Up & Coming Weekly

February 12, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly. com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR Kimberly Herndon kim@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: (910) 484-6200 FAX: (910) 484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the pub- lisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2019 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. You should be aware and concerned that our government at all levels is spiraling out of control. Photo by Pawel Janiak on Unsplash PUBLISHER'S PEN An American dilemma by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. It doesn't make any difference whether you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, gay, straight, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or a young budding snow- flake, you should be aware and concerned that our government at all levels is spiraling out of control. From wasting tens of millions of dollars on futile investigations and Russian collusion theories to the threat of another government shutdown to ignoring our nation's commitment to the safety and security of its citizens by refusing to secure our southern borders, we are in a tailspin. And now, we face the Green New Deal with its socialist agenda and concerns over the first world's carbon footprint and its toxic effect on the survival of our planet. It's crazy! We have a government that's full of radical assump- tions, accusations and condemnations yet void of solutions or concrete plans to accomplish anything. No answers, no remedies and no leadership. When did pettiness, jealousy and greed take prior- ity over fairness, decency and the overall welfare of humanity? When did government start defending lawlessness, condemning and penalizing success, rewarding criminals and passing state laws that allow a child to be born only to have its life terminated on its birthday? is is sad, scary and true. It's the age-old good versus evil dilemma, and it looks like evil is the predominant influence. We see this trend of nonproductive, negative behavior at all levels of government. It's sad but not hopeless. Americans are sensible and passionate human beings. We are and will con- tinue to be the leaders of the free world. I'm confident that at some point someone will step up in a leader- ship position that will get our priorities back in line so the generations that follow can enjoy the American dream — not the nightmare that is forming today. Let's all hope that logic and civility will prevail and become our highest priorities so that in the end, we may again enjoy a less contentious way of American life. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. HIGH 58 LOW 42 HIGH 57 LOW 49 HIGH 67 HIGH 56 HIGH 57 LOW 35 LOW 32 LOW 43 FEBRUARY 18 FEBRUARY 17 FEBRUARY 15 FEBRUARY 16 FEBRUARY 19 Mostly Sunny PM Showers Partly Cloudy Rain AM Clouds/PM Sun Showers FEBRUARY 14 HIGH 66 LOW 49

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