Newsletter for Saturday July 16, 2005
The Political Agitator's Top Story
New PTA leader breaks the mold - Derrick Byrd has been making waves in PTA circles since the 1980s, when he told a group of PTA moms the "bake shop" was now closed. His message: This is not your mother's cake-baking PTA anymore. Supporters shouldn't expect anything different from Byrd now that he is president of the Wake County PTA Council. His first full day on the job was Friday. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/2598734p-9033820c.html
TPA - This is great news to me because I have been fighting for the local PTO to do just what Byrd is doing. I served on the local PTO at G.W. Carver Elementary and South Edgecombe Middle Schools and I did not like the mission. I was constantly trying to get the members to understand what the PTO/PTA should be doing and that is being an advocate for the children.
Pinetops loses out on grant - A plan to provide more recreation for Pinetops residents doesn't seem to have the support of the state. Greg Bethea, town administrator, told commissioners this month he was informed that Pinetops will not receive the $79,000 Parks and Recreation Grant that was applied for in January. http://wilsondaily.com/Wil_region/Local_News/Local_News.php
TPA - I am not shocked about this. I used to attend the Pinetops Town Meetings regularly and served on a committee until the flood of 1999. At that time we were looking at the undeveloped land in the town and in the ETJ. I served on the Pinetops/Olds Sparta Community Board for several years before resigning. I attend the Town meetings now when my schedule allow me.
Children are the saddest victims - One of the saddest aspects of the illicit drug epidemic is the children who are left practically abandoned when their parents fall into the downward spiral of drug abuse. Wilson County commissioners passed a resolution Monday establishing a protocol for handling children who found in homes that have been turned into methamphetamine labs. http://www.wilsondaily.com/Opinion/Editorials/299052034245525.php
TPA - I feel this is a good thing and other counties should adopt this as well.
Time Warner buys Adelphia cable franchise - Cable franchises in the Twin Counties will be undergoing changes in the next year, officials said. Time Warner NY Cable LLC has purchased the Adelphia Communications cable franchise that currently serves about 800 people in Edgecombe County, County Manager Lorenzo Carmon said. In a letter to Carmon, Carol Hevey of Time Warner said the transaction should take place in late 2005 or early 2006. However, before Time Warner can become the county's new cable franchise, it has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the county's board of commissioners, Carmon said. http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/07/16/20050716rmtcable.html
TPA - I used to have Aldephia Cable and I know how sorry it is. I hope the Commissioners will do the right thing and allow the people the luxury of having Time Warner in their homes.
STATES PLAY THE NUMBERS; STUDENTS LOSE: STATES ARE UNDERREPORTING HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES - Many states fail to report high school graduation rates to the U.S. Department of Education or submit figures that are so flawed or inaccurate that they threaten to undermine public confidence in the education, according to a new report issued by the Education Trust, an organization dedicated to fostering high academic achievement. “We’ve got to end this rampant dishonesty about graduation rates, Kati Haycok, director of the Education Trust, said in a statement. “If we are going to prepare students for the challenges of college work, and life, we need to transform our high schools.” http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=59159&sID=12
TPA - I totally agree with this article.
DELEGATES ENDORSE VOTING RIGHT ACT MARCH AND RALLY - “Anyone who claims that voting rights for minority Americans are now secure need only look to Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004,” said NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond. “A recent report said that 28 percent of all Ohio voters and 52 percent of black voters said they experienced problems in voting. http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=59220&sID=12
NEW NAACP PRESIDENT DOESN'T PLAN TO 'HIDE OUT' - NAACP President-elect Bruce S. Gordon, a retired Verizon executive, says that speculation that he has been hired as a corporate type who will be a quiet balance to the outspoken board chairman Julian Bond will soon be proven wrong. “Some of the speculation early on was that Julian will be outside and Bruce will be inside. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t even think it, okay?” said Gordon in an interview with the NNPA News Service. “The organization has not hired an office manager, okay? It has hired a CEO. CEOs don’t hide out in the back room. I’m going to be front and center. You’re going to be hearing from me. I will be an active spokesperson. http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=59162&sID=12
LUTHER'S BATTLE WITH DIABETES: WHAT AFRICAN AMERICANS, WHO SUFFER THE MOST, CAN LEARN FROM HIS STORY - Before Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. ever sold the first of his 25 million records worldwide, or won any of his five Grammies he as a diabetic. Doctors call it the silent killer, and far too many African-Americans have it, and don’t know it. At the young age of 54, Vandross, who sustained a massive stroke April 16, 2003, died last week. A spokesman for the Vandross family said despite aggressive rehabilitation, the famous singer never really recovered from the stroke, brought on, they believe, by his diabetes. http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=59163&sID=12
GHOSTS OF ENORMOUS WRONGS - Once upon a time in America, even for the better part of a century after their emancipation from slavery, African Americans were marooned in a vast sea of cruelty. They had no rights—to liberty, property, the pursuit of happiness, or life—any white person needed to respect. These unforgettable events so occupy our present because they are peopled by ghosts of enormous wrongs, people who were cast into a void of injustice, “deprived,” as Senate Resolution 39 declares, “of life, human dignity, and the constitutional protection accorded all citizens of the United States.” Until those inalienable rights are restored to them, our American ancestors, by a just accounting of the past, none of us living today can be assured they are guaranteed to us, either. http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=58238&sID=16
TPA - Some folks don't like for us to talk about our past. How in the heck can we move forward without dealing with these ghost? Impossible.
EDGECOMBE-MARTIN EMC THANKS SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - Often times law enforcement does not receive the proper credit for the work they do day after day in their effort to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Edgecombe County. The Cooperatives experience with our local sheriff's department was one which showed the dedication and professionalism of each of the individuals that worked on this particular case. It was quite apparent that each one of these individuals was well trained and efficient in their work gathering information and evidence in this case. http://www.dailysoutherner.com/articles/2005/07/15/news/editorial/opinion2.txt
TPA - I can attest to these comments because I see all the good work that is being done by our fine Sheriff James L. Knight and his staff. I know that when I played a role in his appointment in 1997 and his election in 1998 that we would be proud of him. No one ever thought a young black man would be running the county. Sheriff Knight is on the job 24 hours a day. He is well liked by most of the entire community because he is a down to earth old fashion dude. My Sheriff is working on a project that is the 1st of its kind and will be able to reach out to the whole state of North Carolina. This project is set up in my community just outside of Pinetops. This project is nearly complete and will be shared with the community in the future.
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TPA - Please attend the meetings in your area so that you can make a difference. If you can't make'em all, don't miss'em all.
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