Archive - Perspectives
January 24th, 2011
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.
December 23rd, 2010
Dear Santa, â€śMy baby cosin caleb needs a new heart because half of his heart is not thayr. He ben so good. He doesnâ€™t need to have half a heart.â€ť
â€śI want a Xbox because I never have one before. I want a cote for my family in vitnam beause I donâ€™t want dem to be called. I want my mom and dad to stop fighting each other. Santa you our the best man ever. I was good Santa.â€ť
â€śA Christmas Carolâ€ť has always been one of my favorite holiday tales.
Thereâ€™s the wicked Ebenezer Scrooge with his miserly ways, the good-hearted Bob Cratchit and, of course, the three ghosts of Christmas who aim to change Scroogeâ€™s life forever.
I first became familiar with the story as a little girl when my brother, sister and I watched â€śMickeyâ€™s Christmas Carolâ€ť hundreds of times each holiday season on a worn-out VHS cassette.
We balked at the cruelty of Scrooge McDuck and cheered when Mickey and Minnie enjoyed a Christmas dinner with Tiny Tim at the movieâ€™s conclusion.
If you see what appears to be a mound of winter clothes running around Catawba County in the next few days, itâ€™s me. I hate cold weather, and this weekâ€™s bitterly cold temperatures have left me seeing just how many layers I can add to my body and still maintain the use of my arms.
I donâ€™t remember when I started hating cold weather. I do know, however, that I reach for a sweater just from the mention of temperatures below 70 degrees.