Our View: Ups and Downs - Jeremy Young; interstate speed limits

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 02:20 AM

THUMBS UP and “Thank you” to Trinity’s Jeremy Young, who returned home last weekend to continue his recovery from wounds the 23-year-old U.S. Army private first class sustained last year during combat in Afghanistan. Young was one of five U.S. soldiers wounded last July 3 when an Afghan soldier working with U.S. troops attacked the Americans. Young was shot 12 times and has been recovering from his wounds in Texas. Friends and relatives welcomed Young home last Saturday with an event at Archdale’s Creekside Park.

THUMBS UP to the Department of Transportation and local officials who made the decision to raise the speed limit on Interstate 73/74 and U.S. 220 through Asheboro to 65 miles per hour. Recent improvements along that four-lane stretch of highway in Asheboro completed in conjunction with the construction of Interstate 74 through High Point and Interstate 73 through Greensboro improved that part of the highway making it conducive to the higher speed limit.

THUMBS DOWN to the Department of Transportation and local officials who continue to maintain the ridiculously low speed limit of 60 mph on much of the section of Interstate 74/U.S. 311 Bypass through High Point. That brand-new stretch of the highway is six-lane, has no areas where there are sight restrictions and easily could (and should) accommodate a speed limit of 65 mph.

THUMBS UP to all the elementary school students in Davidson County who recently participated in the Battle of the Books Competition held this year at Denton Elementary School. Dozens of students from a number of schools in the Enterprise’s coverage area participated in the competition. Kudos also to Davidson County Schools personnel and others who worked to organize the competition. It’s a great way to encourage elementary students to improve their reading skills and become lifelong readers.

THUMBS DOWN to efforts in North Carolina — anywhere actually — to remove the helmet requirement for riding a motorcycle. National highway safety statistics show that helmets reduce by 37 percent the likelihood of a motorcycle crash ending in the motorcyclist’s death, according to recent news reports. And it stands to reason that helmets reduce the likelihood of a serious injury occurring, too.