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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/20/2020 at 11:25 am:
William, being the "expert" on animals and foul; certainly you are aware of greenhouses gases. Animals give us 14.5% of greenhouse gases. And of course, you are aware that your party (democrat) are going to going to away with animal waste. Now, the question you have got to answer is: When the democrats come for you animals to destroy them for emitting greenhouse gases, what are you going to do? Oh, I forgot; you are in the trucking business up in the Charlotte area emitting those gases that vehicles emit like the cows you are expert on. William, if the ideas of the democrat party are fully implemented are fully implemented you will not be able to have a cow, hog, or chicken, or any other kind of animal or fowl on your property when you retire. And guess who would head up the government agency in charge of this? AOC, no doubt one of your favorites of biden;s favorites. You still have an opportunity to vote REPUBLICAN and save your right to raise animals; that is unless you have already made the mistake of voting democrat. And you have a blessed day.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/19/2020 at 12:47 pm:
Today a Federal judge struck down Trump's plan to have the USDA end food assistance to anyone who is unemployed. Not only is Trump's plan cruel, it is evil and against the very fabric of America. 😡
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/19/2020 at 10:56 am:
Brad...I do know a lot about Cows, Chickens and Pigs too. They all have one thing in common. Herd immunity doesn't work. It will kill entire herds .Please don't deny this virus
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/18/2020 at 9:08 am:
William,
The person's school that they attended makes them no better than anyone else. That is an elites' view of the world. That would be like someone saying that they attended Harvard, therefore they know more about anything than anyone. I have an engineering degree from Charlotte. I have worked with people from Penn State, NC State, Virginia Tech, and MIT. I never found their education any more or less valuable than my own. Also, growing up on a dairy farm doesn't mean that you should be my guide on education or factories either. It just means you know a heck of a lot more about cows than me.

Companies are not allowed to provide employee health information, and many of the employees wouldn't want them to do that. Why do you feel that you are entitled to that? The health department lists the numbers of the people infected in the county. The health department is your resource for public health. We don't want private companies to try to take that role. No other company, nursing home facility, or even school has provided exact numbers or statistics.

I support our local companies, workers, their suppliers, and customers. The company that you are referring to gives opportunities for people in my county to earn a living and feed their families. According to reports, they spent $350 million dollars on battling Covid-19 causing them a $72 million dollar loss in their Q2 earnings report. How could anyone say that they are not looking out for their workers?

Your other accusations are also not bearing fruit. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prevents just what you are saying. That act was signed by George Bush. Also, your analogy of the conveyor falling on someone is 100% incorrect. The only way a person is fired for being below a falling conveyor is if they are under it cutting the legs off maliciously. Otherwise, the person would have a lawsuit against the factory, the conveyor supplier, manufacturer, installer, and maybe more. There are many ANSI/ISO/OSHA standards in place to help prevent accidents in the workplace. They are not toothless as you suggest. I have been providing manufacturing equipment all over the world my whole working career. I would never want to put something in that is dangerous for employees. Safety is my number 1 priority because I would be devastated if someone was injured because of something that I did. I tell my kids who also are now in this business to make sure you come home the same way you left. No matter what happens on that day, you are successful when you do that.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/18/2020 at 8:46 am:
Gee Brad, I hope you are not advocating “Herd Immunity”, but I am certain that the online struggles of a nine year old do not equate to the single death of one of our teachers or member of their support community. The counties infection rate is too high at the moment, currently it sits at about 7%. We really need to be at about 4% for a good period of time before we can test the waters of in person learning.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/18/2020 at 8:08 am:
Herb,
I was a kid in those schools and the father of 5 kids. I am well aware of the spread of germs in the classroom. The classroom has been how Americans have been establishing their immune systems for generations.

So I take from your response that it is your online learning experience that those who want to learn will learn. Ok, how many 7 or 8 year old's want to sit there and learn their times tables? How many want to practice their writing or enjoy writing their spelling words 10 times each to learn the spelling? The teachers guide them because they don't have the mental clarity at that age to know that those skills are building blocks to their educational career. It is not who wants to learn it will. It has turned into whoever has the money or the time will ensure their kids do the work. Whoever is working and has older children at home watching the younger children, those kids get left behind and may never catch up.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/17/2020 at 9:30 pm:
Brad...are you aware that you are debating Education with a Duke graduate in Mr. McIntyre? Are you aware that I grew up on Dairy Farm?
Trump just this year had his staff revise the CDCs recommendations for Employers to follow from rules to recommendations. OSHA and the CDC are both tootless I've seen both of the CDC's memos. The Republican Party led by Trump are ruining our Employee Rights. Has The Chinese company let the public know their Covid 19 statics ? No because Trump and his Republican Cult allows them to do whatever they want , screw the Comminities concerns. The Republicans have been chiseling away at Workman comp. Protection Insurance for years, making it harder for an injured worker get Medical Coverage paid by their Employer. If Trump and McConnell succeed no business will have to provide Workmans Comp. Think about that. A conveyor falls on you and you lose your job and have to pay for your medical expenses. And you will have a preexisting condition and no Affordable Healthare.

The American Worker is being fleeced by the Republicans.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/17/2020 at 8:52 pm:
Brad, If you had ever spent the first couple weeks of a new school year in a classroom with a bunch of kids you might realize just how infectious the environment of a school can be.

You might be a bit off base on this guy’s familiarity with online learning. It has been my experience that those who want to learn…. Will!
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/17/2020 at 8:04 pm:
You guys are totally lost and apparently don't comprehend what I am saying. My point is that teachers are not special to the virus and are no different than the people working gas stations or in factories. My daughter has enough common sense at 9 to know when and where she needs to be careful to limit her risk to the virus. Where your mask when around people in public, wash you hands or sanitize them often, and stay away from people as much as you can. She manages to go to gymnastics and she now is playing softball. Life goes on for her and that is all I am saying. If you guys want to hold up in bunkers, feel free. I am not reckless or in denial for learning about this virus and continuing to provide for my family in the meantime. No one, especially Roy Cooper, looks out for me better than me. I was in quarantine in March when CNN was still bringing you up to speed on the issue.

You may not know this, however there is an organization that already looks out for the health and safety of employees. It is called OSHA and Occupational Health and Safety are literally in the name. It is illegal to put employees in an unsafe situation and companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to protect employees. I believe that our local food producers are taking great care of their workers. I work in many factories all over the state and they all follow safe guidelines for not only their employees, but also their visitors and contractors. They are 100 times more safety conscious than your local retail or grocery store.

Do you not believe that food workers are essential? I mean isn't eating food essential? Did you not see how lean some of the products were at the grocery stores? I'll bet many folks thought toilet paper production workers were pretty dang essential there for a while. Also, your accusations about a great company is a lie, and you shouldn't be saying that workers are forced to work. A company that is deemed essential means that they can work. Once again I have never seen a worker show up in the US in handcuffs with exception to the prison work crews. Even still that job I believe is voluntary.

Lastly, I know that there are great teachers out there. I never said there wasn't. But it will be pretty hard for a kid from a single parent family to help with a bridge project when that parent is struggling to figure out childcare while he/she works 2 jobs to keep the heat on. Those are some of the most vulnerable kids right now. I have degrees from both brick and mortar and online institutions. The online learning experience is so difficult because it relies on a great deal of self-reliance. I did it at 32 years of age. I know that 7, 8, 9, 12 year old's will struggle to the point that they just give up. I have walked down that road and it is a tough one. How many online classes have you guys taken since you apparently have a wealth of knowledge on the subject? My guess is neither one of you attended school since the slide rule took the place of counting on your fingers.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/17/2020 at 5:44 pm:
Brad...I ommitted that now Principle Stephanie Norris is at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Clarkton, North Carolina. They'll stand toe to toe with anybody...😎
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/17/2020 at 5:39 pm:
Brad...Herd immune only works in Trump's lies. Pork, poultry and beef farmers know that. Please don't deny this Virus.

Right now the 1 hurdle that Trump and McConnell won't give up on in the Corvid Releif Bill is :

The right to sue one's employer if they put you in an unsafe environment and you are injured, maimed or killed while doing your job. Trump is again using quid pro quo as a weapon. This time it's not just forcing a foreign country to help him lie about his opponent.

Think about this. Trump has already made slaughter house employees Essential Workers. If Speaker Pelosi gives in and gives up YOUR Rights to a safe workplace in Bladen County a Chinese company will have the World's largest Pork processing house and the workers are required to work by a US President . You'll have no Workmans compensation coverage plus you will be terminated with no unemployment benefits.

I beg to differ greatly with your assertion about Teachers' (Education workers) value to Society. Evidentally you have never met ANY of my Bladenboro School Teachers and associated employees.
I've been around the Block a couple of times myself and know their monumental worth. To give you a real example, i recall years ago when Principle Stephanie , then a Teacher taught her students well enough for them to win National award for Bridge design and construction. Now they're creating their own Newspaper. I have a suggestion for you... go to YouTube, and listen to "The Band" perform Free your Mind".😷
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 10/17/2020 at 1:43 pm:
Brad Dowless, if you are saying that you do not believe in paying attention to common sense pandemic restrictions and are willing to take the chance of becoming infected then the first thing I think is “How about the rest of us”. Many of us do care about becoming infected and also care about infecting others. It is more complicated than individual self determination. If you wish to jump off a cliff, you have no right to take others with you.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 10/16/2020 at 4:31 pm:
Interesting take on teachers and risk William. Do you also pray for those who made the food that you ate today and do you hope that they get hazard pay? What about the truckers that shipped your food or the retailers or food service workers that you bought the food from? How about the packaging company workers and the companies that make the machines that help with manufacturing that food. What about the farmers that produce the raw ingredients for the food?
Now that is just the folks that help feed you. Those jobs are not any less or more important than a teacher. We all have a role to play in society and luckily for us Americans we get to choose that role. In America no one is forced to work despite your fears. This is not China. However, right now some governors feel like we should be forced to stay home and not work like China. They feel like our kids should only have one option and that is to sit in front of a computer and hope that they can grasp the material. Your governor doesn't believe in giving working mom's and dad's the opportunity to send their kids to a private school so they can get in class instruction.
You know the government ripped Christian faith from our public schools and if you want your child to have faith education you must pay for it yourself. All of this while still having to pay taxes to provide income for people whom you pray are not being forced to work. See the irony there.
I am not going to pretend that I know what teachers go through. I have no idea and God bless them for choosing the profession. But let's also not pretend like they were sold a bill of goods about the profession before they chose the role. I know many teachers and they all knew that lower income comes with the territory. Who is going to pay this Hazard Pay that you speak of? Your governor shut down the state and now unemployment has crushed the surplus of funds we had.
The median annual wage for hazardous radioactive materials removal workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is $37,590 in the U.S – $18 per hour. The state Department of Public Instruction estimate the average salary for teachers to be $53,975. It looks to me like people disposing of nuclear waste need the raise and the hazard pay.
So keep eating and keep ordering from Amazon, and us folks that go out in the "scary" world will keep you safe and fed in your bunker. We will also figure out ways to educate our children without public schools because we are fighters that overcome and adapt. No matter how hard you try, none of us will make it out of this world alive. Might as well live life to the fullest as long as you can than to stay huddled in a bunker waiting for death to show up.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/16/2020 at 4:28 am:
GC...Our Teachers both public and private need Our help. I can't imagine being in their shoes in 2020. They like us need and want this Pandemic which is running parallel in numbers to the 1918 Plague to be over. I pray that they are not being forced to work.

The World is afloat with money, just spend a little time looking at all the invest vehicles used now by millions of people to make now record profits. There is no excuse for a Teacher in normal times to have to pay money out of their paycheck for school supplies, no CEO does that. At these times if any Educator enters a schoolroom they should be paid HAZARD PAY. The Nuclear Industry pays more money for the more dangerous tasks.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/15/2020 at 11:28 am:
William, take a look back at the N C's political history. If I am not mistaken, I believe you will find Republicans and democrats; could be wrong but I think democrats are still in the lead with numbers of Governors. So, it is evident the governorship doesn't really affect where our schools stand today. Your guess is as good as anyone's about who will "have the backs" of our teachers. One would have to think it will begin with our legislators and then a governor, regardless of his party affiliation, willing to approve the legislators recommendations to help teachers.

The one sure way to help teachers in NC is to get the legislature and the governorship on board the same ship sailing toward better schools and better teachers. The Bible states in Amos(not the Amos of "Amos and Andy fame) in chapter 3 verse 3; "Can two walk together, except they be agreed". How can the teacher salaries in NC go from almost at the bottom to like in the 20's in rank nation wide and then go back down to almost the bottom in just a matter of one governorship?

There is a way to solve this problem, but don't hold your breath for it to happen. It is all about the money William. There is an old saying William, "there is as much money at any given time as there ever has been". How much of the money that is currently under your control are you willing to shift over to to the state or federal control in support of teachers? I would have you to think about the $4,000,000,000,000 tax increase that your party's candidate for President has said he will impose on the American people, for such things as the GREEN NEW DEAL, etc.; but not one single time have I heard him speak about the schools and teachers share of that $4,000,000,000,000. Hopefully, he will not succeed with being elected and our economy will continue to to shoot upward as it was doing up to the time the Covid-19 virus was unleashed on our nation.

I am not a betting man, but if I was; I would bet unless our current priorities are adjusted, the schools and teachers of N C will continue to languish near the bottom of nationwide rankings. There is one way, William, that you can take that money that you think your wife deserves and make sure she receives it without question. NAMELY, take whatever amount you think she deserves out of your companies profits and give it to her. And since you are an avowed democrat, you can then honestly say it was done by the democrats!!!!
Whenever the Republicans hear about it, they may just follow suit and give that amount to all teachers. Case closed.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/15/2020 at 1:01 am:
GC...Somebody needs to have their backs. Right now the Republican Legislator's don't.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/14/2020 at 10:57 pm:
William, Seems to me the union problem you should be concerned with would be unionization of truckers. Remember, it was one of your favorite democrat Presidents Jimmy Carter back in 1980 that created the problem for truckers with the passing of the MCA.

As far as teachers are concerned; agreed that it is a tough profession in which to enter. But the ones who choose to enter it do so of their own free will. They definitely need to be taken care of, and NC has started doing a better job of that. BUT tenure is a terrible thing in any profession. To say that an employee in any profession should ever get to the place that they must be guaranteed employment is ludicrous. Bad teachers need to be weeded out just like bad employees of any profession need to be weeded out. A person not doing their job just because they have been working a certain amount of time is a terrible thing.

I am surprised that freeby Cooper would pass up an opportunity like what you advocate, he probably thought better of it seeing it would have to get through the State Legislature first. Just another reason why he should be voted out of office on November 3; because he might want to revisit this issue if he wins a second term.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/14/2020 at 8:13 pm:
As I watch the NC Governor candidates debates I was disappointed that neither candidate took the golden opportunity to propose that NC Teacher' again get a free perk"Tenure". The old GOP took it away. My wife, a Teacher took it as an insult, slap in the face a show of ignorance. The time for the return of strong Unions is now. The unions were formed for a good reason, every Teacher whether private or public should be able to stand up to their employers who put them in danger of injury or death.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/12/2020 at 5:02 pm:
William, every time a Sheriff's deputy car rides through any neighbor hood or community in Bladen County; that shows Sheriff Jim McVicker cares for every citizen in Bladen County RED, YELLOW, BLACK, and WHITE.

Don't be critical of our Immigrants, Native Americans, and African American populations; those who are living the American dream may think hard of you in lumping them all together in the most vulnerable group. The best thing we all can do is take care of ourselves, our families, our fellow workers, our fellow truck drivers, neighbors, and church members.

As for Dr. Fauci, isn't he the one that originally said mask didn't work. Then he said they did work, and then just this past week he said they fooled people that the mask gave a false sense of security. Yes, no, yes, no, yes; no wonder our young people are so mixed up on things.

Are you out in the slum areas of Charlotte every evening trying to help the "most vulnerable Population". Maybe you can call your local Sheriff and ask him can you ride with one his deputies each evening. Don't be surprised if he says no. SERVE and PROTECT William is law enforcement's slogon; personally I thiink they are doing a great job. Instead of de-funding them we need to MORE FUND them. By the way, what is the murder rate in Charlotte these days? At one time I understand it was competing with Chicago for top spot. We have the best Sheriff and several of the best county comissioners anywhere. You have stated we have "reasonable people" serving Bladen County and you are correct, and they really appreciate the tax payers paying their taxes on a timely basis. I believe that is one of the things that makes them reasonable people. And as stated previously, it helps them serve all the citizens of Mother Bladen Really well.

Another of the things that will really help them is FOUR MORE YEARS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. You can be a big help to your home county by voting for him and all Republicans on the ballot. In early voting, starting Thursday through the 31 and then on November 3.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/12/2020 at 2:07 pm:
GC...Dr. Fauci said months ago that the best way to combat Covid 19 was from the local level, by people who know the Community well and have them assist the most vulnerable. The Immigrant population, the Native American population and the African Americans are the most at risk and many times the least wealthy. The Sheriff Department cruises every Community on a Daily basis and have this opportunity to show that they care for the Citizens and show that they are truly there to protect them.

All I know about the Bladen County Sheriff is what I read here. I am a Bladen County Taxpayer, the County Commission represents me. They are reasonable people.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/12/2020 at 11:42 am:
Where to begin? William Butler would have the readers of this forum to begin with his post on 10/10/2020! Obviously he has forgotten his post some time back where he thought the advertisers on BOL should withdraw their support of BOL so this media would be forced out of business. And he had "some" who took his lead and thought the same way. Thank God that people see through such bad logic. The people of Bladen County to this day still support BOL and Charlotte and Daine Smith. Come on William Bulter, you know better than this; what if the people who "support" or "don't support" your trucking company simply because you are a liberal democrat and they are of a different political persausion. Don't vote against someone when they think differently than you do and then come back and commend "that same someone". Be what you are William Butler regardless of how the political winds are blowing. Not only does Charlotte publish a great e-news site but her husband also runs a great heating and air outlet here in Bladen County.

William Butler, your comment about the Constitution and the guarantee of free speech runs right along whith what most democrats want to see in our nation; do away with the Constitution (the greatest government document ever conceived by the mind of men) and turn it over to the Burn, Loot, and Murder crowd. While all the while liberal newscasters stand giving an on site account of what is
going on with in a particular city and say, "IT IS A PEACEFUL PROTEST"; which is guaranteed by the Constitution you allude to. I wonder if you will feel as so democrats feel when it comes to your neighborhood. William Butler, if after having been educated in Bladen County, you do not know that freedom of speech is as you post is guaranteed in our Constitution ALSO guarantees the right to freely listen. That is a common sense right that God gives every human being even to the point that human beings have the right to listen or not listen to HIM.

Finally, you allude to Mayberry. DIFFERENT TIME AND DIFFERENT PLACE. If you don't understand that then you do not know there are no deputies in the current Bladen County Sheriff's Department to which the Sheriiff allots only "one" bullet. What is going on in Bladen County with the situation you allude to is ENTIRELY between Sheriff Jim McVicker and the county comimssoners. Do you PROTECT your trucks by changing the oil or providing a shelter, etc. Can you explain what 18 people dying of the Chinese Covid-19 in Bladen County has to do with the Sheriff's Department. How many have died in Mecklenburg County of the same virus; when you find out, please go to the Sheriff over there and ask him if he/she has just put aside all other things that have to do with his department. Imagine he/she would show you the same door you came in. Bladen County has and will continue to as it has in the past to protect what equipment it owns. Evidently you seem to think it should be left out in the weather to just rot or rust away. Take care of the county in which you currently live William Butler and when and if you move back to Bladen County after you retire, you can start helping us citizens of Bladen County take care of Mother Bladen. By the way, William Butler; when you go home at the end of each day, DO YOU WEAR YOUR MASK WHEN YOU START TO GO INTO YOUR HOME. And another thing, for heavens sake, please be sure and keep your mask on when "coughing" or "taking pictures" to submit to Charlotte's e-news site BLADEN ON LINE. And for heavens sake, remember you can still vote REPUBLICAN on Novenber 3 or before in early voting.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/12/2020 at 10:14 am:
If Mayberry was in Bladen County. Do you think the Sheriff during a Pandemic that has killed 18 people would ask the county for $45,000 for a building to protect equipment that he bought and that he hadn't budgeted for or buy 14,000 masks @3.21 each from Amazon ? I think he has missed an important opportunity for he and his subordinates to hand a mask to anyone they see who isn't wearing one.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/11/2020 at 9:04 pm:
I think when the Founders created Free Speech via the US Constitution the should have added a footnote.

"Free Speech requires free listening to make it work properly ".
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/10/2020 at 12:29 pm:
Charlotte Smith,BOL...I truly appreciate your providing me a space to freely speak , especially during these challenging days even though we may have differing views. If Americans use words instead of fists and bullets we'll be much better off for it !

The Right to free speech is priceless!🙂
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/09/2020 at 11:51 pm:
William, you are only a few hundred years late.There are no Tories in Bladen County today and no member of the Board of Elections was around a few hundred of years ago. Although the Chairperson acted recently acted like she may have been a few hundred years old. Taking her mask off during a BOE meeting for several minutes and coughing while she had it off. All the while the chairman of your party here in Bladen had his mask below his nose and took a picture of only the democrat members of the board and submitted it to local news media as the BOE.

Now on top of that on the national level the speaker of the House appoints a committee to check into Kamala Harris succedding Joe Biden into the Presidency after Joe is declared incompetent. Wonder how Joe feels about that?

Remember, William, you can still vote Republican in every race on your ballot. Have a blessed weekend. Continue to remember our President and First Lady in prayer.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/09/2020 at 2:05 pm:
The Bladen County Board of Elections members should be awarded the "Profile in Courage" or "Medal of Freedom " for how well they have defended the "Fort of Bladen " against numerous coordinated assalts by the Tories. 👊
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/06/2020 at 5:43 pm:
William, what you gonna do when the democrat party comes out with a test on your conscience and find it guilty of sins that can not be printed BUT based on that test, they recommend you be put to death before you can carry out those sins that they say you are guilty of.

Your example is heart breaking but if this one child's birth could have saved the life of 100 other babies in the same shape, what would be your decision? Would you still play God and take that babies life? Another thing, if that babies brain was outside the half skull, don't you think its chance of surviving would still be in God's hands? What you are describing is a democrats view of life; placing life in the hands of men rather than God. What you democrats going to do with a baby that has a genetics problem? Contact Evangelist Dave Ring on that one..

If the life of a baby is going to be taken; let God do the taking. I feel sorry for democrats on this issue, but they are the ones who have chosen it. I'l chose life until God chooses death and He has already chosen that for humanity with two exceptions, Enoch and Elijah. But they will be brought back and lose their life and lay in the street for days before they will be raised to eternal life. God chooses life, but He is better than a democrat and Republican. By the way William, even most if not all Republicans believe that abortion should only be performed when the life of the Mother is in danger.

If I make no mistake William in the case of abortion in the situation of a married couple, even the husband doesn't have a say and the same in the case of parents with a teenage daughter looking at having an abortion, they have no say. God have mercy on such foolishness. God please help all human beings to understand that one day we will faced in judgment by an eternal all knowing God. What will we say?

Would you explain to me and the readers of this forum what kind of person and others are that don't wear mask. You and "your kind" probably think the President of the United States is a fool for getting out of the hospital and when he gets home he pulls off his mask. How about you William, do you ever pull your mask off at home? Based on the way you think about mask wearing, you probably wear one to bed. Come on William and get serious. You did (if you know the worth of prayer) remember our President in prayer. A lot of us did, and bless God if President Trumps doctor didn't proclaimed he was a remarkable patient. William, always take the opportunity to praise God for good news. He appreciates it.

Trump/Pence in a landslide victory on November 3.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/06/2020 at 4:46 pm:
GC...I worked with a young, pregnant married Christian Lady who was as anti-abortion as you until an ultrasound showed that her mid-term Child's brain was outside a half of a skull. She had an abortion out of extreme circumstances. How dare you and your fellow hypocrites dictate that she and thousands of others in their own horrible situations have no say in arguably the most difficult , intimate decision anyone should have to ever make. You are your kind refuse to wear a mask because it infringes upon your FREEDOM as an American.

PFFT...
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/06/2020 at 2:15 pm:
William, you are getting better for recognizing the truth on some things . For instance, "America needs a new political party", but you are still mixed up on which one has become anti-American. That would be the democrat party. It has left American values so far behind, one can hardly recognize the party anymore; for sure, most of its bulwark leaders would not have anything to do with it.

ONE of their beliefs is as anti-American as anything could ever be. ABORTION: several things about abortion prove the point.
#1. In 2018, the democrats aborted 876,00
healthy babies.
#2. Since a splintered Supreme Court deci

ion 1973 inserted a "right" to end life
into the Constitution, 61,628,584 babies
have been aborted.
#3. A 2018 study called abortion America's
number one killer-double the rates of
cancer and heart disease. We moan and
groan over 2,00,000 Covid deaths this
year yet our nation will intentionally kill
almost four times that many people, and
babies are people" by aborting them.
#4. And now to the points about how abortion
affects African Americans which tradition-
ally support the democrat party 80 or 90
% of the time. BLACK AMERICAN is the b
victim of abortion. Today, abortion
accounts for 32.1 % of all deaths, but 61.1
% of African American deaths.
#5. While BLACK America are just 13% of the
US population, they suffer 36% of abort-
ions-the same number as whites, who
represent 76.6% of the population.
#6. Abortions take black lives four times
faster than white lives.

How about that William? The question on this issue has been asked, "Who made us-some clever engineer, or a loving God?" Have you got any black friends, William? Are there any babies in your extended family? If Democrats back abortion AND THEY DO (just look at there platform) then they are capable of anything and that is just one of the reasons they have moved so far to the left AND that William is where you will find Putin and Hitler, two of your party's heroes.

By the way, William, there is another party already taking shape in America; it is known as the CONSTITUTION PARTY. You might want to check them out because if the democrat party continues on its current course, it might as well rebrand itself as the democrat Communist party of the USA. Might want to check that new name out, it may already be patented.

William, have you read YOUR party platform? It is what your party believes currently.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/06/2020 at 12:30 pm:
America needs a new political party. The once honest Republican party has been invaded by the Tea Party. In any sport worldwide except in Russia people or teams who can't win by following the rules are not allowed to participate period. The current Republican party has zero credibility whatsoever . Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan would not associate themselves with such an organization, especially one who's leader is afraid of Vladimir Putin and takes Putin's word over our 20 some intelligence agencies . America is the weakest it has ever been and that is a reality...
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/05/2020 at 9:29 pm:
William, different strokes for different folks. Evidently, you have swallowed the democrat ideas about covid hook, line, and sinker. Haven't heard the one about not getting ones hair cut as a protection against getting covid. At least two top tier democrats that you no doubt hold in high reverence don't adhere to your beliefs. "Squeaker" of the U S House Nancy Pelosi; no doubt you recall her little escapade out in California in the beauty salon while there was a lock down on beauty salons operating. She said it was a set up. True, she got her hair set and put up. Then the beloved Governor of N C. Non one has figured out how or where he got his haircuts while the barber shops were closed for several months back when the Chinese sent us their virus. People do not forget such "i'm better than you escapades and they will let it be known come November 3.

Now doubt you have learned a few things about covid in the last week. Come to find out there is a mild variety of it. Of course even before we learned that fact, we learned that the percentage of people who tested positive and survived it was far greater then the percentage that died with it. Have you been completely shutdown since back in March? Have you done any traveling down to Bladen since back in March? Have you washed your hands for 20 seconds with soap ever time you touched anything since back in March? Have you got in and out of any of your trucks since back in March? I could go on and on but I'm sure as smart a man as you are you have done all these things and more. The point is, that although all these things are good; there is still something we don't know about this virus even today. Hopefully the vaccine will take care of it and we will be safe again.

Haven't spoken to Sheriff McVicker recently to speak with him. One thing is for sure; I can assure you he is taking care of he and his wife and making sure his empolyees are taking care of themselves and their families. That's one of the reasons you can feel safe coming down to Bladen. Republicans make great Sheriffs, Presidents, congressmen and women, county commissioners, Board of election members, and just overall great Americans; but yu wouldn't know anything about that since you are democrat. Might as well come on over William and see how the "right" side lives. Trump/Pence in a landslide on November 3.

Got more for you to ponder, but I'll wait until tomorrow. Spent a little too much time at one of your Dad's organization meetings tonight, the Bladen County Board of Comissioners meeting. Entertaining stuff. Pleasant nights rest William, don't let that hair get in your mouth. By the way, it is OK to get a haircut now; the Governor says so!!!!!!!
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/05/2020 at 12:00 pm:
GC...I look more like William Lee Golden of the Oaks nowadays. I have not cut my hair or shaved since Covid arrived. I believe that Covid 19 will kill and maim and I don't put myself or family in needless danger.

By the way are you and the Bladen County Sheriff still showing your solidarity with Trump and not wearing masks or Social distancing. If you are you are both foolish.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/05/2020 at 10:58 am:
William, only a liberal progressive democrat like yourself would come up with some of the things you post. Believing what you believe, you might want to contact Al Sharpton and see if he can reserve you and your family a seat on the plane taking him out of the country after November 3. The report will be a landslide victory for Trump/Pence and Republicans all over the country.

Just your last post William. A house can not speak the truth nor a lie; people do that, and on things that pertain to love of this country, the President has spoken the truth. I'm really surprised that you of all people would go for the lookalike spill. Does that mean that Harold Reid of the Statler Brothers stood in for you when you have been hospitalized in your lifetime. Of course, he is deceased now so guess you will have to find another decoy. SHEEEEEESHHHH! Thought you were better than that William. And to believe that anyone in this country would still be hung up on the Russia "thing" is really ludicrous; oh, I forgot, not with democrats such as yourself. He will win this election upcoming in a landslide victory and you can continue to increase your millions in savings(the stock market at 10:26 am on 10-5-2020 went above 28000. Can you believe that, William; and how are you enjoying the business choking regulations that have been rolled back to give truckers the right to make a good living without government interference? And to top it all off William, you have to bring up taxes; Donald Trump has paid more in taxes in some years than you and I would ever pay in a life time. By the way, William, if you were asked how much you paid in taxes in lets say 5 years ago, would you know the answer right off the top of your head? A man in your position like any other business man would have to go to the person who prepares his taxes. And one other thing William on taxes; do you take advantage of every deduction that is available to you? If not, then you need to change who you tax business with. So you think it is perfectly all right for Joe Biden to make the ridiculous statement, "I AM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY"? That would be like President Trump saying, "I am Uncle Sam". You "seem" to know a lot about crime bosses like Al Capone and Nazi's like Adolf Hitler (from previous post) but you and your party have completely forgot the nation that has helped you attain the status you have gained in life. Thank God President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are still thanking God that He has blessed America to help Americans attain the the status of living that people like you enjoy. Of course, like you said, you can always chose Russia. Be sure and vote for Trump/Pence; you can change yur party affiliation later.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/05/2020 at 6:17 am:
GC...the truth does not exist in our Whitehouse. There is a great possibility that Trump used a lookalike to ride around Walter Reed while he and his family defect to Russia. He can't win an honest Election and if he stays in America he and his family are facing years behind bars for tax evasion. Al Capone got away with murder and theft for years until he was imprisoned for tax fraud. Uncle Sam despises thieves and liars...
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/04/2020 at 10:47 pm:
William, your post makes about as much sense as the post by a former President Obama aide that stated when that President Trump had tested positive for covis, "I hope he dies". Don't look to find it because it was suppose to be pulled right after being posted. Your man Biden is the only democrat to say anything halfway civil about the President and his wife during their bout with covid. That Susan Harris deal working out for you William?
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 10/04/2020 at 8:59 pm:
So, who else thinks that the White House is totally pulling a Weekend at Bernie's ?🤔
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/02/2020 at 10:18 am:
For those who know the worth of prayer, PLEASE REMEMBER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA in prayeer. They have both tested positive for Covid-19. God bless the first couple and all who test positive for the virus. God have mercy on all of America.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 10/01/2020 at 12:13 pm:
One doesn't have to use google to get a "picture" or "definition" of domestic terrorism. Just tune in to the news each morning for the latest episode the night before and then tune into the evening news for a forecast of what is going to happen in your town, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, etc The BURN, LOOT, MURDER crowd get more attention for the forecast of what they have done and are going to do than the area weather forecast. Look closely William at the first letter of the burn, loot murder crowd and you may get a tip as to who is committing domestic terrorism. Be prepared William to protect yourself, you wife, your family, and your family if they come your way. "Google", in deed William.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/30/2020 at 9:44 pm:
GC...Google the FBI's definition of "Domestic Terrorism " .
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/30/2020 at 8:56 pm:
WHY, WHY, WHY!!!! Why would BOL put a picture of the democrat Board of Elections on their site and no less taken by the democrat party chairman? Why did not he #1. take the picture while he had his covid 19 mask below his nose and ( he may have and #2. While the board chairperson had her mask off several minutes and was coughing while she had it off. And on top of that, the board chairman was conducting a meeting using an e-mail instead of state election laws. This already being looked at by a judge in the state.

The next time the board meets, take a picture of just Emery White and Michael Aycock, the Republican members of the board for the BOL site article about the meeting.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/30/2020 at 9:16 am:
Seems another top tier democrat "bites the dust" on the wearing mask to combat covid 19. She was seen going through Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC with out a mask on. This after being one who along with the democrat presidential candidate for President who have called for mask to be mandated nation wide.

Of course, one doesn't have to go to Washington to do this. It happened twice last evening at the Bladen County Board of Election meeting and I'll leave you to decide which party the two who either took their mask off (coughing while having it off) and another pulling the mask down below the nose. I sympathize with both of them for I too have trouble wearing a mask, however the sign on the front door of the Board of Election building says MASK REQUIRED. By the way, how about the board making decisions based on an e-mail from the State Board of Elections decision rather than on current State election laws. Emails do not make election laws; the State Legislature does that.

On the bright side, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited; however, don't recall a prayer being said. God knows we need prayer to honor Him and the Pledge to honor our flag and nation. God bless the election board. That's one of the prayers I prayed at the MEN'S PRAYER MEETING over at Dublin Baptist Church.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/27/2020 at 11:00 pm:
William, I see by your recent post you are showing a little of your raising by delving into what it mean to blaspheme again the Holy Spirit! Wonder if that is how Rev. Billy Graham came to his conclusion as to what it means. Wonder if he "googled" it? He finally came up with the definition of "to die having never received Jesus Christ as one's personal Savior". Imagine that came after countless hour maybe even years of studying the Holy Bible. After all, one can't accept Jesus Christ as one's personal Savior if one is dead. "Today is the day of salvation".

You do not need to be talking about Rev. Harris or any minister of the gospel; remember your old partner from over around Tar Heel; she is now under the chairmanship of Rev. Larry Hayes. He is the chairman of the democrat party of Bladen County and he is a Baptist minister just like Rev. Harris. In fact, if you are in Bladen County anytime soon on the Lord's Day; his church is right across Hwy 211 Bypass down from where you were raised. Sort of unusual how things turn around. Like the State Election Board allowing ballots that haven't been witnessed to be counted; seems that was one of the things that the same election board leveled against those arrested a couple of years ago. How about that William? Looks like the chickens may be coming home to roost. How would you like to be a democrat on any election board in North Carolina enforcing that decision when just a couple of years ago you were giving testimony to get people arrested that "supposedly" did the same thing. And of course that could very easily lead to ballot harvesting.

Still time to get out of the democrat party William, but if you still refuse to do so; please remember you can vote for President Trump as a democrat. You might even be able to work on Herb to do the same. Hope you have a great time watching Biden fall asleep at the podium. It is not going to be pretty.

By the way, how did that Susan Harris thing work out back a few months ago before Biden made ( the extreme left's decision for his running mate). Will give you create, at least you got half of the name right. You just didn't get the Kamala part right. No probably though, America has never done a very good job remembering the losing VP candidate. It is going to be a landslide victory for TRUMP/PENCE. Remember now, you can vote for them. If you vote by mail, be sure and check with the board of election up there in Mecklenburg County to see if your ballot was received and recorded; if it hasn't, be sure and go vote in person.

Hope you and your family have had a great Lord's Day.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/27/2020 at 5:33 pm:
Herb...I Googled the definition of "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit ". That is an unforgivable sin. With all those Evangelicals praising and enabling Trump I wonder if any of them has told Trump?
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/27/2020 at 5:07 pm:
Herb...I think the Tory Republican Loyalists believe that the most blatant Election Fraud case in US History has been forgotten . I hope the water towers in Bladen have been painted. Soon Trump and Bill Barr will no longer in power and the Rule of Law will be restored. Mark Harris and his band of thieves have a rude awakening coming.

Anyone who attacks America thru our election process for whatever reason are committing Treason.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/27/2020 at 12:10 pm:
GC… I fail to see the similarity between a requirement for an affidavit to cure a missing witness signature and what allegedly went on during the Mark Harris fraudulency. Do you think that the ballot harvesters of that election would have had difficulty producing witness signatures?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/26/2020 at 11:06 am:
Oh baby! Don't usually recommend an article on the other newspaper site here in Bladen , but there is currently an article about the recent decision by the State Election Board that caused the two Republican members to resign. It is asking some Bladen County democrats to implement an idea that just two years ago they fought to get people arrested for doing. Sounds like the chickens are coming home to roost. We will see how it turns out when the shoe is put on the other foot by the very board that sought charges against folks of Bladen County. Looks like the State Board of Elections is now encouraging "ballot collecting" in their recent decision that has the blessing of Gov. Roy Cooper and AG Josh Stein. Believe both of these men are running for election. Think Balden County before you vote for either one of them.

Appreciate BOL for getting the problems straightened out.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/22/2020 at 11:21 pm:
Very cute William. I refuse to go back and look at your post to cause you to wonder! Usually, I read every post I make before I press the submit icon. Who knows, maybe China, Russia, Iran has sent their hackers to attack BOL. The sentence should have read, and I'm sure you already know, "William, I can almost assure you that President Trump will appoint a woman, that believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". In other words, believes in the CONSTITUTION of the United States of America.

Here is one for you Mr. Liberal Progressive democrat; Why would your Candidate for President were a mask while doing an interview using ZOOM? Was he having a senior moment or did he just forget there was NO ONE around him while he was doing the interview. Next Tuesday, American should see what kind of candidate the democrat party has put up for a Presidential candidate. Lord forgive me, but Bernie Sanders is looking better all the time.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/22/2020 at 4:58 pm:
GC.. You left out what you guarantee Trump will do with
a woman. With his past numerous transgressions toward Women you need to clarify your sentence. Please keep it clean...
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/22/2020 at 3:12 pm:
Brad Dowless, the main complaints that I have heard about H2-A involve the complexity of the paper work and the size of the fines when there is a perceived violation. At any rate the end result seems to be a reliance on these independent contractors.

With regards to the wall, a friend of mine who lives in an area not too distant from the wall, tells me that only about 3 miles of new wall has actually been built. He does say that most funds appear to have been spent on refurbishing the old wall. The wall appears to be about 200 miles long, so I wonder just how effective it could be. The wall is seldom mentioned these days.

I agree with Biden when he says we have to solve the Covid crisis before we can expect the economy to come back. I do not see how one can conclude that Trump has done an effective job at protecting the country from the covid pandemic. Try as we will, people will just not fully participate in the economy if they think they will get sick.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/22/2020 at 8:24 am:
Hi Herb,
The H2-A program was split from the H2 program in the 80s to make it easier on agricultural farmers. Since then the only changes have been fees and the number of countries included in the acceptable list. The fees last went up $250 in 2010 and the list of acceptable countries went from the 30's to the 80's. Also the number of workers in the program has steadily risen.
So I am not sure why you think it is more complex. It is tougher to compete because the previous administration would turn a blind eye to those using illegal labor. So it is more costly, but at the end of the day it is the right thing to do. Also, it is not left to the contractor as to how these people are treated, etc. I contract workers all of the time for my business, and it is not only my responsibility, but the company that hires me has the responsibility to see that the workers are treated fairly. Your comment sounds like companies who have used slave labor in other countries. It is morally wrong for a company to turn a blind eye on the treatment of contract workers because it helps their bottom line. We as a society have to call people out for abuses and hold them accountable.

Another thing is that a wall is just a deterrence method that slows entry until an officer can arrive. With just electronic surveillance and detection methods there is a lot more ground to cover by the time officers arrive. Our border patrol is spread thin and the need all of the tools available to do their jobs safely and effectively. The wall is just another tool, and it is not the only tool. It is however, a necessary tool. If you don't believe me look at the numbers on how effective the new sections of wall have been.

On the debt issue, it is two fold and GNP plays an important role so I agree with you there. I just disagree with which candidate is focused on the GNP. We've seen more offshoring with Biden in office than we see with Trump. Biden was in office when the textile industry left NC. I also see Biden ads where he says we can't fix the economy until we control the Covid virus. We are a very complex nation and our leader needs to be able to do both at the same time. My business can't wait for the virus to vanish before it gets back to where it was. My kid can't put her education on hold until a vaccine emerges. Food manufacturers can't go home and hide in their basement waiting on a solution. In the real world problems come at us fast and in multiple directions. An effective leader needs to be able to handle that.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/21/2020 at 2:43 pm:
William, I can almost guarantee that President
Trump will a female that believes in LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

Oh, you mean a hard days work for a good days pay, love of family, love of nation, love of life, all good things that are American. You can have all the Statesmen you want, like the ones that have been scare to have a discussion with foreign leaders that disagree with us. Personally, I'll take a businessman that can become a statesman in a short period of time versus a statesman that is all talk and no action. President Trump, PROMISES MADE PROMISES KEPT. joe biden nothing done and no promises kept except the tremendous deficit he and Hussien left the BUSSINESSMAN when they left office. Vote President Trump and VP PENCE and contribute to the landslide victory for Republicans all over the ballot.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/21/2020 at 2:10 pm:
Brad, I think one has to look at more than just the debt. One has to also look at the GNP. It is not a prudent idea to consistently spend more than you produce. I suppose I have not looked everywhere but it appears that our current ratio of about 1.35 to one is the highest Debt to GNP in history. Even during WWII we did not reach this number, but I have not been back as far as the Civil War…...
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/21/2020 at 11:27 am:
Brad Dowless, There was a time when H2-A was a very viable means of obtaining good labor. In the last decade it has become so complex and potentially expensive that I know of few large crop farmers that are using it, but there are some Blue Berry guys that take advantage of it on a smaller scale. In this area, what I see today are labor contractors. This allows the farmer to work with one individual without the government looking over his shoulder. When I see these bus loads of contracted laborers I often wonder if any are legal. The labor contractor can treat these laborers any way he chooses. Perhaps they are slaves, who knows, the only one responsible for them is the contractor. I hope another administration will develop some solutions to these immigration problems. Just saying “Build the Wall” will not accomplish much.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/21/2020 at 10:36 am:
Herb,
I totally agree with you on the national debt. Unfortunately, the last president who didn't add to the debt was Calvin Coolidge who left office over 90 years ago. I would love to see someone take a tough stance on the issue by cutting programs and even raising taxes when economic conditions allow. Just like you and me when money is coming in good we can spend more or save more, but when times are tough we need to pull spending in. Biden gets hit because the Obama administration increased the national debt by 74% from where Bush left it. Trump has increased it 24%, not including the CARES ACT early this year which added $2 Trillion to the debt.

I am concerned what a Biden administration would bring in regards to debt because here are some statements from his campaign website.
"Biden will immediately invest in engines of sustainable job creation – new industries and re-invigorated regional economies spurred by innovation from our national labs and universities"
"Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options through flexible federal investments"

I could keep going, but anytime someone in government talks like this I see that as spending and not saving. There are over 300 cities in the US with a 100k population. That is a lot of government funded projects for clean energy.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/21/2020 at 9:27 am:
Just reread my post. His words in August was that he was keeping fracking.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/21/2020 at 9:26 am:
Hi William,
Of course I could go read what Biden thinks about his policies, but I asked why you guys liked his policies. Please tell me what makes Biden a statesman? Is it because he has been in office longer than I have been alive? Is it because he has used his political career to make millions?

So was Biden's words in August on getting rid of fracking the truth, or were his words from March on no more fracking the truth? Or was he playing to the hard left to win votes in March and now playing to the moderates to win votes in November. You see politicians will say anything to get our votes. It is what they do after they are elected that tells the truth about them. What has Biden done in 47 years?
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/21/2020 at 9:16 am:
Brad Dowless,
I find the National Debt to be very concerning. Never in my rather long life have I known the ratio of Debt to GNP to be so high. It appears to me that when one spends more than one makes that it always leads to disaster. The notion of a Super Economy is an apparition. If I depended solely on my credit cards and bank credit, I could appear to a rich man, at least for a short period of time. Even during WWII we did not have this kind of debt to GNP ratio. The last I checked, we had an $81,000 debt per man, woman, and child. Some where along the way that debt will have to paid.
It is my believe that a Biden/Harris administration will not engage in this type of profligate spending.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/21/2020 at 8:16 am:
Hi Herb,
You are correct that immigration is a valuable resource for agriculture in the US. Why we have a high unemployment rate and people unwilling to do jobs is a totally separate topic. I worked in NC tobacco and blueberry fields until I was 20 years old and from 16 - 20 years old you could find me cleaning the bathrooms and pushing the shopping carts at Wal-Mart in Elizabethtown. Hard work seems for some folks like light for cockroaches. Anyway, there is such a thing as a temporary work Visa for temporary agricultural jobs called H-2A. This allows workers to enter the US legally and pay taxes on income. They do not have to pay SS or Medicare tax. By having this Visa it protects the worker from being exploited, as they are protected by our worker laws. Now farms/businesses who hire illegal immigrants to work for them are breaking the law, often paying lower than minimum wages, and are not paying their fair share of taxes. Sounds like a bunch of Republicans to a Democrat, but you sound like you support these practices. What about those farms/businesses that do play by the rules? Why should they be undercut by someone who breaks the law?

By working here on the H-2A Visa it means that you will go back to your home country when the season is complete. If you love it here and want to move here permanently, there are legal methods to do so. I am sure that there are many good people who came here illegally, but committing crimes because it gets you a leg up is still committing a crime. It is kind of like a celebrity paying to get their inadequate child into an elite school to give them a leg up. Pretty illegal and I am sure that you agree it is pretty wrong.

For the ones who are here and have been for decades, sending them back is not really a solution. The costs would be tremendous. I would propose to grant citizenship to all after a 5 year process. During this 5 years they must not commit any crime, they must be gainfully employed, and they must pay taxes. If they commit a crime they have to go. When I worked abroad that is what would have happened to me after they locked me up. BTW, try to go work in Canada and let me know how easy it is there. Every time you cross the border you have to be sponsored by a company, and you need a stack of paperwork. The US is not much different than other countries.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/20/2020 at 12:35 pm:
Brad,GC...All I want in a political offices are Statespersons. Ones whose word is their Bond. Watching the Republican Senators on TV rightnow. None of them meet my standards.

It's now becoming Cool to expect and get TRUTH !😎
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/20/2020 at 12:02 pm:
Brad...go to Joe's 30330 website. Read his words, not mine. He pretty much addresses all your concerns there.

GC...I was just assuming that Trump will pick someone whose outlook on life reflects his. Dr. Reverend Fallwell Jr. and Dr. Reverend Harris espouse the same morals and ethics as Trump .
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/20/2020 at 11:40 am:
Brad Dowless, I like to go out and watch the migrant workers harvest sweet potatoes. A large crop is grown in this northeastern portion of Bladen County. I realize that most are illegal, but I often wonder just what would happen if the Government turned a switch and they were all gone. Would the locals go out and take these jobs? One large grower once told me that the typical local did not last even one day, some do not make it till lunch. Without them, I suspect agricultural America would face a disaster. Twenty years ago many did come and stay, this does not seem to happen very often these days. Some of these old time illegals are my neighbors. They have children and grand children that have all grown up here. I sometimes wonder if there would even be a north eastern Bladen County without these early illegals.

The Trump solution seems to be “Round them up and ship them out”. I realize this solution appeals to many, but I wonder if they have really thought it through. I believe the solution will require a far more nuanced policy than I have currently seen from the Trump administration. I am hopeful that a policy from the Biden/Harris administration will produce a better solution.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/20/2020 at 7:34 am:
I am disappointed that you guys or others that read this do not have anything to say about the policies of Joe Biden. All you do is say Trump is bad and needs to go. Is that the Biden campaign in a nut shell?

Let's talk about immigration. We have millions of undocumented workers already in the US. We have people trying to enter the country both legally and illegally every day. My 3rd year in college I lived in the international dorm where Americans are roomed up with international students. My roommate was from Bahrain. I was friends with him, but became better friends with the brothers next door from the Dominican Republic. My friends from the Dominican immigrated to the US after college and now have good jobs and families here. The one thing that they always hated were illegal immigrants. It is because of the work and money they spent to come to this country legally. The people coming illegally caused them to wait longer to become US citizens.

You see we need immigration more now than ever. Our aging population is top heavy and it is causing issues within Medicare and Social Security. I heard an economist say that the only thing that will save those programs would be a mass flood of immigrants or a war that only old people fight.

So what do we want from immigrants that come to the US? We need people that will come and help our nation prosper. They should work and not be dependent on our social programs for some amount of time. I mean it is there to help people in times of need such as now, but they were always meant to be short-term and not a means for life. These immigrants need to obey the laws and not be a burden on our justice system. They also need to throw their previous country's flag in the garbage. If it were so great then why are you here? Please keep your culture and traditions, but in America we salute one flag and that is the American flag. Please learn English, but please teach your children to speak your native language as well.

When people come to this country or any country illegally there is no way to determine if these people will be good for the country. They should go through the application process to give us a better idea of what they bring to the table. I am all for people coming to this country, but they need to help this country be better, and they need to follow the rules.

Also, we need a good economy to support these new workers. The number of immigrants allowed needs to be tied to the economy to ensure that we are not adding too many to the labor pool at one time. Any thoughts on this or do we just have more Trump/Biden hate?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/19/2020 at 8:41 pm:
William, you are someone to be posting about judging people; after the way, you, and the great majority of democrats have treated President Trump. Today was the Biblical Jewish Sabbath; tomorrow is the Christian Lords Day. You need to get the Holy Bible out and read about both of them. No doubt you can find a Church in close proximity to your where you live and get yourself on the altar and talk to the good Lord about judging others.

Watch out my cousin about talking about an ordained man of God; "handle not my anointed". Or remember back to the way you were raised in relationship to judging people You can "mark" it down; whoever he selects will be a judge of the Constitution according to law NOT A MAKER OF LAWS.

If you will honestly look at what President
Trump has done in less that 47 months against what Joe Biden has do in 47 years in Washington; you will vote for President Trump. The last thing I heard about how your party believes, you actually believe that you can not vote for President Trump. The truth is YOU CAN. How do you think Republicans have been elected over the years? BY DEMOCRAT VOTERS VOTING FOR THEM. But now that is really not necessary, because Republicans and Unaffiliated voters outnumber democrats. Although, we still appreciate folks coming over from the democrat party and voting for the next President of the UNITED STATES who just happens to be the current President of the UNITES STATES.

Have a blessed Lords Day along with your family and be sure and find that church house and altar.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/19/2020 at 1:44 pm:
I hear that Dr. Reverend Mark Harris is out of work. He and Trump have some strong similarities too. He and Fallwell Jr. both have vast experience in judging people and teaching others to judge.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/19/2020 at 12:57 pm:
Word has it that Trump is going to put someone on the US Supreme Court to replace Justice Ginsburg who believes in his outlook on life. He demands that he's going to be a voice for the Evangelicals a huge Trump donor and knowledge of the Real estate business.

Dr. Reverend Jerry Fallwell Jr. may be our next Supreme Court Justice.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/19/2020 at 10:16 am:
GC... the point is that population and deaths are not something that would add up to 100%. This is a copy of what Mr. Butler said "The US is responsible for 11% of global deaths from Covid 19 . We have 4% of the global population .

Do you understand?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/18/2020 at 7:41 pm:
NEWS FLASH. President Trump will get to nominate another justice to the Supreme Court. According to news sources, Ruth Bade
Gensburg has passed away with her family by her side. Condolences to her family and God bless President Trump as he makes the decision as to who will replace her.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/18/2020 at 4:46 pm:
Herb...I'd be remiss if I didn't commend your Brother and the other Patriots who successfully defended Carnegie Hall against Trump. The thought of a Red Trump tower being there instead of Carnegie Hall is sickening.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/18/2020 at 3:05 pm:
Hi GC, In Mr. Butler's defense he did do a follow-up post correcting his mistake so it is tough to call him out on that. I try to correct my mistakes, but I am terrible at grammar so please don't criticize me too harshly.

Mr. Butler,
You touched on something interesting. You see I met my wife in Iowa and lived there for 10 years. I had an office in Holland, MI so I have burned up the stretch of I-80 from Chicago to Iowa. I have seen the National Guard have to rescue folks from I-80 due to 20' snow drifts. Winter can really be deadly out there. Growing up in NC, we don't understand winter. We think we do, but we have no clue. There is no putting salt down on the roads because it is so cold it doesn't work. Sand and slag are the primary tools for traction, but I always went with the snow tires. Chains and studded tires are illegal in Iowa. I think I-35 gets worse than I-80, but they have gates that they put down across it to shut it down when it gets bad. I drove from Des Moines one time about 60 miles on I-35 to my house in blizzard conditions. 20 mph max speed and if you hit a drift too fast you were going in the ditch or median. I never miss winter, but you can't beat the weather in late June thru early August.

Anyway, I am still waiting to hear from you guys on why Biden's policies make him a great candidate. I get why you hate Trump, but why do you like Biden other than because you hate Trump? I like Trump's America first approach and I like the tax cuts to businesses. I also like that we are oil independent, and I like that he is pulling troops from the Middle East. I also like his stance on illegal immigration. How do you guys feel about Biden and illegal immigration? Do you think we should revamp the immigration system? If so do you think all immigration should be legal? Thanks and I am anxiously awaiting your responses.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/18/2020 at 1:42 pm:
If that be true William, a BIG IF, why is it that when the democrats found out a vaccine might be available before ELECTION DAY that they went beserk and came out with all negative news about having vaccine by then. Hypocricy at its highest level. It is as if the the democrats want to see the US have 100% of the covid deaths. As to your snow pile tidbit, the president does notifiy drivers of danger ahead with signs up in the air over I-80 and all other Interestate highways. Your drivers do know how to read signs, don'r they William?

Herb, you may want to go back and read again which shows you have a reading comprehension problem. Williams post stated, "The United States has 11% of the Wollds Covid 19 deaths". Now here is the KICKER, Herb; The BALANCE of the WORLD has 4%. The "balance" means the rest of the WORLD has 4%. So, if we have 11% and the balance of the world has 4%; the logical question becomes, who has the other 85%. If you can't see that Herb, then there is no use to pursue it farther.

Will give one last piece of advice, if you see a sign by the road side about a snow pile up ahead, please proceed with caution, evidently William's drivers don't know how to do that. By the way, I know it hasn't snowed around here yet!!!!!
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/18/2020 at 10:01 am:
With 198,000 real Americans dead from Covid 19 and counting and the President standing down our Federal medical Specialists in the FDA and CDC I see parallels with a pileup on a snow covered interstate and Trump refusing to notify drivers of the danger. Check out the YouTube videos of I-80 pileups.😢
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/18/2020 at 9:48 am:
GC… the statement was 4% of the Global Population. You may have a problem with reading comprehension too.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/17/2020 at 7:53 pm:
Math is not one of m y strong points. So maybe some who has a grasp on math can tell me how the US has 11% of the Covid deaths and "the rest of the world" has 4% of the Covid deaths. Like I said, math is not one of my strong points but the best I can remember from Mr. Edgar Meares math class at Bladenboro High School; 11+4 does not equal 100%. If the rest of the world has 4% of the Covid deaths, where did the other 85% of Covid deaths COME FROM? Has the virus affected the entire solar system? If so, don't thing the US should be looking at going to Mars. Sounds like democrat math; they are great at DIVIDING and SUBTRACTING.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/17/2020 at 2:35 pm:
Hi William,
I think the virus is responsible for 100% of the deaths, and not necessarily a country unless that country maliciously released a virus. However, I will answer your question as to why I believe the death totals are so high in the US. I think the majority comes down to 3 factors, the number of obese people, the freedom of movement within the US, and the standard of elderly care in the US.

First, we are #1 in the world when it comes to obesity and food related illness. Clearly, we are dealing with more illnesses such as heart disease and type two diabetes than we did in the 1950s. There are many debates as to why that I won't get into, but basically, we have a walking sick population. Throw in a new virus or infection on a weakened immune system and death will be more prominent.

Second, we offer a tremendous amount of movement within our society compared to some populations. We have more people traveling than any other country in the world. We did have 2.7 million people traveling by air every day before Covid. Notice the vast numbers come from densely populated areas with millions of people moving in and out of those areas each day. While many countries banned travel between countries especially in Europe, the US didn't ban travel between states. In fact, the NY governor threatened to sue Rhode Island for stopping NY state plated cars.

Lastly, the US has 1.4 million elderly in nursing homes. Many of the deaths have occurred in nursing homes and other congregated living communities. This makes a lot of sense because the elderly has a weakened immune system and you have a high number in a close proximity. Other countries either don't have the facilities to care for elderly like the US or have moved to provide that care within the elderly person's home. So instead of outbreaks of 100 cases in a facility you see 1 or 2 here and there. Some government officials have been blamed for the high number of assisted living Covid deaths because they required those facilities to take a patient even if that patient had tested positive for the disease.

So those I think are the biggest reasons. You also misrepresent the deaths in the US. While the US has the most the death rate in the US is down compare to many countries in the world. When you look at deaths per infection rate, we are around 3%. Countries above 10% are Yemen, Italy, UK, Belgium, and Mexico. Countries above 5% consist of France, Sweden, China, Canada, Netherlands, Egypt, and many others. Other countries with higher deaths to infections are Germany, Peru, Switzerland just to name a few. So that tells me that when people do get the virus in the US, we do a pretty good job at treating them. We could have taken a hard stance and closed borders earlier, shut down schools and businesses earlier, but would it have helped. Many countries that did are now seeing increasing cases especially in Europe, while the US is declining. I know you know this, but Biden come out and criticized Trump for closing the borders with China. He later said it was the right thing to do. It is very easy to Monday morning quarterback a situation, but very hard when you are balancing multiple factors real time. I hope that this gives you more insight on my thoughts on the Covid spread and deaths in the US.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/17/2020 at 8:55 am:
Brad...I misspoke. The US is responsible for 11% of global deaths from Covid 19 . We have 4% of the global population .

Why ?
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/17/2020 at 8:39 am:
Brad...The United States has 11% of the World's Covid 19 deaths. The balance of the World has 4%.

Why ?
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/16/2020 at 2:10 pm:
You got me William. LOL

On a serious note, we should be concerned with Russian aggression against the former territories. It was just February 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea. According to a NATO website, post USSR aggression began about 2007 and has not escalated up since late 2015. So do you believe Russian aggression will be lowered or heightened if Biden comes back to office. In my mind this shows that Putin feels like the last administration was weak, and maybe he doesn't feel that way right now. Honest question seeking honest answer. Why do you think things have calmed somewhat since Trump took office? If Trump was Putin's lap dog you would think that he would be trying to capture more former Soviet territory.

Speaking of expansion, having spent close to a year in Taiwan, I learned about Chinese aggression in the South Pacific and Taiwan. About 2009, China started showing aggression to the US directly, and during Biden's VP run they were pumping sand onto reefs to create islands to support military aircraft and personnel. Unlike Russia they haven't slowed down as much. What do you think Biden will do to keep Chinese aggression at bay?

Also, what is the best policy that Biden has announced that you think will help this country? Thanks and I look forward to some good debate.

Lastly, I have met some really nice people from Russia. Just like us they just want to live and prosper. Most Russians would love to visit the US and see the country. Some hate Americans sure, but we have some Russian haters to. People are people no matter where they are from and just about all of them hate aggression. It is the few that cause the wars.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/16/2020 at 6:19 am:
Brad, I couldn't find the YouTube video. Give me a title (in English) this time. 🙂
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/16/2020 at 6:11 am:
You ate it hook, line and anchor. GC was smarter than you ! Lol

Brad, if Vladimir Putin was to tell Trump to "stand down " our Military there is a real possibility that he would comply.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/15/2020 at 10:30 pm:
Hi William,
It is the R that is backwards. If you are going to tell jokes at least get the punchlines right.

You and your grandpa back in the day were probably like these two characters from Back to the Future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXPQLXjC_KA

Just kidding with you, but I do love those movies. You guys lighten up once in a while. Trump and Biden are big boys, they can take care of themselves or at least their handlers can.
Have a great evening!

😅😅😅
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/15/2020 at 4:18 pm:
William, thank you for telling us what American citizens will have to do if Biden was by any stretch of the imagination to win on November 3. The fact is that it will be a Trump/Pence landslide victory. Remember William you can still vote for President Trump in the general election and your whole family that are registered to vote.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/15/2020 at 7:47 am:
One problem that the American citizens will have to face if Trump is re-elected is the cost associated with learning to speak Russian. Currently a monthly subscription to Babble is $13.95/ month.

A second problem is remembering to write with a backward "K".
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/14/2020 at 9:53 pm:
GC... The Trumps were not bidding on any work at Carnegie Hall. The pretended that they would fund the entire restoration. Then without donating anything they showed up as if they were the contractors. It was not normal behavior by any respectable business. Believe the story or not, I don't care.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/14/2020 at 9:44 pm:
It is amazing how a liberal in Bladen County would bring up something that took place 40 to 70 years ago. It is understandable that anyone who was already a billionaire or on his way to becoming one would be in the sights of the crime families of New York. But crime families having knowledge of a person because of their wealth in no way means that that person with money would have knowledge of the crime families.

One other thing, Donald Trump and his family were in the building and real estate business in New York and if there was coming up a bid for work on renovating Carnegie Hall they would have to be foolish builders and real estate people not to be interested in putting in a bid on that work. If is funny, that this has never appeared in all the fake news that has been published about our President and his family; until a man in rural Bladen County, NC gives his knowledge of it. Herb Poe McIntyre,
you have put some weird things on this sight about your President Donald J Trump; but this one has to take the cake. Looks like the democrats are pulling out all the stops, but none of the stops being pulled out are stopping anything or anyone in this election. It is going to be a landslide victory for Republicans up and down the ballot. Nice try Herb. Listen to Brad and you might learn a few things that would be of help to you.

Show up in force Republicans on early voting days or election day and lets get this deal sealed.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/14/2020 at 6:59 pm:
Nearly 40 years ago my brother, the Executive Director of the Carnegie Fund, told me of his dealings with what he believed to be a crimibal organization. At the beginning of the big fund drive the Trump family offered to underwrite all of the restoration. No funds ever came forward. Eventually crews of Trump construction people began to show up, although the Trumps had nothing to do the actual design of refurbishing of the facility. When the Trump Crews were stopped, the Trumps responded with threats, legal, financial and even implied physical threats. Isaac Stern and some other wealthy New Yorkers eventually stepped in to stop the Trumps from what they considered to be an attempted takeover. Google the story all you want, you will not find any details. Issac Stern and James knew the story and they have both gone on to their reward. James told me this story to let me know of some of the frustrations he put up with in his line of work, It did not occur to me until 2016 that these were the same people that so aggravated my brother.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/14/2020 at 1:34 pm:
Hi Herb,
Thanks for the article. I am still failing to understand why you think Donald Trump and his father was trying to do some type of hostile takeover. Your article clearly states that the hall itself was not for sale, but that they were looking for builders to put a building on the empty lot next to it. The city and Stern demanded that the building to be built not disturb or displace tenants, it must house the offices for Carnegie, and it must provide financial support to the hall. The article clearly states that the building to be built would provide income to renovate the hall. So how does Trump try to steal the hall? It seems to me like the Hall and the City of New York was trying to use builder's capital to fund their own projects because they were out of money and the Hall's acoustics were not good.

Also, your article doesn't mention the Trumps, but I am not naive enough to think that they didn't make a play on the new structure. My guess is that they wanted the money from the building as income versus using it to renovate the Hall. I mean that would be their right to take that opinion. It looks like the negotiations failed and another builder to on the project. Looks like standard business practices to me.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/13/2020 at 11:45 pm:
You might like to read this article from 1982. This is where the Trumps came into the picture. https://www.nytimes.com/1982/02/21/arts/carnegie-hall-begins-20-million-renovation.html
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/13/2020 at 5:46 pm:
Hi Herb,
Your post has some flaws in it. Carnegie Hall was in jeopardy of demolition in the late 50's. With the help from Stern it was sold to NYC for $5 million and in 1960 the Carnegie Hall Corporation (nonprofit) was slated to run it. They still run it today.
Donald Trump would have been 14 years old in 1960. I found no evidence that Trump or his father was ever involved in Carnegie Hall. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 when Donald was 16 years old. It is also well publicized that Fred Trump never wanted to do business in Manhattan and Carnegie is in Midtown. While some investors did want to destroy Carnegie Hall there is no record of it being the Trumps.

Now Fred Trump was no saint from what I have read and he did operate in an unethical way. He was one of the largest donors to the Democratic party between the 1930's and 1950's. He worked with the Democratic political club called the Madison Club to secure business ventures. This is how he managed to influence judges which allowed him to prosper coming out of the Great Depression. You see it is not the Donald Trump that made the Republican party it is the Democrat party that made Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has not made it a secret that he has been buying politicians his entire working career. "Trump has donated $553,390 to New York politicians, and $344,900 of that has gone to Democrats. When asked why he has supported more Democrats than Republicans in his home state, Trump replied, “I am a businessman."

Trump Notable Donations:
2014 - Kamala Harris ($6,000)
2002 - Andrew Cuomo ($6,000)
2006 - Andrew Cuomo ($20,000)
2010 - Andrew Cuomo ($30,800)
Joe Biden ($1,000)
Hilary Clinton ($8,700)
Chuck Schumer (8,900)

They all loved Donald Trump until he ran for President and won.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/13/2020 at 2:41 pm:
My Brother James worked most of his life in Manhattan for the Carnegie Foundation. I well remember the stories he told during the 1980s of the attempted takeover of Carnegie Hall by a crime family known as the Trumps. My brother dealt mostly with Fred and his main helper Donald, it is a long and sordid tale but all I can say is that if it had not been for Isaac Stern, Carnegie Hall would be known as Trump Hall today. I am sure it would be my brothers opinion that Donald Trump is not like the typical New Yorker, unless you are talking about the Gambino Family.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/13/2020 at 10:05 am:
For people looking to steer their children into a direction for a career I would encourage you to look into the Mechatronics Engineering Technology program at Bladen Community College. I am in no way affiliated with BCC outside of going there one semester in 1995. I have been working in industrial automation for 20 years doing everything from crawling on the floor turning wrenches to leading a team of 30 employees across North America. What companies need today is a person that can do many things, and it looks like that program of study gives a student a good start.

The AAS program looks to give students a beginning foundation in many of the things that I work with today. I supply, design, and install conveying systems as part of my current business. A conveyor system can consist of low and high voltage electrical controls, pneumatics, motors, and a plc (programmable logic controller). Someone with that knowledge could get a job maintaining that type of equipment. If they liked to travel they could get a job installing the equipment.

There are a ton of high paying jobs right now in this economy that need people that have those skills. These jobs will be in demand for some time because companies can't get products out of the door if their conveyor or material handling equipment fails. The manufacturing jobs are changing from mundane labor jobs to highly skilled technical jobs. Many of the people that do these jobs are self taught, and rightly you are barely scratching the surface with a degree in this field. However, it gets your foot in the door to a job that pays great money and has stability. For more information on that program click the link below.

https://www.bladencc.edu/program/mechatronics-engineering-technolgy/
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/13/2020 at 8:44 am:
Hi Herb,
Blue or red state doesn't change my opinion that mailed out ballots are costly and pose some risk of election fraud. Hopefully, people do the right things in those states.

William,
I would love to see where any candidate requests that no laws or rules apply in an election. I doubt that you could provide me with a source. As I have said previously, if we were voting on a person's ethics or morals we should stay home.

Also, I think some of the things that you see in Trump are cultural differences between you and New Yorkers in general. Do you know anyone raised in NYC or the Northeast? My wife grew up south of Boston near Providence, lived in the Northeast until 18 and then the Midwest until about 7 years ago. She still has a tough time with people and their Southern culture. If she doesn't like you or something that you did she just says so. She is brutally honest and does not know how to say "Bless your heart" when she gets mad with you. She is also the most generous and loving person I know. Many people I have met in NYC and the Northeast are the same way. So when you say he is cruel, he is likely just speaking as he sees things not holding back. North-easterners don't feel the need to coddle you and your feelings.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/13/2020 at 6:02 am:
No laws or rules apply anywhere in this election per request of Donald Trump.

From the Draft Dodger who played "Fortune Son" as his introduction of his last rally. The man is a criminal who is not only Evil, he is Cruel.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/12/2020 at 10:31 pm:
The list of States that send out unsolicited ballots are nearly all solid blue states. Pretty sure you would call CA a blue state.

Five states — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington — have operated virtually all mail-in elections prior to 2020, some of them for many years. Voters are routinely mailed ballots in these states as part of the regular process. 
The pandemic this year has raised concerns about large groups of voters gathering indoors, so some additional states — California, Nevada, New Jersey, Vermont plus Washington, D.C. — have decided to send ballots to all active voters. 

I should have specified that I was referring to NC as it is the only State that I know the rules for.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/12/2020 at 6:39 pm:
Hi Herb,
Here are the rules in California
1) All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Registered voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.
2) Fill out your ballot
3) After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.
4) You may return your voted ballot by mail, in person, or to a drop box
5) If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
6) If you are returning your ballot in person or dropping it in a drop box, it must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.
7) Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.

Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington will also be sending ballots out unsolicited to all registered voters at their previous known address.

There are some states that will do it like you described such as Missouri, New York, Wisconsin and others.

Did you notice that California will give the ballots until November 17th to arrive? I doubt we will know who the newly elected President will be for many days. Also, anyone can return ballots as long as they don't get paid on a per ballot basis. That means you can pay someone by the hour to return ballots in California.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/11/2020 at 5:50 pm:
To Mr. Jefferson Weaver: You have written some good ones, this one ranks in that group. Thank you for reminding us that we ARE Americans; therefore, we are America. God bless you and your family.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 09/11/2020 at 5:35 pm:
Come on William the less, you don't actually expect any God fearing Republican in Bladen County to check out anything a liberal democrat recommends. Lord help William the less to become William the more "of American values" such as loving babies, loving American service people, loving freedom, loving our nation as we elect President Donald J Trump for another four more years of great leadership. Lee Greenwood has it right, "I.m proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free; and I won't forget the men who died to give that right to me...." God bless you and your family on this day when so many Americas lost their lives as American heroes.
William Butler William Butler from Charlotte wrote on 09/11/2020 at 3:13 pm:
GC, I have a song that is calling your name. Go to YouTube, search The Band-"Free your mind". It may change your life !😁😎
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/11/2020 at 10:17 am:
September 10th 2001, I took my flight into Newark, NJ. It was a nice day and I could see the twin towers out of my window during the landing approach. Four colleagues and I had a couple of goals for the week. The first was to complete our work at the North Jersey Media Group, a printing facility that did local newspapers such as the Bergen Record as well as USA Today. The second goal for the week was to go into Manhattan and do some site seeing as well as go to the observation deck on the twin towers.

Tuesday, September 11th came and we learned of what happened as we were working. I went upstairs to find employees huddled around the TV watching what was happening. Many were crying as I think just about all of them knew someone who worked in the buildings. At the end of the day we headed back to our hotel. We were stopped by a police officer at a gas station as two of my colleagues were from Vietnam. The officer said that the people who bombed the buildings in 1993 were staying in the same area we were in and he just wanted to see who we were.

Needless to say we returned home by car later that week, and it wasn't until October that I made it into Manhattan and to the site of the towers. The area that was destroyed seemed so much bigger in person than on TV. The dust was still 6 to 8 inches high above doorways on adjacent buildings where the rain couldn't wash it down. There was a fence surrounding the site with missing person flyers and posters covering every inch of it. I will never forget that scene. Over the next few years I visited Manhattan and grew fond of the city. I like the people there and I like the culture differences. One of my future goals is to get back to the 9/11 museum and to the new freedom tower. It looks amazing from what I can see on YouTube.

May God Bless the brave souls that gave their lives on that day. You never know when you will take your last breath, so live every minute to the best of your ability, love your neighbor and forgive those you hold grudges with.
Herb Poe McIntyre Herb Poe McIntyre from Garland wrote on 09/11/2020 at 10:04 am:
I do not believe a ballot is sent to every registered voter, instead a request for a ballot is sent to each registered voter. The request for a ballot contains significant voter identification questions. Only when the ballot request form is received and processed is the ballot sent out. The ballot request form is quite specific and it is very easy to have your request rejected.
Brad Dowless Brad Dowless from Dublin wrote on 09/10/2020 at 7:52 pm:
Mail-Out Balloting vs. Absentee Balloting
There is debate going on right now about a persons ability to vote by mail. I am absolutely in favor of absentee ballots as they have been used in the past. I have voted that way in the past as I used to travel for work and likely would not have been in town to vote. A person should request the ballot from the board of elections and get mailed a ballot. That ballot should be filled out by the requesting voter and returned either by mail or in-person. I am against going down the voter registration and sending a ballot to everyone at their previous known address. This opens up the process to a number of issues. Primarily the person may not live at that address anymore, and may not have updated their voter registration. Another reason is the financial costs to send everyone a ballot. Lastly, is the reliability of the postal service. I have worked in two postal distribution centers in my career (Fort Myers, FL and Brooklyn, NY), and it is scary the number of envelopes that are on the floors and torn open. These things happen simply from the mail sorter automation. I am not worried about the volume of mail as much as I am the chance of a lost ballot. It would also mean added security for the ballots. Aware or not there are actually armed guards that move with certain mail even within the walls of the distribution centers.

The biggest issue is the sheer cost of printing the additional ballots because you have to plan on sending everyone a ballot and having everyone a ballot in case they show up in-person. The cost of print and the costs to mail and receive the ballots would be high. We can't expect the USPS to simply eat the costs of mailing ballots. For those reasons I think we should continue the same way as in the past and that looks like the way it is playing out at least in NC.

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Any conversations or information you have or share with others using features that are available on the Services and any User Submissions may be accessible and viewable by all other users or by other Members of the Services. BladenOnline.com reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to remove, edit, or reject any User Submissions at any time, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, including User Submissions that in the sole judgment of BladenOnline.com violate these Terms of Use, or which might be offensive, illegal, or that might violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of users or others.

Even after a User Submission is removed from the Services, whether such removal or deletion is by you or by us, copies of that User Submission  may be retained and/or remain viewable by us, our licensors, vendors, service providers and/or other third parties, including other users. BladenOnline.com may restrict, suspend or terminate any user’s access to or use of all or any part of the Services or its features at any time, for any reason, with or without notice and with no liability to BladenOnline.com whatsoever.

You shall be solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting them and you agree that we are only acting as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of your User Submissions.  In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent and warrant that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize BladenOnline.com to use all copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents or any other proprietary or personal rights in and to your User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of such User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Services and their Terms of Use; (ii) posting your User Submission on or through the Services does not and will not violate any confidentiality obligations between you and any person or organization or the privacy rights, publicity rights or other rights of any person; and (iii) you have the written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable person or organization in your User Submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable person or organization to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Services and these Terms of Use. You further affirm, represent and warrant that your User Submissions are not defamatory or libelous in any manner whatsoever. BladenOnline.com reserves the right to remove user submission(s).

User agrees to indemnify BladenOnline.com for any content User post which user does not have the requisite permission as affirmed in (i) – (iii) in the foregoing paragraph.

You are solely responsible at your sole cost and expense for creating backup copies and replacing any User Submission you post or store through the Services or provide to BladenOnline.com.

All User Submissions posted on BladenOnline.com’s Websites or through BladenOnline.com’s Services will be the exclusive property of BladenOnline.com.

You may contact BladenOnline.com at 910-879-1029 or email bladenonline.com@gmail.com.

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