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                                                 Editorial / Opinion

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                       Biden’s Walk Can Beat Trump’s Talk with the

                            Working Class, But He Needs to Speak Up

          Spoiler alert! Donald Trump will be allowed to                                                  thentically in his heart.                           The  Fayetteville  Press
      remain on the ballot this fall.                                                                          President Biden does not need to sound               Newspaper
          One way or another, the Supreme Court is go-          By Ben Jealous                            more like Trump. Trump is all bluster and aims      “Your  Community  Newspaper”
      ing to decide that a state cannot remove Trump from                                                 only to foment anger. What President Biden
      based on the 14th amendment’s ban on insurrection-                                                  needs to do is make it clear that when it comes          P.O. Box 9166
      ists holding elected office. Trump is an insurrection-                                              to cars and energy, there is only one future: elec-  Fayetteville * NC 28311
      ist. But that is not the question currently before the                                              tric vehicles and renewable sources like solar       (910) 323-3120 - Office
      Court. The decision will likely be joined by some of                                                and wind.                                
      the Court’s moderates. It could even be unanimous.                                                       He needs to speak plainly about how if                 E-mail:
          Regardless of the reasoning behind or the nar-                                                  America does not seize these markets and sup-
      rowness of the ultimate decision, another barrier will                                              port the manufacturing sectors behind these in-
      be removed for Trump. His base will be further en-                                                  dustries, China will. China already controls
      ergized.                                                                                            more than 80 percent of the world's solar manu-      *Publisher - JJ Jones
          Increasingly, the question on many people’s                                                     facturing capacity and the Chinese electric car        *General Manager
      minds is this: with the Trump train picking up speed                                                industry is growing rapidly.                           Chrystal M. Thomas
      again, what can President Biden really do to stop it?                                                    To be sure, there are many, many factors
          The first step is to recognize what we’re deal-                                                 at play in this year’s election. But many of the        *Sales Manager
      ing with. Yes, many Americans are depressed about                                                   big ones tie back to the working class. For in-          Dwight Brown
      this election, and depressed about it being a rematch                                               stance, the gender gap has grown – but not nec-
      between the same people who were on the ballot                                                      essarily in Biden’s favor. Women skew more           *Editor - Jae McKrae
      last time. However, turnout will still be high.                                                     heavily towards Biden in polls that follow pub-
          It is still a presidential year. The media cover-                                               lic displays of Trump’s misogyny or news of his      *Special Corespondent
      age will not let any of us escape constantly hearing     Take the issue of trade. All of Trump’s tough  sexual assaults. But in general, recent polls are  Queen Degraphenrei
      about the election. And people know there is a ton  “America first” talk about trade belies the fact  showing Biden’s base advantage with women
      at stake.                                           that his policies would do nothing to ensure    has shrunk. Meanwhile, the gender gap for men             Staff Writer
          Each side sees a lot to fight against. Each side  American competitiveness. Despite China be-   skews more and more heavily towards Trump.              Shelia Mclaughlin
      sees a lot to fight for. This election is likely to go to  ing a favorite target from the stump, Trump  That is driven by the trend among working-class      *Photgrapher
      the side that working class America believes is fight-  would allow China to dominate the emerging  men. And it is working-class men of all races –         Bruce Carpenter
      ing for them.                                       global economy by preventing the domestic       including growing numbers of Black men.
          In order to understand working class America    growth of the industries at its center.                                                               *Account Executives
      today, we have to understand a huge swath of work-                                                       Democratic politicians need to get over              Dr. Don Reid
      ing-class America generally has the same address.        The  irony  is  that  what  working  class  their default inclination to disregard working-
      It is the place where the factory shut down and opi-  America is demanding, Joe Biden is delivering.  class white men in their messaging. It ultimately       *Distribution
                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Dykes
      ate addiction, meth addiction, and suicide shot up.  He is just not talking about it.               leads to disregarding working-class people              Nero B. Coleman
          The economic and social struggles of this broad                                                 across the board.
      base of American society define the political mo-        Biden’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act                                                        * Graphic Designed By
      ment that we are in. It is a populist one. This has  (IRA) is reopening American factories, rebuild-     We all grew up hearing that actions speak           Roslyn Graphic
      allowed Donald Trump to speak to Americans’ anxi-   ing American manufacturing, and creating jobs.  louder words. But talking the talk is becoming
      eties with no intention of following through, and in  Our current president is backing up industrial  more and more important in our politics. This is      *Staff  Chaplain
      completely dishonest ways.                          unions like the United Auto Workers when they   not a case against action. Rather, where Presi-                  Bishop
          Trump has been stealing Bernie Sanders’ talk-   find themselves in a real fight. And he is ensur-  dent Biden is already showing great leadership       Larry O. Wright, Jr.
      ing points since back in 2016. Remember before the  ing that America seizes the moment to lead the  with his actions, he needs to also make sure the
      all the “rigged election” rhetoric, Trump spoke of  world economy in this century like we did the   American people hear about it.                                       E-Mail:
      the “rigged economy.” He truthfully told voters our  last one.                                           Ben Jealous is the Executive Director       
      healthcare system is broken but dishonestly said he      In a world where Donal Trump talks the     of the Sierra Club and a Professor of Prac-                Web-Site
      would give us a better one. And, of course he lam-  talk and Joe Biden walks the walk, we should    tice at the University of Pennsylvania.   
      basted NAFTA as the disaster it was. It was all     assume that the talker has the advantage. The        Paid for by Sierra Club Political Com-
      empty rhetoric. Trump lacked the conviction, knowl-  only way to bridge that gap is for President Biden  mittee,, and not autho-               For
      edge, and genuine desire to do anything about these  to start talking the talk too. As a guy from   rized by any candidate or candidate's com-               Subscriptions
      issues.                                             Scranton, he knows how to do it and it is au-   mittee.                                                (910) 323-3120

                                                                      Hello summer! We are so happy to see you. Even though summer can be a lot of fun, there are certain precautions
                                                                             and safety measures that should be followed. Please take heed to these important tips:

                                                               Basic Summer Safety Tips
                                                               1. Stay hydrated. Be sure to have your child drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.
                                                               2. Protect your skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher before going outside.
                                                               3. Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses when you are outside to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
                                                               4. Limit your time in the sun. The sun’s rays are most intense from 10 am – 2 pm.
                                                               Heat Safety
                                                               1. Heat stroke- occurs when the body’s ability to sweat fails and your body temperature rises to a dangerous level quickly.
                                                               2. Heat exhaustion- occurs when the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water.
                                                               3. Heat cramps- muscle spasms that affect the legs or abdominals after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the
                                                               body resulting in heat cramps.
                                                               Swimming Safety
                                                               1. There should always be adult supervision when children are swimming.
                                                               2. Never swim alone as an adult.
                                                               3. Never try to save someone by jumping in yourself. Throw them objects they can hold on to.
                                                               4. Learn how to swim. Children should start swimming lessons as soon as possible. Children should wear swim vests to help them stay
                                                               afloat in the water.
                                                               5. Never swim when there is lightning or a storm.
            Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Principal                     Boating Safety
                                                               1. Always wear a life jacket and everyone in the boat should have a life jacket.
                                                               2. Do not drive a boat under the influence of alcohol.
                                                               3. Watch or listen for inclement weather.
                                                               4. Know the procedures and protocol if the boat capsizes or someone falls overboard.
                                                               5. Keep a safe distance from swimmers and other boaters.

                                                               Insect Safety
                                                               1. Use a bug spray that contains DEET or a naturally derived product. Consult your child’s pediatrician before using these products on
                                                               2. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect you from ticks and mosquitos.
                                                               3. Check frequently for ticks if you are outside and in the woods.
                                                               4. See a doctor if you have symptoms of Lyme Disease (ticks) and those symptoms include fever, aches, and fatigue. Symptoms of
                                                               Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever (ticks) include fever, aches, nausea, and vomiting.
                                                                                                         Have a safe, fun, and happy summer!
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