Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Tue, 31 May 2016 12:16:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Richard Brand: Try Our Souls http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/opinion/richard-brand-try-our-souls/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/opinion/richard-brand-try-our-souls/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 04:04:28 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70670 These are differently times that try our souls. Maybe not at the same level yet as Thomas Paine’s times but the whole fever of this country is troubling. No one can deny that there is a great dissatisfaction with the whole way our national government has not worked. It is simply that those responsible for doing the job have just not done the job. They do not stay in Washington to meet. They do not hold committee hearings as often as they should. There are long vacations when they are not in session. But most importantly they have not struggled and compromised their way to solve in some way the major issues of the day: immigration, veteran’s benefits, climate changes, increase revenue, reduction in military spending, control of the interest on the debt, responsible gun supervision, renewal energy, and you can add to the list your major concern.

This is not about Republican or Democrat. David Gergen, who has been a wise adviser to many Presidents, said at Elon that the change is that we have stopped electing leaders and started electing ideologues. People who are unable or unwilling to compromise. We have come to believe that we, the voters, have to elect somebody who will “stand up for our values” and never compromise. Renee Ellmers is being attacked because she voted for the compromise worked out by the Republican leadership on the Budget. Her opponent refused to follow that leadership and voted against the budget.

It is not just one party. There are ideologues on both sides of the aisle. The Democratic struggle for Presidential nominee has an determined ideologue in Bernie Sanders and his followers. He has taped into the great anger and frustration with the political realities in Washington and has rabid followers who want to see him President. As far as I can tell he shows little interest in compromises or cooperation with others. His whole career has been the lone radical voice fighting against the windmills.

These are difficult times for all of us. I have a sister and brother-in-law who have declared that they will vote for no incumbent. Throw everybody who is in office out and get a whole new bunch. That may be a hollow hope as we, the voters, keep electing more and more radical, rigid, “strict something, conservative, liberal, moralist, anti- abortionist, women’s rights.” The choices in the election do not offer us moderates who are willing to work together to solve the many, many issues that are in front of us. Who would have ever believed that the Senate would refuse to hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee. They would have the right to reject the nominee in a vote, but to refuse even to hold hearings and take a vote is but a clear evidence of the refusal to do the jobs needed and to compromise to solve the problems.

Presidential Scholars suggest that there has never been an election campaign like the one in 2016. Perhaps that suggest that our democratic process is at a real crossroad and our system of government may be in trouble. 

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Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Answering Your Questions http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-answering-your-questions/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-answering-your-questions/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 04:03:11 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70668 Photo of the Week

I had a wonderful time hosting a Town Hall on Thursday evening in Holly Springs, N.C. I had an opportunity to answer questions submitted through email, social media, and then took questions directly from audience members on everything from national security to the growing opioid epidemic here in North Carolina. I hope you will join us for our next one!


Weekly Update
I had an opportunity this week to speak at the American Association for Homecare Legislative Conference. I discussed legislation I have supported and sponsored that helps Medicare patients who are in need of medical equipment like wheelchairs, oxygen equipment or hospital beds. Specifically, I spoke about my legislation, H.R. 5045 called “the Preserving Access to Modern Prosthetic Limbs Act of 2016.” This legislation freezes a proposal that would otherwise stifle access to life-changing medical devices needed by Medicare recipients– including veterans and senior citizens.

As a member of the House GOP Doctor’s Caucus, I also attended a meeting this week on legislation that members have been drafting to repeal and replace Obamacare. While there have been many different bills aiming to do this, members of this caucus – all with health backgrounds and experience working in the medical field– have been committed to working on one, comprehensive bill that will overhaul Obamacare and replace it with an alternative that is patient-centered and truly affordable.

To conclude my week, I held a 2-hour Town Hall with Second District constituents in Holly Springs. It was a great way to update folks on my legislative work, my record of success and to take questions directly from audience members. Please scroll down to learn more about the discussion we had.


Town Hall with Second District Constituents
 After the Town Hall discussion, several Second District constituents came up to me to share stories about their line of work and how legislation we are working on is positively impacting their day to day lives.
 During Thursday’s discussion, I had a chance to talk about my efforts to save the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg and how we are working to ensure our veterans have access to top-notch quality healthcare services. Last week, I visited the Fayetteville VA Hospital (scroll down for photos), so I shared my experiences on the improvements they have made in better serving our nation’s finest.

 So great to speak with a couple of students at UNC-Chapel Hill who have a passion for political science and the government. They specifically wanted to know if there was a bill that would allow for a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, so I had an opportunity to discuss legislation put forth by Dr. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, called The Empowering Patients First Act.


Constituent Meetings
 It was a pleasure meeting with Andrew Cox, an Aerospace Engineering major at NC State, in my Washington office this week. Andrew, who is from Archdale, was in DC with Students for Space Exploration.

 I enjoyed meeting with two North Carolina distributors with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America — Paul Powell, VP/GM at American Premium Beverage, and James Burkhardt, VP/Chief Financial Officer at Mutual Distributing Company which services several cities including Raleigh and Fayetteville.


Celebrating a Legacy in Our Own Community

 It was an honor and a pleasure to recognize Harnett County businessman, Irvin Warren, for his service to the community last week. During a reception in my Dunn office, I presented him with a flag flown over the Capitol in his honor and read to him remarks I entered into the Congressional Record.

Above is picture of my hometown newspaper, The Dunn Daily Record. In this article, Mr. Warren is recognized for his outstanding service and generosity. Perhaps most notably, Mr. Warren has also provided several all-expenses-paid tours for WWII veterans to visit the D.C. museums and memorials, assuring that priority was given to those who had never been. Mr. Warren is committed to continuing these trips until each veteran has had the opportunity to see the Washington sites.


Visiting the Fayetteville VA

 As the representative of Fort Bragg, I stay in constant contact with the Fayetteville VA to ensure our veterans are receiving the best quality healthcare. Late last week, I visited the Fayetteville VA and received an update on improvements they are making.

 After a brief presentation, I was given a tour of the facility and heard about adjustments they have made in order to expedite care and provide better service.
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CIty of Henderson Summer Sanitation Schedule http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/news/city-business/city-of-henderson-summer-sanitation-schedule/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/news/city-business/city-of-henderson-summer-sanitation-schedule/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 04:03:08 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70672 The City of Henderson Public Services Department Sanitation Division will be going to a summer schedule starting on Monday, June 6, 2016. The scheduled pick-ups will start at 6:00 AM on the morning of your regularly scheduled day. This schedule will require you to place your recycle bins and your brush items curb side the night before your scheduled pick-up.

Please visit  http://ci.henderson.nc.us and search Muni-code for a copy of the Sanitation Code. Any questions should be directed to Jeanetta Lyons or Michael Ross at 252-431-6115. Thank you for your consideration during the summer months.

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Tuesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-240/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/31/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-240/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 04:01:35 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70674 One of the worst calamities to hit the U.S. happened on this date in 1889 — the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Flood. Torrential rains caused a nearby artificial lake to spill over and weaken its earthen dam. When the dam broke, it unleashed 20 million tons of water in a giant wave that roared through Johnstown, killing more than 2,300 people, and destroying the homes of thousands more. The flood remains one of the nation’s most costly, single weather-related disasters. While tornadoes often take more lives, flooding is a constant threat to life. An annual average of 81 deaths occurred in the years between 1986 and 2015. Johnstown has been spared since 1977, when 85 died. Currently, over 20,000 people make Johnstown their home. Profile America is beginning  its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Monday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/30/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-241/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/30/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-241/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 04:01:38 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70666 Today is Memorial Day, looked on as the start of the summer season, and a time for family gatherings and sporting events. But the true meaning of the day is underlined by the continuing sacrifices made by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other tense areas. The first official observance of Memorial Day was on May 30 in 1868. Ordered by Gen. John Logan, flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. From the Revolutionary War through the first Gulf War, some 651,000 U.S. service personnel died in combat, a total that includes around 75,000 Confederates. Nearly half of all these deaths occurred in World War II — over 290,000. Across the U.S., there are a bit fewer than 21 million veterans of the armed forces. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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Butterfield to Visit Wildin Acosta at Stewart Detention Center http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-to-visit-wildin-acosta-at-stewart-detention-center/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-to-visit-wildin-acosta-at-stewart-detention-center/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 04:03:34 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70661 On Friday, May 27, 2016, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will travel to Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, where Wildin Acosta, a Durham, North Carolina high school senior has been detained since late-January by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), whose congressional district includes Lumpkin, Georgia, will accompany Butterfield on his visit to Stewart Detention Center. While there, Butterfield and Bishop will speak directly with Wildin and update him on the actions taken to date as Butterfield continues to work to secure his release.  Wildin and his attorney will talk with Butterfield and Bishop about the progress of his case and his pending appeal currently before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.

“It is important to me to ensure Wildin is being treated properly and cared for while he awaits a decision on his appeal,” said Butterfield. “At age 17, Wildin fled extreme violence in his native country of Honduras seeking refuge and a chance to rejoin his parents. The raids carried out by ICE have not only negatively impacted the individuals who have been detained and their families, but they have also created a deep fear and concern within our communities and schools.”

Butterfield’s trip to Stewart Detention Center follows his visit to Riverside High School in April to talk with students advocating for Wildin’s release. This week, Butterfield welcomed Riverside students and members of the Durham community to Capitol Hill, where they raised awareness to members of Congress and congressional staff about Wildin’s case and the negative impact ICE raids are having on communities and schools in North Carolina.

“I continue to believe strongly that ICE’s limited resources would be better utilized by focusing on dangerous criminals who pose a threat to our communities rather than mothers, children, high school students, and teenagers fleeing violence,” said Butterfield.


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Senator Richard Burr: Protecting children from sex offenders http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/senator-richard-burr-protecting-children-from-sex-offenders/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/senator-richard-burr-protecting-children-from-sex-offenders/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 04:03:26 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70657

This week, the Senate unanimously voted to reauthorize the National Sex Offender Registry. In an institution that is too often divided on strictly partisan lines, it is encouraging to know that we can find common ground when it comes to protecting women and children from convicted sexual offenders.

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority. Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable.   

Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message that the Senate is working for the American people. This legislation ensures that law enforcement agents have the tools they need to keep track of the depraved individuals who prey on children so that they do not have the opportunity to reoffend.

I have long fought to use the National Sex Offender Registry as a tool to protect women and children from predators. In 2015, the President signed one of my bills, the Military Sex Offender Reporting Act into law. This legislation closed a legal loophole that enabled sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry.

WATCH: Burr fights to close sex offender registry loophole

I’m also fighting to keep sex offenders out of your child’s day care facility. In 2014, I wrote the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which requires childcare centers that receive federal subsidies to do background checks against the National Sex Offender Registry. I introduced legislation that requires similar background checks for employees working in military child care centers.

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Vance County Schools Free Athletic Exams June 8th, 2016 http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/news/sports/vance-county-schools-free-athletic-exams-june-8th-2016/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/news/sports/vance-county-schools-free-athletic-exams-june-8th-2016/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 04:03:15 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70397
Free athletic physical examinations will be available to all student-athletes who live in Vance County on Wednesday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Maria Parham Medical Center on Ruin Creek Road in Henderson.
The physicals are required for those students who want to play sports in local schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
Students who want to have these free athletic physicals on June 8, must get a form for the examinations from the main office at Northern Vance or Southern Vance high schools. The form must be completed and signed by each student’s parent and brought to the hospital on June 8.
Students should enter Maria Parham Medical Center through the hospital’s main entrance and go to the basement level for the athletic physicals. Officials on hand will take the completed forms and register students before they see a doctor for the examinations.
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Butterfield Congratulates NCCU Law School Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor on Presidential Appointment http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-congratulates-nccu-law-school-dean-phyliss-craig-taylor-on-presidential-appointment/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-congratulates-nccu-law-school-dean-phyliss-craig-taylor-on-presidential-appointment/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 04:03:13 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70659 Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) Thursday released the following statement congratulating Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Dean of North Carolina Central School of Law, on her recent appointment to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

“I am pleased to congratulate Phyliss Craig-Taylor on her appointment to the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to her deanship at North Carolina Central School of Law, she served as the Law School’s assistant dean of academic affairs and a Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law. I am certain her experiences will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the Board. I applaud President Obama on his selection of a truly dedicated educator and community leader and I am honored to represent Phyliss Craig-Taylor in the United States Congress.”

Phyliss Craig-Taylor is one of three new members appointed to the committee, which advises President Obama on how to increase the private sector role in strengthening HBCUs.


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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-123/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/05/27/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-123/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 04:01:17 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70663 Friday, May 27th. The difficulty of neatly painting cars two different colors led to the patenting of one of the world’s most practical on this date in 1930. Five years earlier, Richard Drew, while working for the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, had developed an easy-to-peel, glue-backed masking tape.  It considerably eased the task of separating two-tone paint jobs on new cars, which until then involved moistened plaster tape. Then, he expanded its use by introducing a clear backing. The result, an immediate hit, became known as Scotch Tape. Now, it’s just one of 525 manufacturers of various adhesive products produced by the nation’s economy, a sector that generates sales of more than $12 billion a year and provides jobs for about 20,000 people. Profile America is beginning  its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Saturday, May 28th. The first recorded automobile accident involving two vehicles occurred on this date in 1896 in New York City. Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts was driving a new Duryea Motor Wagon, the first automobile model to be made and sold in the U.S. Unfortunately, he collided with Evelyn Thomas of New York, riding a bicycle. Thomas went to the hospital with a broken leg, and Wells spent the night in jail. Now, there are close to 5.7 million motor vehicle accidents reported to police per year, with nearly 30,000 of them fatal crashes. There are more than 31,000 insurance carriers in the U.S., with auto insurance premiums adding to the industry’s $1.7 trillion of annual business done. Profile America is beginning its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sunday, May 29th. This date 12 years ago was the Saturday before Memorial Day, and thus appropriate for the dedication ceremony for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Authorized in 1993, the memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in the global conflict, including the 400,000 dead. The memorial received nearly $2 million in donations and pledges, thanks in part to the efforts of actor Tom Hanks as spokesman for the campaign. Currently, of the nearly 21 million living veterans in the U.S., there are more than 1.5 million from the Second World War, including some 114,000 that served in the Korean War as well. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.

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