Up & Coming Weekly

September 10, 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 SEPTEMBER 11-17, 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 Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Elizabeth Blevins ––––––––––– 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" publica- tion 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 publica- tion consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or mate- rial. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. 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 out- door 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 ele- ments from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. What's going on in Hope Mills? by BILL BOWMAN PUBLISHER'S PEN A good question with no simple answer. However, bet- ter days are on the horizon. e Hope Mills political dis- course is just a mini reflec- tion of the crazy leadership style germinating in Wash- ington, D.C., and negatively influencing governments at all levels. It's the trickle-down effect from the nation's capital to North Carolina to Fayetteville and yes, even to lovely and quaint communi- ties like Hope Mills. Unfortu- nately, at all levels of govern- ment, communication and conversation has become cheap and mean-spirited. We are dealing with all this discourse instead of our elected officials serving the people, enforcing the law, solving problems, upholding the Constitution and pro- tecting American values. Not to oversimplify this se- rious situation, but my theory is that it all comes down to incompetent and lazy leader- ship. It's a toxic political phenomenon that has impregnated all political par- ties. In other words, political opportun- ists figured out the "how" to getting elected to office, but beyond that, they are ignorant and unqualified and have no idea what their responsibilities or obligations are. Nor do they care. As a result, instead of problem-solv- ing, innovative thinking and civility, these political leadership posers have only one agenda and modus operandi — to remain in office by destroying their enemies at all costs. Logic be damned. Truth be damned. Humanity be damned. is reckless and inflammatory rhet- oric is accelerated by the fact that too many of these political ne'er do wells and opportunists have no answers or solutions to the problems they are charged with addressing. Even more alarming is that they have no plan, vision or targeted objective except to get elected and reelected. And, that is exactly what is taking place in Hope Mills. Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner is one of the most respected, accom- plished, competent, effective and transparent public servants Hope Mills and Cumberland County have ever seen. Her dedication to the Hope Mills community and success as a promi- nent public servant are all a matter of public record. However, a few of her political detractors obsessed with notoriety, van- ity, power and control have declared war on Hope Mills' native daughter —a woman who, as a Hope Mills teacher and principal, was responsible for the education, character and moral development of thou- sands of local children. ese same distracters try to discredit and destroy this news- paper — the only media source that dares to celebrate the Hope Mills achievements and values they seem to despise. Yes, we push back. And we will continue to do so as long as they stand in our way of doing what's best for the community. We support the Hope Mills community and sup- port those who support the com- munity. In addition, we will strive to adhere and operate as closely as possible to Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's two main rules that he imposes on his freshmen law clerks: Rule No. 1 — Don't make it up. Follow the law. (Tell the truth.) Rule No. 2 — When everyone around you is yelling at you and asking you to "make it up" (tell a lie) or condemning you for not making it up, refer to Rule No. 1. ese are great rules to live by. In closing, I have one final message to all the Hope Mills, Mayor Jackie Warner and Up & Coming Weekly newspaper distracters: Refer to Rule No. 1. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch has two rules he imposes on his freshmen law clerks: Rule No.1 — Don't make it up. Fol- low the law. (Tell the truth.) Rule No. 2 —When everyone around you is yelling at you and asking you to "make it up" (tell a lie) or condemning you for not making it up, refer to Rule No.1. BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. HIGH 85 LOW 68 HIGH 82 LOW 72 HIGH 89 HIGH 82 HIGH 85 LOW 68 LOW 68 LOW 70 SEPTEMBER 16 SEPTEMBER 15 SEPTEMBER 13 SEPTEMBER 14 SEPTEMBER 17 Sunny PM Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy SEPTEMBER 12 HIGH 91 LOW 73

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