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Albemarle Tradewinds November 2016 Web Final

November 2016

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Create a Tropical paradise in your own backyard! Many Species of Cold Hardy Palm Trees from 2 foot to 20 foot Cold Hardy Banana Trees & Cacti Large and Small Yuccas and Agaves Many Species of Cold Hardy Desert Plants OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this past month, Albemarle Hopeline sponsored or participated in multiple events to help raise that awareness throughout the month. In the very beginning of October, we had an incredible gallery at Art Walk, with art by Hopeline’s clients and other domestic violence survivors. There were many visitors who commented on how moving the art was and noted the talent of the artists. Hopeline also participated in Dismal Day in Camden, where kids learned ‘Don’t Let the Bullies Bug You!’ At Community Night Out in downtown Elizabeth City, attendees learned that their local emergency personnel are superheroes, and that they can be too. October 28th was our Purple for Peace Day, and many organizations, individuals and businesses participated and wore purple to note their support for stamping out domestic violence. The “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” event which was originally scheduled for October 8 and cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew will be rescheduled during the month of April 2017. Call Eddie for more information (252) 312-9155 178 Nosay Road, South Mills, NC Monday - Sunday 10-5 Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 250 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? Hopeline is proud of this community and appreciates the turnout and support for these events which helped to raise awareness for domestic violence. 18 Albemarle Tradewinds November 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Three ways to make your vote matter By: Matt Morrison Let’s face it, folks. Many professional D’s and R’s care less and less about real democracy, or the will of the people. This can probably happen to any party, but a lack of competition helps breed this. In California they don’t even pretend to offer voters a choice anymore, with only two Democrats vying for a US Senate seat as a result of that state’s Top Two open primary. This is a bastard version of Louisiana’s old “jungle primary,” chosen by California because nothing goes wrong in a system that elects David Duke…right? But there are tangible, effective ways voters can push back, if they’re willing to be a bit unconventional and not worry about picking a winner. Your civic exercise can be much more powerful and effective than you think it is, especially if you don’t live in a swing state or if a particular election result is a foregone conclusion. The major parties have a VERY strong interest in keeping you from knowing that your vote can increase competition, get special interest funding out of federal politics, and ensure election records and equipment are accurate. It’s important to point out that any party not automatically ballot qualified has to expend incredible resources just to get candidates on the ballot in most states, setting them back at a marathon-length starting line while the qualified parties start at a 10k line. In many cases a candidate doesn’t know he or she is on a ballot until two months before an election. As a former petitioner I can attest to the difficulty this causes. But if a statewide candidate reaches a certain threshold, those resources no longer have to be expended, and many more candidates will appear for all offices, often in races which would otherwise have one candidate (people often Times Like These by: Publius ask “why don’t I see more Greens/Libertarians/others run for school board?” That changes with automatic access – Texas is a good example.) Virginia’s threshold is particularly high at 10% but many states’ are far lower – North Carolina’s is 2%. If you think uncontested seats are great and elections are a waste of time, by all means, vote only D or R. This year about one third of North Carolina’s legislative seats will be uncontested…begging the question of whether voters in China may have more electoral choice than we do. Secondly, remember way back in 2000 when the Reform Party received so much media coverage ahead of a terrible performance at the polls? Granted, part of the attention was due to their dumpster fire nomination circus, but one of the reasons for this conflagration was that their presidential candidates wanted access to over $12 million in federal funding the party was entitled to. They received this due to Ross Perot’s performance in 1996: if any presidential candidate receives over 5% of the vote nationally, his/her party is recognized as a national party by the Federal Election Commission and entitled to matching funds after the primary season. Major party candidates usually don’t accept these as they believe they can raise more than the amount of the match, which disqualifies them from receiving the funds. Minor parties do tend to accept these. Want big donors out of politics? Then don’t vote D or R. Lastly, if you’re thinking of writing someone in, that’s great! However, in most states it can’t be just anybody - remember that in presidential elections you’re really voting for the candidates to the Electoral College pledged to that candidate, so most places require write-ins to name those elector candidates beforehand for their votes to count. This is a pretty good resource to see who the write-in candidates are in each state. Write-ins can have much power in ensuring all votes are counted accurately. After casting your write-in, check the precinct results in your state election board website - if they don’t display results for the qualified write-in you voted for, complain and ask who the write-in votes were for. Beyond that, if it’s evident that officials didn’t count a write-in vote for whom you voted, complain louder! In fact, that is often the grounds for joining a suit against the state (and if the plaintiffs win the state will have to pay the court costs). Usually a sworn affidavit affirming for whom you cast a vote is accepted as evidence. Besides the presidential race, some states (including North Carolina) require a declaration of candidacy to count write-ins for other offices as well, so this exercise can be effective for these elections as well. Want to ensure our elections aren’t effectively “rigged?” Then cast a write-in vote that will ensure accountability, encourage better voting equipment, and force states to keep accurate paper trails. I recently heard remarks from XM/Sirius radio host Joe Madison at a symposium hosted by former Governor L. Douglas Wilder. A trademark phrase he says to callers who complain about our political or social environment is, “yes, but what are you going to DO about it?” A consensus of concern now exists across party lines for the accuracy of elections, for the pay-toplay influence of campaign donors, and for candidates who reflect the will of modern people (rather than constituents who elected them 30 years ago). On November 8th, you can directly do something about these problems with minimal effort by voting for a minor party or write-in candidate. State certified instructor Servicing Northeastern N.C. $75 Concealed carry permit class. $60 Basic handgun marksmanship safety and maintenance class. $20 private instruction per hour. Reliable training and instruction you can rely on in a defensive situation. contact us at Hunttactical@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/HUNTTACTICAL If there has ever been such a time as we are now experiencing, I do not know when it occurred. It would appear common sense and moral direction have been tossed to the wind in order to satisfy the wishes of what our elected employees tell us is the will of the people. I do not believe this once great and respected nation has fallen to its present state as a result of the “will of its people” but rather as a result of too much influence on some of its leaders by mega big business, domestic and foreign special interests as well as their individual desire to attain additional political power. It has been said “follow the money to determine where our direction truly originates”. Events over the last few years have not disproved that assumption. Our system is “Broken” and unless immediate and sweeping changes are implemented along with complete support of our great Constitution we are neither likely to recognize nor care for what threatens to replace or render it unrecognizable. “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power”. Alexander Hamilton, 1775 The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment. Vote to save this our nation and pray for guidance for us all. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds November 2016 19