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October 2017

Corporate culture cheats the American people blind
by Julian Sereno

Anybody who wonders why the American Dream has become impossible and why the Middle Class has become impoverished need look no farther than Corporate America and its subjugation of the American people -- particularly consumers.

Consider Big Pharma. It created the heroin plague that is ravishing our country and remains the principal dealer. In the ‘90s, they started pushing opioids to treat chronic pain. Between 1991 and 2011 opioid prescriptions tripled from 76 million to 228 million to treat an estimated 100 million Americans who suffer chronic pain. Predictably, users became addicted; if prescriptions were cut off, they bought heroin, less costly, provided by Mexican drug cartels. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Two-thirds are from opioids, divided evenly between prescription drugs and heroin. One hundred Americans die from drug overdoses everyday. It is particularly dire in rural and small-town America, areas that are struggling economically.

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Local Solar & Batteries Can Quickly Replace Fossil Fuels,
Save Billions – and Help Slow the Climate Crisis

By Jim Warren

With countless challenges buffeting our society, I regret to report that the global climate crisis is storming ahead as if it were the only demand for our wisdom and collective action. Fortunately, two practical opportunities are available, and North Carolina has a pressing duty to start making good decisions.

The recent super-storms striking the U.S. are but the latest signal of our challenge. Similar-scaled disasters have become virtually commonplace around the world, including the soaring heat, drought and wildfires spread across western states. Perhaps worst of all, a global heat wave that began in 2014 continues, with average temperatures much higher than any years on record.

The record heat is surprising climate scientists, who had thought the absence of El Nino would significantly lower temperatures this year. But NASA reports that July 2017 edged out the previous July as the hottest month ever recorded. As heat rises, so do weather disasters.

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A Great Day to Fiesta!

A Great Day to Fiesta!

Volunteers Claudia Yatzkan, Yeimi Tomas, Odaly Rivas, and Diana Marquez (left to right) made the trip from Chapel Hill where they attend school at UNC. Mil gracias to all our wonderful volunteers! (Photo: Nora Haenn)

Voluntarios Claudia Yatzkan, Yeimi Tomas, Odaly Rivas, and Diana Marquez llegaron de Chapel Hill donde asisten la universidad. ¡Mil gracias a todos los voluntarios maravillosos!

A Great Day to Fiesta!

A family enjoys one of the day’s traditional dance performances. Dance troup Magetsi 4H Club of Sanford and Takiri from Durham were two of the groups performing traditional Latin American folk dances. (Photo: Nora Haenn)

Una familial apreciando un baile tradicional. Los Magetsi 4H Club de Sanford y Takiri de Durham eran dos de los grupos que expusieron su obra.

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Harvest Fest at Chatham Marketplace

Chatham Marketplace, with the help of our wonderful owners and board, is throwing our first ever HARVEST FEST! Fall Fundraiser and we're doing it BIG!!On Sunday, October 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. come help us celebrate Local Craft Beers, Cider & Kombucha and our Local Farmers!

Taste samples from a dozen local craft breweries, ciders, & komebucha in the Beer Garden. Fullsteam Brewery, Foothills Brewing Co, Southern Pines Brewing Co, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Ponysaurus, Bear Creek Brews, Duck Rabbit Brewery, Chatham Ciderworks, Oskar Blues Brewery, Fortnight Brewing, and Bear Creek Brews.....and more coming soon!

Enjoy a Harvest Feast of delicious local food -- Firsthand Foods Bratwurst with all the fixin's on a local Bread Shop bun, sauerkraut from Farmer's Daughter, Bavarian Potato Salad, a local apple, chips, and dessert from Sweetie's Vegan and Southern Catering!

Live music from three local bands including Dave Smith and Tracy Lynn, Ozymandias, The Unmentionables!

Lots of children’s activities including pumpkin decorating, corn hole, face-painting and a Bounce House! Make sure you enter the FREE raffle to win a beer basket of goodies from our participating brewers. First 150 kids get a free mini-Locopops!

Want to volunteer with this fun event? Please harvestfestchatham@gmail.com.

Pittsboro Candidates Forum

The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is sponsoring a forum for the public to hear from the candidates for Pittsboro Mayor and Town Commissioners. The forum will be held on Tuesday October 17, in the Holmes Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library, located at 197 Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library

Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in September and October. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. You can find a full description of the classes, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting www.chathamnc.org/computerclasses.

Computer Basics, Part 2: September 26, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: October 11, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Internet Basics, Part 1: October 16, Monday, 2 – 3:30 PM
Internet Basics, Part 2: October 30, Monday, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (October 11) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the link above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email reference@chathamlibraries.org. All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

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