Archive - Perspectives
Now for something completely different â€” well, sort of â€”Â Iâ€™m back in the sports saddle at The O-N-E, and this past week the duty took me to my first-ever swim meet. The experience was certainly educational and entertaining, so much that I want to make sure Wednesday nightâ€™s meet at Lenoir-Rhyne University wonâ€™t be my last.
Tis the season of holiday movies â€” at the cinemas and on television â€” and stage productions, whether musical, drama or comedy.
I had a near-death experience a few days ago. Well, maybe â€śnear deathâ€ť is an exaggeration, but it certainly felt like my life flashed before my eyes at the time.
I was driving to Hickory on Interstate 40 for an interview, when suddenly a large SUV traveling immediately to my right merged into my lane. The vehicle came out of nowhere. In a split second, I jerked the wheel of my car to the left, slammed on the car horn and pulled into the left lane to avoid the vehicle barreling toward my car.
Recently some sort of hacker got into one of my old e-mail accounts and enjoyed a field day with my â€śaddress book,â€ť my e-mail and, for all I know, any personal information I have given the e-mail service provider.
Darts to a management mistake that could, as a motion by the 25th Judicial District Attorneyâ€™s office states, â€śjeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendantâ€ť in the death of Zahra Baker.
While prosectors also believed opening police search warrants could â€śundermineâ€ť police investigations in the Baker case, District Attorney Jay Gaitherâ€™s office failed to do the work required to keep those files confidential.
Youâ€™re probably aware the Catawba County Board of Commissioners is elected to make decisions on the goals, direction and operation of county government. You may also be aware that the county works under the â€ścommission-managerâ€ť form of government, through which the board hires a professional county manager to carry out its directives and oversee day-to-day operations.
I want to commend Beth Parham and the teaching staff at Bunker Hill High School for â€śjumping on boardâ€ť and taking advantage of the Microsoft program. Now that everything will be on computers, I feel that will be the best program to get work in the future.
Iâ€™ve often mocked elected officials, appointed leaders, celebrities and other public figures when they insist on using dated head shots in published materials.
Now that the shoe is on my foot, Iâ€™m a little less inclined to rush to judgment.
Laurels to Catawba County citizens who have so much interest in local politics that they organized and presented a candidates forum for political races important to this community. Likewise, laurels to the political candidates who took time to make their platforms known during this great opportunity to reach voters.
Jennifer Bandy and a group of her friends and relatives wanted to learn more about candidates seeking election in Catawba County, so they orchestrated a pair of non-partisan political forums and invited candidates hoping to represent area voters.