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Wednesday’s Heroes and Zeros

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 at 5:39 pm in Uncategorized.

Today there was lots of material from which to choose.

HERO: L.F. Eason III, a 29-year-veteran of the state Department of Agriculture in North Carolina, who instructed his staff not to lower the building’s flag to half-staff to recognize the death of former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms. Eason ignored Gov. Mike Easley’s directive to state agencies to lower their flags, because he didn’t feel that the … oh, let’s just go ahead and say it – racist Helms was worthy of the honor. The 51-year-old Eason was given a choice: lower the flag or take an early retirement. Easley stood by his guns and took the retirement … from the only job he’s had since graduated from college. Though maybe it wasn’t his place to drag personal convictions into a state job, he nevertheless had the guts to say lowering the flag wasn’t appropriate because of Helms’ “doctrine of negativity, hate and prejudice.” Which was quite refreshing to read, considering how so many reports glossed over Helms’ long history of open racism while calling him “dedicated,” and other puny euphemisms. Just because someone dies doesn’t mean they get an instant halo. For a refreshing, accurate and honest take on Helms, please read this.

ZERO: The guy in Denver who stands accused of checking out hundreds of books and DVDs from Denver libraries, then trying to sell them. Thomas Pilaar, 34, was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay more than $53,000 in restitution. Only about 500 of the 1,400 items he borrowed have been recovered. Quick question: How did the Denver library system manage to lend him so much stuff? At least the guy has a built-in job in prison. He can push around the library cart.

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