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By JOHN SLADE
Faith in God and good, common sense are what guide
Earline Parmon, says Earline Parmon.
The 40-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., who says sh
is most effective when working behind the scenes, ha
now been thrust into the forefront of county politics i
general and Democratic politics in particular.
As the new chairman of the Forsyth Count
Democratic Executive Committee, Parmon has placed i
least one foot into the fishbowl public figures use a
quarters during their terms of office. For instance
though she's barely had the time to be elected, th
criticism has already started.
Witness the recent attack by newly-elected Forsyt
County Republican Party Chairman John J. Cavanagl
In an interview shortly after his election, the former stat
senator said Parmon would more than likely have to tak
time off from her job as director of a tutorial program t
carry out her duties as chairman.
"At least some of us work for a living/' sai
Cavanagh, who is self-employed. "We take time froi
our own businesses."
Responding to Cavanaghfs jab, and indicating that sli
Money May Be
By JOHN SLADE
Five months have passed since residents of Bristo
Tenn.t launched a drive to raise money for Kenyatt
Jones' liver transplant.
By September, the Kenyatta Jones Fund (P.O. Be
1221, Bristol, va., 244ui; or in-city tsanic, ouo we
State St., Bristol, Tcnn.) had raised only $3,3406.0
Three months later, the fund has raised a little ov<
$27,000, says Ola Dickerson of Bristol, Va., who is coo
dinator of the fund.
Kenyatta, an 18-month-old black child, suffers froi
biliary atresia, an acute liver disorder which prevents bil<
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wishes not to lend dignity where she feels none is due,
Parmon says she is surprised that Cavanagh would make
~ such a statement. "Jack Cavanagh is just that type of
js person," she says. "If anyone has followed his career,
they know he comes off the hip with statements like that,
le "My job will not suffer," she says, adding that
is Cavanagh's implication that she'd also be abusing a job
n funded by public money is misleading at best. "If I combined
for the last two years the part of my salary paid by
y CBA (CommuiutvL-Based Alternative, a state Department
it of Human Resources grants program), I could qualify for
is food stamps, Section Eight Housing and everything
;, else," She estimates that CBA pays her for about 90
ie minutes of her time per day.
After the sudden death of Joseph Parrish Jr. last
h month, Parmon became the first black to head the coun1.
tv\ Democratic Partv She save her elertinn hv arrlamn.
e tion is proof that the Democratic Party wants to repre:e
sent not just white people, but all people.
o "I want to stress that the Democratic Party is for all
people/' says Parmon. "I want to reach people who say,
d 'They're gonna do what they want to anyhow,' those who
n say it's a white male-dominated world. I am aware that I
am chairman of all the reeistered Democrats in Forsyth
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body freely. The result is cirrhosis of the liver, a disease
more often associated with alcoholism.
When Kenyatta, who recently won a bout with
1, pneumonia, weighs 15 pounds, he would be strong
:a enough to have the liver transplant, said Betty Brad berry,
director of the Children's Liver Association in Dallas,
x But the catch is that the baby's family must be able to
st show at least $80,000 in assets before Kenyatta can be put
I. on the active list at Le Bonheur Children's Medical
;r Center in Memphis, where he would have the operation,
r- Being put on the active list is the actual time when the
hospital would begin looking for a liver donor for the pam
e, Carol Blevins, Kenyatta's social worker in Bristol, says
is the problem with raising funds lies in the strategy. 4'Fund
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By ROBIN ADAMS
A storyiirth^Dec. 15 issue of the Chronicle that listed,?
by name and department, the salaries of administrators
and faculty at Winston-Salem State University, was viewed
by most WSSU employees, according to a recent, informal
survey, as an invasion of privacy that lacked a
specific point. ,
But others who have complained about what they view
as the wide differences in salaries between administration
and faculty all year say it helped them prove their point.
"It verifies what we have being saving." said Dr.
Elwanda Ingram, chairperson of the WSSU Educational
Council, which acts as a faculty senate. "It shows the
gross inequities around here. It (printing the salaries) did
bother a lot of people, but it didn't bother me. We are
fortunate that it (the BD-119, a document which lists the
school's salaries and is open to the public) is here."
The salaries that were listed in the article were taken
from a copy of the BD-119 Merit Salary Increase statement
that is available in the WSSU library. The BD-119
lists the salaries of all WSSU employees who are not paid
Freedom Fund Ticke
By ROBIN ADAMS
Unless ticket sales for his organization's annual
FrppHnm FnnH Ranqnet increase within the next two
weeks, says local NAACP President Patrick Hairston,
Dr. Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the national
NAACP and the event's keynote speaker, may be addressing
a sparse audience Jan. 12.
The first among his worries, Hairston says, is that
Earline Parmon: "I'm a people person and nc
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raising requires a delicate balance/* she says, "and a
mother who is very articulate would help achieve this
(balance). Unfortunately, Kenyatta does not have this.
People who have raised the ($27,000) have been the ones
articulating the cause."
Blevins refutes earlier complaints that funds aren't
pouring in for Kenyatta because he is black. Rather, she
says, Donna Jones, the baby's 22-year-old mother, lacks
the maturity and experience to express her child's needs,
as other parents abound the country have done. "I've had
people say to me, 'Why isn't the mother saying this (raising
money for Kenyatta); why are you saying it?"' says
Blevins. "But no one has ever said to me, 4Is this baby
black or white?"'
Bradberry, who earlier said the baby's race is a factor.
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according to the state's graduating pay scale.
The Educational Council complained at the September
WSSU board of trustees meeting that raises were not being
distributed evenly and that the administration was, as
-a rule, paid higher salaries than the faculty.
"It's fair, if the administration is working harder than
the faculty," Ingram said. "Most of the teachers are
teaching 12 hours (four classes per semester) and have
other committee responsibilities. One has to question
"There are a lot of issues at WSSU that need to
be addressed and this article didn't do it. "
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why. Why are those salaries out of line? Are the administrators
really worthy of their salaries? Many of the
administrators are paid out of faculty teaching slots and
aren't even teaching. We as a faculty have to keep on
with the issues until something is done."
While Ingram saw the listing of the salaries as a tool to
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are $200, with 10 persons to a table.
Second and foremost, Hairston says, the black community
has not given its financial support to the banquet.
"This is the thing that hurts us,M Hairston says. "We
are a civil rights fighting organization and not a social
organization When black people get in trouble, they
come to us. But when things are going well, we can't find
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now agrees with Blevins. She further cites as the major
deterrent to fund raising for Kenyatta the hospital's
refusal to state clearly whether the $80,000 guideline is a
prerequisite to his being put on the hospital's active list.
Officials at Le Bonheur had previously said that the
baby being underweight was the primary reason that he
wasn't on the hospital's active list, said Bradberry. "The
position all this time was not money," said John Donica,
Le Bonheur's director of public relations, in a telephone
interview recently. "The baby is not medically ready."
But Bradberry charges that money is and always has
been a factor and points to other hospitals/around the
country that state specifically that a certain amount of
assets must be shown before a patient can receive a liver
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