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Monday
Sep142009

Maybe Now Wilkes Will Get Some Highway Money

45th District State Senator Steve Goss has been appointed Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee. This powerful committee is comprised of 18 members, nine from the Senate and nine from the House of Representatives. The Committee is charged with overseeing the Department of Transportation (DOT) and all state transportation policy on behalf of the General Assembly. The Committee receives regular updates on all functions of DOT, including transportation planning, road construction, paving, rail, and mass transit. Senator Goss also serves as Co-Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Goss said in a news release, “I am pleased with the opportunity to have an even greater voice in shaping our state’s transportation policy. Solid transportation is key to growing our economy, especially in rural North Carolina.”

Monday
Sep142009

Foxx: Enough with the "Czars" Already

Fifth-District Representative Virginia Foxx today announced that she is cosponsoring legislation (H.R. 3226) to re-establish Congress’s constitutional role in the presidential appointment of government ‘czars’. Since taking office, President Obama has appointed dozens of powerful administration officials, popularly known as ‘czars’, outside the Senate confirmation process established by the Constitution.

“In the past eight months the Obama administration has appointed more than 30 czars with power over every conceivable area of government and very few have gone through the constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation process,” Foxx said. “Congress must reclaim its oversight role in the confirmation process of high-ranking administration officials.”

“As the recent dust-up over President Obama’s green jobs czar shows, transparency and accountability matter,” Foxx said. “I believe that every President should be advised by the best and brightest our country has to offer. But I am concerned that the proliferation of unaccountable czars threatens to undermine our system of checks and balances.”

H.R. 3226, the Czar Accountability and Reform Act cuts off funding for czar positions which have not been subject to Senate confirmation. To date the Obama administration has appointed ‘czars’ with authority in areas from bank and auto bailouts to technology and energy policy.

Monday
Sep142009

NW to Start Recycling Program

North Wilkesboro plans to start a curbside recycling program for residents before the end of the year. "We're shooting for October," said Town Manager Hank Perkins, who demonstrated the new recycling roll carts for town commissioners last week. "We have a contract with Foothills Sanitation to accept the materials, but we will collect them. We're going to utilize a retired garbage truck that we've modified for the purpose." The Journal-Patriot reports that once the program gets under way, North Wilkesboro residents will be able to toss all their unsorted recyclable materials in the blue roll cart for collection every other week.

Monday
Sep142009

NW Teacher is Also a Published Author

A North Wilkesboro teacher has made her debut in the literary world with an autobiographical book of poems entitled, "Full". Kendal Finley Privette’s poems cover the span of her battle with anorexia. She says, “I wanted to help people understand what’s going on in the mind of someone suffering this insidious illness.” Full provides just that. The sixty-one poems read like a journal and take the reader on the arduous journey of a woman’s fight for health and well-being.

Although she wrote the book two years ago, Mrs. Privette didn’t publish until last month. “I tried a few contests, and the manuscript wasn’t chosen. I believe the timing is right now, though. I needed to be healthy for my story to be out. I can talk about it without fear, and people can see for themselves that victory is possible.” Full was published by Lulu, a self-publishing company based in Raleigh.

Sunday
Sep132009

Employment Picture Improving in Wilkes and Other Counties

While Wilkes County's jobless rate remained a record 13 percent in May, June and July, there are signs of improvement in statewide employment.

Todd Cherry, the director of Appalachian State University;s Center for Economic Reserach and Policy Analysis said that Wilkes and the 24 other western North Carolina counties have lost more than 13,000 jobs since this past January and nearly 40,000 jobs since January 2008. But Cherry said the region's employment picture improved in recent months. He said quote -- "The last three months-May, June and July-have indicated a clear break in the downward trend we've experienced since the middle of 2008. We have to stop the bleeding before we can begin to recover, and it seems we have taken this first step." County-level seasonally adjusted unemployment fell in 22 of the 25 western counties in July.

Friday
Sep112009

Tea Party Protest

What do Wilkes residents think about the health care plan? A group of them is joining in protest -- you may have seen them along highway 421 last night. Sam Sturgil is one of them:

A group of Wilkes residents left this morning for a planned march in Washington, DC tomorrow in opposition to the health care plan as it is now written.

Friday
Sep112009

Yadkin Jail Work OK'd

Inmates in the Yadkin County Jail will soon have hot water and toilets that work, though officials are still debating proposals to build a new jail. Yadkin County commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to accept an $80,000 bid to fix plumbing at the aging jail in downtown Yadkinville. The work may take four to six months, but county officials say they hope that it will result in the jail re-opening. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services shut down most of the jail Aug. 27 after inspectors repeatedly expressed concerns with the jail's plumbing, including a lack of hot water in some areas and broken toilets.

Thursday
Sep102009

From Virginia Foxx: Facts Concerning the President's Claims About health Care Last Hight

Myth vs. Fact: President’s Address to Congress
September 9, 2009
 
The Republican Conference has prepared analysis of President Obama’s address to Congress on health care rebutting several of his claims:   
 
Quote:  “And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.  In other words, it can happen to anyone.”
 
Fact:  The major coverage expansions in all the legislation being considered would not begin until January 2013—so according to the President’s own methodology, Democrat bills will allow more than 15 million additional Americans to become uninsured.
 
Quote:  “And it’s why those of us with health insurance are also paying a hidden and growing tax for those without it—about $1000 per year that pays for somebody else’s emergency room and charitable care.”
 
Fact:  An even larger tax—of nearly $1,800 per year—is paid by individuals with private coverage who are forced to subsidize lower payments made by government-run health plans like Medicare and Medicaid, according to a study conducted by independent actuaries at the consulting firm Milliman.
 
Quote:  “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.  Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.“
 
Fact:  Independent experts all agree that the legislation proposed would result in millions of Americans losing the coverage they have—the Congressional Budget Office believes several million, the Urban Institute 47 million, and the Lewin Group as many as 114 million.
 
Quote:  “Under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance – just as most states require you to carry auto insurance.”
 
Fact:  Senior Obama Administration official Sherry Glied has previously written that a mandate “is in many respects analogous to a tax”—and furthermore has the potential to be a “very regressive tax, penalizing uninsured people who genuinely cannot afford to buy coverage.”  Thus this policy stance breaks the signal promise of the Obama campaign: “I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
 
Quote:  “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants.  This, too, is false—the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
 
Fact:  Nothing in any of the Democrat bills would require individuals to verify their citizenship or identity prior to receiving taxpayer-subsidized benefits—making the President’s promise one that the legislation itself does not keep.
 
Quote:  “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up—under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
 
Fact:  The National Right to Life Committee, among other independent pro-life groups, have confirmed that the legislation will result in federal funds being used to pay for abortions—both through the government-run health plan, and through federal subsidies provided through the Exchange, despite various accounting gimmicks created in an Energy and Commerce Committee “compromise.”
 
Quote:  “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.  Period.”
 
Fact:  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has found that H.R. 3200 would increase deficits by $239 billion over ten years—and “would probably generate substantial increases in federal budget deficits” thereafter.  The Peter G. Peterson Foundation released a study today which found that in its second decade, H.R. 3200 would increase federal deficits by more than $1 trillion.
 
Quote:  “Not a dollar of the Medicare trust fund will be used to pay for this plan.”
 
Fact:  Among more than $500 billion in proposed savings from Medicare, the Democrat bills also propose re-directing $23 billion from the Medicare Improvement Fund to fund new health care entitlements.  According to current law, the Medicare Improvement Fund is designated specifically “to make improvements under the original Medicare fee-for-service program.”
 
Quote:  “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.  Much of the rest would be paid for with revenues from the very same drug and insurance companies that stand to benefit from tens of millions of new customers.”
 
Fact:  The Congressional Budget Office has previously found that the cuts to Medicare Advantage plans included in the Democrat legislation would result in millions of seniors losing their current plan—a direct contradiction of the President’s assertion that “nothing in this plan requires you to change what you have.”
 
Quote:  “This reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies, which will encourage them to provide greater value for the money – an idea which has the support of Democratic and Republican experts.  And according to these same experts, this modest change could help hold down the cost of health care for all of us in the long-run.”
 
Fact:  While some Republicans support addressing the current employee exclusion for health insurance in the context of overall tax reform, the President’s proposal would raise “fees” in order to finance new federal spending—a tax increase of hundreds of billions of dollars, and one that many Republicans may not support.
 
Quote:  “Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years.”
 
Fact:  The Congressional Budget Office, in its score of H.R. 3200 as introduced, found that the legislation would spend approximately $1.6 trillion over ten years—nearly double the President’s estimate.
 
Quote:  “I will continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead.  If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen.  My door is always open.”
 
Fact:  On May 13, House Republican leaders all wrote the President a letter reading in part: “We write to you today to express our sincere desire to work with you and find common ground on the issue of health care reform….We respectfully request a meeting with you to discuss areas for potential common ground on health care reform.”  Nearly four months later, that meeting has yet to take place.

Thursday
Sep102009

Wilkesboro Woman Killed in Crash on Rain-Slicked NC 268

A 38-year old Wilkesboro woman is dead following a head-on crash in the rain this morning on highway 268. Highway Patrol officials identify the driver as Kasi Sale Harless. The wreck was reported around 8am almost 2 miles west of Ronda, and closed down the highway for at least half an hour. Trooper Brandon Stokes says Harless was eastbound on 268 when she ran off the road to the right, came back on the road, crossed the centerline, went off the road to the left, then came back on the road and slid into the path of an oncoming SUV driven by Glenn Ricky Simpson of Mt. Airy.

The trooper says both vehicles were driving under the 55-mile-an-hour speed limit. Simpson was taken to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, with injuries that did not appear life-threatening. Harless died at the scene. Funeral services are pending.

Thursday
Sep102009

WCC Applied Tech Center Dedication Next Thursday

Wilkes Community College will formally dedicate its Applied Technology Center a week from today. The Applied Technology Center is a support base for existing and new high-tech businesses and advanced technology companies in the region. The Center will offer an ideal environment for potential employees to receive training in the latest manufacturing technologies, as well as for researching and developing new products and processes.

According to a school news release, the Applied Technology Center will house advanced technology equipment for the aerospace, transportation, construction, and advanced technology industries. The emerging technologies in high-speed robotics, automation, and advanced materials will enable graduating engineering technologists to enter an exciting field that is shaping the global economy. A fully automated facility with mechatronics, computer numeric controlled (CNC) simulators, rapid prototype 3D machines, high-speed CNC machining centers, and additional electro-mechanical equipment will be available to provide educational and training opportunities for our region.