Myrick: Health insurance mandate represents a loss of freedom

U.S. House Representative Sue Myrick released this video about the recent ruling by a Virginia judge who said the health coverage mandate in the new health care bill is unconstitutional. Other judges have ruled so far that it is constitutional, and the issue seems destined to move on to the Supreme Court.

Myrick argues that the mandate to buy health insurance violates the Interstate Commerce Clause in the Constitution.

Obama said the mandate is necessary because it helps to bring healthy people into the pool of the insured, thus lowering the rates for everyone. Under the Obama plan, if someone doesn’t buy health insurance, either through a private company or through the so-called health care exchanges, then they will be penalized with a tax.

Myrick disagrees.

“It’s wrong that the government now has the power to punish the American people for not purchasing a product, in this case, health insurance,” said Myrick.


Mint Hill Middle School partners with Pajama Program

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Back (L to R): Kobe Leigh, Derrick Scott, Elizabeth Britt. Middle: Alisha Martin, Jake Bohan, Gabby DeMicco, Natalie Hudson. Front: Emily Haigler, Tessa Harrelson.

Mint Hill Middle School’s (SC)2   Club  (Student Community Service Corp) has partnered with the Pajama Program,  a 501(c)(3) organization that provides comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and new books to children-in-need, many waiting to be adopted. Students are bringing in new pajama and books until December 17th.


American Community Bank supports Operation Christmas Child

American Community Bank, including Mint Hill’s branch, showed their support for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child gift drive this season by volunteering at the program’s Charlotte Processing Center.The Mint Hill TImes

Employees and their families have donated time inspecting donated shoebox gifts and preparing them for overseas shipment.

“This is the second year American Community Bank employees and their families have volunteered with Operation Christmas Child and we are pleased to have even more employees involved than last year,” said Bryce Friesz, City Executive. “It is a great opportunity for us to come together as a bank and as a community.”

Each year, the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse collects donations of shoeboxes filled with children’s gifts, which it processes and ships to needy children in more than 130 countries. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, visit


Butler Repeats as State Champions

The Butler Bulldogs won the state 4AA football title on Saturday, shutting out Wake Forest-Rolesville     44-0 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

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Butler's Jahwan Edwards, Colin Parsons and Kris Frost accept the 4AA State trophy. (Photo by Mark Sward at

Jahwan Edwards won the Most Valuable Player honors, rushing for 170 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the second half.

“Our game plan was to run the ball and keep their offense off the field.  In the first half they were all over me, but in the second half I just had to come out and dominate.”

Austin Stewart had two interceptions for the Bulldog defense.  His second pick was returned 93 yards for a touchdown that broke the game open in the second quarter.  Stewart was named the defensive player of the game.

The whole Bulldog defensive unit could have legitimately been given defensive honors.  In what was virtually an away game for Butler they shut out a team that averaged 28 points per game.  Rolesville only gained 134 yards on the ground on Saturday after they had averaged 240 per game during the season.  The Cougars, trailing the whole game and forced to pass, only completed two of nine passes.  Three of their passes were intercepted.

Rolesville came into the game with a big, experienced offensive line.  Butler Head Coach Mike Newsome knew controlling the line of scrimmage would be a key to victory.

“We knew they were big, and they were physical.  It looked like we had our hands full, but our kids just played through it.  We’re not always the biggest team out there.  We just play with a lot of heart and attitude.”

Quarterback Riley Ferguson was named the offensive player of the game, passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Butler has won back-to-back state titles and now has a 31-game win streak.

More on the Bulldogs’ big win coming soon.  The entire write-up will be posted in the December 16th issue of The Mint Hill Times.


Despite an inexperienced offense, Butler keeps piling up the points

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Sophomore Riley Ferguson has played beyond his years at quarterback for the Bulldogs. Photo by Mark Sward (

Last season the Butler Bulldogs football team put up scoring numbers that rivaled any high school program in the nation. That team had Christian LeMay at quarterback throwing and running behind an experienced offensive line.
As Butler began this season without LeMay there were many questions looming as to how effective the offense would be. Sophomore Riley Ferguson was suddenly thrust into the starting QB role very late in the summer. The fact that he would have five offensive linemen in front of him who never had started before this season did not bode well for Butler.
The results of this season so far: The Bulldogs are 15-0 and are playing in the state championship this Saturday.
“We knew we were going to be young on offense,” says Head Coach Mike Newsome. “Now they’ve got 15 games under them and their playing like juniors and seniors.”

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Uriah Lemay is another sophomore that has put up big numbers for the Bulldogs. Photo by Mark Sward (

Sure, Butler has a dominating defense that could carry any team to the championship on their backs. The defense is not the only reason this team is undefeated, though. Two times this season the Bulldogs would have lost had the offense not posted more than 30 points.
In a volatile game at Lenoir-Hibriten, Butler edged the Panthers 35-28. In that hostile environment, it would have been easy for the Bulldogs to mail-it-in and take a loss. Their offense fought for every yard gained and was able to outscore Hibriten’s talented playmakers.
Last week Butler played a Vance team that had only been giving up single digits throughout the playoffs. Vance put points on the board early and late in the game, and if the Cougar defense had shut down Butler like Mallard Creek the week before, Butler would be sitting at home this Saturday. The Bulldogs scored 44 points on a team with a very strong defense.
“Coming into that game, they said that we really didn’t have an offense,” says Jahwan Edwards. “They said that if they could beat the offense, then they could win. I took that as an insult, the quarterback took that as an insult, and the offensive line took that as an insult. We came out here and smashed these guys.”
Like Ferguson at QB, many of Butler’s starters are underclassmen. Riley’s older brother Zach is the starting wide-out. Zach Ferguson deserves much more respect than to just be known as Riley’s brother. Zach threw the touchdown pass against Vance last week. Sean Wiggins is at tight-end, with senior Kris Frost coming in at wide-out in many

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Senior Jahwan Edwards gives credit to his young offensive line for opening holes like this one. Photo by Mark Sward (

situations. Uriah LeMay and Demetrius Kelly fill the twin half-back roles. Of course the heart of the offense is senior running back Jahwan Edwards.
Butler’s starting left tackle is junior Brandon McNeely. Connor Howard is also a junior and starts at left guard. Fellow junior Nathan Woitovich snaps the ball at center. The only senior on the offensive line is right guard Nick Sansotta. Sophomore Joey Moody is the starting right tackle.
“The offensive line has been getting better and better every day,” says Edwards. “I love these guys. They don’t get their names in the paper; they don’t get the respect they deserve.”
Thanks to Butler’s offensive line, Edwards has rushed for over 1,200 yards this season. Butler is averaging 46 points per game with an offense that currently posts only two seniors in the starting lineup. Their average margin of victory this season is 30 points. The Bulldogs don’t play the most dramatic of contests, but no one is complaining.
“We just go out and play our game,” says quarterback Riley Ferguson. “It doesn’t matter how good the other defense is.”
How good has Ferguson been as a first year quarterback? He’s thrown for over 2,600 yards with 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Bulldog fans will never forget Christian LeMay. After this season, Riley Ferguson and the 2010 Butler offense will always be remembered as well.