Up & Coming Weekly

February 25, 2020

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 26-MARCH 3, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND 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 MARKETING COORDINATOR FOR WOMEN'S VIEW AND FAYETTEVILLE LADIES POWER LUNCH Caroline Schafer caroline@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, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– 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 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 outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 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. PUBLISHER'S PEN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. According to its Wikipedia page, the Bizarro World "is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. ... In popular culture, 'Bizarro World' has come to mean a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or oppo- site to expectations." Many Americans may feel like we are living in a "weirdly in- verted or opposite" world. If you are over 30 years old, you were probably brought up believing our nation was built on hard work and free enterprise. In America, we are free to work hard, study hard and express ourselves in totally unin- hibited dimensions. ese freedoms bring forth amaz- ing, innovative entrepreneurial ideas and accomplishments — ideas that give birth to more creative ideas and ventures that create opportunities and jobs that provide wages for families to exist, experience and enjoy America's unique way of life. In turn, we have more ideas, more opportunities, more jobs and more wealth. And, the more wealth that accumulates the more opportunities for investment. ese notions add up to be an abridged definition of capitalism with a capital C. However, lately, many people in our country have been introduced to an opposing ideology: democratic socialism. Welcome to Bizarro World! It makes no difference what race you are or what your political stances are. Democratic social- ism is an ideology that threatens our freedom, deteriorates morality, and just generally negatively affects our nation indis- criminately. Along with this ideology comes ignoring our own laws. Il- legal activities become legal. Good is perceived as being evil. For example, police and law enforcement once looked upon as guardians of humanity are now perceived as the enemy and have become targets of random hostility. Immigration Customs Enforcement once honored for their valor in keep- ing Americans safe from outside threats are now chastised, ridiculed and harassed for doing their jobs. In spite of federal law, sanctuary cities are becoming prolific. In Bizarro World fashion, these cities can actually protect and harbor criminals whose mission is to rob, harm and terrorize inno- cent Americans regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. In Bizarro World, crime goes unpunished, prisoners get to vote, and victims' voices are silenced or ignored. It's our government al- lowing this to happen and it's our apathy that allows the government to continue the lying and mocking of our Constitution. And, while all this governmental dysfunc- tion is going on unabated, much of the media has be- come a willing partner in creating and dissemi- nating fake news, keeping Americans ignorant and uninformed. Most Americans have no idea this new political ideology has been created: democratic socialism. ere is nothing democratic about socialism. is unortho- dox ideology has radiated directly from Bizarro World for several reasons. Firstly, socialism is anti-capitalist. Secondly, socialism has never succeeded anywhere in the world. irdly, the biggest anti-capitalist, pro-socialist advocates are rich, very well-to-do millionaires. It's easy for them to tout free health care, free college, free this, free that when never offering up a plan on how they are going to pay for these entitlements. America was built on capitalism and a free enterprise way of life. As a result we have become the greatest nation in the world. We have succeeded where other countries have failed and continue to fail. Why would anyone think a made-up ideology like democratic socialism would work in America? It is my hope that people come to their senses and realize Bizarro World is not the real world. ere is no such thing as democrat- ic socialism; however, communism is real. In the real world, hard work, truth, mercy and goodness have always triumphed. at's the American way! anks for reading Up & Coming Weekly. Bizarro World: No friend to democracy or freedom by BILL BOWMAN HIGH HIGH 58 58 LOW LOW 41 41 HIGH HIGH 51 51 HIGH HIGH 53 53 HIGH HIGH 50 50 HIGH HIGH 66 66 LOW LOW 31 31 LOW LOW 55 55 MARCH 2 MARCH 1 FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 29 MARCH 3 Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy FEBRUARY 27 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH HIGH 52 52 LOW LOW 31 31 Humidity 48 44 44 60 44 44 LOW LOW 28 28 TUESDAY LOW LOW 33 33 America was built on capitalism and a free enterprise way of life. ... We have succeeded where other countries have continued to fail.

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