Needle Exchanges: What The General Assembly Allows, Let No City Zone Out Of Existence!

If you haven’t read much about Winston’s needle exchange collective, now is a good time to catch-up on the subject. Perhaps your ignorance is attributable to the Winston-Salem Journal’s failure to adequately cover the topic. While our local paper of record has snoozed, Triad City Beat has given Winston’s needle exchange extensive coverage. On March 1, Jonathan Michel wrote an in-depth article on The Twin City Harm Reduction Collective, a needle exchange program founded by Colin Miller and Erica Mishoe. TCB’s Jordan Green has written two follow-up pieces (1+2) on the Public Safety Committee’s suggestion at Monday’s meeting, that the location of needle exchanges should be regulated by the city.

Indivisible Town Hall Loves Muslims, Hates Putin And Embraces The ACA

Last Thursday, Indivisible Piedmont N.C. organized at town hall meeting at Green Street Methodist. For an organization that formed just a couple of months ago, it was a very well ran event. Attendance was good, speakers were competent. Green Street’s sanctuary was two-thirds full. But, Indivisible Piedmont’s focus was completely misplaced.

Kickin’ Butts At The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

As you may or may not know, March 15th is Kick Butts Day. If you live in Winston, but weren’t at the Winston-Salem Fairground’s Education Building today then you probably have never heard about Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a national,youth-centered anti-smoking initiative promoted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. It’s basically a youth version of the Great American Smokeout. But Kick Butts Day’s aim is to keep young people from ever starting to smoke in the first place.

Tom Keith’s New Appointment Invites Renewed Scrutiny

Former Forsyth County D.A. Tom Keith has been named acting Rockingham County District Attorney by Governor Roy Cooper. Rockingham County’s elected D.A., Craig Blitzer is currently under investigation by the SBI. It appears that Blitzer and another D.A. hired their wives for work that they didn’t actually perform. Tom Keith told the Journal that he will serve as long as he’s needed, perhaps until the people of Rockingham County elect a new district attorney in November, 2018. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Keith, expressed a willingness to adapt his style to suit a county more rural and less urban than Forsyth County.

Unanswered Questions In The Deaths Of Tommy Welch And Joshua Wetzler

On Thursday, the Winston-Salem Journal’s Michael Hewlett reported that Amber Burch pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Tommy Dean Welch as well as armed robbery and accessory after the fact in the of murder Joshua Fredrick Weltzer. With Burch’s former boyfriend and accomplice Pazuzu Algarad taking his life in prison in the fall of 2015, we may never get a full picture of how Algarad and Burch Were able to elude justice for five years. Welch and Weltzer were executed by Algarad and Burch separately in the fall and summer of 2009. Those two were not Bonnie and Clyde, they were two unsophisticated criminals living in a filthy, disgusting house. They weren’t on the run.

One Thing Winston Can Do To Help It’s Hispanic Community…

Last night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting was full to capacity. A couple dozen activists turned out to encourage the city council to consider becoming a sanctuary city. It’s unlikely that the city council will vote to make Winston a sanctuary city, doing so would allow the state to withhold badly needed funds from the city. But that doesn’t mean that local activists should fold  up their tents and go home. It’s important for members of the community to stand with immigrants, especially given the bigoted language President Trump has used to describe immigrants. Council member Dan Besse has proposed that Winston declare itself a “welcoming city.” Besse’s half-measure will probably adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council next month. His resolution is a good start, but it’s toothless.

City-Wide Poverty Solutions Can’t Be Implemented By The Dozen

It’s been a week now since Mayor Joines’ anti-poverty Thought Force released their final report. I hope local activists and concerned citizens have by now taken time to read it. The 56 page report contains some excellent information. I found the first two sections to be especially valuable. They provide a helpful overview and analysis of poverty in Winston-Salem.

Apparently Poverty Can Wait In Winston-Salem

It’s finally done. Or perhaps it’s just beginning to unfold. Mayor Allen Joines’ Poverty Thought Force finally released its findings on Monday. It’s been a long wait. Mayor Joines first mentioned his intention of creating a Thought Force in December of 2013.

Will Reynolds Envisioned More Than Just A White Christmas…

A few days ago The Winston-Salem Journal reported that more than 294,000 attended the 2016 Festival of Lights, making last year one of most successful years in the festival’s 25-year history. Tanglewood is a huge, sprawling park, with a lot to offer. The Festival of Lights is Tanglewood’s biggest annual event. It’s a popular Christmas tradition in the Triad, an illuminated drive down memory lane. But what about the history of Tanglewood? That’s a history that folks don’t like to mention.

WSTA Bus Routes, How Do You Streamline Buses In A Segregated City?

With all the havoc that President Donald Trump has been causing with his pen, it makes local issues seem less significant. In his first week of office Trump signed an executive order to build the wall that he promised his xenophobic supporters on the campaign trail. If that wasn’t enough, Trump also fulfilled another one of his dreadful campaign promises; a de facto ban on Muslims entering our country. With protests at airports around the country, it almost seems almost wrong for us to fix our attention on WSTA’s busing issues. We’ll continue to attend protests, call our representatives and flood social media in support of Muslims from nation’s on Trump’s naughty list and refugees arrested and detained through no fault of their own.