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Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 Final Web

February 2016

A retired educator and

A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” Economics, Politics and Loyalty by C.L. Cooke Blind Loyalty to the Democratic Party has hurt NC01 - the 1st Congressional District of NC. We reached a historic milestone in American history with the 2008 election of our country’s first black president. We hoped wounds would be healed, but that has not happened. Our wounds, particularly our economic wounds, are still deepened by shallow promises and a polarized political system where party loyalists refuse to address the needs of the people who they represent. In our region of North Carolina, tradition plays an important role in our lives. Both my parents were born here. We have supported the Democratic Party for generations and for more than 100 years a Democrat has represented NC01, the 1st Congressional District. Our district is rich in heritage, but poor in terms of personal and household income. We were a poor district when my parents were born and remain so to this day. Of the 24 counties touched by NC01, 13 are Tier 1, meaning these 13 are among the poorest in the whole state. While our Congressional representatives do well for themselves financially, we the people continue to toil and languish below or near the poverty level. Many folks are sick of career politicians, and are getting wise to the big money that influences their decisions. We are partly to blame for continuing to send the same person back to represent us. After all, we have a tradition of loyalty. We are finally waking up to the facts. Political party loyalty has not served the people in Northeastern North Carolina. We have been a broken economic region for more than a century. The chains have been wrapped around us by our own blind loyalty. The Great Society of President Lyndon Johnson created the illusion that political party politics cared about the average person. Their strategy was to control our basic needs by creating dependency. The shrinking middle-class, and a region of perpetual poverty fed by government programs that keep us at subsistence levels of survival has made us loyal to Johnson’s “social engineering” plan. Our broken region can be fixed, and we can do better for the children and younger folks by breaking this bad habit. I, for one, am no longer a Democrat or a Republican. In my heart I want to make some improvements. Can we voters take a serious look at any candidate who runs for office year after year? We might invite each and every incumbent to come on home to their comfortable retirement, a pension earned at our expense. We need and appreciate the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and other assistance programs that feed and house us. Lord knows we need it. If we can somehow break these chains and send a “we the people” representative to our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC, to represent us, we may begin to build a better future for the leaders of tomorrow. As we address these concerns to the depth of our hearts, seek guidance, and evaluate our relationship with our neighbors and friends , I will ask myself this question, “Do I believe in a better future?” Vote wisely, be informed… VOTE! Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 20 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Comfort Food For Not-So-Comfortable-February By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com February can be one of the cruelest, harshest months on the Outer Banks. It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s windy. There’s always that pesky Nor’easter to rub it in that Mother Nature is Queen. So to give you some comfort and warm up your innards, I have a perfect soup for you this month; however, this is the Outer Banks, and it’s likely the temperatures could be in the 70s by the time you’re reading this. If this is the case, wait for another day to make this hearty soup. Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup 1 TB olive oil 2 links hot Italian sausage, casings removed 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 1/2 tsp each dried thyme, oregano, and basil pinch crushed red pepper 2 russet potatoes, unpeeled and diced (Don’t peel. That’s nutrients in them thar peels!) 2 cups homemade chicken consommé (Or you can used the canned or boxed, just don’t tell me. Truly, until you’ve experienced homemade chicken or beef consommé, you just have no idea. I save and freeze all my leftover chicken and beef bones for this sole purpose.) 1/2 cup skim milk 1/2 cup cream 2 cups chopped home-grown kale, gratefully and gently picked from outstanding specimens in one’s own yard, giving thanks to Daddy who taught me how, and to God who let it grow. Heat olive oil over medium heat in medium saucepan and cook Italian sausage. Let stay on one side about 2 minutes. When the meat releases from the pan, break up into pieces and let brown a bit, about 7 minutes. Add in the onion, garlic, and cook about 3-4 minutes. Add in the taters, chicken consommé, and then the dried herbs. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Add in kale, skim milk, and cream. Cook until kale is tender, 15 minutes or so. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. NOTE: You could use whole milk if that’s what you have on hand. I never have whole milk, but I always have skim milk and heavy cream, so that’s what I use. For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds February 2016 21