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Old enough to serve

By: Jim Longworth I never knew Richard Dobbs Spaight personally, but I bet he resented George Mason. In 1787, Spaight, a native of New Bern, was one of North Carolina’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and one of only four delegates under the age of 30 who signed off on our great document. Mason signed too, but he was also responsible for setting age limits on candidates for federal office. Mason made sure that no one under 25 ...
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“The Facts on Racial Gerrymandering”

The U. S. Supreme Court recently declared district lines drawn by North Carolina’s legislature to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. It was determined by the Court that race was a primary factor in the creation of those district lines.   By definition, facts do not lie and facts are not partisan. As a digital native in this digital age, I’ve seen first-hand how the influx of information we receive can create a culture of misinformation. It allows politicians to perpetuate unconstitutional acts ...
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Learn to recognize phonies

There is something that took me a while to notice and even longer to believe. There are a lot of people in positions of influence and power who do not know what they are doing. Whether they are in over their heads or are trying to put something over on people, they are faking. In other words, there is a lot of bullshit in this world masquerading as competence and authority. The better you can distinguish between phonies and competent ...
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Let ’em ride: Celebrating Bike Month in Greensboro

Imagine driving up to an intersection where you want to turn left. Imagine, as is often the case in Greensboro, the left turn signal is activated by pressure sensors in the pavement. Now imagine that the turn signal refuses to recognize your car. It stays red until another vehicle comes up behind you and activates the turn signal. Would you be frustrated and angry? Well guess what? If you are riding a bicycle the above is the way it is. ...
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Murky public-private partnerships inspire skepticism

The recent news regarding several of Greensboro’s public-private partnerships has been disheartening. Greensboro’s Tanger Center for Performing Arts has been delayed by years and is currently $18 million over budget even before ground breaking. Private money supposedly spent on the Downtown Greensboro Greenway is explained in murky terms. A regional initiative called Tri-Gig secretly allocates Greensboro’s publicly owned Internet infrastructure to a private company without public input or City Council approval. Say Yes to Education’s executive director resigns as the ...
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PLAYING WITH FIRE

There is a reptilian alien species that has sent individuals to Earth. They have taken on human bodies, making them indistinguishable from real humans. Their intent is to take over the Earth; the clues are there for those who know where to look. Oh, Donald Trump is one of them. I use the above as an example of a story that some people might believe, though there is no concrete evidence. Thing is though, you can’t really disprove it. It ...
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Greensboro’s authenticity transcends slogans

A Washington Post column last week described Greensboro bluntly as an “intersection of slapdash American city boulevards.” It derided Greensboro for no longer hosting NCAA regional basketball tournament games because of the Republican state legislature’s HB2—the bathroom bill—and sarcastically mocked that  “Greensboro still has a rabbit show.” Yes, we do. A few days before, Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim announced his pleasure that the ACC basketball tournament was not being played in Greensboro, its previous home of many years, ...
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STAY VISIBLE

The Current Administration is taking us for a ride. It’s only been six weeks or so, but we’ve come a long way. Links are provided in the online version of this article. Let’s review the road markers along the way: — A Muslim travel ban which their own State Department acknowledges to be worthless, which they wanted enforced without guideline or regulation, leading to chaos: the handcuffing of a six-year-old boy and American citizens asked for their social media passwords ...
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Why you must fight City Hall

A collaborative project aimed at bringing a robust parklets program to Downtown Greensboro fell apart two years ago when the combined weight of the city’s refusal to yield on fees for unmetered parking spaces and a council member’s vendetta against the leadership of DGI scuttled the initiative at the last minute. Now two years later, city staffers and downtown boosters are crowing about a handful of similar projects that, while possibly contributing to a healthier pedestrian and outdoor seating environment, lack ...
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Behind the changes at Deep Roots Market in Downtown Greensboro

If Deep Roots Market Cooperative were the proverbial cat with nine lives, one might say it has four down, five still in reserve.  It survived a financial crisis in 1982, another in 1991, again in 2002, and a tight situation over the past year.  Now, as Deep Roots approaches its 41st anniversary celebration next month, this community-owned business is looking towards a midlife resurgence. My YES! Weekly editor, knowing that I’m actively involved with Deep Roots, asked me to provide ...