- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble: The people of Mount Airy, N.C., for taking time out on Labor Day to assist hurricane-affected areas of the Gulf Coast [-] even as they prepare for their own hurricane. For many Americans, Labor Day is a day to spend at home or the mall.

That was not the case on Monday at the Red Cross building in Mt. Airy, where a whirlwind of activity took place. In one part of the building, the Retired School Personnel or Surry County, a nonprofit group, conducted a blood drive. In another area, preparations were taking place to line up volunteers to receive Gulf Coast residents fleeing Hurricane Gustav. Tom Dunn, emergency services director for the Surry County, N.C., Red Cross Chapter, said his wife, MoAna, had left for Mississippi the day before to work as a shelter manager. She was helping coordinate at a shelter in Greene County, Miss., where 50 people were making their home while bracing for Gustav’s arrival.

At the same time, local Airy Red Cross officials were preparing for the arrival of Hanna, the hurricane/tropical storm that was bearing down on the Carolinas. Most of the volunteers are trained to provide shelter, food and bulk distribution of supplies to persons who decide to stay in their homes and those who return to clean up after a storm, Mr. Dunn told the Mount Airy News. His organization also performs client casework - getting money to disaster victims for food, clothing and temporary shelter.

For going out of their way during their holiday to help fellow Americans in need, the people of Mount Airy. N.C. are the Nobles of the Week.

Knave: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, for disgracing his office and lying to his family. In a Detroit courtroom on Thursday, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felony charges for lying under oath in a police whistleblower trial last year.

Kirkpatrick lied in a deposition in denying that he had an extramarital affair with Christine Beatty, his then-chief of staff. The mayor tricked the city council into approving a deal to pay $8.4 million to two former city policemen who had sued the city after they obtained the transcripts of his incriminating text messages. Once the mayor’s perjurious behavior was exposed thanks to some excellent investigative reporting by the Detroit Free Press, Kilpatrick injected race into the issue, suggesting he had been targeted by a “lynch mob.” On Thursday, however, the mayor agreed to a plea deal in which he spends four months in jail, pays $1 million in restitution and agrees not to run for office for five years. Just hours after he admitted lying under oath, Kilpatrick delivered a televised address in which he promised to stage a political comeback.

For all of his shameful behavior, Kwame Kilpatrick is the Knave of the Week.

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