Our View: Ups and Downs — Sandy benefit; Michigan and Guilford officials
THUMBS UP to the organizers, old rockers, other musicians and entertainers — and especially the donors — involved with Wednesday night’s “12-12-12” benefit show to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. The concert was held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, but it was broadcast on nearly 40 cable television channels in the U.S. and more than 200 others worldwide. Proceeds from the event will go to Robin Hood Foundation, a New York-based charity, which will use the money to help victims of the storm in the Northeast, particularly New York and New Jersey. The foundation said it already had received about $30 million in ticket sales and sponsorships before the concert.
THUMBS UP to the Michigan legislature and Gov. Rick Synder who passed a right-to-work law in that state, despite intense pressure from unions there. Now, workers in Michigan won’t be forced to join a union or pay union dues in order to hold a job in that state. Supporters of the action say the move will help economic development. Union officials and supporters argued that it will cost jobs. With Michigan’s action, about half of the nation’s states, including North Carolina, now have right-to-work laws.
THUMBS DOWN to Guilford County officials for not yet having on the county’s website information about new members of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. The contact information, photos and bios for new members was still missing as of Thursday afternoon – and it’s been more than five weeks since the election. There are many new faces on this redistricted, nine-member board of commissioners and folks want to know how to get in touch with them.
THUMBS UP to Thomasville’s Wil Myers, the former High Point Wesleyan Christian Academy baseball standout, who became a member of the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team last weekend as part of a Major League Baseball trade. Myers was drafted by the pros in 2009 and spent four years in minor league baseball where he established himself as one of its best power hitters. Some are projecting him as a starting outfielder for the Rays next spring.