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Comments of the Week: February 13-19

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Adam Zwan’s mother lost her job, and could not afford a medical pump to manage his insulin. “Health care is not a privilege; it’s a right and responsibility for every single American citizen,’ said Kay Zwan. Her persistence finally convinced Medicare to cover the cost, which led to a lot of debate.

Commonsensenotcommon wrote, “There is no constitutional “right” to healthcare.”

A lot of people found that comment cold hearted. One viewer responded, “Keep your offensive comments to yourself. Helping humans pay for health related things is never wrong.”

Another guest agreed, “Until she was layed off, Mrs. Zwan was a working taxpayer. Lord willing, she will be again. In the meantime, is she supposed to watch her son suffer and possibly die to save you a few pennies? Are you that heartless?”

But other viewers stood their ground. “Listen, I do feel for the woman, but the fact is that not everyone can be helped, and some people are going to die whether we like it or not as a society. It isn’t the government’s responsibility to take care of them. If you want that type of government…Canada awaits you.”

The proposed Titan Cement plant was another hot topic on the web this week.

One guest wrote, “So I guess all you people that are against bringing in new jobs to the area walk around in fig leaves and eat dirt. What will you do when your money runs out and there is no work? If there is any chance of more opportunities to feed our families we best take them.”

Another guest calling himself Fig Leaf posted this response: “The jobs at any price crowd love to attach negative labels to people concerned about the environment. These people can’t see past their own nose or wallet. Having a job means nothing if the food chain is so polluted it’s not safe for consumption”

And finally, hundreds of you logged on to read the in the line of duty. Dozens of comments paid tribute to Officer Richard Matthews, like this one from the Gainey family:

“While I never had the pleasure of meeting Officer Matthews, I am so grateful for the service he has provided my family. Thank you for working so hard to keep my neighborhood and my town safe for our children. Thank you for all of the times you protected us and never heard a “thank you” at the end of a hard day. We are sad to have lost you.”

Thank you for sharing your thoughts this week. We always like to know what you think.

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videoFrom health care to Titan Cement, there have been a lot of news stories this week that have had you talking.

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Deputies use pepper spray at Williston Middle School fight

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Wilmington Police and New Hanover County deputies converged on the area around Williston Middle School Thursday night.

A fight broke out behind the school while a talent show was going on inside. The school resource officer and a faculty member attempted to break up the fight and were rushed by the crowd. That is when the deputy fought back.

Deputy Charles Smith of New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said, “The deputy did use pepper spray to push back the crowd. EMS was called.”

Three ambulances responded. Five people were treated and released at the scene, which moved down 11th Street to the corner of Castle.

At this point no charges have been filed but the investigation is ongoing..

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A fight broke out behind the school while a talent show was going on inside. The school resource officer and a faculty member attempted to break up the fight and were rushed by the crowd.

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Officer uses pepper spray to defuse brawl at middle school talent show

Friday, February 20th, 2009

It was a night to showcase the talents of middle school students, but violence and pepper spray stole the show.

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Pender Early College students are teaching Spanish to Burgaw Police

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Some young teachers in Pender County are trying to break the language barriers law enforcement officers sometimes face.

16-year-old Diego Camposeco and 17-year-old Bryan Rojas are helping teach a Spanish class at the Pender County branch of Cape Fear Community College. The pupils are members of the Burgaw Police Department and Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

Camposeco and Rojas are students at Pender Early College. They are getting community service hours for their work, and said they are happy to help out.

“They’re moving very fast. I was surprised, and they did a great job. I’m impressed,” Rojas said.

Camposeco said, “I feel good that I’m helping the community at such a young age and in such a unique manner.”

The law enforcement officers hope to learn Spanish basics to better communicate with the Hispanic community.

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Some young teachers in Pender County are trying to break the language barriers law enforcement officers sometimes face.

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Judge tosses out NC’s ban on video poker machines

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A state court judge has thrown out North Carolina’s ban on video poker machines.

The order issued late Thursday says the state can’t ban video gaming machine while also allowing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate the games on their lands within the state.

The ruling won’t lead to the immediate return of the machines. Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said his order won’t take effect while state files an expected appeal.

Lawmakers abandoned a 13-year experiment with video poker machines in 2006, imposing a phase out of the games that could legally offer only $10 in merchandise as a prize.

The state’s sheriffs had long complained about the video poker machines, saying it was too hard to weed out those that illegally offered large cash pay outs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A state court judge has thrown out North Carolina’s ban on video poker machines.

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