Archive - Jan 2011 - Perspectives
For several years, my grandmother was a serious pusher of all things Avon, and from everything I could tell, she was a big-time dealer of fragrances, make-up and other beauty accouterments that came through the mail-order cosmetics company.
In fact, Grandmother Gresham sold so much of the stuff in lower Alabama that her house was always stockpiled with free gifts and samples awarded to those private franchisees who met or exceeded high-volume sales goals. An entire corner of her home maintained a general fragrance of Avon at all times, and as a result, so did her grandchildren.
LAURELS AND DARTS
Laurels to Catawba County Schools leaders who are taking a hard look at the school systemâ€™s budget in an effort to create a fiscal plan that protects the quality of education available to students. Darts to those same leaders who seem to be overlooking some of the most out-of-balance expense line-items that are in dire need of review.
Cong. Sue Myrick is thinking about packing heat.
Yes, in the wake of a Jan. 8 mass shooting that killed six people and injured 14 others â€” including U.S. Cong. Gabrielle Giffords â€” Myrick told The Charlotte Observer she is thinking about obtaining a concealed-carry gun permit and carrying a personal firearm.
Last week was a stressful week at the newspaper for me, to say the least. When snow is on the ground, trouble is meant to be found.
Of course, with the white stuff comes delays or closings, which mean no sports to cover for me. High schools canceled and moved games. Colleges also delayed their games.
So finding a good story last week for the sports page was a tad difficult. Mash that together with the fact that Iâ€™ve only lived here a little more than two weeks and am still unfamiliar with the area, teams, coaches and players, and that added to the chaos.
Laurels to a Newton church that is helping to make sure that when winter is at its coldest, there will always be room in the inn.
For the second winter, First Presbyterian Church in Newton has opened its â€śRoom in the Innâ€ť to homeless people who need a warm bed and a hot meal during the coldest nights of the winter season. And there is certainly a need for warm shelter in Newton.
Growing up in Alabama, we didnâ€™t get a lot of snow, even during some of the coldest winters.
Itâ€™s no secret Iâ€™m somewhat challenged when it comes to whipping up meals in the kitchen.
My fridge is usually full of microwaveable meals, all the fixinsâ€™ for cold sandwiches and diet soda â€” not exactly the ingredients for a Julia Child-like masterpiece. To say my surname isnâ€™t fitting is an understatement. Iâ€™m a disgrace to the Bakers of centuries before who actually cooked for a living.
Laurels to area governments making wise investments into the addition and retention of jobs in out county.
First, laurels go to Claremont City Council which this week agreed to offer economic development incentives to Advance Pierre Foods. In exchange, the food manufacturing company will create 500 jobs at its Claremont operation.
Coming Monday, the top two teams in NCAA Division I football take the field as Auburnâ€™s Tigers battle Oregonâ€™s Ducks for a national championship crown.
Unfortunately, while the BCS National Championship game highlights the â€śbestâ€ť of college football, the title contest â€” like bowl games during the past month and the regular season at-large â€” also spotlights some of the biggest problems apparent in the collegiate gridiron game.