Our View: Ups and Downs - Chris Greene; Congresswoman Diane DeGette
THUMBS UP to High Point’s Chris Greene for her service to the entire state by serving on the North Carolina State Board of Education, representing the 5th Education District. Greene’s term on the public schools’ top education panel concluded March 31. Her long career and service in the education field also includes being a classroom teacher and school counselor, adjunct professor at N.C. A&T State University and service on a number of education profession boards. She’s also compiled an extensive record of service to the greater High Point community, which contributed to her also being selected High Point Enterprise Citizen of the Year in 2001.
We offer our congratulations and best wishes to Greene’s replacement on the board, Kernersville’s A.L. “Buddy” Collins, an attorney and member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education. Collins, appointed to the post by Gov. Pat McCrory, was in 2008 given the Friend of Education Award by the Forsyth County Association of Educators.
THUMBS DOWN to Colorado Democratic Congresswoman Diane DeGette, who is co-sponsor of a bill in Congress that would ban the sale or transfer of firearms magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. During a recent forum in Denver, DeGette commented that banning high-capacity magazines now would lead to their elimination in the future after the bullets had been fired from them and no more new high-capacity magazines were available. That comment has, of course, been ridiculed by those opposed to her bill and other gun-control measures because magazines and “clips” as they are sometimes called are designed to be refilled with bullets repeatedly after rounds in them have been expended.
THUMBS UP to the state officials who made the decision last week to remove a historical exhibit in the old State Capitol building that contained a Confederate battle flag. The decision came after leaders of the state NAACP had voiced concerns about the battle flag flying in the old Capitol building, which was built prior to the Civil War but is still an active public building for state government business. It contains the governor’s office and offices of the governor’s chief of staff and communications staff. The battle flag was part of an effort to decorate the inside of the Capitol as it was described in an 1863 account written by a North Carolina woman who had just visited the Capitol. It’s anticipated that the exhibit may be restaged at the nearby N.C. Museum of History, which is a better location because it more clearly would put such an exhibit in historical perspective.