Archive - Perspectives
February 23rd, 2011
Iâ€™ve probably typed her name hundreds of times in the past five months.
Monday was another one of those days when I typed Zahraâ€™s name over and over again as I learned more about what happened to the freckle-faced cancer survivor. The more I type Zahraâ€™s name, the more I hope to see swift, firm justice delivered in the case.
With only a handful of exceptions during the past decade, I have spent at least a couple of evenings every month attending regular and special meetings of some elected government body or another. Some months, particularly when I was a fledgling cub reporter covering anything and everything that came my way, I toted a notepad and pen into a couple of meetings every week.
Laurels to four Kiwanis Clubs in Catawba County and the city of Hickory, which are partnering to create a special playground to honor the life of Zahra Baker.
The project aims to create a play space suitable for children with disabilities, who are like the 10-year-child who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aides until she died and was dismembered in 2010.
Laurels to the Catawba County Schools Board of Education for taking a serious look at its policy for non-faculty coaches at the systemâ€™s schools.
While we find fault with the means through which CCS made public the proposals, deliberations and finally the revisions to the policy, the intent of the new protocol hits the right mark.
While the 2010 college football season is a quickly fading memory for most rational people (who won the BCS Championship again?), activity on the football front was far from silent this week.
Thatâ€™s right. You donâ€™t have to have the glorious traditions of a Saturday tailgate or a ball game complete with school colors, cheers and marching bands to get some folks whipped into a college football frenzy. Even smack-dab in the middle of winter, one topic still gets some fanatics hyped up for college football.
Signing day and the recruiting wars.
On Nov. 1, 2010, the Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved changes to the school systemâ€™s policy for non-faculty coaches. That approval came after school system leaders began discussing changes to CCS Board of Education Policy 7.3500 in late June 2010.
I got out of bed Tuesday morning and could barely move. My neck was stiff and my legs didnâ€™t want to move without a little pinch in my nerves. I walked in somewhat of a hunch as I tried to make my way to the shower. Why was I in so much pain? Three words: Step moves class.
Monday night, I decided to try something different at The Perfect Workout. I got off work in time to make it to the gymâ€™s weekly step moves class, so I thought Iâ€™d give it a shot. It was something different for me. The only class Iâ€™ve tried was Zumba, which Iâ€™ve grown to enjoy.
One morning last week, I awoke to a very unsettling sound.
No, it wasnâ€™t the jarring sound of an alarm clock. It was the harsh peal of thunder.
After hearing the thunderstorm move across Hickory, my thoughts immediately went to one thing: snow.
Itâ€™s part of an old wivesâ€™ tale my grandmother always talked about. She said that any time it thunders during winter months, the area will have snow within 7-10 days.
The surprising thing is that most of the time, it happens.
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.