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Fake news demands that we evolve our thinking

No civilization has survived losing its grip on reality. Neither will America “I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s on Facebook” said a caller to Guilford Metro 911 on election day. He was reporting what he described as the “highly illegal” activity of people handing out campaign literature at a polling location. The caller warned the dispatcher that the call was live on “national news feed on Facebook” and that “millions of people are looking at it.” ...
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Donald Trump’s threats affect my family

My partner is a Muslim. My sister is gay. My daughter is dating a Mexican-American. Donald Trump’s consistent and focused threats affect my family and have since he took the national stage. For me, they are not a thing to shrug off. They are personal. For the first time in my white, middle-aged life, a president is personally threatening members of my family: with arrest, with registration, with an assault on their human and legal rights. On January 20, 2017, ...
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World AIDS Day: We Have Some Work To Do

by Kevin Varner, MA, NCC, LPCA It’s World AIDS Day. In the past, this day has been marked by sadness and remembrance; a time to pause and speak the names of those we love who have become infected, and those we’ve lost to this worldwide epidemic. In the South, it hits home more than elsewhere in the country. In North Carolina, this day brings an awareness of how our rural areas and particularly our HIV positive Black brothers and sisters ...
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Giving thanks for the Gate City

I moved frequently during the 1970s. (Astrologer alert — look up restless Mercury in the 4th House.) “Home” went from upstate New York to Long Island to California to Maine to Maryland to Arizona to Brooklyn to lower Manhattan to Massachusetts and back to Maine before migrating to North Carolina in October of 1981. Greensboro has been home since then; I guess I’ve settled down. Now, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’ve been thinking about what’s kept me here – what ...
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Greensboro Council’s problems with truth continue

The deadline for this column was the afternoon of election day. If Hillary Clinton has lost, it will be in no small part because people did not trust her. If she won, it will have been with what I suspect were plenty of people holding their noses and choosing policy over honesty. Americans are right to demand that the people in our government act ethically. Our indignation is righteous when public people lie to us. We expect a respect for ...
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All Together Now

October is National Cooperative Month. Greensboro celebrated co-ops this month with the opening of the Renaissance Community Co-Op on Phillips Avenue. Along with Deep Roots Market, Greensboro now has two retail grocery cooperatives, making us the only such city in North Carolina, possibly in the entire southeastern United States! This column is a tale of two co-ops. First, some background information. “Cooperatives” are business organizations owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. There are about ...
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Greensboro’s challenge on race is America’s challenge

The generations before us made monumental strides against centuries of entrenched prejudice and bigotry. Standing on their shoulders, we should appreciate the head start we have but acknowledge too the responsibility we have as humane and fair people to continue the work remaining. There is a familiar pattern when it comes to issues involving race in Greensboro. When evidence of racism comes to the fore, like with the recently released police body camera video showing a black man’s harrowing encounter ...
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1 in 68 and rising

In 2015 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) records show there were 189 reported cases of measles in the US. That year there was an outbreak linked to a California amusement park. Given that measles is highly contagious, this was considered a large and serious public health concern. The year before, 2014, had 667 reported measles cases – the most we’ve had in a year this century. Now get ready for a much bigger number: this year there are over 97,000 ...
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Clinton arrogance opens doors for Trump

There is philosophical dispute as to what Diogenes of Sinope sought as he roamed ancient Greek city streets carrying a lamp in the daytime.“I’m looking for one honest man,” Diogenes is reported to have said. Still others claim he was “looking for a human,” since the unreasonable behavior of so many around him seemed to negate their homo sapien status. I thought about Diogenes and his “quaint little light in hand” earlier today while standing outside of YES! Weekly world ...
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Greensboro tightens its grip on public information

When Erika Lovett asked the City of Greensboro for a map showing plans for the Vandalia Road project this summer, she received a reply from the city’s public records administrator Katherine Carter saying such a map would not be public record. Carter cited a state law that protects “sensitive public security information” from disclosure. Yet, a map of plans for the Vandalia Road project has been publicly posted on the city’s website since 2014 with an invitation for the public ...