Monday, September 26, 2011


                        W-ed - VIRGO CHARTER: WE NEED STRAIGHT ANSWERS

            Earlier this week, plans for the proposed new Virgo preparatory charter school, which is slated to replace the old Virgo Middle School downtown, were unveiled during a NHC School Board work session.
            The plans would create a middle school grades 6-8, and an upper school grades 9-12 that specialize in engineering, forensic science and business development, just to name a few of the proposed course work.
            A concoction of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Roger Bacon Academy - an educational management firm with two charter schools in Brunswick and Columbus counties - attending students would have laptops, personal and college counselors, and a strict dress code.
            The renamed school would be called The Virgo Center for Advanced Research and Technology.
            The community will have a chance to weigh-in on this proposal next Tuesday, Oct. 4th during the next NHC School Board meeting’s public comment section, and we urge all citizens to come out, and come ready to ask some very tough questions about it.
            The board meeting will be held in the Spencer Board Room, starting at 6:30 p.m.
            For starters, is this the right school for children who live in that Youth Enrichment Zone where the school will be located?
            Here are some more suggested questions community members might consider asking the board:
1.  How many members of the Blue Ribbon Commission are educators and have successfully taught in downtown or inner city schools or outreach programs?
2.  What accomplishments has the Commission made that has helped to close the achievement and suspension rate gaps, improve attendance and graduation rate and eliminate crime in The Youth Enrichment Zone?  Please be specific.
3.   Our District Attorney says he can look at the numbers now and tell who’s going to prison and who’s going to drop out if the school board does not provide a good education for these children.  Were these children and their parents involved in the decision to offer forensic research law and order and policy, biomedical engineering and interactive game design?
4.   Were these children and their parents involved in the decision to limit sports to cross country, golf or tennis?   Will there not be an effort to preserve a culture rather than force something on a people that is not a part of their culture?
5.   Have surveys been done and community meetings been held with significant turnout and input?
6.   If the community has not had any input in the planning, how can parents of those who the School Board and the Blue Ribbon Commission are trying to serve be expected to sign a pledge to abide by the rules of the school, and be forced to be involved in a charter school where they had no input?  Further, how can parents be expected to trust those who have planned this possible catastrophe for inner city children and possible “elitist” school for other students?
7.   How much research has been done to find out why the students in The Youth Enrichment Zone are turned off by school?
8.  Who will teach these courses?  Will an attempt be made to insure that the administration, student support staff and teaching staff be very diverse and match the student body? 
9.  Will the three Board of Education members who will sit on the charter school board be able to truly identify with the needs of the charter school students?
10. What is the percentage of African American students who attend the Roger Bacon Academies in Brunswick and Pender counties?  What is the percentage of African American teachers at the Academies?  What is the percentage of African American administrators at the Academies?  What is the percentage of African American counselors at the Academies?
11.   If Virgo becomes a K-8 model and not a 6-12 school, what happens to Dorothy B. Johnson Elementary School, which is within walking distance of Virgo?
12. Are there any parents from "the zone" on the Blue Ribbon Commission, or a part of the charter school planning collaborative?
 13. What are some of the biggest challenges in day-to-day operations (other than cost), that you are expecting to face, and how will those challenges be dealt with?
 14. Since based on a lottery system, what methods will be employed to determine who the ticket holders will be? Will a rubric system be used, and has this information been shared with the parents and students?
           We need straight answers and more before our community buys into this Virgo substitute. We know what they want for our children, but is it what we want for our children?
          Come to Tuesday’s NHC School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to demand answers.

                                                       HEATHER LOSURDO

By Cash Michaels

            Until District 4 candidate Venita Peyton walked in 45 minutes late, there were no Republican school board candidates who participated in last week’s 2011 Candidates Forum at Martin Street Baptist Church.
And even though the sponsors - the Wake County Voter Education Coalition, the NC Black Women’s Empowerment Network, and the Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - had invited all of the candidates weeks in advance, most of the GOP’ers - Heather Losurdo, Eric Squires and Jennifer Mansfield (an independent who vied for the Republican endorsement) in District 3; and Donna Williams in District 6 - never even bothered to respond.
            Republican incumbent Ron Margiotta in District 8 declined, according to event organizers, and Cynthia Matson in District 5 called to cancel her appearance the day of after attending a Wake Voter Education Coalition meeting days earlier.
Peyton - a black Republican who was apparently compelled to attend after boycotting the previous Wake Up Wake County District 4 forum held in Southeast Raleigh, partially for political reasons (she accused the sponsors of being “Democratic [Party] controlled”), was politely received by the audience.
On her blog, Peyton supports the board’s GOP majority, and accuses NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber, a staunch advocate for Wake’s previous student diversity policy, of not caring about the education of black children.
Why would Republican school board candidates ignore Wake’s African-American voters and the golden opportunity to address their issues, even though the GOP candidates claim they’re running to ensure that “all” children in Wake County Public School System get the best education?
Indeed, are they, and their supporters, only interested in attracting more conservative-leaning anti-student diversity voters, so that the GOP can gain a super unbeatable majority on the Wake School Board as the crucial Oct. 11 Wake School Board elections draw near?
Already there are strong indications that what was officially supposed to be a nonpartisan election, just like in 2009 when the GOP first won their five-member majority, is anything but.
The State Board of Elections is still investigating who authored a political flier titled “Indoctrination,” which shows the five Democratic school board candidates under pictures of national NAACP Pres. Benjamin Jealous and NCNAACP Pres. Rev. William Barber (including one of Barber being led in handcuffs by Raleigh Police during a demonstration at the former Wake Schools headquarters in Raleigh), above the words, “These angry men have an agenda for Wake County Public Schools to continue with forced busing, social engineering and failed quota systems using your children and grandchildren as pawns in their scheme.”
Referring to the Democratic candidates, the filer continued, “They have 5 liberal allies running for election this Oct. 11th who have supported them in their fight against Wake County families. VOTE NO on these candidates and their agenda.”
Later on that same flier, it says, “It’s your children and your schools - NOT theirs.”
When none of the board’s Republican majority, or the Wake GOP itself, denounced the flier, District 4 incumbent school board member Keith Sutton, a Democrat, blasted them and their “Tea Party supporters” for name calling, attacks and division.
“I would hope that both members of the board majority and our opponents would denounce such tactics being used,” Sutton said, adding that the focus should be on, “…what’s best for our children, our schools and Wake County’s schools.”
The only response from any Republican on the school board was from Vice Chairman John Tedesco - an admitted Tea Party sympathizer who has spoken at numerous rallies across the state - who instead accused Sutton, the board’s only African-American, of name calling.
All of the Republican school board candidates (including Mansfield) back the GOP-led Wake School Board’s neighborhood school policy, which critics fear will create more expensive high poverty schools like Walnut Creek Elementary in Southeast Raleigh, which costs $1 million more to operate annually, has approximately 77% of its student population free-and-reduced lunch, is over 50% low-achieving, and is almost 100 students beyond capacity as of Sept. 22.
The top GOP candidates - Margiotta, Losurdo and Williams - have strong right-wing Tea Party ties, have been backed by major Republican figures like NC House Majority Leader Paul Stam, businessman Art Pope and Wake Commissioner Chairman Paul Coble, and are raising large sums of money from those sources.
Yet, all three, despite their promises to serve in a nonpartisan, apolitical fashion, have done anything but, thus antagonizing African-Americans.
As reported previously by The Carolinian, Republican Donna Williams in District 6 has vowed, “not to see read, not to see blue” if she’s elected to the school board. But as the founder and former president of the Northern Wake Women’s Republican Club, Williams is holding partisan fundraisers with GOP leaders, expressing her full support for the board’s GOP majority, and has the endorsements of Chairman Margiotta and the rest of the board’s Republicans.
In short, if there are any Democratic leaders supporting Donna Williams - a true sign of nonpartisanship - her campaign hasn’t identified any.
District 3 GOP candidate Heather Losurdo says she has “strong views” about helping “every child” if elected to the school board. But last week, other strong views that Losurdo harbored were exposed by a website called, “The Queen of Extreme” which labeled her a “Tea Party Extremist.”
An examination of Losurdo’s past Facebook postings and those of her husband, Craig, by Progress NC, a progressive advocacy group, reveal a strong admiration for the right-wing Tea Party, objection to illegal aliens coming into the US, and a profound dislike for President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
As has been widely reported, when Craig Losurdo posted a picture of a skunk on his Facebook page, and then wrote, “The skunk has replaced the Eagle as the new symbol of the American Presidency. It is half black, half white, and everything it does stinks,” referring to the president’s bi-racial heritage, his wife Heather wrote under it “LMAO,” meaning “Laughing my a-- off!”
When interviewed about the controversy by WTVD-11, Losurdo admitted that “Yes, I support the Tea Party,” said she wasn’t extreme, and called the skunk reference about Obama “light-hearted humor.”
When asked how African-American parents of Wake students should receive this, Losurdo said, “I’m sorry if they take it any other way than it was meant to be. It had nothing to do with race. I have my opinions of the president, and last time I looked, it was ok to have my own opinion.”
That opinion apparently also includes another Tea Party-style bash at the president by her husband that Losurdo approved of, this one showing a little white girl with a mean look on her face, displaying an offensive middle “bird” finger, with the caption, “Thanks, Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You a--hole.”
The offensive posting about illegal aliens is ironic given that Craig Losurdo is awaiting sentencing in federal court for his 2007 role in hiring illegals and forging documents during the eight months he worked for Texas company. Losurdo pled guilty, and cooperated with federal authorities to testify against the company.
And then there’s Wake School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta, vying for his third term as District 8 representative.
Margiotta has opposed Wake’s student diversity policy since he was elected eight years ago, but not until 2009 when four other anti-diversity foes joined him on the board to form a majority, did the New Jersey native gain the power to dismantle it, and push for a neighborhood school plan instead.
            Since he became chair two years ago, Margiotta has used the school board platform to publicly call opponents, “Animals coming out of their cages”; tell the public that the board had no intention of creating high poverty schools, all the while planning to make then still under construction Walnut Creek Elementary School exactly that; and try to get 6,000 black students reassigned back to Southeast Raleigh without a reassignment plan in place.
            Margiotta’s close ties with Tea Party businessmen Robert Luddy and Art Pope; his hiring of conservative attorneys to represent the school board, and right-wing think tank the Civitas Institute to orientate new school board members, and his refusal to ask the Republican-led General Assembly and Wake County Commission Board for more money for the school system in order to protect his political allies, critics say, leave no doubt his partisan intentions to push an even more aggressive agenda on the board if re-elected.
            But the Republican chairman’s tactics have rubbed even fellow Republicans close to him the wrong way at times.
            While researching Margiotta’s campaign reports on file with the Wake Board of Elections, a blistering November 4, 2009 resignation letter to the “Citizens for Ron Margiotta” campaign, from longtime campaign treasurer Phyllis Bryson was found.
            Letter of resignation from a political campaign committee are considered public record.
            “Ron,” Ms. Bryson began, “Due to political, philosophical and ethical differences, I am resigning as your treasurer, effective immediately.”
            Ms. Bryson continued, “Many people have reported your attempts to influence them to the detriment of my family. I am stunned. It is difficult to believe that you are totally innocent, as you claim.”
            The Carolinian tried to call Ms. Bryson with the phone number listed, but it was disconnected. This paper also emailed Ms. Bryson at the email address listed, but she hadn’t responded as to what the issues surrounding her resignation, or allegations against Ron Margiotta, were.
            For his part, Mr. Margiotta has made it known in writing to The Carolinian that he has no intention of making any comment to this newspaper.


                                                     TROY DAVIS

By Cash Michaels

            At 11:08 on Sept. 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis, despite the recantations of seven of the nine witnesses who twenty years earlier helped put him on death row for a murder he maintained to the end he didn’t commit, was executed by lethal injection in a Georgia State prison.
            His memorial service will be this Saturday.
            Prosecutors say even with most of their testifying witnesses now saying they were wrong about fingering Davis for the 1989 shooting death of an off-duty police officer in Savannah, Ga., they’re convinced the right man was put to death.
            Even though there was no physical evidence tying Davis to the crime.
            Because the conviction occurred under Georgia state law, the federal government had no jurisdiction, or any standing in the matter.
Long before the Troy Davis execution, states like Maryland and New Jersey (which abolished the death penalty) raised their standards for capital murder cases, demanding that prosecutors have more than just undependable eyewitness testimony to convict.
            Now there are cries for that standard to be nationalized.
            The Troy Davis case has that people the world over - from the Pope in Vatican City, Italy to hundreds of protesters across the nation - asking, “How could this happen? How could even the US Supreme Court, which refused a last minute request by Davis’ defense attorneys to stay the execution, ignore the possibility that an innocent man was about to be executed?
            “It was a travesty,” attorney Irving Joyner, law professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law, told The Carolinian the day after. He blamed the criminal justice system’s “institutional deficiencies,” dating back long before the advent of DNA evidence, for costing what many believe was an innocent man, his life.
            “I’m sure that this will happen again,” Prof. Joyner says, “and I’m certainly sure that it has happened before.”
            According to Joyner, who has practiced criminal law for over 40 years, and wrote the well-regarded tome, “Criminal Procedure in North Carolina,” without physical evidence proving the contrary, Troy Davis fell victim to the legal philosophy of finality.
            “There is this notion in our criminal justice system that every person is entitled to one trial, and once a decision has been made in that one trial, it carries then the presumption that that decision was correct,” Prof. Joyner says. “So if there’s a guilty verdict, the system adopts the view that as to the facts existing in that case, that that determination was final.”
            That means unless the defense can successfully appeal a verdict based on a technical error with trial procedure, or are able to produce tangible evidence contrary to a guilty verdict, the system is set up to shutdown once all options have been exhausted.
            “Troy Davis went through that process,” Joyner said.
            It was after that that seven of nine witnesses who originally testified at trial that they saw Davis murder a police officer in 1989, recanted that testimony, and joined efforts to gain him a new trial.
            “It is only in exceptional cases that the court is going to accept as true, the recantation, because there is this presumption that the person who is recanting, has been pushed to [do so] by outside forces not associated with the trial,” Prof. Joyner says.
            In most instances that’s not true, he adds, yet that is the presumption of the justice system creates to support the original verdict, regardless of whether it’s right or wrong.
            “That is the problem Troy Davis got caught up in,” Prof. Joyner says. “He was a victim of the flaws in that process.”
            “He was caught in a situation he could not win.”
            Darryl Hunt knows exactly what that feels like.
            In 1984, Hunt, at age 19, was convicted of the rape and murder of a newspaper copy editor in Winston-Salem, based solely on eyewitness testimony. He was tried twice, convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to death, spending over 19 years on North Carolina’s death row.
            But in 1994, DNA evidence proved that Hunt did not commit the crime. However, it took another ten years of legal appeals, and the confession of the true perpetrator, for a Superior Court judge to officially vacate Hunt’s conviction, and immune him from further prosecution.
            Without DNA evidence and the subsequent confession of the real murderer, Hunt knows that he was headed towards the same fate as Troy Davis.
            “Yes, it was really heartbreaking,” Hunt, who was among the protesters outside of the Georgia prison the night of Davis’ execution, told The Carolinian upon his return.
            “I did not want to believe that our country would put an innocent man to death, even after all the things I’ve been through myself with the system.”
            Hunt says if it wasn’t for the DNA being run through the state database and matching another man, the courts would not have released him from prison in 2005.
It should be no surprise that Darryl Hunt is opposed to the death penalty, and thinks it should be abolished.
            “We can’t have a system that makes so many mistakes,” Hunt said, adding that race plays a role in who sees the death penalty and who doesn’t, even in his case.
            Indeed, one of the prosecutors in Hunt’s second trial works for the NC Attorney’s Office now.
            Hunt agrees that Troy Davis isn’t the first to have been executed based on admittedly faulty eyewitness testimony, and he won’t be the last.
            “There are more Troy Davises in our system,” Hunt, who now heads up his own innocence group, says. “And until the mentality of the people who run our system changes, and people understand that we are human beings, and we make mistakes, and mistakes can be corrected, until we understand that, then this will continue to happen.”

            [WAKE FOREST] Rapper Petey Pablo, known for hits like “Freek-a-Leek” and “Raise Up,” was sentenced Monday to 35 months in prison for concealing a stolen 9mmm handgun in his carry-on luggage at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in September 2010. Pablo, whose legal name is Moses Barrett III, pled guilty last March to the charge.

            [RALEIGH] With the NC State Fair opening Oct. 13 through Oct. 23rd, that means a lot of temporary part-time employment. Workers to step and take down rides, food service and some retail are needed, and will be filled by next week. Those interested in applying should go to their local NC Employment Commission Office 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online through NC Job Connector.

            [RALEIGH] Good news for NC small businesses. The federal government is awarding over $600,000 to the state to assist small companies export goods and services to foreign markets. Federal officials joined Gov. Beverly Perdue Tuesday at Raleigh Denim on West Martin Street to make the announcement. Perdue said the state will match another $150,000 to the program to ensure its success.


            Less than two weeks before the crucial Oct. 11th Wake School Board and municipal elections, the NC NAACP is calling on the community to attend a “Get Out the Vote” mass meeting tonight, 6:30 p.m., at Martin Street Baptist Church. NCNAACP President Rev. William Barber will present, along other political action experts. Early voting, voter education and mobilization will be addressed. Call 919-682-4700 for more information.

            Festival in Motion, a celebration of the Walnut Creek Greenway, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out for a free day of fun, fitness and activities for all ages. A free party will be held at the Lake Johnston Boathouse from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event includes the 5,000 Step Challenge and the Privet Power Pull, along with art, music, food, games and exploration of its treasures, history, natural gifts and neighbors. Children can explore the past in an archeological dig, enjoy the Wind, Rain, Earth & Fire Puppets; and sharpen their athletic skills by participating in soccer and volleyball clinics. Call 829-5851.

            Citizens are invited to protest against budget cuts to essential programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security during a public meeting in Durham at First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, starting at 1 p.m. For more information call Gloria De Los Santos at 919-794-8210, or


By Cash Michaels

            THANK YOU - Last week I had the privilege of moderating to great events.
            On Thursday, Sept. 22, I moderated the 2011 Candidates Forum at Martin Street Baptist Church Family Life Center, sponsored by the Wake County Voter Education Coalition; the NC Black Women’s Empowerment Network; and Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of AKA, Inc.
            It was both a lot of fun, and an honor to serve. Thanks.
            On Saturday, Sept. 24th, I also had the special honor of moderating “The Great Debate - Why Should I Vote?,” at Poplar Springs Christian Church in Raleigh, which featured some extraordinarily sharp students from St. Augustine’s College, Wake Technical Community College, Enloe High, Leesville High, in addition to graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University and Peace College.
            The students debated the pros and cons to voting in a very spirited, yet very informative session. It was good to see and hear.
            All in all, it was wonderful spending time last week at these two great events, and this Friday, I’ll be back at Martin Street Baptist for the Raleigh-Apex NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Friday night.
            I’m looking forward to it.
            TV RATINGS - Now that the new TV season has begun, I’m sure you’ll want to know how your favorite shows are doing.
            Last week, “Two and a Half Men” on CBS was the Number One show in the nation, followed by ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which tied with “NCIS” on CBS for Number Three. The top new show thus far is CBS’s “Two Broke Girls,” followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
            The Tuesday edition of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC IS 7th, the pre-game show for NBC’s Sunday Night Football follows, CBS’s lousy new show “Unforgettable” is 9th, and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” is 10th.
            Shows in trouble include NBC’s “The Playboy Club” (kiss it goodbye), and “Law and Order: SVU” now that Chris Meloni (Lt. Stabler) has left. “CSI” on CBS is doing OK on its new Wednesday night at 10 p.m. perch.
SARAH’S SOUR - ABC News is reporting that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may sue the author of a new book that alleges, among other things, that as a young sports reporter, she messed around with black NBA star Glenn Rice, and also took drugs. Palin’s husband, Todd, has denied that and other juicy tidbits found in “The Rogue,” a totally unflattering look at the Tea Party darling, written by Joe McGinniss.
            The Palin family attorney is the one who sent a “threatening” legal letter to Crown Publishing about the tell-all, alleging that McGinniss knows the book isn’t true. That’s the first step towards court.
            This could be a sure bet that a certain Republican ex-governor will not be running for president anytime soon.
             “BOUNCE” IS HERE! - This week, a new over-the-air television network for African-Americans made its debut called “Bounce.” It airs in three markets in North Carolina, including Wilmington on WECT 6.2 Digital. It’s free TV, not cable, and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King III are some of the people behind it.
            Unlike BET or TV One, Bounce will be the home of old-time stuff like Soul Train, classic movies like “The Wiz” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” CIAA Sports will be featured, as well as documentaries and inspirational programming.
            Raleigh does not have Bounce yet, so contact one of your local TV stations (not cable) to ask if they can carry it on one of their digital channels. They’re already running a lot of stuff there that nobody’s watching. If they know there is a black audience hungry to watch great black movie classics and CIAA Sports, they may make the switch.
TEN LARGEST “CHOCOLATE” CITIES - Ever wonder what the top ten US cities for black people (defined not only as African-American, but Caribbean, Haitian, etc) are? According to The Atlanta Post, the latest US Census figures show Los Angeles, CA with 859,086 is 10; Dallas, TX with 941,695 is 9; Detroit, MI with 972,689 is 8; Houston, TX with 998,883 is 7; Miami, FL with 1,096,536 is 6; Philadelphia, PA with 1,204,303 is 5; Washington, D.C. with 1,409,473 is 4; Chicago, IL with 1,613,644 is 3; Atlanta, GA with 1,679,979 is 2; and the Number 1 American city for blacks is New York City, with a whopping 3,044,096.
            Some of these cities, like Washington, D.C. and Detroit, are losing their black populations. Many blacks are moving to the South.
            That means the next decade may hold some big changes for the black community population-wise. With the browning of America increasing, but the hijacking of America by the right-wing continuing seemingly unabated, Lord only knows what the future holds. It doesn’t make sense for the black population to increase, only to see its power and influence decrease.
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            STARTING TO FIGHT - Well, well, well. Now that the 2012 presidential elections are in sight, President Barack Obama has decided to stop being a punching bag for the Tea Party Republicans, and start fighting back with some fiery rhetoric.
            It’s about time!
            Last week, the White House admitted that up until now, the president has been employing the “turn-the-other-cheek” strategy with Congressional Republicans, in hopes of placating them to come to a deal on deficit reduction, taxes, etc.
            And because of that ill-advised “strategy,” our nation almost failed to raise its debt ceiling.
            Earlier this year, Obama had to give in to a two-year extension on the Bush tax cuts, just to keep the government from closing down.
            So now that much of the important stuff has past until after the next election (or so says the White House), Pres. Obama is breaking bad, traveling the nation, making speeches about folks putting pressure on the Republican-led Congress to pass his American Jobs Act.
            He told folks in Medina, Washington last weekend that the GOP vision of government would “fundamentally cripple America.”
            Finally, the man is singing a song that his choir can join in on.
            And it’s about time, too.
            There’s no question that the president is in full campaign mode now. He can’t pull what he normally does - talk tough on Wednesday, then wilt like wet toilet paper by Wednesday afternoon.
            If Obama is going to talk tough against the Republicans, he’s going to have to STAY tough from now through the 2012 election.
            I hope and pray that he and his advisers - most of whom I wouldn’t trust with last week’s garbage - plan to stay with the script from this point forward.
            And one more thing, since we’re on the president.
            Last weekend, he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner.
            During the course of his speech, Obama told black people, apparently like me, to “stop complaining, stop grumbling.”
            I beg your pardon, Mr. President. When someone asks for MY vote, I get to run my mouth when I don’t see him or her performing as promised.
            Then in an interview with BET on Monday, the president became “testy” when asked about helping an impoverished Black America - his base. He said targeting programs to help one community "is not how America works."
            Here’s how reported it:
            [BET reporter Emmitt Miller] asked Obama to consider the plight of a hypothetical young, African-American in Chicago's South Side: Father gone, mother working 10 hours a day for "peanuts," there are no jobs and, "You won't even say, 'Look, I am going to help you,'" Miller said.           
            "Emmett, that is not -- first of all, that is not what people are saying," Obama said, bristling. "What people are saying all across the country is we are hurting and we've been hurting for a long time. And the question is how can we make sure the economy is working for every single person."
            Obama added, "The other thing I want to make sure you don't just kind of slip in there is this notion that African-American leaders of late have been critical. There have been a handful of African-Americans who have been critical. They were critical when I was running for president. There's always going to be somebody who is critical of the president of the United States."
            "What has always made this country great is the belief that everybody has got a chance," Obama said. "Regardless of race, regardless of creed."
Now I love my president. He’s a good, good man. And the First Lady is family, as far as I’m concerned.
            But when I see the man I voted for venturing dangerously close to taking his base for granted, I’m GOING to say something.
            I promised myself a long, long time ago that if I’m to serve my community as a proud member of the Black Press, then I will NEVER forsake my duty to speak truth to power. That means no matter how much I like or love a politician, I am always going to represent the people.
            And if I don’t see that elected official doing what he or she promised, my job is to hold them accountable, no matter who doesn’t like it.
            So “stop complaining” Mr. President? Fine. I understand that for political reasons, you can’t overtly do what many presidents before you have done, namely try to directly address problems in the African-American community, without taking a big hit from the Republicans for “playing favorites.”
            Apparently you see no way to defend it, so you won’t do it.
            But quite frankly, Mr. President, I don’t know how you energize your base if you continue to act as if the black community is poison.            Not only are African-Americans suffering double-digit unemployment greater than their white counterparts, but they’re also losing their jobs faster than anybody else. Blacks have lots more wealth collectively by virtue of losing their homes during the recession to tricky mortgage games.
            Most emergency rooms take the mortally wounded first, Mr. President. You’re telling our “mortally wounded” to wait their turn, that when help comes for all, help will come for them.
            It’s almost like African-Americans need to all move to one state, so that an earthquake or hurricane could hit it. Then we would all legally qualify for federal assistance.
            Or maybe African-Americans should move to another country, so that if a tidal wave hits us and wipes away all of our homes, you could get on TV and promise that the United States will be right there for us to help rebuild.
            The point is there is really nothing standing in the way of the president proposing enterprise zones in poor communities to promote business growth (Ronald Reagan did that), or other stimulative programs designed to help small business in the hardest hit areas.
            If the GOP or Fox News begins to balk, you simply ask, “Would you prefer that poor people NOT work so that government continues to pay their bills?”
            But no, the president has been made to believe that by being black, he has to pay attention to everyone else but us.
            We’re going to have to disagree on that one, Mr. President. You’re banking on a trickle down theory towards job recovery in the black community.
            That isn’t going to work.
            And that means the “complaining” and “grumbling” is going to continue, and rightfully so, because the pain is growing.
            I shudder to think what it maybe like a year from now, during the presidential elections.
            I truly shudder.
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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 in your life. Bye, bye.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


By Cash Michaels

            At 92 years of age, Elizabeth Tucker sees each and every day as a blessing.
 She’s in relatively good health and active. She owns her own home. And soulful peace is just a porch and a prayer away.
“A happiness peace,” Tucker said with a smile, on a rainy Labor Day afternoon. “That’s what it means to me.”
So why is this lady news? Because in a world of Tea Party conservatives versus same sex marriage versus a struggling US economy versus an even more struggling black president, Elizabeth Tucker reminds how past generations confronted bad times and dark days.
With faith, family and remembering what’s really important.
“So many my age have been gone on,” she says. “Some say the world is changing too fast.”
And yet, Mrs. Tucker’s world doesn’t change unless she wants it to, and that gives her peace.
            The Harnett County native, a devout Christian and churchgoer, has seen a lot over the almost 100 years she’s lived. Mrs. Tucker remembers a simpler time in life, a time when the church was the center of all living, and family was both a blessing, and responsibility from GOD.
            She’s raised eight children - six girls and two boys - all good, productive, GODfearing adults now. One allowed Mrs. Tucker to ride with him on a property owner’s cart where he worked.
            She loved it.
            “I’ve never seen a family that pulls together like hers, “ says close friend Mrs. Jones, who used to stay with Mrs. Tucker for a while. “They stick together. That’s one thing I’ll say.”
            “I was raised like that, and it’s one thing I teach my children,” Mrs. Tucker says proudly.
Tucker has  maintained her beautifully tailored garden which graces her home since 1975. Cacti and spider plants are just two of the many floral creations there. A swing under the trees is inviting. Many of the figurines were gifts from friends over the years.
            “Just three pieces I bought myself,” she says.
            This close to nature, you’ve got to be close to GOD,” said Mrs. Hazel Logan, a close friend who marvels how Mrs. Tucker has taken good care of her garden.
And Mrs. Tucker is particularly proud of her turnip green garden growing in her backyard. Nothing like a fresh pot of homegrown greens for evening supper, to cap off a fine day for this peaceful lady.
“They aren’t hard to plant at all. Wash ‘em real good and cook them down. I season them with pork,” she said with a smile.
Mrs. Tucker’s friends and adult children check on her, and drop in on her, every day. And she welcomes them all with a smile, and a comfortable place to sit.
Ask her what she thinks of how Raleigh has changed, particularly will the new downtown construction, and Mrs. Tucker says she couldn’t tell you. She hasn’t been downtown to see. It’s all built for another generation. Outside of seeing to some personal business every once in a while, Tucker says there’s nothing there for her.
That happiest times in her home have been when she’s held birthday parties there for her children. The laughter and fun, the good fellowship with the kids and their parents. Sometimes, she can sit on her porch, and still see the children laughing and playing.
Ask Elizabeth Tucker what the secret is to reaching age 92 with sound mind and strong faith, and she’ll tell you hard work.
“ I work when I can do something,” she said. “I’m doing it.”
Asked if she prays every day, “ Mrs. Tucker quickly replies, “ Pray every day and night, boy,” followed by a healthy laugh. “Don’t make me lose prayer.”
“Prayer does change things.”
Mrs. Tucker says GOD speaks with her “very often,” telling she right from wrong “even now,” she says.
And if anything comforts her spirit, it’s singing the cherished hymns of old.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,” Tucker soulfully recites. In the morning, it’s “I’ll Fly Away” that gets the 92-year-old out of bed, ready to face the day.
If Mrs. Tucker has a criticism of the church today, it’s that Christians aren’t abiding by GOD’s Word as they once did. Indeed, she says, if the church adhered to the literal word of the Bible, she thinks the world would be better off.
“Today the children are raising the parents, instead of the parents raising the children,” Mrs. Tucker observed. “The children are telling the parents what to do. That’s not good, not in my book. How about in your book?”
Like most African-Americans, Mrs. Tucker admits she never thought she’d see the day when the nation would be led by a black president, Barack Obama. She says she prays for him, given all of the challenges he has these days, and hopes that he’ll be safe, and overcome.
Mrs. Tucker smiles when a younger reporter tells her that while he may have more book learning (she suggested first that he did), that it is she who has more education, because she’s lived twice as long, and has done many, many more things.
“That’s right,” the 92-year-old said with a smile. “Just hook your wagon up and travel!”

By Cash Michaels

            Calling it a “wonderful school,” District 4 Wake School Board member Keith Sutton says Walnut Creek Elementary, a $25 million high poverty school in Southeast Raleigh, has great promise, but still faces tremendous challenges that could inhibit progress.
            “Right now it’s [population] is up to around 850 students. The capacity of the school was for 800, so it’s already over capacity,” Sutton told the audience during the District 4 candidate’s forum last Thursday at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center.
            “There are less than fifty white students, so it is overwhelmingly African-American and Hispanic,” he continued.
            The original goal was to keep class sizes at 20 students per, but that’s proved to be fleeting, Sutton concedes.
            “Because of the influx of new students, the school has become a very attractive school, and the word has gotten out into the community about the school, and the teachers, and the things that are there,” Sutton said. As a result, parents and guardians are finding ways to get their children into the school.
            By law, if an affidavit is presented verifying a child’s legal address in the district, then the school has to enroll them, Sutton said, causing administrators to deal with trying to maintain a reasonable teacher-to-student ratio, and explosive growth at the same time.
            “We’re already at the point where we’re having some initial conversations about putting mobile units on the campus of Walnut Creek, which is not something we anticipated to do,” the District 4 school board member said.
            “I don’t know they could even go. So we have some challenges at Walnut Creek.”
            Thus far, since the school opened in August, the projected over 80 percent free-and-reduced lunch and over 50 percent low achieving is holding, Sutton says. To address the challenging student population academically, the school day has been lengthened by 45 minutes - from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Classrooms are outfitted with the latest technologies, from smartboards to flat screen TV’s to Wii systems.
            The teachers are handpicked from all over the country because they have the requisite experience in reaching students in high poverty schools, Sutton continued.
            Sutton, who has served on the board since being appointed in 2009 to finish out the unexpired term of Rosa Gill, also says that Walnut Creek Elementary is also the only school with both a universal breakfast, and universal lunch, meaning that every student eats both meals daily at no cost.
            Because of the academic demographics of Walnut Creek Elementary, its annual budget is approximately $1 million more than other comparable elementary schools, Sutton confirmed, because of all of the special resources.
            This is exactly what many critics of the GOP-led Wake School Board predicted earlier this year when Republicans voted to change Walnut Creek Elementary, while it was still under construction, into a neighborhood school.
            The logical question now is given Wake Supt. Tata’s emerging “blue” student assignment plan, which is expected to be finalized and presented to the board for review on Oct. 4th, how many more high poverty schools beyond the 60 the system already has will be produced, and can the county afford them in the face of dwindling resources?
            “Walnut Creek is going to be successful…but can we continue to make more Walnut Creeks in Wake County, especially given the funding challenges that we’ve had here at the local level?” Sutton rhetorically asked, strongly implying that the answer is no.
Sutton says the school system has had budget cuts for the past 3 to 4 years, while the student population continues to grow by 2,000-3,000 students each year. As a result, funding from the Wake County Commission Board, which has been flat for several years, amounts to a cut to per-pupil spending every year. 
            To add insult to injury, the Republican Board majority refused to ask either the GOP-led county commissioners, or the GOP-led General Assembly for more money.
            “We needed to advocate for more funding,” Sutton said, adding that more resources are needed in Wake’s schools. “ I think that was an issue.”
            Sutton wants to see “increased learning and better achievement” among students in District 4.
            When asked what plans he had to help attract qualified teachers to low-performing schools in District 4, Sutton said the board should give the superintendent and staff more resources to go out beyond Wake County in search of more qualified teachers. Sutton supports partnering with historically black colleges and universities - many of which started as teachers colleges - to recruit more black teachers into the classroom.
            Sutton also said “we need to respect and listen to our teachers more” so that Wake public schools are more attractive to prospective educators.
            Even though “neighborhood schools” is now the official policy for the Wake School Board student assignment, Sutton would still like to see student diversity as a goal along side proximity and stability.
            Regarding the needed construction of new schools to meet the projected 200,000 student population by the year 2020, Sutton agreed that a sizable bond referendum needs to be placed before the voters shortly so that construction could begin in time to meet the closing deadline.
            Republican leaders on the board realize the need, but say now is not the time to float a bond while taxpayers are dealing with a bad economy.
            Conservative candidates for the school board, like Donna Williams in District 6 and Heather Losurdo in District 3, maintain that they would want to find wasted money in the school system budget first before agreeing with floating a bond referendum.
            Sutton countered that given recent audit, there are no wasted funds, and the school system is operating as lean as possible.
            Sutton’s opponent in the District 4 race, Venita Peyton, failed to show up for the forum, complaining on her blog that she wasn’t consulted as to the format, and accusing the sponsors of being “Democratically controlled.”
            Of the five scheduled candidates forum sponsored by Wake Up Wake County and the Wake County League of Women Voters, Peyton is the only candidate to refuse to attend. No other candidate - Democrat or Republican - has complained.
            On Tuesday night, Sutton joined the board’s Republican majority in voting for establishing two single-sex leadership academies by next year.
            Modeled after similar, virtually all-black schools in Guilford County which have proven successful, the academies will be part of an expanding choice package of schools Supt. Tata says the system will offer under his blue student diversity plan.


 READY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION - On Tuesday, Sept. 6, two vanloads of community leaders from Raleigh attended the year-out rally in Charlotte marking the official countdown to the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. Pictured, from left to right, are Virginia Tally, Octavia Rainey, Joy Long, Tommy Thompson, Brad Thompson, Doris Burke, Don Mial, Lindy Brown, Junious Sorrell, Kristi Tally, Dwight Spencer. Not pictured are Monica Coleman, Jannet Barnes, Marshall Harvey, Margaret Whitman , Delano Rackard, Rick Baskett, Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Sharon Harshaw, Montica Talmadge, and Henry Lancaster. [Cash Michaels Photo]

FOR SIMPLER TIMES - Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker, 92, proudly stands in front of her garden in Raleigh. With a strong belief in GOD, Tucker says life would be better if people would just follow GOD’s commandments. [Cash Michaels Photo]


            One Stop/Early Voting for the Oct. 11th elections is scheduled for Sept. 22 -23; Sept. 26- Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Wake Elections Board, 337 S. Salisbury Street in Raleigh, and on Saturday, Oct. 8th there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. In Cary, Early voting is scheduled at the Herbert C. Young Community Center at 101 Wilkerson Ave. Oct. 5-7 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 919-856-6240.

            The candidate’s forum for District 8 Wake School Board candidates incumbent Ron Margiotta and challenger Susan Evans will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. at the Carey C. Jones Community Building, 309 Holleman St. in Apex. The forum is sponsored by Wake Up Wake County and the Wake County League of Women Voters.

            Voter turnout will be a key issue in elections now and in 2012, and yet there are those who choose not to vote. Why and are they correct? That will be the question when two teams debate, “ Why Should I Vote?” Saturday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Poplar Springs Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 6115 Old Stage Road, Raleigh. This event is free and the public is welcomed. Moderated by Carolinian Newspaper reporter Cash Michaels.


            [ASHEVILLE] Cross the Vance-Aycock dinner off your social list this year. The popular Democratic Party fundraiser has now been temporarily renamed ‘The Western Gala.” Why the change? Because for 50 years, the occasion was named in honor of Confederate Gov. Zebulon Vance, and white supremacist Gov. Charles Aycock, who served in 1900, and called for African-Americans to be “scared off” leading up to the 1898 Wilmington race massacre. A committee will come up with a permanent name for the annual fundraiser.
            [GREENVILLE] Thanks to an emergency grant from the US Dept. of Labor, North Carolina will receive $2 million to hire temporary workers to help cleanup and repair efforts in counties hit hard by Hurricane Irene. The workers in question are those who were dislocated as a result of the storm, which caused upwards of $400 million in damage to property and crops across the state. Some of the funding will also aid humanitarian and safety efforts. $750,000 is available now, officials say. 1100 homes were destroyed by Irene.

            [CHARLOTTE] Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools (CMS) has been awarded the $550,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education to help fund scholarships for needed children. The award, provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, is given to school districts which show the most academic progress over the course of a school year in closing the racial achievement gap. Over half of CMS’s student population is free-and-reduced lunch.

By Cash Michaels

            MODERATING CANDIDATES FORUM TONITEThe Wake Voter Education Coalition, in association with the NC Black Women’s Empowerment Network and Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  presents the 2011 Candidates Forum, Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Martin Street Baptist Church Family Life Center. Candidates in the Raleigh City Council, Cary Town Council and Wake School Board races will be showcased. Yours truly will be moderating the forum, so come out to Martin Street Baptist Church
            MORNING “JOKE” - As much as I love MSNBC (and I do, though I loved it more when Keith Olbermann was still there), there is one personality there who has the ego of a fool, and the arrogance of a danged fool.
            I’m speaking of Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe.”
            The Republican former congressman from Florida rides herd every weekday morning from 6-9 a.m., playing host to some of the top newsmakers and politicians in the land. Sometimes there are thoughtful, engaging and topical discussions about the issues of the day.
            This is usually when Scarborough keeps his big mouth shut, because once he does open it, things go down hill fast.
            For example on Monday’s edition, “Joe-zo” the clown made a startling prediction - that President Obama would NOT run for re-election, even though my mail box is stuffed with letters from the Obama campaign every day.
            Scarborough, who has no love whatsoever for Obama, says despite the fact that the president has already made it officially known that he is running again in 2012, if his poll numbers continue to slide in the face of a worsening economy, that Obama may indeed exit, stage left.
            What’s Scarborough up to? Causing mischief in the Democratic Party. He knows there are some Dems who would love to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton perhaps run in the 2012 primaries against the president, and win.
            While there are indeed some anxieties about the 2012 race and Obama’s uphill battles against the Republicans, to suggest that the first black president of the United States would just abandon because things are tough, is repulsive to say the least.
            But not surprising coming from the say all, see all, but know nothing Joe Scarborough. He’s just not trying to make stupid headlines, but Scarborough is trying to diminish the president by suggesting he hasn’t got the guts to stay.
            No wonder Keith Olbermann cussed him out on live TV during the 2008 campaign (Scarborough can’t stand Keith, and the feeling is mutual).
            I could write all day about A.M host I lovingly call “Morning Joke” on MSNBC, but quite frankly, Scarborough isn’t worth it.
            Maybe one day his cohostess, Mika Brzezinski (who thoughtfully disagrees with every lame-brained thing this accidental head-of-hair says) will just not say a word after Joe delivers one of his rear-smart tirades, and just smack the ignorance out of this guy.
            Smack ‘em, Mika. Smack Scarborough for all of the years he’s treated you like a piece of dirt on-air. Smack the arrogance out of the guy.
            Only then can America get up in the morning, turn on our TV sets to MSNBC, and watch Joe sit there, waiting for YOUR permission to speak.
            Now THAT would be a topical discussion.
            Betcha Pres. Obama would enjoy it too!
            CENK JOINS KEITH ON CURRENT TV - Great news for Cenk Uygur and the Young Turks fans. Cenk is bringing his unique style of progressive political insight to Current TV starting later this year. Current TV, home of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" weeknights at 8 p.m., will schedule the Los Angeles-based "The Young Turks" at Keith's lead-in at 7 p.m..
            In case you don't remember, Cenk hosted "MSNBC Live" for several months earlier this year after Keith Olbermann left MSNBC in January. Uygur drew some of the highest ratings in that 6 p.m. timeslot , but fell out of favor with MSNBC management because of his bold style of "speaking truth to power" about issues other cable hosts soft-soaped.
            Cenk was eventually taken off the air and replaced by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has now been given that timeslot permanently. But it was clear that Uygur would eventually end up at Current when Olbermann invited him on his show several weeks later.
            "The Young Turks" is the most popular You Tube show online, drawing an estimated 20 million viewers a week. Cenk and Current TV hope to draw as much of that as possible leading into the 2012 elections.
            I HATE HOCKEY - That’s right, hockey is for barbarians, and they know it! What other so-called “sport” actually allows its players to take off their protective gear (helmets and gloves), face off in the middle of the ice (thus stopping the game), and beating each other bloody and senseless in front of a yelling and screaming crowd, which includes MOTHERS AND FATHERS WITH THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN?
            Polls show that an overwhelming number of people who follow the game want the fighting. Thus my statement, “ Hockey is for barbarians!”
            But let me refine that a touch to be fair.
            Because college and Olympic hockey bans fighting, it would be more accurate to say, “NHL (National Hockey League) professional hockey is for barbarians.”
            There, you happy now?
            Now please keep in mind, I’m no milksop or prude. Last time I looked, I’m all man, and now that I’m considerably over the half-century mark in age, I have every intention of staying that way.
            Yes, as a child growing up in Brooklyn during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I played all of the sports (except hockey), my favorite being basketball, and knew of all of the star players.
            And I used to get hurt a lot, naturally. That’s because, growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, one of the roughest communities in the nation, our parks were all asphalt with broken glass in them, and our streets - with parked cars on both sides on weekends (huge street cleaners forced folks to move their cars every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.) - were our touch football fields.
            They had broken glass too. Ever try eluding the opposing team, running over the glass and try not to slam dead on into a parked car (or one coming down the block)? Now THAT takes skill!
            Only time I ever played inside of a gym was for PE at school. In the neighborhood, only the big high school and college players took to the gym floors, while little runts like me just sat down and watched.
            So I full well know the rough and tumble of growing up poor and playing sports. And the one thing I loved about those “good old days” is that the few times we had fights, there were those of us who would move quickly to break it up, primarily because we didn’t come out to break heads.
            Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, when we knew two guys had it in for each other, we’d actually let them fight, and then, when it was clearly over, step up, declare it over, encourage them to shake hands, and THEN we would start the game. This way they got it out of their systems, and we could all concentrate on having fun.
            All of us went through that rite of passage, and we were the better for it.
            And that’s why, as the child of a single parent growing up in the ghetto, I never involved myself in any kind of wanton violence. Defend myself? Sure. Boxing? Of course! Martial arts (man, did I love me some Bruce Lee movies)? Absolutely!
            But no one ever taught me to go out seeking a fight to hurt someone, and using a sport as an excuse.
            Hockey is exactly that. Hockey is a professional crime scene.
            We can thank our American neighbor to the north, Canada, for founding this barbaric, uncivilized “sport” for the demented (and, again, I deem it demented when parents take young children to an event where grown men are beating each other bloody barefisted for sport).
            If you look up “Fighting in Hockey” online, you’ll see the following from Wikipedia to prove my point:
“Fighting in ice hockey is an established tradition of the sport in North America, with a long history involving many levels of amateur and professional play and including some notable individual fights. Although a definite source of criticism, it is a considerable draw for the sport, and some fans attend games primarily to see fights.”
“Fighting is usually performed by one or more enforcers, or "goons"—players whose role it is to fight and intimidate—on a given team and is governed by a complex system of unwritten rules that players, coaches, officials, and the media refer to as "the code". Some fights are spontaneous, while others are premeditated by the participants. While officials tolerate fighting during hockey games, they impose a variety of penalties on players who engage in fights.”
“Unique to North American professional team sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) and most minor professional leagues in North America do not eject players outright for fighting but major European and collegiate hockey leagues do, and multi-game suspensions may be added on top of the ejection. Therefore, the vast majority of fights occur in the NHL and other North American professional leagues.”
So why am I bringing this up now, beyond the fact that hockey season is underway? I’m not a hockey fan, and it’s safe to safe that most of my readers aren’t either. It’s not part of our culture, even though the NHL does have some black players.
Because I don’t want to wait until someone else is knocked unconscious to say something. That’s too easy. Everybody on ESPN and everywhere else will be pontificating, the controversy will die down, and things will go back to business as usual.
And parents will continue taking their children to these barbaric games, and those kids will continue to learn barbarism just because that’s the way they did it decades ago in Canada when the game was invented.
That’s the only reason why they still do it today…that, and the fact that it makes money because the fans want it.
So I maintain that NHL hockey is a barbaric enterprise where some of the most skilled athletes on the face of the Earth literally do their best to kill each other, in front of children, just because it’s tradition and a moneymaker.
And we’re too proud to admit it, and do something about it.
We are a sad, sad society indeed!
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 And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” ( 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 in your life. Bye, bye.