Tuesday, July 12, 2011


                                                    w-ed-THE GAP IN THE GAP

            Right now they’re having an interesting debate in Wake County.
            The new schools superintendent there, Anthony Tata, realizing that something is wrong when over 50 percent of the over 143,000 student population is black and Hispanic, but over 85 percent of the teaching force is white, with the overwhelming majority of that being female, announced that he is actively seeking to hire more teachers of color to fill the ranks.
            According to Tata’s thinking, it makes little sense to want the best teachers in the nation in your school system, but not have that school system representative of either the county you serve, or a good deal of the children in it. How else will they see themselves, and the possibility of personal success in their futures, if there is no one who looks like them to take part in their growth and learning?
            Good point, Supt. Tata.
            So good, in fact, that it got us thinking about what’s going on right here in New Hanover County Public Schools. What does our teaching and administrative personnel picture look like? And would black students here do better if we had more teachers in the system who looked like them?
            First the numbers - with a total student population in New Hanover County Public Schools of 23,944, according to information from the system, African-American students comprise 22 percent of that total. Whites over 63 percent.
            So when it comes to teachers, what’s the racial breakdown?
            In elementary school, where 11,574 students (not including Pre-K), over 92 percent of teachers are white, while 62 percent of elementary students are white.
            For black elementary teachers, only 6 percent are in the schools, while black children make up a healthy 22 percent of the elementary student population.
            At the secondary level in NHC Public Schools, white students are a whopping 65 percent of the total secondary student population. When it comes to the teaching staff, an even more amazing 90.4 percent are white.
            Already you see a disturbing pattern. While 24 percent of NHCPS high school and middle school students are black, a miniscule 6.7 percent are also black.
            And given that most studies conclude that one of the most effective ways not only to close the racial achievement gap, but curb the high rate of high school dropouts, is to have more black male teachers in the classroom, the following about NHCPS isn’t encouraging.
            At the elementary level, there are only five black male teachers throughout the system, less than one percent, while black male elementary students comprise eleven percent.
            At the secondary level the figures are not that much better, with only ten African-American male instructors making up 2.9 percent of the total teaching staff, while black male high schoolers and middle schoolers comprising 12 percent.
            If anything, the numbers are more encouraging for the school system’s teacher’s aides. Of NHCPS’s 412 teacher aides, 27 percent are black female, and only four percent are black male.
            We could go on about the rest of staffing at NHCPS, but we think you get the picture.
            So what do we, as a community, do with this information?
            First of all, before telling our school system what it should do, we need to commit to what we’re going to do to save our children.
            Too many are being lost to the streets and meaningless pursuits. Too many have undiscovered talents that go wasted because we do nothing, as a community, to re-engage them, listen to their needs, and give them the leadership that guides them to fruitful and meaningful careers.
            And far, far too many of our young people are not given the chance to prove their worth, or act on their visions and talents, so they give up.
            As a community, we need to institutionally address the needs of our young people so that they can discover themselves, and determine their own paths.
            That’s why every church, every civic and community organization, every institution in our community must constructively come together for this effort.
            So let’s get started.
            As for NHCPS, clearly the numbers show that a lot of work has to be done in order to attract more black teachers, and especially black male teachers, to the classroom. It is clear that if our children see more teachers and administrators who look like them in the schools, they will feel more of a connection.
            Let’s face it, how would you feel, coming from the black community if you attended school every day, and the entire place - from classroom to bathroom - was being run by white females? What would that tell your young mind about the world they’re supposedly educating you for?
            Answer - if it’s important, black people don’t count.
            What a horrible message for the school system to send to our children. We urge the system to follow Wake County’s lead, and mount a strong effort to recruit black teachers, and especially black male teachers, to come work in NHCPS.
            If we’re going to have neighborhood schools like our conservative school board seems so inclined to make happen, then give us black teachers who know how to reach our children, and role model for them, and help them discover their dreams.
            Truth be told, by having black teachers in our neighborhood schools, that will help promote teaching to our young people, and many of them will want to teach as a profession. One of the reasons why we have so few black teachers in the profession today is because there are so few in the classroom leading by example.
            So we challenge NHCPS to make the recruitment of black teachers a priority so that our youth have a real chance of learning and growing.
            And we also challenge the leaders of our community to lobby our superintendent and school board to make this happen.
            We can’t keep doing the same old things and expect anything but the same old results.
            More black teachers are what we need, and we’re standing strong to get them!

NCNAACP MEETS WITH TATA - Saying that Wake Supt. Anthony Tata's proposed school choice student assignment plan is finished so it's hard to judge if the end result means more high poverty segregated schools at this point, NCNAACP Pres. Rev. William Barber, seen here with member Mary E. Perry speaking with a reporter, told the press after meeting with Tata last week that he maintains that Wake Public Schools must be diverse in order to assure a constitutionally protected education [Cash Michaels Photo]

By Cash Michaels
An analysis

            Uncertain how many high poverty schools his proposed school choice student assignment plan could create, and sensitive to suggestions that it could create any at all, Wake Supt. Anthony Tata last week blasted those who say the previous socioeconomic diversity policy “…prevented high poverty schools.”
            Problem is, no one in Wake ever said high poverty schools would be “prevented.”
            Only that they would not become “unhealthy.”
            And they didn’t.
            Tata, on the job just over five months now, became prickly with reporters last week after meeting with the NCNAACP at Wake school system headquarters in Raleigh when asked, regarding his still evolving school choice plan, “Can you say with any certainty whether or not there will be absolutely no segregated schools or all-black schools or all-high poverty schools?”
            “Well right now we have sixty schools that are high poverty schools that are above 40 percent,” Tata began his response, referring to the set goal of a 40 percent or below free-and-reduced-lunch (F&R) student population per school, established by the school board years ago to prevent high poverty status.
            “So this notion that the old plan prevented high poverty schools is a myth,” a defensive Tata continued. “Right now we have schools over forty percent, all the way up to eighty percent.” 
            He failed to mention, however, that the one school that is 81 percent F&R and 52 percent under-performing, Walnut Creek Elementary School in Southeast Raleigh, is a $25 million high poverty school that his current bosses, the Republican-led Wake School Board, recently created via their neighborhood schools policy after ditching the “old” diversity plan Tata criticized. It formally opens next month.
            Why Tata assumes that anyone ever said the previous student diversity plan “prevented” the creation of high poverty schools is puzzling, because there’s no record of that ever been said.
            Indeed, as frequent readers of The Carolinian know, the reverse is true.
            Last February, the first of a series of Carolinian articles examining the opening of Walnut Creek Elementary School titled, “Southeast Raleigh’s Newest School: The High Poverty Gamble” (found online at http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/02/southeast-raleighs-newest-school-high.html) revealed exactly how the student diversity policy, since it’s inception in 2000, addressed the issue of high poverty schools.
            The very first two paragraphs of that story read, “Ten years ago, when Wake Schools Supt. Bill McNeal was faced with a handful of what he called “unhealthy” system schools that exceeded the forty-percent threshold in free-and-reduced lunch student population, his plan was simple.”
            “Supply those schools - designated in other school districts as “high poverty” - not only with the tools, but unqualified support and attention needed to give low-income, low-achieving students every chance to learn, and grow, he told The Carolinian last October.”
            The story goes on to tell how McNeal, who from 2000 to 2005 led Wake Public Schools to its greatest academic success with his socioeconomic diversity student assignment plan, made keeping the system’s high poverty schools as “healthy” as possible.
            He knew from experience that if he didn’t, those schools would become expensive, bottomless pits of under-achievement, and failure.
             “We made very certain that we chose the right leadership for that school - a strong, effective principal,” McNeal told The Carolinian last October, regarding how he handled each of the then five high poverty schools in Wake. “We made very certain that we had the caliber and quality of teachers that we considered to be very effective, and then we put the support dollars there in order to make sure that the children had the equipment; that we had the after-school programs and the before-school programs.”
 “We tried to extend learning for the children to make sure that we made up for what we deemed to be some of the deficiencies that existed in the schools,” McNeal added.
Because of the explosion in student population between 2000 and 2005, it was inevitable that more high poverty schools with high concentrations of poor black and Hispanic students would come on line, McNeal said. Despite Wake’s busing for diversity policy, the school system couldn’t build schools fast enough to meet the pressing need.
Since the school system couldn’t “prevent,” as Supt. Tata puts it, more high poverty schools, it did what it could, under McNeal’s leadership, to make sure that they were not failing “unhealthy” schools, and for a time, the system was very successful. Teacher and principal turnover at Wake’s high poverty schools was relatively low in contrast to other public school systems that routinely experience high turnover in unhealthy schools.
More importantly, Wake’s F&R students were learning.
A comparison of high poverty schools (many that were as high 60 percent F&R) in Wake, versus rival Charlotte-Mecklenburg at the time, was virtually no contest. In 2005, while black and Hispanic students in Wake were performing very well on the state’s end-of-grade tests, Wake Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. was condemning the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School System (CMS) of “academic genocide” for allowing so many of its low-achieving students to languish in failure.
He threatened to close 19 CMS schools if they didn’t straighten up.
Even today, while CMS still has several low-performing schools, Wake has never had even one performing below standard, thanks to McNeal, and later his successor, Supt. Del Burns.
Supt. Tata says his proposed school choice student assignment plan - which he hopes to have completed and presented to the Wake School Board sometime this fall - is still a work in progress, so he couldn’t tell the NCNAACP during their meeting last Thursday if more high poverty schools will be created as a result.
So instead, when pressed during his remarks to reporters after that meeting about more being created, Tata defensively tried to assure that every student in Wake County will attend a good school that will enhance academic achievement, regardless of its status.
But when asked by The Carolinian whether the high poverty schools created by his new plan will get the requisite resources to keep them from becoming “unhealthy” as in the Bill McNeal days, Tata became prickly again.
“We are focused on providing resources to all of our schools and, right now we get $31 million in Title 1 funding that go to those schools with the highest free-and-reduced-lunch populations. So I guess it depends on what your definition of “unhealthy” is,” Tata said curtly to The Carolinian. “If a school is 78 percent F&R population, and you’re saying that’s not unhealthy, we probably ought to have a conversation.”
Actually, it’s Wake Public Schools, not The Carolinian, that deemed that having a high poverty student population alone does not make a school “unhealthy.”
If Supt. Tata checked his own school system’s website, he would find the final report of Wake’s Healthy Schools Task Force (http://www.wcpss.net/healthy-schools/index.html) of over seven years ago.
“The Board of Education created the Healthy Schools Task Force (HSTF) to examine and discuss a variety of issues that impact the ongoing health and stability of public education in Wake County,” the Task Force webpage says, adding that the 28-member panel was created in October 2002.
Among those committee members then, future Wake School Board members Lori Millberg, Roxie Cash, and Keith Sutton, who currently represents Southeast Raleigh’s District 4.
During the HSTF’s 2003 tenure, according to the committee’s February 2004 Final Report, end-of-grade testing for Wake grades 3-8 “surpassed 90 percent” and the racial achievement gap was reduced. Wake led the state and nation in high Scholastic Aptitude Test scores with 80% of it students actually taking the test, compared to lesser percentages per the state and nation.
A higher percentage of Wake graduates attended UNC schools, the report continued, and a higher percentage of Wake graduates at UNC institutions “…earn higher GPAs in their freshman year…, take more advanced courses, and require a lower percentage of remedial courses.”
So what helped to produce these noteworthy results?
The HSTF determined that the characteristics of a Wake County healthy school, per system efforts and board policy, included  - high academic achievement by all students; strong parental support and commitment; strong community support and commitment; highly trained and effective staff; attractive and appropriate learning facilities; a safe, orderly and inviting learning climate; strong and effective leadership, and a diverse student body.
And in that report, “diversity” was defined, “…to include two factors: (a) the mix of students at a school representing varied socioeconomic levels, and (b) the mix of students at a school representing varied academic achievement levels.”
Supt. Anthony Tata apparently never read the full HSTF 59-page report, or its much shorter Executive Summary.
When reminded at last Thursday’s press conference that, per the Wake School System’s definition under Bill McNeal, that “unhealthy schools” meant schools not just with high F&R populations, but poor leadership, a lack of resources, no special programs and uninspiring teaching staffs, Tata backed up his rhetoric a bit. Especially when he was reminded that he promised to provide high poverty Walnut Creek Elementary with whatever it needed in optimum resources, staffing and leadership to deal with its special list of challenges.
“We are resourcing the schools as best we can with federal, state and local money,” Supt. Tata replied. “And we think the student assignment plan is focused on providing the right academic environment for all of our students.”
Ironically, in an earlier press conference in front of Wake School System headquarters in Raleigh just before Tata spoke to reporters, it was apparent that NCNAACP Pres. Rev. William Barber had read the seven-year-old HSTF report, and understood what “healthy schools” meant in Wake County.
“We must remind ourselves what was the philosophy of the [old student diversity] plan that received national attention, “ Rev. Barber told reporters. “That was the goal of creating healthy schools, and one part of the definition of healthy schools - it wasn’t the only part - that we would have a goal, even if we didn’t meet it all the time, of no more than 40 percent poor children in any one school, and no more than 25 percent underperforming.”
Barber added that it was the intention of the NCNAACP, beyond helping to attract more black and Hispanic teachers to the Wake school system, to make sure that Supt. Tata holds to that standard.
Now that Tata’s challenge is to apply that standard, not only to the new high poverty school his own school board has created, and not only to the other 59 high poverty schools already in force, but also the ones, if any, that his new school choice student assignment plan creates.
Keeping them all “healthy” as the Wake Public School budget continues to shrink in per pupil spending, will be the former Brigadier general’s new, and perhaps most perplexing mission.


            [WASH., DC] The Republican-dominated US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has sent a previous Kinston lawsuit challenging Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act back to Federal District Court in North Carolina, ruling that plaintiffs have the right to challenge the constitutionality of the VRA. The case, titled LaRoque v Holder, evolved from the US Justice Dept. not approving a 2009 Kinston voter referendum to change from partisan to nonpartisan city elections for City Council, saying that doing so harmed the rights of black voters. Several plaintiffs sued the Justice Dept., but a federal judge dismissed it, citing lack of standing and cause of action. But last week, a three-judge panel on the DC Circuit Court reinstated the lawsuit, sending it back to federal court. The NCNAACP warns that if the lawsuit is successful, it could severely cripple the VRA’s protection of black citizens’ right to vote.

            [RALEIGH] Leaders in the Republican-led NC General Assembly released completed redistricting maps for state House and Senate legislative seats this week. The maps, which still have to be ratified by both the chambers, are drawn to maintain Republican dominance of the Legislature for the next decade. The state Senate reconvened Wednesday to take up the maps. Per the Congressional redistricting maps, the NCNAACP and other groups vowed to fight them in federal court, alleging that black voters were being “stacked and packed” to help Republicans defeat white Democrats. Public hearings on the maps will be held Monday from 3 - 8 p.m. at locations across the state, including the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.

            [RALEIGH] Now that state lawmakers are back in town for their special redistricting session, expect House Republicans, who hold the majority, to try and override Governor Perdue’s veto of their voter ID and other bills.  The GOP will once again need several of the five conservative Democrats who voted with them to pass the budget, to go along with the override votes. Perdue said she wished the Republicans would work to improve the bills first.



            The owners of a Garner daycare decided to close it after county health inspectors found peeling lead paint on the premises. Ridoutt’s Nursery and Kindergarten on St. Mary’s Street was shuttered after lab tests confirmed that paint chips from the over 20 year-old building contained lead. State law prohibits lead paint in child facilities because of the danger of brain damage if children consume it. The owners were given the option of removing the health hazard, but they reportedly declined.

            Cynthia Matson, the founder of Assignment By Choice (ABC) - an old neighborhood schools group that opposed Wake student socioeconomic diversity policy a decade ago - has announced she will run for the Wake School Board District 5 seat this fall being vacated by incumbent Dr. Anne McLaurin. NCSU Prof. Jim Martin, a Democrat, has also announced his candidacy for that seat. Meanwhile in District 8, GOP incumbent Chairman Ron Margiotta is now being challenged by Democrat Susan Evans, a parent with two children who graduated from Wake Public Schools. Filing for the Oct. 11 school board elections begins July 25.

            After a wave of residential outcry, federal authorities have decided against leasing an old supermarket site for an illegal immigration enforcement office in West Cary. The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) was planned for in a shopping center at NC 55 and High House Road, but because it bordered a residential area, it ran afoul of homeowners, businesses and public officials like Fourth District Congressman David Price, who asked the General Services Administration to cross the site of its list.


By Cash Michaels

            SCANDAL OF THE WORLD - Do news reporters sometimes bend the rules a little to get to the bottom of a good story. Yes. Sometimes there’s no other way to make sure that what you’re about to report is standing on solid ground.
            But does that mean we should break the law, or make stuff up, or throw all professional ethics and decency to the wind?
            Absolutely not, because at the end of the day, when we publish our stories, and put our names and bylines to them, we’re certifying to our readers and the general public that at the time, we did our best, and we did it honestly, with some modicum of integrity.
            You may find this hard to believe, but most reporters I know operate this way. That’s not to say reporters don’t have their share of personal bias (I know that I do). But the really good ones acknowledge that, and work hard to keep as much of it out of their reporting as possible.
            And that’s why the mega-scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (which owns the conservative Fox News and 20th Century Fox movie studio, among other media properties) and it’s now defunct British newspaper “The News of the World (NOTW),” is so breathtaking.
            Before Murdoch closed the over century-old tabloid down last Sunday, there were official charges that reporters for NOTW secretly hacked into the private cellphone message accounts of murder and kidnap victims, including victims of terrorist attacks, in order to secure exclusive information for headline stories. Reporters allegedly bribed police and government officials for information, and even illegally obtained medical records.
            All of this just to sell newspapers.
            As I said, while I know many, many reporters who work their butts off to get solid, exclusive details for explosive stories involving government officials, or even controversial celebrities, I know of NONE, this one included, who would EVER go to the CRIMINAL extent that those blimies allegedly did in jolly ole England.
            Clearly this kind of criminal behavior was sanctioned by the editors of NOTW, and ultimately the publisher, Rupert Murdoch, who had to know, and sign off on those criminal tactics because it made him a continent full of money. Murdoch is a powerful figure in Great Britain, and normally the powers that be would be running interference for him. But invading the privacy of murder victims and their families, or even hacking in the messages of a kidnapped little girl who was ultimately found dead…THAT’S  bridge too far for most decent human beings.
            So Murdoch and him empire is in serious do-do overseas. Stockholders in his company are now raising a ruckus as News Corp’s. stock has dropped like a rock.
            But what about over here in the US? Is there any blowback on the Murdoch scandal in Great Britain here across the pond?
            Could be. Murdoch owns the controversial New York Post (where there are several lawsuits pending alleging racial and sexual bias), the Fox Network, and the Fox News Channel - known for being a major mouthpiece for the conservative movement and Republican Party.
            There are stories circulating that some of that message hacking went on on these shores. If that is true at all, then Murdoch may be cooked. Make no mistake, with the Republicans in charge in the US House, and given how much money Murdoch gives to the GOP, he may skate a little depending on how serious it gets. The Republicans need him, especially with the 2012 elections just a stone’s throw away.
            But if it gets REAL serious, Murdoch may find his FCC licenses challenged. Remember that one of the requirements of having an Federal Communications Commission license to own and operate broadcast entities is to be of sound moral character.
            Right now, that seems very much in doubt for Rupert Murdoch.
            Very much!
            KINSTON HOMETOWN HERO - Mark this date down, Saturday, July 23rd. That’s when the Goldsboro community celebrates Kinston’s Carl Long and Goldsboro’s Hubert “Daddy” Wooten - two Negro baseball League hometown heroes. From 11 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be a meet and greet of the players at Rebuilding Broken Places in Goldsboro, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a community Cookout at Fairview Park. Then at 7 p.m., an honors program at Herman Park Center. For more information, call “Take Your Base” at 919-344-2761. It’s all free.
            For the record, from Wikipedia:
            Carl Long (born May 9, 1935 in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is a former outfielder in Negro league and minor league baseball who, along with Frank Washington, broke the color barrier in the Carolina League city of Kinston, North Carolina. Long made his debut for the Kinston Eagles on April 17, 1956. During the year, he hit .291 with 18 home runs and 111 runs batted in. The Carolina League itself had been integrated in 1951 by Percy Miller Jr. of the Danville Leafs. The 111 RBI tallied by Long in 1956 has been equaled but never surpassed by any subsequent Kinston players.
            Long's professional debut came with the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League in 1952. He stayed with Birmingham through the 1953 season. In 1954, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and was sent to their minor league team, the St. Jean Canadians of the Provincial League. During 1955, Long played for the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League and also saw some action for Phoenix in the Arizona-Mexico League. After playing for the Eagles in 1956, Long played for the Beaumont Pirates of the Big State League and Mexico City in 1957. A shoulder injury curtailed his career, and he left baseball to live in Kinston.
            Long continued to break barriers after his baseball career was over. He became Kinston's first black bus driver as well as Lenoir County's first black Deputy Sheriff and black detective within the sheriff's department.
            NBA AND NFL STRIKES - Looks like college sports will rule this fall and next spring, and that’s because the owners and players in both the National Football League and the National Basketball League are so far apart in their respective contract talks, that it’s not likely they’ll come to terms in time to play full seasons.
            Obviously all of this whittles down to money and who will control what in the future. The owners don’t want to pay players tens of millions just to sit on a bench. And the players don’t want to lose money when they know the owners are running to the bank with those big fat TV contracts.
            So don’t expect any football or b-ball anytime soon.  It’s a shame, for sure, but that’s the way America is right now.
            HONORING MS. MURRAY - If there is one person, apart from my own family, that I simply love and adore without question, it has to be Mrs. Margaret Rose Murray, who has been a stalwart of our community for virtually half a century. Ms. Murray is still going strong with her Vital Link is Crosslink schools, community volunteerism, and her weekly community affairs radio program, “ Traces of Faces and Places” heard every Saturday morning from 9-a.m. until 11 a.m. on WSHA-88.9 FM.
            That’s why on Saturday, August 6th, the community will come together to honor Ms. Murray, and her invaluable half century of work in this community, during her 80th Birthday Gala and Community Appreciation Banquet, The Grand Ballroom of the Raleigh Convention & Civic Center, 7 p.m. in Downtown Raleigh. Renowned jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal will provide the evening’s entertainment, and proceeds go to help Ms. Murray’s nonprofit culinary school. For more information, contact Bruce Lightner at 919-833-1676.
              TRIAL TRAVESTY - OK, OK, I’ve calmed down from the legal travesty otherwise known as the Casey Anthony murder trial. Last week, a jury of 12 DUMMIES (13 if you count the ignorant alternate who was the first to run his mouth on TV) decided after six weeks of testimony and evidence that they couldn’t, or wouldn’t hold Casey Anthony responsible for the death of her two-year child, Caylee.
            Some folks have suggested that the state failed to prove its case. For first-degree murder, which calls for details that all 12 jurors must agree to, I’ll buy that.
            But aggravated manslaughter and child abuse - two counts that were among the seven that Casey Anthony faced - ABSOLUTELY she should have been convicted. There is no way the woman could be convicted of four counts of lying to the police unless you ask yourself, “What was she lying about and why?” If the logical answer is, “ She was lying about not knowing where her child was because she knew her daughter was dead,” then the very fact that  she tried to interfere with police finding out IS abusive, and indicative that she had something, if not EVERYTHING to do with it.
            Where I come from, that’s called connecting the dots.
            Apparently the Casey Anthony jury - DUMMIES ALL - don’t even know what a dot is, let alone what to do with it.
            So as a result, a two-year-old child is dead, no one is held account, and her party-hardy mommy will be released from prison for time served on the cop-lying charges.
            What will happen next is not clear. The world is very angry at Casey Anthony, so making a living is going to be very hard on her part.
            Her mother, Cindy, could be hit with a perjury charge for lying in court about looking up  chloroform on the house computer in an effort to save her daughter.
            A TV station has asked for the release of  December 2008jailhouse videotape that shows Casey Anthony’s reaction to news that her daughter’s skeleton had been found
            And investigators also say they’re looking into a possible case of witness tampering during the trial.
            So the drama of Casey Anthony is far from over. But make no mistake, GOD is NOT finished with this woman yet!
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.Power750.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, by Cash Michaels, honored this year as well by NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian your life. Bye, bye.

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