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Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 Final

October 2016

Martin Community Players

Martin Community Players Brilliant Acting! Thank you! And of course all the other things that make the actors look good!!!! Costumes, Lighting, Sound, Set, and whatever it takes to go on with the Show! There is a place for you! Come join us! A Drop Dead Funny Comedy Thursday - Saturday Evenings November 17, 18 & 19, 2016 7:30 pm Curtain Adults $10 Students/Seniors $8 Tickets available at the Door Mast Pharmacy in Williamston and Village Pharmacy in Robersonville Space for Martin Community Players sponsored by: George and Co Auditions are normally held in July for the Children’s production. In September for the straight play and in December for the musical! Martin Community Players have three performances each year. There is a children’s production in September then a comedy, drama or suspence play in November. The Players end their season with a musical in March! (252) 661-0609 http://martincommunityplayers.weebly.com Made from vegetable tanned leather and hand waxed cotton canvas; this pack has ample room to store everything you need for a day on the trails. Waxed to protect from rain it’s ready for anything. $275 All orders are made at the time they are ordered, please allow 1-3 weeks for completion and delivery. Made Locally in Elizabeth City geraldtrotman@gmail.com 40 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

“I Don’t Know” By: Gary Edwards Windsor Picture Tour Three wise words that helped me. I hope they will help you, too. I was sitting in the cool coffee shop in my hometown drinking coffee and reading some impenetrable work by a long-dead European white male. It was a collection of essays by Arthur Schopenhauer, the German pessimist. It was a bitterly cold February day, temperature in the low teens, with a balmy Arctic breeze of about 35 mph (are we still in the South?). Trees along Main Street were bent to the concrete. Schopenhauer and sub-zero weather? What was I thinking? Oh, my nerves! You can easily see why I needed some amusement to lighten the heavy load on my fragile, frozen psyche. This arrived in the persons of four patrons leaving to brave the cold. As they strolled past they paused and made eye contact. This gave me the opening I needed. I looked up, smiled, and offered up a seemingly profound though completely off-the-wall question along the lines of “Do we apprehend the totality of existence through sensory perception, or is some of our knowledge obtained through the realm of pure reason and a priori propositions?” Something like that. They looked at me as if I was crazier than I already know myself to be. Three furrowed their brows and looked as if they were trying to form an answer. Maybe they were just delaying the walk outside. But one young man smiled pleasantly and simply said, “I don’t know.” Immediately, the aptness, the pragmatism of his response hit me. I thought, wouldn’t the world be a better place if most of us took this young man’s humble position? Think of it: How much pain, suffering and disillusionment could be eliminated if only we adopted this stance? Not only have the greatest minds in world history been baffled by the big philosophical questions, but a whole load of hurt has resulted from far less complex and less abstract issues. To take an obvious example, think of the political arena. Wouldn’t it be a game changer if the refreshing honesty and humility of my respondent carried over to politics? Imagine. Instead of the empty rhetoric of “Yes, my friends I can assure you that I will solve the problem of (Fill in the Blank) if you vote for me,” candidates could simply say, “I don’t know (a damn thing about abortion, crime, gun control, the federal deficit, steroid use in major league baseball, or why a loving God would allow the Fox Network or CNN to exist).” Instead of expensive, sleazy attack ads, the candidate could say, “All I really know is that I’m in this for the money and power that will accrue to me.” Although I am a largely apolitical creature, I would campaign like a madman on amphetamines for a candidate that humble and honest. A significant drop in noise pollution would also obtain from this simple corrective. The vehement, in-yourface rant that passes for modern political (and social) discourse would be replaced by a quiet shaking of heads and pleasant doubt. For example, whether confronted with 1) our liberal, soft-on-crime, tax-and-spend, left-leaning commie tormentors OR 2) our conservative, Neanderthal, fat-cat, billionaire-wannabe enemies, we could say simply, “I don’t know... I’m not exactly sure what to believe in these complex, confusing, troubling, ever-changing, fast-paced times.” The idea that we get the elected officials we deserve would be robbed of the emotionally-laden blame game, if only “WE THE PEOPLE” would rid our minds of the dogmatic shouting matches that proceed from such imagined certainty. (Hint: Turn off the blowhards of talk radio.) To wit, “I don’t know who to believe, so I’ll assume all the candidates are equally limited, fallible human beings and I’ll vote if and only if there appears a candidate honest enough to admit he --- or with Hillary on the horizon, she --- doesn’t really know everything about everything.” In conclusion, we offer the following suggestion:1960’s psychedelic guru Timothy Leary said, Just Say Know. 1980’s First Lady Nancy Reagan said, Just Say No. Why not emulate my humble respondent and simply say, I Don’t Know. Community Relations Commission Solicits Witherspoon-Harris Award Nominations The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Community Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the Tenth Annual Witherspoon-Harris Award until October 25. The CRC gives this annual award to a person who is a resident of the city or county who has made extraordinary contributions to improving community relations for local residents. Examples of contributions include helping groups in need, assisting troubled youth, working with the economically disadvantages, promoting our community and its people, being a good neighbor to all, and promoting educational programs. The award honors the memories of Dr. W.C. Witherspoon, an educator and first black elected as a Pasquotank County Commissioner, and Cader Harris, a business and community leader in Elizabeth City. Applications can be picked up at the Hugh Cale Center, Knobb’s Creek Recreation Center, River City Community Development Corporation, Albemarle Food Bank, Pasquotank Library and various local churches. They may also be obtained by emailing ecpccrcwh@ verizon.net. For further information, contact Frank Elfring, felfring@ bellatlantic.net, 252-384-0115. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 41