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Mold. Unwanted Guest.

Mold. Unwanted Guest. What… Again? Mold… Phone # : 252-489-8667 Antique mirrors, good condition. Need a little reconditioning, each 49” wide, 26 1/2” tall. $80 Ea Have you ever entertained a guest that is not welcome? Many of us, particularly in NE NC, do. It is called mold. It can be a stubborn stain that keeps coming back even though we clean with bleach and water. We live in a coastal area that has low elevation and high water content. Mold is just a part of our everyday environment. How do I know I have mold? If you see stains, particularly around moist areas and areas that have had water leaks (roof, pipes, bathrooms, kitchen, etc.), then there is an opportunity for mold growth. Enclosed areas are also vulnerable (vacant rental homes, home sales, foreclosures, etc.) Even though we remove the stain with a bleach solution, that is not enough. In fact, that can just cover the problem temporarily and, in time, even make it worse. In addition to visible stains, some molds can cause invisible health issues. This is particularly true in children, older adults and people with compromised immune systems (I.e. asthma). While symptoms can appear to be a cold or the flu, it could be something else. If you do not seem to recover from these symptoms, you might want to research how ongoing mold exposure can affect your health and environment. So, what do I do? First, check for potential sources of water intrusion. Any leaks should be fixed. 90% of mold issues can begin in the crawl space. If there is not a vapor barrier, then one should be installed. Make sure water is directed away from the building. Gutters should be in place and functional. Drain lines are also helpful. Vegetation should be trimmed away from the foundation. If I think I have mold, what can I do? I suggest contacting a local mold professional for further guidance. Mold contractors can diagnose the issues and provide an effective treatment. I will follow this article with a series to further address symptoms and remedies. While mold is an unwanted visitor, we can certainly take steps to kick him out! I look forward to speaking again next month. (Submitted by Harry Cannon) Phone # : 727-560-2791 WHITE BAKERS RACK W/ WINE BOTTLE HOLDERS $35 CAMDEN Business Home Auto Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 10 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2015

Dear Dr. Crime: The News & Observer ran a story saying that all across America the use of the death sentence is down1. Isn’t that backwards if we want to keep murderers from killing people? Are we to scared to protect ourselves? Mad as Bill O’Riley Dear Mad. Yes, the story reported was based on good data. The use of the death penalty in murder cases is the lowest in 20 years. It also reported that in North Carolina we have 150 prisoners on death row and three new ones were added in 2014. There are two primary reasons to sentence a criminal to death. One is the policy theory that it will keep other bad people from doing such crimes. That is called deterrence. The other is that it is the morally and ethically proper response to an atrocious criminal act, recognized as such by our General Assembly when they passed the law setting death as a proper response by the people. The news story you mention also reported that surveys have shown that support for the use of executions is dropping, and now finds 6 in 10 Americans favor the death penalty. Does it deter other people besides the executed person from committing capital crimes? We have lots of research about that. A recent reporti averaged several different ways of measuring deterrent effects from use of the death penalty. It found that model-averaged coefficients fail to support the link between deterrence and capital punishment. Depending on how analyze it, different outcomes are found, but researcher often report substantial problems with the methodology of such research. Should we execute Adolph Hitler? Would it prevent another dictator from such awful acts? I hope you take your ideas to your elected representative and generate a wide debate on this topic. Costs associated with death penalty cases should be discussed. A 19952 report of research in two states (one of which was NC) found use of the death penalty added about $4 million to criminal justice costs. Another study3 found that North Carolina could save $11million a year by abolishing the death penalty. And also, try talking with a family member of a murdered child! Dear Dr. Crime: How many crooks are handled by our correctional system ? Dissatisfied victim. Dear Victim: I want there to be less of you victims, so a discussion such as this is important. A report1 just released about our correctional system in 2013 estimated that 6,899,000 persons were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at yearend 2013. The number declined by about 41,500 from yearend 2012. Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist that holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note in care of this paper if you wish or email him at if you child is in “trouble”. Albemarle Tradewinds February 2015 11