true in what you say that I want to help protect people from someone with a gun. Then put yourself in the line of fire. That is truly protecting someone from someone else with a gun. Otherwise, you’re just a wimp. % % % I’d like to comment on Mr. Rees’ column concerning the UK’s European Project of 1973. That should be a must-read for all independent thinkers. Such insight from his knowledge and experience is priceless. Would love to read more from him. Well done, Mr. Rees. We raise...

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Feb. 2, 2017 Sound of the Beep

I just finished reading the second installment of the Street Level cop column, and I wanted to commend that officer for his fine writing. And he certainly could probably have a second career should he choose to go in that direction. Thank you. % % % I read the article in the Jan. 12 Rhino Times, “Commissioners Want Answers, Not Requests for More DSS Jobs.” As a citizen that has been dealing with DSS, I have several recommendations to help them to be more efficient. One, provide clients with written guidelines of what is expected or what each party’s responsibilities are. When questions about policy and procedures regarding the aspect of their program came up, we were told they didn’t have any. So each social worker interprets the situations differently. McDonald’s has a policy on how to make french fries. How does DSS not have those? Treat your clients with respect. I’ve never worked with professionals whose communication practices include not returning phone calls or deleting emails without reading them. I understand the social workers are required to renew their licenses by obtaining continuing ed credits, four of which are in ethics. I only wish they applied these principles to the people and families that they are supposed to help and work with. % % % Mexico pays for the wall with every company that relocates or stays in...

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 2, 2017

Dishonest in Small Things … Dear Editor, On Jan. 2, 2017, newspapers around the country published a report from the Associated Press that stated that the inauguration attendance for President Donald Trump was far less than it had been for either of President Barack Obama’s inaugurations. To bolster their story, the AP supplied two photographs, one taken at each president’s inauguration. The photo supplied for President Trump’s inauguration clearly showed large, open spaces on the National Mall between the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. The photo supplied for President Obama’s 2009 inauguration showed the same area completely filled with people and no open spaces. The AP claimed that both photos were taken within one hour of each other on the respective inauguration days. But were they really? Live television feeds and photos from other news agencies after the noon hour showed no open areas on the Mall during President Trump’s inauguration. Granted, the AP photos were shot from the Washington Monument looking towards the Capitol, while television and other media were taken from the Capitol looking towards the Washington Monument. So what happened to all those large open areas shown in the AP photo? Proponents of the AP story say it was the difference in photo angles that caused a discrepancy in the number of people that appeared in the respective photos. However, a Getty Images photo...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 26, 2017

Half Truths Are Fake News Dear Editor, The Associated Press may well be the most prolific source of “fake news” on the planet. By using carefully crafted phrases and terms intended to mislead and misinform, they attempt to steer public opinion to the side of the alt left. For instance, how many times have you read an AP news item stating that North Carolina HB2 “limits protections for LGBT persons.” While this is partly true, by failing to report what those limits are, they have and are purposely misleading the public. As it turns out, LGBT protections are limited to the very same protections as everyone else. This is hardly discrimination and is, in fact, equal treatment for all persons under the law. Then we have last week’s AP reports on various “immigrant” rallies and protests. A closer read reveals that these so called “immigrants” are actually in the US illegally. In other words, they are illegal aliens, not mere immigrants. Calling them immigrants is tantamount to calling someone that enters your home uninvited a guest.  If everyone who enters this country is termed an immigrant, how do you differentiate between those who enter legally and those who sneak in illegally? The AP would rather that you didn’t. These are only two examples of how the AP reports half-truths and uses clever word play to distort facts, mislead and influence...

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Jan. 26, 2017 Sound of the Beep

  Well, Trump is finally our president. And the Republicans can kiss their elephant, and the Democrats can kiss their, er, uh, donkey. % % % Well, more Beep amusement this week. You need to explain that Social Security is geared toward COLA. That’s c-o-l-a. Two weeks in a row somebody thinks Obama has something to do with the Social Security increase. If you had a Republican in there, you’d put your two-liner in there and explain COLA. I assume you understand how Social Security works connected to COLA. And about the guy that doesn’t like Buffett. Well, most of Trump’s appointees are billionaires. Tell him to buy BRK-B. That’s BRK-B. The caller connecting Obama to Hitler, he needs to understand that Trump’s friend, who happens to be head of Russia, controls newspapers, TVs and magazines, etc. % % % Good evening. This is the Blue-Eyed Devil. Shout out to Steely Dan Fan. Thanks for new year’s wishes, and back at you. Don’t be surprised if the press is giving Trump a bad one. The Rhino is the only thing that even touches the truth, even though sometimes it leans so far to the right it slides off my coffee table. % % % The age of post-factual journalism is upon us. The age of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow doesn’t exist anymore. What the progressives, what the...

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Guest Editorial • Crossing the Line

by NC State Sen. Dan Bishop   Lines are being crossed, and I have been holding my tongue. Recently, however, one of the growing series of spectacles caught my attention like no other. It was a video showing the immediate past governor of North Carolina chased by a chanting mob down a blind alley in Washington, DC, on Saturday. The 3:35 video begins with former Gov. Pat McCrory bidding goodbye to TV commentator Lou Dobbs on a city sidewalk. The mob approaches him and begins chanting and shouting, “Shame on you … You’re a bigot and an a**hole … You’re not a man, you’re a coward.” McCrory retreats calmly in the company of three women and Dobbs down an alley to a building entrance that is locked. As they wait to be admitted, the mob continues to chant, “Shame.” Just after the one-minute mark, the ringleader says, “We’ve got you now.” Two more anxious minutes pass until uniformed Secret Service officers arrive and usher the mob away. The mob turns on them, shouting, “Shame on the cops, too.” Ubiquitous leftist rioters are fond of shouting, “Shame,” but invariably incapable of it. Udai Basavaraj is given credit for the video, as if he’s a news photographer. Basavaraj hails from Greensboro. His GoFundMe pages beg $1,000 to attend Socialism 2016 in Chicago last July and two grand for buses to take members...

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Guest Editorial • A Brexit Primer

by Chris Rees An Independent Thinker   They call it bait and switch. When the UK was taken into “the European Project” in 1973 without the consent of the British people, the ensuing outcry forced the government to call a referendum on the issue – in 1975. I remember it being hotly debated at my school, among both the boys and masters. Should we remain in the Common Market, as it was called? The “Yes” campaign dominated the mass media, and the bien pensants were unanimous in their approval. After all, who could be against free trade, especially in such a great trading nation? So the British people were persuaded to remain in the bloc, or the European Economic Community as it was formally called. Little did we know that it would result in us being told what kind of cabbage we would be allowed to grow, or what shape of bananas we would be allowed to eat. For we had been assured by Prime Minister Edward Heath that British sovereignty would not be impinged upon by one jot. He lied. Forty years later we found that we were prohibited from making trade deals with other nations, that the highest court in the land (which we must obey) resided in Luxembourg, and that any conflict between British law and EU law would nullify the British law, allowing EU law...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 19, 2017

Cryin’ Time Again Dear Editor, Darn those filthy Russians for their role in making Americans aware of the shady way our most popular political party manipulated the media and their own party members in favor of their chosen one.  We should never have learned that our secretary of state used secret illegal backchannel private communication to hide her ineptitude and corruption.  How dare they tell us the truth?  We should quickly nuke them so we would no longer have need of facts or honesty in our political system.  Oh crud, flashback, didn’t we accuse their government of deceiving their own citizenry too. Frankly, I am stunned by the childishness of the Dems and their need to blame their stunning loss to Trump on someone else.  As said in the movie Animal House, “Face it, Otter, you fudged up.”  The sooner they recognize their error and re-direct their efforts, the sooner they begin to regain strength. Honestly, as a businessman who has seen sales drop by 50 percent as a result of Obamanomics, I hope they continue to whine, pout and protest.  That just increases the time our sensible citizens have to reverse the degenerative slide Dems have inflicted on us the last eight years.  Oh snap, I forgot, they are now gonna revert to their old playbook, page 1, and blame it all on George again, whiney britches. Make...

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Jan. 19, 2017 Sound of the Beep

This kind of goes along with what I called in last week about, it’s ironic that the Tuesday, Dec. 20 meeting of Sharon Hightower getting in Nancy Vaughan’s face. And here it is the middle of January, and we haven’t seen anything in the News & Record. You know, are these kinds of things kept quiet by the liberal press. And, really, I don’t expect to see much in the newspaper once it goes to Winston-Salem to be printed. So, all I can say is, Mr. Roy Carroll, if there is any way, I think it’s time for you to start printing a daily paper, because as it shows here in your article about Hightower, you just don’t find that kind of stuff in the News & Record. Or if something does happen, it’s at least two weeks and three weeks after the Rhino Times has already printed it. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work. Bye. % % % You want to see double standard at its best? Have you heard Obama, or Loretta Lynch, or Sharpton, or anybody condemn those four young black people for torturing that retarded, or mentally challenged, excuse me, white kid? No. Not one word. Not a single word. Let me tell you, if the roles were reversed, if it was the other way around, and four white kids kidnapped...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 12, 2017

Diversity Talk Is Just That Dear Editor, Observing the recent election and its aftermath, it dawns on me that neither Donald Trump nor his supporters are prone to violence. Ironically, it is those opposed to Trump that have been proven as the ones who defame, protest, riot, loot, burn and advocate anarchy. For all their talk about diversity and tolerance, they are anarchists in sheep’s clothing. Frank Swanson Shocked, Shocked Dear Editor, Everywhere there are headlines decrying the Russians for involving themselves in our elections. Yet as of right now nobody has produced solid evidence. As retired military, I understand that some information cannot be released without compromising the source, which can do harm to future operations or, worse, get someone jailed or killed. And I do have a big problem with someone from outside interfering or trying to interfere with our sovereignty. But I also have a problem with how this whole thing is being used, primarily by the left. News flash – we’ve done the same thing in other places. The United States government has conducted this type of operation in other countries before. In fact, dear leader’s own administration attempted it in Israel just last year. In the movie Casablanca, the local Nazi representative orders the prefect of police to find an excuse to close down Rick’s bar because the locals are showing intolerance towards them. When...

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Jan. 12, 2017 Sound of the Beep

The progressive narrative that Russia influenced our elections, and that’s the reason Hillary lost, is entirely a construct of the media. And the media thinks we actually are listening to them anymore. Russia hacking our election is exactly what the Democrats would love us to believe. They have yet to say that Hillary Clinton lost because of Hillary Clinton. They think if they keep pushing this narrative of Russia, Russia, Russia, that sometime in the near future we’ll forget that Hillary Clinton lost because she was deceitful, dishonest, calculating and entirely unfit to be president. The entire American population had an opinion about Hillary Clinton, and she lost the election. It’s the second time she’s lost. Hillary, herself, has never come forth and said she was guilty of anything. Extreme negligence is when you forget to sterilize instruments at the hospital … % % % I’m reading in your Sound of the Beep where is sounds like a bunch of Republicans are saying that during President Obama’s eight years in office that over a thousand Democratic seats were lost in the House, Senate, governorships, town councils, city councils all across the country. Well, that is what happens when Republicans gerrymander the district. That’s how they win all those seats. You know how to tell if something is gerrymandered? You look back at the election results. If every single election...

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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 5, 2017

Sometimes You Lose Dear Editor, After Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton, Susan Ladd wondered what she should tell her daughter. Here are some ideas: The world does not revolve around either one of us. There are other people who have other opinions. That does not make them evil. Sometimes they are right and we are wrong. In any election, someone wins and someone loses. Sometimes we lose. Life isn’t fair. Get used to it. Birth control paid for by someone else is not a right. Pregnancy is neither an accident nor a disease. Abortion is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. The media sometimes tells only part of the truth, sometimes distorts the truth and sometimes lies. The newspaper I work for does all three. Money doesn’t grow on trees. If you want something, get a job and work for it. There is no free lunch. There are no free cell phones. There is no free health care. We don’t get money from Washington; Washington gets money from us. We criticize Republicans for gerrymandering. We didn’t criticize Democrats for gerrymandering. That makes us hypocrites. The world will not quit turning on Jan. 20. It may actually improve for all of us. Wayne Hinson     What Must Police Dogs Think Dear Editor, Dog owners should be very careful around the authorities. A federal court in Michigan has ruled...

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Jan. 5, 2017 Sound of the Beep

This message is for John Hammer. I was reading the story by your dad: Remembering the Gifts You Never Got, second page, Dec. 22, Rhino Times. And, man, I’m just boohooing. It’s a wonderful story. I read it every year. I appreciate that you keep running that story. And a different topic. Democrats refuse to appeal HB2. I’m a Democrat, but some of that certainly is true. It’s a total mess, and somewhat unnecessary. Anyway, thank you, sir, for your newspaper. On occasion I agree with your politics, but I look for it every year to read this story about your dad. But what a real, real, real Christian: splitting the gifts and everything else 50/50. % % % Christmas Eve, just got in. Channel 2 has a – I’ll call back. % % % With Barack Obama giving Iran the money that he did, and turning his back on Israel with about 30 days to go in office, and this is the man that the Democrat Party, I think, is going to try to rally behind to try to bring the party back together. I’m 81 years old, and I don’t believe there will ever be another Democrat Party in as long as they got him leading them. I was a Democrat at one time, but I switched over several years ago, because I realized I don’t believe...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 29, 2016

State Politics Too Political Dear Editor, On August 11, 2016, the US District Court of the Middle District of NC ruled that there were 28 districts that were racially gerrymandered and that these districts violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The ruling stated that new maps must be drawn that complied with the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.  Due to time limitations, the court ruled that the maps would be drawn after the upcoming Nov. 8 election. Many voters were disenfranchised because of these racially gerrymandered districts. The vote they would cast in November would not have its full power as the gerrymandered system guaranteed unequal representation. On Nov. 8, I cast my ballot for Roy Cooper for governor, in good faith that if elected Mr. Cooper would be fully vested with the same powers that McCrory has as governor; 22,281,155 voters cast their vote for Mr. Cooper, all with the understanding that Mr. Cooper would be fully empowered as governor by the existing North Carolina Constitution. In December, Gov. McCrory called a special session to discuss disaster relief. At the ending of this session, Republicans immediately issued a proclamation convening another session. The petition authorizing this session was signed on Monday without the knowledge of Democrats who were not notified until noon on Wednesday. This allowed no opportunities for constituents to be truly represented by their...

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Dec. 29, 2016 Sound of the Beep

Good morning, Beep. Just watching some of the talking heads this morning. You know, Angela Merkel has really made a mess out of the once great and prosperous country. And she should be taken out of office and put on house arrest for all of the crazy views that she’s got about letting all these illegals into that country and having them wreak havoc, have everybody on their toes all the time when someone is going to run over us? When someone is going to kill my child? It’s craziness. She should be taken out of office. Merry Christmas. % % % Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin were communicating using email, with Huma sharing the laptop with her then husband, the pervert Anthony Weiner. This was totally unsecure and the FBI has stated that US classified information was compromised as a result. By the Russians? Sure – and everybody else who wanted to hack the US secretary of state. And now Hillary and the liberals want to complain that her emails have become public, which depressed her vote total? Yes, my dear Democrats, your candidate has been exposed as a conniving, corrupt witch who secretly torpedoed Bernie’s campaign and who couldn’t be trusted with our secrets. She got outed precisely because she was so criminally careless. Now she complains that it cost her the election. Well, ain’t life tough?...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 22, 2016

There’s Already Enough Development Dear Editor, Your opinion pieces sometimes leave me wondering if you’re one of the Hammers who lived in the box my Uncle Joe always told me I was as dumb as. In your Thanksgiving issue you attacked the City Council for opposing an annexation and rezoning request by a commercial developer hoping to build on Lake Brandt Road, just south of the lake and the protected area surrounding it. It’s no surprise you’d favor, unquestioning, commercial development just about anywhere since your paper is published by a commercial developer.  But you shouldn’t expect the City Council to do the same. Councilmembers didn’t fail the city by asking questions, listening to the long-established residents who will have to contend with whatever the developer chooses to build, and ultimately deciding they would not grant him the annexation and the zoning changes he requested.  They did their jobs.  Enough of them concluded the development as proposed at that particular site would create problems for more than just the “50 angry people” you huffed about. Maybe you can’t see the issue as clearly too – beyond being professionally blinkered – because of the dust kicked up by the projects already under way heading north of the city.  Lawndale’s got a commercial in-fill project, and a patio home project, and crews are clearing land for the approaching northern beltway.  North...

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Dec. 22, 2016 Sound of the Beep

I am reading the Dec. 8 edition of the Rhino, Under the Hammer, and I will agree with Mr. Hammer 100 percent on the article that he has written. If anyone hasn’t read it, they need to read it. But I agree with him saying that the Democrats reelecting Nancy Pelosi to the minority leader tells you all you need to know about the Democratic Party. The nation’s moving on, and the Democratic Party is stuck in the mud. But, anyway, enjoy your paper. And thanks a lot. Bye. % % % Well, Mr. Trump has already showing his true colors. He’s already filled his Cabinet with fat-cat billionaires and major campaign donors more than any president elected in recent history. Linda McMahon, the new head of Trump’s Small Business Administration gave the campaign almost $8 million. The new labor secretary donated a third of a million. This crowd doesn’t give a darn about Trump voters, America’s working men and women. You backed the wrong guy. I feel bad for you. % % % I would say the Democratic Party has truly become despicable. They’re claiming now that Donald Trump was elected – this is in reference to the Harvard post-election meeting between the campaign managers – the Democrats are publicly stating that Donald Trump was elected off the back of white racists. This is how they now describe...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 15, 2016

Why Wouldn’t Russia Want Hillary? Dear Editor, Could some one explain why Russia would want Clinton out? During her and Obama’s guidance, the following has happened. ISIS has grown into a de facto State. Russia seized the Crimea and invaded part of Ukraine. Refusing to send weapons to help the Ukraine, they sent military ration (MREs). Obama drew a line in the sand to stop bombing and the use of gas, then did nothing. Russian jets are now bombing Allepo. So far Russia has had a free hand under Clinton and Obama. So why would they want to risk a Trump administration? It makes no strategic sense. Trump is an unknown; he is unpredictable. So why gamble on Clinton becoming a raging tiger against Russian interests? Just something to think about. Ed Philpott     Money Confiscated From Taxpayers Dear Editor, By the time Trump assumes office the national debt will be at or near $20 trillion (thank you, dear leader). Cutting federal funding from “sanctuary cities” helps a small amount but nowhere near enough. Cutting the giveaways to foreign countries will also help some. Balanced trade agreements are another small help. The reduction or elimination of the giveaway programs for illegal aliens is another. I hear the howls of outrage from social justice warrior (SJW) liberals now. But there is an irrefutable fact that must be faced. We have a...

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Dec. 15, 2016 Sound of the Beep

It would really be nice if Page High School would stop shooting off the canons on Friday nights because it’s scaring all the dogs around anywhere in a mile radius. It’s ridiculous. I know two people that are missing two dogs because they got the stuffing scared out of them and jumped the fence. The drums I can see. But the canons got to go. Thank you. % % % Dear Rhino. I’m writing the obituary of three of Greensboro’s longtime residents. Yes, indeed, these healthy and living life oak trees were quietly murdered behind the construction fencing at the Steven Tanger entertainment center downtown Greensboro. All that is left are three healthy stumps with deep roots protruding from the ground like monuments of what were old members of our city. These trees were a rare oak, nondeciduous variety, which means their green leaves were always present in winter and summer, like the city of Greensboro’s logo, which may be why they were planted years ago. I worked downtown for decades and admired these quiet and strong residents. % % % Yes, I think that the sit-in museum, civil rights museum, whatever the heck it’s called, should close its doors. I’m tired of the city using taxpayers’ money to give to the museum, and Jones, himself, didn’t even know who owned the building. And, to me, it’s just a...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 8, 2016

Go North, Old Man Dear Editor, Perhaps you should move to New Jersey, or farther north, where every corner is developed. What makes Greensboro a nice place to live is open space and parks. It is wonderful to have Lake Brandt and its roads undeveloped. We do not need to rezone small strips of land everywhere to meet private speculators wishes. I live in Greensboro because of its undeveloped nature and, after just coming back from Los Angeles last week, appreciate coming home. People who don’t like beautiful Greensboro should leave if they want to live in a city with a Walgreens on every corner. Leave Lake Brandt alone. Richard Rowland   Ban the Klan Dear Editor, A local KKK group is supposed to have a pro Trump rally in our state. I would like to encourage the people of Greensboro to have an anti-Klan rally in our city.  It is time for North Carolina to “ban the Klan.” Chuck Mann     Hiding Behind the Poor Dear Editor, Faced with taking responsibility for their actions of violating federal law by being kicked off the government teat, self-named “sanctuary cities” are falling back on the same old tactic they always use – hiding behind the poor, disabled and the children. Not having the backbone to face up to the results of their actions, they are whining that if federal money is cut off,...

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Dec. 8, 2016 Sound of the Beep

Hello football fans. I consider myself to be a Carolina Panthers fan. But this season, they should consider playing Southern Guilford High School or maybe Ragsdale, possibly Dudley. However, Dudley might be a little too tough for them. Looks like the Carolina kittens are going to have to throw in the towel this year. % % % Hey, Scott. I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your column this week, Dec. 1. But I have one objection. That picture of the Grimsley girls, that should have been a front pager. That would have been great on the front page of the Rhino. Love that. % % % Good morning, Beep. I think the Green Party and the Hillary Clinton camp are holding up the nation’s work. As a whole, we need to move on. Also, I think that Mitt Romney should be done. He does not need to be in President Trump’s Cabinet. He would be running for president for himself and not for the American people’s good. Thank you. % % % The crime of the century in the NC election. Talking about foolish people. Everybody needs to get real. The election’s over. Cooper has got more votes than McCrory. I don’t know why he don’t just give up. I mean, really. I don’t like Cooper either but, hey, the man won fair and square. Let’s...

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Letters to the Editor: Dec. 1, 2016

California Voting Dear Editor, As of today, Trump leads Clinton by over 1,400,000 popular votes if California is excluded.  What can this tell us? Ray Hylton     Snowflakes Have Gone Too Far Dear Editor, At first I was amused by the reaction of the liberal/progressive/socialist/buttercup/snowflake left to the unexpected election of Trump. It was fun watching the criers, screamers and deniers as they slowly began to realize the sleeping giant that is the silent majority awoke and flexed their collective muscle. Hard working, mostly blue collar, middle class Americans that they have despised and overlooked for far too long. It progressed to protests, which is their right. But then it began to morph into something ugly – violent protests, riots, assaults. Now it has reached a point where every true American should be concerned and repulsed. Now they are threatening the electors selected to vote in the Electoral College. You haven’t seen anything about this in the mainstream media (surprise) but there have been threats of physical harm, even death directed at individual electors if they fail to cast their vote for Hilary Clinton. They have had their very lives threatened if they refuse to kowtow to these subversive scum. What have we come to? How have we allowed it to go this far? These animals are now threatening the very fabric that makes up the bindings of our...

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Dec. 1, 2016 Sound of the Beep

I agree with John Hammer’s Nov. 24 editorial regarding defunding NPR because of its liberal slant. And I’m a lifelong Democrat, a yellow dog Democrat. Listen to NPR all the time, agree with almost everything they say. But not everyone should have to pay for that. Republicans shouldn’t have to pay for it. The Tea Party shouldn’t have to pay for it. It’s just not right. This is about the second time I’ve agreed with John Hammer in 10 years. But, John, you are right on this one. % % % So the mainstream media are shocked, shocked when Donald Trump says millions voted illegally in the election, but never even raised an eyebrow when Obama encouraged illegal aliens to vote. How does that work? % % % This is to the cast of Hamilton and the way you disrespected our vice president. You’re just more trash that we need to get rid of in this world. And if that were my building, I would be bulldozing it down tomorrow. % % % Yeah, this government race for governor has really been upside down, inside out, flip-flopping like crazy. Total nightmare. Still don’t know who the governor is right now. I tell you what, come by our address and pick up a Pat McCrory for governor sign. Take it home. Stick it in your front yard. Get it out...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 24, 2016

Another Reason to Like North Carolina Dear Editor, I visited the great state of North Carolina from my home in Portland, Oregon.   But don’t hate me. I’m a closet conservative. You have to be secretive about it in Portland. For all I know, I’m the only one. Standing in line for a sandwich in High Point, I came across your publication. Do you know your newspaper had the very first photograph I’ve seen anywhere of average Americans celebrating Trump’s win? The media has put a black armband around the country. Didn’t about half the country vote for Trump? I’m sure someone, somewhere, is at least smiling, but to listen to the media, you’d think every American is mired in depression. I think half the country would say it’s morning in America and half would say they’re in mourning. So be it. There’s a loser in every election, but there are also winners. It’s too bad I had to travel three time zones away to see a little evidence of the hope that the rest of the media refuses to cover. I don’t know if it’s morning in America – it’s a tad bit early to say that Trump is in the same league as Reagan – but at least someone has woken up from sleep. I’m headed back to the narcolepsy capital of the world soon, but I enjoyed my...

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Nov. 24, 2016 Sound of the Beep

This November marks a very sad 30th anniversary in Greensboro. In November 1986, radio station WBIG, We Believe in Greensboro, 1470 AM, went off the air for good after many decades on the air. As a baby boomer who grew up in Greensboro, I could remember waking up many a school morning in the 1960s and early ’70s to the voice of Bob Pool and news director Lloyd Gordon. Shortly before he passed away, Lloyd Gordon told me the station had no idea that Jefferson Pilot was literally pulling the plug on WBIG on that November day. Long time Greensboro radio personality Dusty Dunn had the unpleasant task of telling the station listeners that afternoon that WBIG would pass into Greensboro history that evening at 6 p.m. How very sad. % % % Hello. I’m calling about the recount for Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper. I’d just like to tell Pat McCrory that we’re rooting for him and not to give up, to hang in there. Because I think the count will come back and show he is the winner. And I’d like to tell Roy Cooper that if it just so happens that he is the winner, that he’s going to have a long four years, that the American people of North Carolina are not going to be behind him. He’s going to have a rough road to...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 17, 2016

A Deplorable Speaks Dear Editor, I feel compelled to explain how a “deplorable” like me could vote for Trump. With the election finally over, and the “lesser of two evils” elected to the presidency, people with an inflated sense of self importance are coming out of the woodwork threatening to move to Canada (I’ll help Cher pack her bags, gladly), and asking how they are going to explain this to their children. I was less than thrilled with the choices we were given, but the choice was made, and it’s time for the sore losers to either get on the team, or get out. I was really torn about voting for Donald Trump. I was originally a Rubio supporter, and when Rubio dropped out before the North Carolina primary, I decided to vote for Ted Cruz. I only preferred him slightly to Trump, but felt he had a better chance of defeating Hillary. As late as Monday, the day before the election, I still had misgivings about voting for Trump. I knew I couldn’t vote for Hillary, and I felt that voting for Gary Johnson would be a wasted vote. I didn’t vote for Trump because I thought he was the best choice (although he probably was). I didn’t vote for him because of his positions on the issues. Immigration and abortion are important issues with me, but with...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 10, 2016

GOP, Can You Hear Us Now? Dear Editor, On the evening of Election Day it became known that former President George W. Bush had refused to vote for the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Mr. Bush inherited a prosperous, free country with a balanced budget and no foreign wars. He left America embroiled in a disastrous unending foreign war, the largest federal budget deficit the country had ever had, a huge new entitlement program and a massive increase in federal regulations and spending. With Republicans like that, who needs Democrats? But we conservatives were exhorted to overlook all this, hold our nose, and prevent John Kerry becoming president – in the name of party unity. And in 2008, we were told we must vote for our bête noire, the “maverick” (i.e. closet liberal) John McCain. And again in 2012, we were expected to toe the party line, ignore our conscience and vote for the Massachusetts liberal who introduced the model for Obamacare. These are the statist policies and politicians the Republican establishment has delivered in this century, with little daylight between them and the Democratic Party. “W” left office as an unusually unpopular president, McCain lost in a landslide and Romney went down in flames. Are you starting to get the message, GOP? Where were the calls for party unity this year, Mr Bush? Despite the GOP establishment’s best efforts...

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Nov. 10, 2016 Sound of the Beep

Everyone has been debating the merits and the utility of Obamacare, this great, noble concept. Let me tell you why it will fail, and why it will never work until our government can rearrange its priorities. The government can’t even maintain and administer the veterans’ administration. If you truly want to see an example, you need to have a sterling model in the veterans’ administration healthcare system. If the federal government cannot take care of vets, what hope do we have that they have any ability to run national health care? The Affordable Care Act is anything but. We can’t even fire people within the VA. What kind of enterprise can you not fire the incompetents who hide patients … % % % Hey, I can’t believe I’m calling into this right-wing fish wrap, but I live on Summit Avenue near Yanceyville, and it’s A&T homecoming. Alumni have taken up every parking spot at my local grocery store and drugstore, not to mention my private residential parking area. Traffic is insane with people weaving in and out of lanes and, heaven forbid, anyone use their turn signal. Perhaps A&T should institute a mandatory driver’s ed class. Also, people leave trash on the sidewalks and in people’s yards. In the future, homecomers, please have some respect for the neighborhoods you invade. Go Aggies. % % % WFMY News is a...

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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 3, 2016

Darned If You Do … Dear Editor, My Obamacare’s getting cancelled. Then I’ll have nothing – and he’s going to fine me. I liked my previous plan, but he wouldn’t let me keep it. Austin Morris     Lukewarm for Burr Dear Editor, I continue to see what seems like endless commercials for Deborah Ross. It seems that all she does is berate Richard Burr for taking money from special interests, but I have yet to see one that outlines what she would do for North Carolinians if she were elected. I admit that Burr hasn’t exactly distinguished himself in Congress – after all, the primary reason for wanting to be in Congress is that the compensation is great and you don’t have work very hard.  I get the feeling she is simply jealous of Burr’s good fortune and just wants a piece of the congressional pie for herself. By the way, Mrs. Ross, since you are outspending Burr, where are you getting your financial support? Glenn Buckland     Seeking Dramatic Changes Dear Editor, We have two choices this election and either candidate will dramatically change the direction of our country. I fervently hope that the path espoused by Donald Trump will prevail. If his goals can be achieved, we can all breathe easier for at least four years. As a non-politician, he will institute change in the government that...

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Nov. 3, 2016 Sound of the Beep

For all the WikiLeaks revelations, I think the direct quote from Colin Powell is the most telling. Pretty much sums up Slick Willie and Hillary Clinton. Colin Powell, quote, everything Hillary Rodham Clinton touches, she kinds of screws up with hubris. I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greed, non-transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home, end quote. I mean, that is from a former secretary of state, what was he, one of the joint chiefs? That’s pretty blunt. Bill and Hillary Clinton have pulled the wool over our eyes for 25, 30 years. % % % I was wondering if you all could publish the address where people can get signs for the Republican candidates. Someone keeps taking them out of my yard, my Trump/Pence signs, and I was hoping that you could do that so they could find out where to get their own and quit taking mine. % % % Editor’s Note: Signs for Republican candidates can be picked up at Guilford County Republican Headquarters at 5002 High Point Road. % % % Yeah, I don’t want a bunch of Christian Republicans trying to shove their agenda on me by hijacking everyone’s Supreme Court and forcing everyone to follow by their guidelines when it comes...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 27, 2016

Four Out Of Five Chief Justices Agree Dear Editor, We four former chief justices of the Supreme Court of North Carolina – two Democrats and two Republicans – are writing to express our support for the reelection of Senior Associate Justice Robert (Bob) H. Edmunds in November. We know from experience the importance of each member of the court. We have seen Justice Edmunds’ work. He has demonstrated in his years on the state Supreme Court that he is an independent justice who understands and abides by the rule of law. His opinions are legally sound. Moreover, the work of the court is highly collaborative. The justices constantly consult as they reach their results and draft their opinions. Justice Edmunds has shown that he is a respected, hard-working and reliable member of the court team. Justice Edmunds’ contributions to the legal profession have received national recognition. In August, he was named chair-elect of the Appellate Judges Conference, a national organization of over 1,100 state and federal judges and practitioners. He is active in bar and other civic organizations. In sum, Justice Edmunds has proven himself to be an invaluable public servant. We hope others will join us in voting for Justice Robert (Bob) H. Edmunds for reelection. Former Chief Justice Rhoda Billings Former Chief Justice Jim Exum Former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell Former Chief Justice Beverly Lake     DOJ...

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Oct. 27, 2016 Sound of the Beep

So Donald Trump and his supporters are mentally ill? He turned a small fortune into a large one, so I’d like to be as mental as him.   Liberals believe that “meat is murder” but that abortion is just fine.   That’s mentally ill.   They believe that millions of Middle-Eastern Muslim illegal immigrants should be let into America.   They believe that Obama doubling the national debt in his eight years is no problem, when it is de facto shameless child abuse.   They believe it is good and right to let sexual deviants into our daughters’ shower rooms.   They believe that homosexual marriage is a right, not a sick perversion of a sacred covenant – and a contradiction in terms.   They believe that an extravagant spasm of spending on the public sector is a stimulus, but that an actual economic stimulus of tax cuts is just a give-away to the rich.   They believe that air conditioning is a bigger threat to our world than radical Islam or emboldened Chinese communists.   All this resides in the liberal mind.   One side is definitely mentally ill – but is it the conservatives or the liberals? Just sign me off as An Independent Thinker. % % % Just reading the fish wrap, here in the sports section it says, Declining TV Ratings for NFL Stumps Experts. Ha, ha. What a question. If they can’t see what’s going...

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Oct. 20, 2016 Sound of the Beep

Yes, I thought it was interesting that one thing for sure that Hillary said at the Sunday debate that she was involved in 400 pieces of legislature. But, actually, she was involved with more than that. But only three, yes, just three, ever became a law. So in the two terms she spent as a senator from New York, she worked on only three things she got passed in the legislation. She had an 0.4 percent rating in the number of bills she could get passed. And the other thing that was interesting is that during that debate she denied that she was involved as secretary of state when Obama drew the red line … % % % Just calling to comment on Chuck Mann’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 29 Rhino Times. That had to be the most foolish letter I’ve ever seen in my life, talking about that a police officer, even if he shoots someone in self-defense, should lose his job. So he has to make a choice of whether to lose his job or lose his life. These are people who have families, wives, children who depend on them. They have a pension. You could imagine a 25-year veteran in that situation and facing someone who is on drugs or whatever and turning around and pointing a gun at him and having to...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 20, 2016

Which Evil? Dear Editor, The election of 2016 is only one month away. We are faced with the choice of the lesser of evils – the evil we know or the evil we do not know. Either choice has risks. On represents a continuation of the present programs, the other a change in direction. One candidate asked, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” I suggest that it makes an enormous difference. The makeup of the Supreme Court, now operating with elderly judges, will be determined by the president and Senate. Our constitutionally guaranteed rights under the Second Amendment are at great risk by an overreaching government. North Carolina could be the decisive vote in the Electoral College this election. One candidate is a career politician with ties to corrupt programs, the other a businessman. Honesty and personal integrity are pre-requisites for all leaders. One has been caught saying conflicting things to cater to different audiences. The other has used crude language in private conversations. One has been caught lying about the control of secret information. Inform yourself about the issues and the candidates and then vote. The crucial election of 2016 is in our hands now, as it was intended to be. John B. Gee     Police and Hostility Dear Editor, This country is having a lot of police/population conflicts. Even with car or body cameras,...

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 13, 2016

Dear Christian Dear Editor, Off and on around election time I’ve heard stories of evangelical Christians not voting or refusing to vote.  Sometimes the decision for a candidate is tough, but I always vote and I’m an evangelical Christian.  I just wanted to encourage those in this category to be responsible citizens in voting and being politically involved. I’ve walked over the battlefield at our local Guilford Courthouse site and actually been moved to tears because of the soldiers’ sacrifice for our freedom as opposed to our government of today trying to chip off bits and pieces of what they earned.  It’s as if our soldiers who fought there are being insulted.  I’ve felt that the Lord has impressed on me that to maintain freedom we have to do something, we have to be involved, we have to vote. So, do it.  Don’t make excuses and don’t be lazy.  What if at the Judgement the Lord asked you, “Why didn’t you vote?” and you said “I didn’t think you wanted me to.”  It would probably be the wrong answer. Sometimes we have to vote for whoever will do the least amount of damage.  I believe, though, that we should be wary of a particular political party that typically places man’s laws above God’s laws. Mike Small     What’s Really Obscene Dear Editor, What a tempest in a teapot. Donald Trump makes a sophomoric, lewd, sexist remark in...

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Oct. 13, 2016 Sound of the Beep

This election is not a guarantee for Trump. He needs every single vote he can get, especially in North Carolina. Any no vote, refusal to vote, third party Libertarian or other one is a wasted vote. It’s a vote for Hillary. With Trump, at least, there is a chance for a conservative Supreme Court justice appointment. But there is no chance with Hillary. If you want immigration laws to be enforced, it has to be Trump. If you want Syrian refugees vetted, it has to be Trump. Trump is not the greatest candidate, but he’s all we’ve got. There’s at least a chance he can change for the better. There is no chance for Hillary changing or doing anything except continuing to destroy the country. Think. Wake up, millennials. Don’t waste a vote. % % % I identify with not paying income taxes. % % % All you read Hammer’s columns you say, dang, we ought to do something about this. And you read Card’s columns, and you think it’s going to be a test at the end of it. When you read old Yost’s columns, you ain’t sure if you’re standing on your head or not. % % % Hillary Clinton’s recent comment that one-half of Donald Trump’s supporters are deplorable is not only a really stupid campaign move, it’s simply not true in the strongest way possible....

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 6, 2016

Who Needs to Change? Dear Editor, A drugged-up convicted felon wielding a gun gets shot and killed in Charlotte and thousands riot in support of him. Rioters looted, burned and took over the streets of Charlotte, bringing out their small children to learn civil disobedience. Within 24 hours it had been proven that no book was found, but a handgun with his fingerprints, blood and DNA on it had been recovered. The police had done their duty to protect the black community from ongoing violence. They then ignored the facts and were agitated by black leaders into committing crimes and destroying their own community in order to burn and steal. All we hear is what we need to do to change police procedure to regain the trust of a group of people that seize any opportunity to break the law. Jed Norris Phony Claims Dear Editor, Michael Northuis believes that Bill Clinton ended his term with a surplus. Our national debt has risen every year since the late 1950s. Northuis should explain how there can be a surplus while the debt is going up. Clinton’s phony surplus is just another one of the many lies that liberals tell about their dear leaders. The rest of Northuis’ letter to the editor was just as wrong as the surplus claim. The Clinton’s are masters of the politics of personal destruction and...

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Oct. 6, 2016 Sound of the Beep

Hey, this is for Scott. The Sep. 22 issue. Scott, I’m afraid to say, your counseling was too much for me to handle. I can’t stop laughing. And I think you need to stick to your journalism. Thank you. Love you. % % % An ad Hillary Clinton is running really gets under my skin and should get under the skin of a lot of other Americans. It’s really sad that she’s the only one that cares for children. And all of her life she’s fought for children. And, you know, I just wonder if it was a dog, or an unborn baby, which one would she choose? It sounds like she’d choose a dog. She’s been for late-term abortion. She’s been in the Democratic Party pushing abortion since the ’80s, although her husband and Al Gore, interestingly enough, were pro-life until they needed the votes, then they changed their mind. She’s such a hypocrite, but it’s just unbelievable that the number of unborn, which she basically calls a mass, that they don’t have life. They’re not a citizen. Just some kind of ball of protein, I guess. % % % Yeah, I’m a retired Marine. The mayor of Charlotte, she ought to be real proud of herself. Not only for the bathroom issue, which blowed up in her face, now she’s got this mess down there. And I...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 29, 2016

Sowing Disharmony, Reaping Whirlwind Dear Editor, As Charlotte burns, NPR’s Morning Edition decides to air a 10-minute segment about a novel set in Atlanta in 1948 which outlines the injustices black people suffered in that time and place (Darktown: A Novel). Any black person listening would be outraged, regardless that this is fiction. This is how NPR and the left pours gasoline on the fire of racial discord, because it helps them politically. How cynical. How deplorable. How evil. The left has been teaching non-whites to resent whites for decades, in public schools and in the mass media. It is the incitement of racial hatred, pure and simple, and it would bring hate crime charges if committed by conservatives if the positions were reversed. The result is developments like Charlotte, where a black cop under a black police chief shoots a black citizen, and his brother screams, “all whites are (expletive deleted) devils.” The left has sown racial animosity for decades. Now they have it. Just sign me off as an independent thinker. Christopher Rees     Independent and Against Trump Dear Editor, I am a born again Independent. I am not a huge Clinton fan, although her husband was the only president in the last 35 plus years to end his terms with a surplus. Both Republican tenures during that period ended in financial market meltdowns and huge government...

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The Sound of the Bee: Sept. 29, 2016

Just saw something that takes me back to the late ’70s, and that’s gas hoarding. A Mercedes SUV tailgate down with five tanks. Gas hoarding. I just can’t believe it. % % % I think it’s a crying shame that America has gotten to the point where we cannot even enforce our laws anymore. People can start up a protest, burn and loot businesses, destroy police cars, and police are told to stand down. The Bible says lawlessness will abound in the last days. Well, we have a lawless president who does what he wants. So that sets a good example for our next generation, don’t it? % % % The man’s name is Colin Kaepernick, and if he wants to sit down or kneel down, or do whatever he wants to do during the national anthem, that is his right. And really the only person it affects is him. The HB2 bill affects a lot of people, not just the one person doing it. If it only affected the guys that enacted the policy, sure, no problem. But it affects a lot of other people. And the problem with the bill is not the transgender bathroom part of it, it’s the fact that they took away the public’s right to sue the state because they’re discriminated against. That’s the problem. % % % Editor’s Note: That part of...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 22, 2016

Weapon of Disunity Dear Editor, As a father of three young men that are serving honorably in the US Armed Forces, I cannot tolerate the actions of NFL players on this nation’s sacred day. Sept. 11 should be a day that is a day of unity and resolve, not of dissension and protest. ISIS, al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist organizations around the globe applaud these prima donna athletes. These terrorist organizations understand that glorified athletes promoting disunity is a valuable weapon, because a divided foe is easier to conquer. Ironically, it is men and women in uniform that give these players the freedom to express their beliefs in such a disrespectful manner. If these players want to help the disenfranchised, maybe they should donate their millions of dollars to create economic prosperity in economically depressed areas. Have we regressed to the age of the gladiator during the rule of Caesar, Commodus or Tiberius? Is America selling its soul to be entertained? I am a firm believer that an individual wearing a helmet that is protecting our freedom should be compensated more than a dude wearing a helmet protecting a football. By the way, I am an ex-football coach, but I will be boycotting games played by New England, Denver, Tennessee, San Francisco and any other team supporting this symbolic spitting into America’s face. It is my wish that others...

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The Sound of the Beep: Sept. 22, 2016

I’ve already called Ed Hardin’s machine at the News & Record. It’s Sept. 13. And on the front page of the sports, a slap in the face, and it’s McCrory’s fault. Anybody that the third grade was their senior year should know that the Democrat Party sees that Trump is really pushing hard on Hillary Clinton in the State of North Carolina. They got together with the NCAA and thought if they could do this, they could give Hillary the win. Hillary is so weak; she barely could be a socialist. But that’s all it is. The NCAA has got no business telling someone what bathroom they’re going to use. Their job is to look after basketball. But, no, they’re getting tied up in politics, because the Democrat Party owns them. That’s all I got to say. % % % The football players that refuse to stand during the national anthem, I think they should go find a country that really works for them and live there and see how much money they make there. They’re a bunch of overpaid crybabies playing a child’s game. If you want to retaliate back, it’s quite simple. All you have to do is stop buying the products that are advertised during these televised football events. That is where the bulk of their money comes from. % % % Yes, I had a...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 15, 2016

Nightmare On Pennsylvania Ave. Dear Editor, I was recovering from a bout of walking pneumonia the other night (brought on by the stress of deleting too many emails and forgetting which lies I told to whom) when I had the following vivid dream: Scene 1: Wide shot of the White House, zoom in to bedroom with Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) asleep, alone, wearing big Hollywood eyeshades, and bedside clock shows 3 a.m.  Muffled sounds from hallway, barely discernable words, “North Korea, Iran, credible threat, nuclear attack.” Loud banging at the door and a fearful male voice says, “Sorry to wake you, Madame President, but there’s a credible threat of imminent nuclear attack.” HRC (removing eyeshades), “Can’t be Iran or North Korea, Barry and I kept them from getting nukes.” Scene 2: Secret Service agents burst into the room with the nuclear football, opening it, one says: “We must respond now, Madame Clinton. Enter the codes and instruct our military to respond.” Scene 3: Tight shot of HRC’s face (use some congressional hearing footage). “I don’t recall,” she says.  Secret Service guy with stress in his voice, “the codes, Ma’am, the codes.” Again, HRC responds (more footage), “I don’t remember. I don’t know.” Cough, cough. Scene 4: Secret Service guy frantically yelling, “We’ve got to respond, Ma’am, or we’ll be wiped out.”  Clinton responds (use infamous video), “You mean like, with a cloth.”...

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The Sound of the Beep: Sept. 15, 2016

Hello, Beep. Yeah, I just turned on Industrial Drive on South Elm. Someone is blowing their trash and grass all over everybody’s cars going down the street. It’s their job to pick the stuff up. I don’t see how these people get by with blowing all the trash out in the street. That’s littering. Plus, it’s going in the storm drains. All the fertilizer kills the fish. Why don’t they write these people tickets for littering? Plus, start washing people’s cars. I hope you print this. I’m tired of my truck getting dirty. Thank you. % % % Public schools are fine in this state. There is nothing wrong with public schools except for uppity people who think their kids are too good for it. If you don’t want your child going to a public school, then you come up with the money to send them there. Can you not see this charter school business and this school choice is nothing but a way, and their saying it’s about the minority is nothing but them trying to get black kids in these charter schools so that they can develop their athletic program. That’s all it is. It has nothing to do with choice or anything else. They just want somebody there that can boost their athletic program. Period. % % % I’m calling in regards to the campaign going...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 8, 2016

Worse Politicians Than Hillary Dear Editor, A little history lesson. Richard Nixon lied about Watergate, but was pardoned by Gerald Ford. Ronald Reagan sold arms to Iran and conducted a secret war in Guatemala that Congress knew nothing about. Reagan funded the Contras in Nicaragua by selling arms to Iran, and lied about that. He secretly provided arms to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, who started using those same arms against the US later. He lied to the American people about all of this. The first George Bush lied when he said Saddam Hussein was massing troops against Saudi Arabia, leading us into the first Gulf War. The next George Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction, getting us into the war in Iraq, the costliest war in our history. This puts a little perspective on the charge that Hillary Clinton is lying about her emails. The reality is that the FBI concluded that Clinton did not lie to the FBI. And about Benghazi, remember that Clinton spent eight grueling hours on public display under oath before the House committee headed by Trent Gowdy and did not lie. So enough about this red herring, and start looking at the real issues between Clinton and Trump. James Bennett     Great Equalizer Dear Editor, This voter ID law is common sense. It is standard procedure for all citizens; it is the equalizer...

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The Sound of the Beep: Sept. 8, 2016

Today in Burlington I saw the best bumper sticker of this presidential season. To be honest, I haven’t seen many. Reason for that, I believe, is a lot of people just don’t want the world to know how they’re voting. That’s sad to me. Anyway, this bumper sticker showed a picture of Hillary habitual-liar Clinton that read: Liar, Liar, Pantsuit on Fire. That knocked it out of the park for me and more than made my day. % % % Yes, I’d like to thank the Rhino Times for letting the citizens of Guilford County know what’s really going on in our county. You do such a wonderful job, and you deserve a big pat on the back. And just keep up the good work. I appreciate you guys. Thank you. % % % There was fuss to the nut that don’t know the difference between the Black Panther Party and the Dudley High School Panthers. The party was established in 1964. DHS Panther mascot was established in 1942. There are times when a person life they have to genuflect ignorance. I am a graduate of Dudley High Class of 1955. There were only two high schools, senior high and DHS. Today there is only one high school that is named senior, the Pirates, the Eagles. Whirlies came later. I don’t think this person went to either school. May...

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 1, 2016

Civilians Under Surveillance Dear Editor, Who watches the watchmen?  It was recently revealed that city police in Baltimore, Maryland, and a private corporation called Persistent Surveillance Systems, have been using aerial surveillance to spy on neighborhoods in Baltimore. Planes with cameras can see 32 square miles. The footage is recorded and archived.  The founder of the corporation says that the system is like “Google Earth with TiVo.” I am against Big Brotherism and the militarization of police departments, so I am against the aerial surveillance of American citizens. This technology was originally used by the military to find terrorists in the Middle East. Now it is being used to spy on Americans.  Our public servants can spy on us but we can’t spy on them.  If local police departments can do this imagine what state and federal law enforcement agencies can do. Chuck Mann Hate Kills Dear Editor, I would like to compliment Janice Wangard on her letter that the root of our problems lies in hate, not guns. She is right on target when she says most hate is homegrown and the politicians thrive on it. I would also like to add to her list some of our civil rights leaders. They not only thrive on hate, they make their living on it. They claim to help people, but in reality they just stir the pot. The sad part of their agenda is...

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The Sound of the Beep: Sept. 1, 2016

In response to the person who was putting down the IRC, people get stabbed all over this city. People get hurt all over this city, not just in the IRC. But thank God they’re there, because our homeless neighbors have a place to do what we do naturally every day: take a bath, wash clothes, be interactive with people. Resources, resources, resources. Instead of complaining about them, go down there and volunteer and see what they really have to offer this city. Shame on you. % % % Yes, this is a direct quote from a publication called the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs that, apparently, Huma Abedin’s mother was the editor, and she was also an editor for 12 years on this particular publication. And this is the direct quote, Jews are “adept at working American political system” aided by “the memory of the Holocaust.” I wonder if American Jewish Democrats would like to know that. % % % I see the Black Panther Party has vowed to kill white people and burn cities down. Why is Dudley High School still using a black panther as a school mascot?   Is it a double standard or pandering by our Democratic school board?   Thank you and have a great day. % % % The people that sign up for the military and enlist, and then sign up for overseas duty...

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