Last week Jones Intercable, which serves Raeford and five other
neighboring municipalities made and carried out a decision to
change programming, and as a result North Carolina Public Televi
sion was dropped from the system.
Following an angry response from its cable customers, Jones has
promised to restore the N.C. public station, "as soon as equipment
needed to do so arrives."
The move to make the program changes, which was not announc
ed to subscribers, precedes the firm's requests to be made next week
for a rate increase and comes on the heels of a meeting with officials
from franchise cities in the Jones service area.
Municipal officials from Red Springs, Raeford, St. Pauls,
Elizabethtown and Pembroke pointed out at the December meeting
that the cable system needed more sports and news program, and
that by carrying both North and South Carolina public television,
some shows were being duplicated.
Jones' officials apparently took the request as a cue, and opted to
drop the North Carolina station, perhaps considering it to be the
same as South Carolina's version.
There is no question that there is duplication in programming on
the two PBS stations.
However, the same thing can be said for five of the commercial
network stations Jones is required to carry. On those stations, the
programming is identical, while on PBS, duplication is only fre
It is also curious that a Georgia cable company serving North
Carolina cities would drop public programming paid for by its
subscribers through tax dollars and donations in favor of a station
from South Carolina.
Last year North Carolina taxpayers kicked in $4 million toward
the expense of operating public television in the state, and viewers
here contributed another $1 million.
With these funds, the state network is providing shows which are
unique to North Carolina and not shown by other states.
Until North Carolina PBS is restored to Jones cable, subscribers
here will be denied not only some prime time broadcasting not car
ried by South Carolina, but also all of the public affairs coverage
which is unique to this state, like broadcasts from the North
Carolina General Assembly and a series of town meetings which ad
dress local problems in different municipalities.
Jones Intercable is a private business and has the right to make
decisions about programming, but because of its exclusive franchise
position, the firm has an obligation to consider its subscribers.
Next Tuesday, the Raeford City Council will consider the Jones*
proposal to increase subscriber rates by 60 cents per month.
Before granting the monthly hike, it is hoped that the elected of
ficials will review the firm's plans for the future and remind the
cable company of promises made before the franchise agreement
was made originally.
A clean city
This time of year the street curbs of many communities across
North Carolina are litered with fallen Christmas trees.
Discarded, they often remain in the gutters for weeks, covered
with bits of tensile and serving as memorials to the passing of
another festive holiday.
If one measures the magnitude of the holiday by the amount of
refuse greenery that adorns a city's road sides, or the number of
back door garbage cans brimming over with disheveled wrapping
paper and toy boxes, then Christmas in Raeford would probably be
judged a bleak affair.
Almost by the time ornaments and tree lights were safely stored
for another year, legions of trucks were methodically canvassing ci
ty streets removing the abandoned trees.
Although it was an abbreviated work week, Raeford sanitation
department crews moved rapidly into back yards, dumped cans and
hauled off paper, boxes and the remnants of what was the
The street and sanitation department crews moved with such
speed and accuracy, that by New Year's Eve, there was little more
needed than a brief mopping up action.
George Pittman, who oversees garbage pickup and the city's
operation at the landfill, should be commended for the effort put
forth by his crews to meet the increased holiday loads.
Although the crews had to work some double-time hours in order
to be able to take a holiday themselves, the city was able to service
all of its 1,600 garbage customers before and after Christmas.
Superintendent Thomas Carpenter's street department crews, not
only removed the Christmas trees rapidly from the streets, but they
also did an excellent job vacuuming leaves and sprucing up the city
before the holiday festivities began.
Almost year around, the city sanitation crews collect garbage
from back yards and commercial boxes twice a week, and at a cost
to taxpayers of $1 per month.
If the clean up staged by sanitation and street crews following the
Christmas holiday is an example of what their work will be during
the coming year, Raeford will be a clean city in 1983.
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A speaker the other night said,
in my opinion, some interesting
things that provoke thought.
"Hate," he said on one occa
sion, "destroys the hater."
He expressed annoyance with
statements like "Do your own
thing," and "Let it all hang out."
"If 1 did my own thing," he
commented, "I'd be in jail in eight
minutes. And so would half of
As for letting it all hang out, he
observed that it gives the guy who
let's it hang out some gratification,
and only temporarily, but at the
same time scalds everyone who
hears him with his venom. The
speaker advised anyone who has to
let something inside of him out to
go do it with a counselor or a con
fessor in private.
And then he told the story of his
friend who was captured after his
plane was shot down over Viet
nam. The pilot was a prisoner for
seven year, and the first two years
he was kept in solitary confine
ment. The only times he was allow
ed out were those when he was to
be beaten and otherwise tortured.
In solitary, the man did have a
loyal, God-sent companion -- a
blind, three-legged female rat
which had just given birth to a lit
Each day he saw the mother go
out of his cell and hunt for food
for her infants.
He came to share his two small
bowls of food each day with her
and the little ones.
If he were taken from his cell
and the food was put in while he
was gone, he would find when he
came back that mother rat hadn't
touched it, and she didn't until he
fished out of the bowl the parts he
wanted and turned the rest over to
Then one day he felt crushed.
The young rats, grown up, left his
cell. Then the mother rat left.
Some time later, though, he saw
She was expecting more little
And she'd chosen his cell to have
letters To The Editor
(i?-t public involved
Who will it be? Will one of the
local hopefuls be Hoke County's
new Superintendent of Education
or will it be someone from out of
the county or perhaps even out of
the state? The search is on.
Since Mr. Autry formally an
nounced his resignation this
month, the Board of Education
has been busily trying to decide on
how to go about finding the best
qualified individual -- in a fair and
just manner. The Board has even
had several extra meetings since
the regular, scheduled meeting this
month to consider the problem.
This shows the Board's dedication
because December is such a hectic
time of the year for everyone.
At the last scheduled meeting,
Mr. Autry, in describing to the
Board what to include in an ap
plication, mentioned (of course)
salary and added "supplement
negotiable." Does that mean that
the new superintendent can ask for
more than the $6000 local supple
ment paid to the present
And what about travel ex
penses? Mr. Autry receives a $5000
travel expense allowance. Will the
new superintendent also receive
this amount at a time when
federal, state, and local govern
ments are desperately trying to cut
back unnecessary expenses?
The Board was able to save the
county money in the past few years
by first cutting teachers' sup
plements and then by totally
eliminating them. The superinten
dent's supplement and travel ex
pense may be two areas to save the
county additional monies.
Mr. Autry will be retiring March
17, not at the end of the school
year, as previously anticipated.
That means there is just over two
months to send out applications,
interview, and decide on the right
Smiles, handshakes, luncheon
dates, golf games and belonging to
the right church do not produce
the best candidates for any posi
tions. Fairness, honesty, dedica
tion and past performance speak
The suggestion of placing a
questionnaire in The News-Journal
to receive public input was brought
up at one Board meeting.
Hopefully the Board will follow
through on this. The public needs
to become involved and assist in
the appointment of the right per
son to supervise Hoke County's
Remember, the Board of Educa
tion meetings are always open to
the public, and everyone may at
With a new year getting under
way, it's customary to try to look
down the road and predict what's
going to happen.
For example. I predict that the
government economists who
predicted economic recovery
would occur in the first quarter of
1982, will now predict it'll happen
in the first quarter of 1983.
Those who prediced it'd occur in
the second quarter of last year, can
now shift to the second quarter of
Since a year has only four
quarters and Washington has far
more than four economists, you
can see there aren't enough
quarters to go around. Congress
needs to re-write the calendar.
Those who late in December
were still predicting recovery
would occur in 1982 apparently
didn't hear the referees give the
Nobody knows what the weather
will be like in 1983, but 1 predict
there won't be more than a hand
ful of people who'll be completely
satisfied with it every day for the
entire 365 days.
1 predict that the Congressmen
who voted against a pay raise will
still accept it.
1 predict that whatever happens
in 1983, 1984 will still get here.
The world has always managed
to live over its major catastrophies,
like the Galveston flood, the San
Francisco earthquake, the Chicago
fire, the lava-burial of Pompeii or
a session of Congress.
? J. A.
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WRONG WAY!. ..Captions in*
some of the state newspapers ai
similar and remind me of ye
ago, when a young man sailed th
Atlantic in the wrong directio:
They called him: "Wrong Wa;
Recently, a headline read
Another article wa
headed:"Ex-Jaycee Chief Gets 3 1
5 years in Jamscam Case."
Former State Jaycee Presiden
Johnny Lee Fletcher was convictei
two Wednesday's ago of helpi
create fake club chapters b
wrongfully using charity fun
raised through jelly sales in a scai
dal dubbed "Jamscam."
A federal jury convicte
Teamsters President Roy
Williams and four others of coi
spiring to bribe Sen. Howard Cai
non with a lucrative Las Veg;
land deal in return for his help i
defeating legislation that the unioi
Another thought, comes to m
mind that I used to hear when
boy:" Doubt mot, doubt not lilt
sins are but the beginning, dark
deeds do follow fast and dee]
So many of our people in posi* ?
tions of leadership do things that,
they feel are little sins, that latei
come home to haunt them.
And, on another front page i
few days ago we read: EPA Chiel
cited fdr contempt.
REDUCE FEDERAL SPEND
ING ... It appears that the 98tk
Congress, coming up, is going to
whack Mr. Reagan's spending.
This sounds good. In fact, Con
gress has been over-spending
almost every year since World War
We are now so deep in irrespon
sible spending that I doubt anyone
living today will live to see a
balanced budget in the United
We are so deep in debt that it is j
hard to comprehend or keep up \
In the past 10 years Federal ^
spending has tripled. In the last
five years federal taxes have doubl
ed. The national debt has risen to
more than a trillion. The S100
billion plus taxpayers now pay in
interest each year is larger than was
the entire federal budget in 1961!
Total payments to individuals
for social programs have grown by
400% in the last ten years. The
1980 budget for the Department of 4
Health and Human Services *
(formerly HEW) was $250 billion!
Only two nations in the world --
U.S. and the U.S.S.R. ? have total
Federal Budgets as large.
Sixteen years ago we were spend
ing $65 million on Food Stamps.
In 1981 we spent $11.3 billion, an
increase of 16,000%. And, food
stamps have become a source of
organized crime and racketeering. .
In 1980, one out of every three '
Americans were receiving federal
checks for one thing or another!
There is but one way to sane
spending. Start operating on a
balanced budget. Ail phases ofE
government could reduce spending
by 10% ! But instead of doing this.j^
most departments of government
are calling for a 10% or more,
I believe that the Federal govern-*-"
ment could reduce necessary pur-kg
chases by 10% and we could get|;
along just as well.
There are some things like theg
Supreme Court you can't cut, but ^
the justices of the high court could
return to the government 10% if ?
they wanted to.
Eternally, we cannot continue to
spend and spend without a reckon- <
ing day, and while that day will be '
bad, the longer the day is put off .
the harder the fall will be!
SU R P LU S ... Post mas ter I
General William F. Bolger, head
of the Postal Service, reported a
surplus of $700 million for his
agency, which should help delay
increases in postage rates.
DRINKING AGE?... The state
laws should be changed to raise the
legal drinking age to 21 to combat '
drunken driving and highway
deaths, a presidential commission
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