Vol. V No. 24 Greensboro, North Carolina www.rhinotimes.com Thursday, June 15, 2017


City, County Finalize Budgets

plus Under The Hammer, Uncle Orson Reviews Everything AND MORE

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  • Democrats Get Organized: District 8 Going From Worst To First
Scott D. Yost

One lesson that can be taken from the Democratic political war that took place in April in Guilford County Board of Commissioners District 8 is this: Don't cross Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston.
  • Greensboro Uses Odd Economic Incentive to Steal Nano Company from High Point
John Hammer

The Greensboro City Council on Tuesday, June 6, unanimously voted to offer a $1.2 million economic incentive grant to Gateway University Research Park, a joint venture of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Citizens Don't Get Tax Cut in County Budget, But Manager Gets Spin Doctor
Scott D. Yost

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has agreed on a budget deal that will keep county property taxes at current levels (though with a reduced tax rate), fund $5 million more in operating funds to Guilford County Schools and add nearly 30 new county positions, including a public relations specialist.  
  • City Tax Increase Fails to Ruffle Feathers
John Hammer

The Greensboro City Council will pass a $533 million budget next week that includes a sizable tax increase and that is, with only a couple of exceptions, the budget that was presented to the council by City Manager Jim Westmoreland on May 16.
  • Scams, Abuse and Exploitation: The Elderly Are Often Victims
Scott D. Yost

The number of adult protective services cases taken on by the Guilford County Division of Social Services (DSS) has skyrocketed in recent years.  One key component of that is "elder abuse" - when older people who are physically abused or financially exploited, usually by someone in a position of trust such as a family member or a caretaker.
Letters To The Editor
  • Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note: State Sen. Trudy Wade sent the following letter to the News & Observer after the paper published an editorial attacking her.  The N&O not only didn't print the letter, the editors didn't respond to numerous phone calls from Wade's office about the letter.  So much for mainstream newspapers wanting to present both sides of the story.
News of the Weird
  • Making Boys into Men, One BB at a Time

Compelling Explanations
Rhino Shorts
  • Rhino Shorts
John Hammer

Sixth District Congressman Mark Walker was at that congressional baseball team practice where a man with a rifle opened fire.  Walker said he was shaken but not hurt. 
The Sound Of The Beep
  • The Sound of the Beep

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Uncle Orson Reviews Everything
  • Dance Shows, NanoTrax Goes Wild
Orson Scott Card

When promotion began for NBC's new dance program, World of Dance, with Jennifer Lopez as the lead judge, I was optimistic.  
Under The Hammer
  • Under the Hammer
John Hammer

The bias of the news media against President Donald John Trump cannot be exaggerated.  
Weekly Hammer
  • What is the Point of Body-Cam Videos
John Hammer

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it.  
Yost Column
  • Yost Spills Beans All Over iPhone 8
Scott D. Yost

This may be the biggest, most important and most widely read column I've ever written.