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Then we gather a few people to rally around our well-intended plan and begin to see the vision of what could be if we get everyone on board with the idea. What happens next in too many cases is that the people we sought as allies in our cause suddenly become detractors and fools — at least in our eyes. This has played out countless times in history. Heck, it played out several times last week! In the Bible, we see this play out as the new order under Jesus becomes known as the way begins to take hold.
Righteous-thinking leaders gradually lose sight of the goal and start devising ways to employ and incorporate this new path to God. What once was exclusive and bound to a large and growing set of hard-to-keep rules was seemingly erased and replaced by a new deal that centered not around the old code, which punished wrongdoing, but around the central idea that God has wanted us all along and loves us so much, he allowed his own son to step up and defend us.
But tradition — as traditions do — died hard. Not everyone agreed on the way to come together under this new deal. So the well-known Apostle Paul writes a letter to a group of leaders in Ephesus who are divided over the process. In what we consider the fourth chapter of his letter, he reminds us that the mission itself unites us. Not the method. Not the rules. So, whether your plan is to unite people around the next great way to stem playground violence or clean up the streets in your city, maintain your focus on the goal.
Realize many parts make the whole in accomplishing the mission. Likewise, for believers — we may differ in the how, but we need to maintain our unity in Christ nonetheless. Love must be our motivation — love for the gospel and one another. I think government is inevitable and necessary but its legitimate scope and practical competencies are rather limited.
For the most part, these failures were about competency, not legitimacy. As I argued when the COVID crisis began, combating communicable disease has always been a proper exercise of the police power enjoyed by states and localities.
And reacting to truly national emergencies is one of the few powers properly enjoyed by the federal government. Alas, when the time came to deploy these powers in a prudent manner, public officials mostly blew it. In Washington, the Food and Drug Administration excluded private firms from offering rapid testing and then bungled the release of its own test kits.
Congress and the executive branch under both Donald Trump and Joe Biden ran massive fiscal deficits to fund massive expansions of cash relief, unemployment insurance, business subsidies, Medicaid and aid to state and local governments. Billions of dollars flowed to households and businesses that were never at significant financial risk.
A large share of UI payments, as much as half in some places, turned out to be fraudulent. Speaking of school closures, public officials in North Carolina and most other places got that policy wrong, too.
Perhaps there was a justification for shutting down schools and other critical services during the first weeks of the pandemic in the spring of Much was then unknown about the severity and transmissibility of the coronavirus. But by the start of the school year, it was obvious that the costs of closure, in both educational and economic terms, far outweighed any health and safety benefits. As a longtime advocate of restoring the constraints of the federal constitution on Washington and devolving power and responsibility to states and localities, I will freely admit that the greatest public-policy success during the pandemic was a federal one: Operation Warp Speed, which used a combination of financial rewards and regulatory relief to encourage the rapid development of effective vaccines by private companies.
To the extent states and localities facilitated the rapid deployment of the vaccines, they also deserve credit. If you look at COVID death rates adjusted for age, obesity and other risk factors — and you should only be looking at the data that way — the statistical relationship between vaccination rates and mortality is unambiguously negative. That is, the vaccines clearly reduced the severity of the illness and somewhat reduced the chance of getting it.
On the other hand, when researchers study state and local policies such as school closures, shutdowns and limits on public gatherings, they typically find little-to-no relationship between the stringency of state and local restrictions and health outcomes. What they do tend to find is that places with more stringent regulations had larger job losses during the height of the COVID recession.
By adding trillions of dollars to the federal debt while vastly expanding the money supply, Washington set the stage for our current inflation crisis as well as the recession that may well follow it.
Government coercion is a blunt instrument, best used sparingly. She goes on for 29 hours in the audiobook version to explain how these truths have shaped us since and continue to shape us today. The innate tension between these two pillars has rarely been clearer than today in our divided nation. Two wildly controversial issues make this division crystal clear. Since America decided, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murders in , that our guns, especially military-grade assault weapons, are more important to us than our children, mass shootings have become so commonplace that we hardly notice them.
The Washington Post reports more than mass shootings in the United States in , about 20 since the Uvalde Elementary School murders in late May. Ask yourself how many of those you are even aware of, much less knowledgeable about. Shocking as mass shootings used to be, the numbers of people injured and killed in them pale compared to the everyday gun-related deaths across the country — murders, accidents and suicides.
This imbalance will only grow as we Americans have been on a gun-buying spree since COVID began, and we can now manufacture our own, do-it-yourself unregistered weapons at home.
Supreme Court decision. No matter what side of the abortion issue one falls on, it is impossible not to acknowledge some of the absurdity of the current situation. Some states ban abortion altogether, recognizing a fetus as a person. A pregnant woman in Texas took advantage of this point of view by driving in the High Occupancy Lane of a freeway. When a law enforcement officer pulled her for being the only person in the car, she announced that her unborn child was a person under Texas law, making her HOV driving legal.
The officer ticketed her anyway, and her court date falls on her due date. Internet memes take this legal head-butting even further by encouraging Americans to call the IRS and demand a tax deduction for their fetus, for pregnant women who are imprisoned to sue for wrongful imprisonment of their fetus, to check with the Fire Marshall on occupancy regulations because pregnant women now count as two people and to demand life and health insurance for their fetuses.
We cannot have it both ways. We must find ways to dial down the heat in our national conversations, respect each other even when we disagree and get out of our silos and actually talk to each other. Ok, Fayetteville City Municipal elections are fast approaching on July By now, most are aware that voter turnout has been pretty lackluster during the Early Voting period, which began on July 7 and runs through Saturday at 3 p.
As I write this, less than residents have made it down to the Board of Elections on Fountainhead Lane in downtown Fayetteville. Observers say that is disappointing and pathetic, but I say it’s engineered and self-inflicted! It makes you wonder what the Cumberland County Board of Elections were thinking when arranging the Early Voting period or if they were thinking at all. Many others are speculating such negligence could only be intentional with the intent to design and engineer a voting period that fosters low turnout to shore up and protect the incumbents.
This would make a great debate, with plenty of evidence substantiating this notion. Our current nine districts form of city government and the Board of Elections couldn’t have made it more difficult for Fayetteville residents to participate in one of America’s most cherished rights, the right to vote.
Voting disincentives are many. There is only one inconvenient Early Voting location in Downtown Fayetteville. Some residents in outlying districts must travel 12 to 15 miles and 30 to 45 minutes to reach the polling location. Voters only get to vote for two out of 10 candidates, not making the journey downtown worthwhile. The only inconvenient Early Voting location in downtown Fayetteville closes at 5 p.
However, 5 p. There were too few relevant candidate forums and no debates, especially at the district level. Consequently, voter awareness of the candidates and the critical issues that impact the residents of Fayetteville is lacking.
During the past several weeks, I have fielded many personal calls and requests from friends, family and residents asking me, “Who should I vote for? However, here are my assessments of all 20 candidates. These are based on their achievements, community involvement, work ethic, integrity and overall willingness and desire to represent all Fayetteville residents of all districts.
These candidates know and love this community and have demonstrated their advocacy for doing what’s in the best interest of Fayetteville’s citizens, businesses and organizations while enhancing our quality of life through better and more efficient government.
I have bolded the candidates demonstrating the values I feel Fayetteville needs to move successfully into the 21st century. Wright, Sr. Kinston – incumbent. Most of my preferred candidates, not all, favor term limits and adding four at-large seats to the Fayetteville City Council. This would give Fayetteville citizens six votes when choosing municipal leadership, rather than only two one for Mayor, four for at-large council members, and one for their district.
Many pundits are calling this a “friends and family” election, meaning that because of the collective barriers to voting mentioned above, the winning candidates will be determined by how well they turn out the vote. One thing you can count on, and I have said this many times before, is that we will ultimately end up with the Fayetteville leadership we deserve.
Trigger warning: Today, we enter Room at the Overlook Hotel. I will wait while the room empties out. Tick, tock. Everybody out of the pool? Halloran is talking with Danny about what happened in the Overlook Hotel?
I will mansplain it to you. Danny is a little boy who has moved to the Overlook Hotel, where his father is going to spend the winter as the caretaker for the empty resort. Danny correctly intuits there is something bad about the Overlook. The hotel cook, Mr. Halloran, tells Danny that a lot of things happened at the Overlook, and not all of them were good. So, stay out! Stay out! The year of our Lord is the chronological equivalent of Room This year we are all in Room A lot of stuff happened in As Mr.
Halloran said, not all of it was good. These topics have no common ground between opposing parties. They tend to offend. This column was written the same day of the Highland Park mass shooting. Accordingly, I am cranky about gun violence while producing this stain on western literature.
By the time this doggerel hits the streets, there will probably have been yet another mass murdering. They seem to be rolling in about every 10 days. It is difficult to keep track of the latest fresh horror without a program. Mass shootings prove once again that crocodile tears, thoughts and prayers are not a defense against a moron with a grudge and an AR style semi-automatic rifle. Mass shootings claim elementary students, parade watchers, church goers and grocery shoppers. They keep happening.
At Uvalde, a whole passel of good guys with guns stood in a school hallway while a moron with a gun killed kids and their teachers. Big Tobacco could make the same argument about cigarettes. A pack of cigarettes just lays there and does not hurt anyone.
But when someone picks up the pack and starts smoking, the innocent little cigarettes kill people. When a moron picks up a gun and starts shooting, the guns kill people. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, removing abortion as a federal constitutional right. This delighted the anti-abortion folks and angered the pro-choice side.
For the foreseeable future, all Supreme Court decisions will be based on simple arithmetic: six is greater than three. Other people disagree. We have entered the wonderful world of living in a theocracy. When religion becomes law, there will be a bad moon rising. Trouble is on the way. Any readers left? Are you mad yet? The six can change any rules to suit their politically and theologically correct thoughts. Math rules. Math conquers all. Six is more than three. The current Supreme Court can overturn any precedent it chooses.
Apologies for this rant. This column tries to avoid doom scrolling. Get your bad news elsewhere. Goodbye to Room A return to ridiculous topics next time. Publisher’s Note: Unfortunately, lies and misrepresentations of the Vote Yes initiative are creating a significant injustice for the Black community, by the Black community.
In essence, this proposal to add four at-large seats on the council with five district seats is not a racial issue by any stretch of the imagination. Approving and passing this proposal will allow every Fayetteville citizen to have a voice in choosing Fayetteville’s elected officials.
Under the current system, citizens get only two votes. Under the proposed plan, each citizen would receive six votes. One for Mayor, one for their district council member, and four at-large council members. Every citizen benefits!
Much discussion lately has been aimed at low voter turnout at the polls during election time. With 10 elected officials running our city, we ask citizens to leave their homes, families and places of employment and travel to a precinct polling location to cast a ballot for only two out of 10 candidates. Fayetteville residents obviously do not see the value in that, yet those currently on the city council ignore this fact so as not to weaken or jeopardize their position.
As a result, thousands of residents are being represented or misrepresented by unqualified candidates elected by only a few hundred votes or less. For our community to move forward into a prosperous 21st century, we need good ethical people with common sense, intelligence and leadership abilities.
Without it, crime, overall community safety, homelessness, affordable housing, infrastructure and stormwater issues and trash-litter problems will continue to escalate throughout our city. So, democracy is a form of government that gives power to the people. Lately, America’s democracy has been strained at all levels. First, there’s the U. House Jan. Second, the U. Supreme Court has issued some controversial opinions this term: upended a year-old precedent on abortion, expanded gun rights for the first time in a decade, bolstered religious rights, notably those of Christians and declared that a violation of Miranda does not necessarily constitute a violation of the Constitution.
Passionate opinions have caused demonstrations on both sides of the issues. Democracy is a model form of government, but it’s not a guarantee. Life won’t always go the way you want it to sometimes. Democracy is supposed to allow all citizens an opportunity to have an equal voice, and it achieves that purpose most of the time.
Democracy is imperfect but inherently and highly flexible. What happens in Raleigh and Washington, D. First, municipal governments impact constituents far more frequently and positively than either state or federal legislators.
Second, citizens can have far more influence at the local level than they ever will at higher echelons. One-stop voting for Fayetteville’s municipal election is from July 7 through July The General Election is July Voter turnout is predicted to be very low. The power rests with the people, but that power can’t be realized if citizens don’t vote. Fayetteville elected officials are presently under a council-manager form of government. The council comprises the mayor and nine council representatives elected to single-member districts.
Lately, the question has become, as Fayetteville is evolving, should it continue with all single-member districts, or is the time ripe for change? A Vote Yes Fayetteville initiative recently secured 5, signatures from city residents to change the Fayetteville City Council from nine single-member districts to a combination of five single-member districts and four at-large districts.
If the Vote Yes initiative is successful, Fayetteville City voters could cast six votes — one for Mayor, four for at-large council members and a district council member. Fundamental fairness dictates Vote Yes supporters deserve an equal voice, and we expect this matter to be on the November ballot.
The current council has 10 members — eight are African American, including the mayor. The mayor and several African-American council members have voiced concerns about the proposed change.
It is rumored heavily in the Black community that racism is behind the call for change since eight out of 10 present members of the council are African American. Vote Yes supporters, including two former mayors, two former mayors pro tem and two past Fayetteville City Council members, deny the race allegation.
The Vote Yes initiative began the signature collection process a year ago. Is the proposed change about race? Thus far, the allegations appear unfounded. I know players on both sides of the issue, and I believe this is more about trust than race. I fully understand some members of the Black community holding the white community as suspect, but declaring unfounded fears as racial motivation is unfair to both sides of the process.
Again, democracy ought to give power to the people and provide an opportunity for an equal voice. Pause the racially-charged rhetoric and let the people decide at the polls. Indeed, the ability to raise enough money to run at large is not racial. It’s economics. The river runs deep, though.
Moreover, other than emergencies, I believe a little thought goes a long way before action. I take the collective charge to the Church capital C seriously. I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
This is clearly a call to unity. There is no doubt that we live in a world and culture that adopts rules and enacts legislation that runs counter to the Truth of who God calls us to be. Yet, we must endure and even flourish. Exercising on the beach comes naturally. Many people jog, walk, walk their dogs, play in the surf, dig holes, build sand art, look for shells, fish and hunt for shells at night. I recently visited my cousin, who has a sixth-floor condo in North Myrtle Beach.
My year-old cousin spends most of her day walking the beach, looking for shells in the surf, and if you met her, you would see the benefits from walks, jogs, hunting for shells and walks in the water and think she was much younger!
A great view of the ocean and people-watching are added benefits! Each morning I took my mat out and did my barre workout.
There is something about stepping off the mat and digging those toes in the sand. The rewards of beach exercise are subliminal because you do not realize how many muscles you use, and there is beautiful sunshine and sand. Digging holes and making sand art involves all the movement patterns and use of muscle groups.
Playing in the surf or hunting for shells requires a test of balance and strength with the force of the rolling waves. Walking seems to be effortless, and before you know it, you have walked a long distance and going back turns into a headwind or vice versa. There are many benefits to walking and jogging on the beach, and walking in sand is one of them, whether you are barefoot or have shoes on, and it is less stressful than walking on a hard surface.
Your calf muscles work harder to push along the surface. By walking at a slower pace, the uneven variation in the sand requires more effort and about three times more energy than walking on a hard surface. Jogging also requires more energy, and the movement pattern is less stressful on your joints because the sand acts as a cushion.
Jogging on the beach can build your strength while stabilizing your muscles and coordination. It takes more effort to stabilize your core on uneven surfaces.
Your body begins to develop a natural and very efficient running form while adjusting to the instability. Running on sand has a long history of training benefits for sports. Top runners have made the beach a part of training for race preparations. Going into the surf to swim, board or hunt for shells is a good core and balanced workout. There are guidelines for walking or jogging on the beach, especially if you do it frequently.
Injuries can occur because of the increased demand on your soles, hamstrings and calves. Walking in the sand with bare feet is fine for shorter distances, but longer distances should be undertaken with proper walking shoes to avoid shin splints.
The slope of the beach can provide a challenge for stabilizing muscles, leading to pain or soreness. If you run or frequently walk, change the direction that you are going and go at either high or low tide. The sun can cause you to underestimate the impact of the temperature and sun rays on your skin. Walking with a water bottle and wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are always advisable.
Live, love life and enjoy the beach! Summertime for young people should offer fun, friendship and great memories, and what can be more fun than a cool, refreshing swim? Sadly, every summer brings the news that someone in our community, usually a young person, has drowned.
Why is this the case, and what do we need to know before heading to the water? According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide, largely affecting children and teenagers. Males are especially at risk, with twice the mortality rate of females. The male brain certainly bears examining. Young males, in particular, are more likely to take risks, such as swimming alone or in secluded waters not authorized for recreational activity.
Males of all ages succumb to predictable notions of invincibility and bravado. The point here is not to assign blame to drowning victims or their families but rather to spark a discussion. It is not they who are tragically tone-deaf. It is society at large for not giving drowning the urgency it demands. Adults, this is where you come in. First of all, we need to know what drowning looks like. Contrary to the popular notion of someone flailing madly in the water, experts agree it usually happens in silence.
It can occur quickly, in as little as a minute. A swimmer with his mouth open, gasping for air, his head bobbing in and out of the water, needs immediate help. Hair blocking the eyes or forehead and trying to swim in a specific direction but with no progress are other danger signs. Safety experts agree on a few key suggestions: don’t go swimming alone, learn CPR, avoid alcohol before swimming and boating, add fences, alarms and cameras to home swimming pools and swim only in designated waters secluded spots pose such risks as rocks, debris, currents and extreme depths not always anticipated.
Most importantly, encourage swimming lessons. In a nutshell, supervise. Supervise the inexperienced swimmers, and supervise the experienced. In addition to adult supervision, encourage young swimmers to look out for each other. Fifty years ago this month, I lost a dear family member to drowning. Surviving family members tend to torture themselves, wondering what they could have done differently.
We endlessly ponder how far our best efforts go before fate takes over, but, as mere humans, our best efforts are all we have.
News reports alone can’t convey the loss felt by families and communities touched by drowning. Individual stories are, in fact, chapters in a national tragedy, but we as a society reflexively write them all off as an unfortunate offshoot of an otherwise carefree season.
My wish is that young people enjoy their summers and let go, if only temporarily, of care and worry while still looking out for themselves and each other. Our job as adults is to foster the perfect balance between having fun and exercising caution.
Youth is fleeting enough; let us hold onto its energy and innocence for as long as we can. If you live in Cumberland County, the chances are good that you, someone in your family or a friend is a state employee. Cumberland County is well within driving distance to the Triangle, home to our state capital and the workforce that supports state operations.
In addition, various state departments and agencies have offices all over North Carolina, employing workers at all levels, including hundreds in our community. Most of them take their job responsibilities seriously while under increasing pressure and enjoying little public support in this era of anti-government sentiment. More and more public service employees at the state and local levels are deciding with their feet and taking their skills and experience elsewhere, many enticed by higher pay in the private sector.
While the Office of State Human Resources touts 76, state employees, the current reality is much different. COVID probably accounts for some of this, but for whatever reasons, the number of state employees has dropped from 61, in April to 57, today.
Ronnie Condrey of State Human Resources told The News and Observer that unfilled jobs and high turnover are a serious problem for our state. Private sector jobs traditionally pay more. Public sector jobs generally come with more job protections and more generous benefits, although those have waned in recent years. At the end of the day, though, public sector pay has to be enough to live on, and that simply is no longer the case in North Carolina and many local communities.
Cities and counties are scrambling to give raises as well, but even when there is the will, the way is difficult in poorer communities. Other factors affecting the public workforce include aging public employees and a younger population that is more mobile than ever before. I cannot speak for you, of course, but I want and expect certain services from my government at the local and state levels. From the state, I want the roads my family and I drive to be safe, well-maintained and patrolled.
I want the schools my grandchildren attend to have well-trained teachers and administrators and enough of both. I want North Carolina prisons to have enough corrections officers to keep themselves and those in their custody safe. I want adequate numbers of health care professionals at state facilities to provide care to people who need it.
From local governments, I want law enforcement officers to show up when we need them. I want someone to answer my call in a timely manner. I want safety inspections for buildings, bus drivers for public transit and lifeguards at public pools.
I am also grateful for public parks where families can enjoy each other and public libraries we can all explore. I will go out on a limb here and speculate that you want those services as well. They are the services that keep our communities safe and the amenities that make them attractive places to work and live. Local theaters in Fayetteville are back and ready to entertain the public with their upcoming season schedules full of new and exciting performances.
With a mix of comedy, drama, mystery and musicals — there is something for everyone. For local theater-goers, this is a traditional holiday fix. Audiences will go on the journey with the classic characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog as well. The production will be performed with audience seating on stage. Audiences will join Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and other colorful guests for this hilarious murder mystery.
This show will also be performed with audience seating on stage. The musical follows a woman named Celie, her heartbreak and despair, until her friend Shug helps her realize her own self-worth.
Celie uses her flair for fashion to build a better future. The show features jazz, gospel, blues and African music. The musical, like the book and the film adaptation, is a story of resilience and a testament to the healing power of love. The story follows two con men, a beautiful woman and the elite of the French Riviera who will collide in a sexy and irreverent farce. The Christmas themed musical will play weekends Nov. The play follows Judas in purgatory where he is on trial.
This show will run Jan. The show will run March 25 through April 10, , and will tell the story of a powerful general of the Venetian army, Othello, whose life and marriage are ruined by a conniving, deceitful and envious soldier, Iago.
The late Shakespearean romance brings family, fairytale and forgiveness to the stage. The tale follows King Leontes as he wrongfully accuses his wife of adultery and unleashes a storm of tragedy upon the kingdom of Sicilia.
It will be full of Shakespeare, drinking games, improv and lively music. This show is for adults only ages 18 and up. Other shows will be added through April, It is the story of ordinary people weathering the winds of change in a fledgling nation. The plays will run on alternating days in Raleigh from Jan. The show will run at multiple locations from April 21 to May 15, Guests can also become a Monthly Sustainer of Sweet Tea Shakespeare for special advance ticket rates and other benefits.
Bowman said the intent is for Gates Four to provide local patrons an entertainment experience that is different and uniquely special to Gates Four. FDT accomplishes this by abandoning the traditional buffet-style dinner and show concept for a more fun, yet elegant theater experience.
The evening begins with the directors welcome reception and wine tasting featuring a wide selection of local wines and trays of hors d’oeuvres. The dining room welcomes guests with draped tables, cloth napkins, candlelight, a three-course plated dinner with dual entrees, and an elegant dessert buffet at the intermission.
There is pre-show entertainment during the dinner hour, and once the show is underway, there are prizes and surprises. Gates Four and the FDT donate the money raised from the wine tasting to local children’s literacy and education organizations or other community nonprofit organizations like the Care Clinic.
While there are no shows scheduled for the rest of this calendar year, FDT does plan four shows in Gail Morfesis. Garey is a student of history and has performed all over the world, entertaining audiences with the genuine wit and wisdom of Mark Twain. For the latest FDT schedule, visit www. Every summer, as the daylight lasts longer, the nights start to come alive. Once a month in Festival Park, the Dogwood Festival organizes and hosts bands to perform for the community for free.
For nearly 14 years, Fayetteville After 5 has entertained the Fayetteville community; and in that time it has grown and evolved. We are working on our service so that we can better accommodate everyone. This year we have been overwhelmingly surprised by the attendance and we are planning on blowing out this July concert.
Fayetteville After 5 is a unique opportunity for the community. It combines several organizations and offers citizens a night of music and fun. The Dogwood Festival hosts and organizes the concert as a fundraiser and as a summer tradition. King says that these concerts are great for fundraising for the Dogwood Festival and they are great for the community.
As compared to the Dogwood Festival, the logistics are easier because the event is only one day. The other organization involved in the concert series is the sponsor R. Jeffreys is a distributor for Anheuser-Busch and believes in being highly active in the community. Festival Park is located along Ray Avenue. The gates open at 5 p. The opening acts of the night typically start between and 6 p.
No outside food or drink is allowed within the park, but there will be opportunities to purchase refreshments within the park. The concert will come to a close at p. Bring a blanket or chairs to the event. For more information, visit the website www. Everyone knows I am a huge Chamber of Commerce advocate. The event was well attended by all incumbents and challengers seeking city council elected positions for all nine districts and the office of mayor.
Only Deno Hondras, District 9 candidate, was absent due to an out-of-town commitment. The attendance of concerned citizens, estimated at 70, was disappointing considering that this was the final forum before early voting beings on July 7.
I was excited to be a part of this informational exercise. However, I was equally disappointed in the outcome once it was over. It left me with a hollow feeling about the future of our community. Without a doubt, the candidates readily identified and acknowledged the Fayetteville community’s needs and its citizens’ concerns. Homelessness, the crime and homicide rates, the need for affordable housing, higher-paying jobs, the desire to attract more industry, improve our image and have a cleaner, more beautiful city.
But collectively, and with only a few exceptions, after listening to the incumbents’ positions, they confirmed what I and many others suspected, they are primarily about maintaining their roles within their districts and have little knowledge or concern for the needs of the cumulative , citizens.
This became evident when I reviewed my notes, which revealed this sentiment was a pattern among incumbents from the mayor on down. When Mayor Mitch Colvin was asked about Fayetteville’s homeless encampments on Gillespie Street and the four city center encampments encompassing three blocks between Rowan and Hay streets, he instinctively punted the problem over to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Colvin stated that this city council had done more for homelessness over the last term than in 25 years. I don’t remember homelessness being an epidemic problem 25 years ago. Truth be known, the situation has only gotten worse under this administration. As I listened to the mayor and the nine incumbents responding to questions about homelessness, crime, overall community safety, out-of-control traffic, lack of police accountability and the shameful amount of trash and litter in our city, it became apparent that their main priority was to safeguard and secure their positions.
They radiated little concern, empathy or knowledge of the needs of the entire Fayetteville community. Evidence of this surfaced with the incumbent’s adverse reactions to the viability of term limits. This structure only allows a resident two votes out of ten in determining Fayetteville’s leadership compared to a possible four at large seats and five districts plus the mayor.
This change would give all Fayetteville residents six out of ten votes in determining local leadership. Six votes versus two! I’ll close by saying everyone needs to look to the future.
Go to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce website and view the Forum video. It says it all. Fayetteville’s future is now! Voting starts on July 7, and I will make this prediction hoping and praying it doesn’t turn into a sad and disappointing epitaph. The possibilities of painting and mixed media is the underlying theme of the new exhibit opening at the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County during 4th Friday on July The public is invited to attend the opening or visit the Arts Council during the last week in July and through September In lieu of descriptive subject matter in a painting to evoke meaning, Smith focuses on form to conjure meaning.
Although he started off predominantly in watercolors, he later moved to oil and acrylic. In the latter mediums, he does not use layers of transparent colors to create the immaterial; instead, the opacity of the ever-present paint surface, or the collage surface, leads us to materiality — the physicality of the work. Combined with texture, we can begin to understand his painting is not about arrested or metaphorical touch, but the immediacy of touch.
Being open to abstraction as a style, visitors will be able to study and experience how this artist embeds meaning in materials. For Smith, the sources of his lifetime pursuit in painting are combining iconic symbols with the exploration of surface quality and the power of abstraction to communicate an idea or a feeling, and collage as a significant 20th century method.
Each work is a commitment to intimate concerns about painting and the language of abstraction. Research and investigations into contemporary painting involve mixed media painting and drawings that are influenced by material surfaces, textures and scale.
Seeing the timeline of the paintings in the exhibit, it is easy to identify when the use of symbols emerged and the significance of the symbol. Through the work, I am responding to the tension generated by a resounding past and an insistent present.
I express certain social realities concerning the world while exploring aesthetic qualities of being black in America and addressing the literal symbology of contemporary blackness within the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, creating a pliable structure for intuition, improvisation, and chance.
Building on 20th century modernism, contemporary art is even more varied and complex. Personal expression can include beauty, but most often works can be highly political, globalization has influenced styles, the digital age continues to impact everyone, and themes of identity and social unrest is prevalent. Yet, Smith has remained focused on the formal problems of painting and the expressive power of material.
His style is a way to express his personal narrative about states of being — specifically his experiences of being an African American male in America. For Smith, a key influence was an African American art organization which was established in the s, the National Conference of Artists, Michigan Chapter. As a very young and emerging artist, Smith was able to interface with a network of seasoned African American artists, many historically important in American Art. Mentored by John A. After retiring from a career as the advertising and display coordinator for the Automobile Club of Michigan in and remaining an exhibiting artist , Smith, and his immediate family partner Calvin Mims and Shirley Mims moved to Fayetteville.
Besides being an artist, the move to North Carolina began a new chapter in his life when he became an educator. While earning my MFA the comments from the visiting artists helped to do that. As well, it was a period when I could revisit and analyze my work up to that point.
It suffices to say he is an artist who continues to show regionally, nationally and internationally, his works continues to be purchased by collectors, his paintings are in many private and public collections, including museums, and he has received many national honors and awards. Revelation: 50 Years of Painting at the Art Council is well worth the time to visit.
But it is not an exhibit to rush through. One will have to spend quiet time with the work to see how a consummate artist gives evidence to a well-known statement:. The exhibition opens during 4th Friday on July The public is invited to the free event, and the exhibition will remain up until September For information on the exhibition call the Arts Council at or visit www.
The Arts Council is located at Hay St. Hours of operation are Monday — Thursday from 9 a. Becoming a professional artist can be a personal goal early in life, or it can be the result of a series of unexpected events and influences.
Due to the latter reason, I thought it was particularly important to write an editorial about the artist Angela Stout; but also, to write about her notable exhibition titled Evoke at the Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville. First and foremost, Angela Stout is an extraordinary artist who is able to successfully cross disciplines and be exceptional in whatever medium she undertakes. The challenge for any artist who focuses on the portrait is how the subject, an important genre in the history of art, fits into the rage and complexity of contemporary art styles.
For Stout, the subject is just the starting point to reveal more than a likeness, but an essence that transcends the individual, an ascension to a state of being that is our humanity. For this artist, it is our humanity that connects us -not gender, sex or race. For Stout, portraiture is not just about a likeness, but her intent is to evoke emotion and transcend the focus from the individual to the many.
What she may not realize is that she creates a context that is inclusive and illusive at the same time; we sense the precipice, we sense the humanity in the room — and it is everyone. As in all her paintings, Stout has a clear understanding of the potential of color and its complexity to create meaning on different levels – all at the same time. For example, she is keenly aware of the characteristics of color and ways to exploit its complexity: the symbolism of a color, the temperature and weight of color, tone, tint, shade, and saturation are all possible means for Stout to create a feeling, an emotion, a moment, or even a state of beingness.
Visitors to the Cape Fear Studio will see how Stout moves easily between mediums. Not only are their nine new paintings, but she is also exhibiting 4 portrait heads in clay, and over eighteen monoprints. What becomes relevant is why and how she moves effortlessly between mediums. Stout, raised in Ohio, the city of Warren, has drawn since she was three years old. At the age of 16, she asked her mother for a Bob Ross kit as a Christmas gift, and her mother surprised her with the Master Bob Ross kit complete with supplies and a video.
In high school she focused on playing drums instead of art lessons and was told upon graduation that she was not prepared or good enough, as an artist, to apply to art school. Those negative words and lack of encouragement from a teacher changed the direction of her life for the next twenty years. After serving in the military, married with three children, almost completing a degree in radiology before she became ill, now married again with 2 additional children for a total of 5 : Stout was out of the army and painting portraits as a self-taught artist in Broadway, North Carolina.
With encouragement from family and friends, she enrolled in and completed a two-year Associate of Arts degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College, which included four art classes. Stout had the experiences of painting murals for dayrooms when she was in the military, but it was the beginning painting and drawing classes at FTCC where she received her first formal instruction in the mechanics of drawing and painting.
Katey Morrill, her painting instructor, identified her preferences in painting and introduced her to significant artists for her to study, those artists who focused on using light to create dramatic effects. Equally important, Stout was encouraged by the art faculty to become a professional artist and continue into a 4-year art program.
Stout worked with five different instructors at FSU, each bringing their own influence. After taking fifteen hours in art history and art criticism, painting classes, printmaking classes, and various sculpture classes she graduated from FSU with a 4.
Art criticism and contemporary art class challenged everything I thought I knew, I was then able to refine the direction of my work, I become open to new possibilities in ways I had never considered before. Stout was not only a student of art who wanted to know all that she could learn in a short period of time, but she was always taking advantage of any situation where she could exhibit her work.
She participated in local and national exhibitions, put her artworks in coffee house and any place that would showcase her works. A website created as a positive social media platform to encourage anyone who paints, includes an exchange of ideas, videos, tips, and critiques. Stout has been in many exhibitions, local and regional. Due to her social media persistence, a curator contacted her to exhibit one of her paintings in an online exhibition in Milan, Italy during COVID.
As an advocate of the arts, Stout is a member of the Cape Fear Studios and regularly gives classes to any age interested in painting. She participates in community outreach projects and continues to do portrait commissions. Anyone who has visited the exhibit, and those who have plans to see Evoke at the Cape Fear Studios might be interested to know what influenced the direction of her work.
Stout was asked how her work has evolved over the last ten years. I was self-taught so I did not understand the philosophy behind art, and the ways in which my work needed to be developing. Studying art and art movements, understanding the evolution of art gave me the courage to evolve in my own way. Now I want to convey an emotion.
Every aspect of the painting is important to the overall meaning, the subject, color, abstraction, and techniques are used to evoke an emotion. I am a perfectionist, but in the printmaking studio any number of things can happen, often accidents, that made me understand how process is relevant. All good lessons, I moved from mimicry to intent in my work – possibilities in printmaking translated into possibilities in painting.
After working six months towards her first-person exhibition, I was interested to know what the experience meant to her after the opening and what her future plans are as a professional, free lance artist. During the process, I had to make choices during the making, I felt a sense of relief that, as a whole, there is a continuity in the body of work. It would be nice to have a gallery outside of North Carolina carry my work, and I love being involved in community projects.
At this time, I have written a grant for disabled veterans to take my workshop in acrylic painting and healing; and I have a written a grant to be able to work with Gold Star Children. One big goal is to write an extensive grant for underprivileged children to have art lessons and artkits. Afterall, it was a Bob Ross Master Kit, given to me when I was 16 years old, that made a big impact on the direction my life would eventually take in the arts!
The hours of the studios are Tuesday-Friday, a. Email the gallery at artgallery capefearstudios. For information in taking classes with Angela Stout, call for information on times and cost. Warm weather and sunshine invite us to venture outdoors to enjoy friends, good food, a favorite beverage and great music. With the easing of COVID restrictions, we are seeing the local summer concert scene flourish with opportunities to entertain fans of all kinds of music — from classic rock to jazz.
Fields is a charismatic performer known as one of the top vocalists in the southeast. His stellar voice and ability to work the stage are just as relevant today as in the 80s when he was the frontman for the international touring act, Sidewinder. Then, I joined the school chorus, because I always loved singing and performing.
Since he was 18 years old, Fields knew that music was something he wanted to pursue as a career. In , he joined the band Sidewinder, which toured up and down the east coast, as well as parts of the Midwest and Canada. The COVID pandemic put a halt to live performances, but the band is ready to hit the stage and entertain audiences.
The Jan Michael Fields Band has been performing hits of the 70s and 80s for 7 years, completing several hundreds of shows across the region. Doors will open at p. A complete line of beverages will be available at three convenient full-service cash bars serving Healy Wholesale beer, wine products and mixed drinks. Concierge table service will be provided for VIP tables inside the Pavilion.
Fayetteville’s own Mash House Brewery will also have a large selection of their custom craft beers available. For VIP Tables, group rates or more information, call Tickets are limited in order to keep the concert attendees comfortable and socially distanced.
Marye J. The designation of Honorary Trustee recognizes an individual for exceptional service and support of FTCC through the years. She served as Board Secretary from to and as Board Chair from through Larry B. Norris in and Dr. Larry Keen in Born in Victoria, Texas, Jeffries began her teaching career in Tacoma, Washington, then moved to Fayetteville in and began teaching elementary school. In the early s, she joined Fayetteville State University as an associate professor of education.
She was the first African American female to hold that position. Jeffries retired from FSU in but remained extremely active in her community. Her daughter, Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, is currently the national president of The Links. Previous honorees include Tony Rand, W. Dallas Herring, Helen E. Batten, Thornton W. Rose, Lura S. Tally, Thomas R. McLean, Jeannette M. Council, Glenn Adams, and Larry L.
Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville featuring some of North Carolina’s finest jazz and rhythm and blues artists. The Sandhills Jazz Society shares a musical vision that encompasses a wide spectrum of jazz, blues, world, creative and improvised music, including evolving forms of jazz and the technologies and media that influence jazz as an art form.
The result is an entertaining evening for audiences who enjoy jazz, blues, funk and soul, and everything that falls in between. Founded in , the Sandhills Jazz Society is a community-based nonprofit arts education organization in Fayetteville. Members strive to promote interest in jazz music across multiple generations.
The goal is to bring awareness to jazz and other music genres and strengthen the arts community by offering performances, collaborations, workshops and other educational opportunities. The gates will open at 4 p. This event will happen rain or shine and all ticket sales are final. Outside food and drink are not permitted but there will be several food vendors at the festiv al. Riddle Stadium is located at Legion Road. For more information about this event and future events visit the website at www.
A new exhibit dedicated to banking will be opening at the Fayetteville History Museum Aug. The exhibit will focus on the history of banking in the Fayetteville area beginning in the late s. Staff are working to create a space reminiscent of the opulence often found within banks.
The room has been painted deep green, and white columns decorate the space. All of these finishing touches within the exhibit help to create the atmosphere of a bank, according to Bruce Daws, museum director. One of the panels in the new space is dedicated to architecture in the banking world, highlighting buildings in downtown Fayetteville such as the building at Hay St. The architecture of this building, as well as the park next to it, are worth the visit alone!.
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