Our View: Ups and Downs – Mike Pugh; DOT; flu shots
THUMBS UP to former High Point City Councilman Mike Pugh for his last act as a council member before he left office Monday. At the end of the council’s last meeting before the new City Council took office, Pugh presented a resolution that recognized contributions of black High Point citizens who served in the U.S. military during World War I and World War II. The resolution, unanimously adopted by City Council, authorizes creation and placement of a star in City Council chambers to honor those black High Point citizens who served in the military under the laws and rules of segregation in existence at that time.
The resolution and the star serve also as a belated thank you to the many black veterans during those two wars who were not honored by the city in the same way that white citizens who served in the military were honored by the city after the two wars. Research during the last few years by Glenn Chavis, an amateur historian who has researched and written much about the city’s black history, revealed unequal treatment by the city in honoring its veterans of the two world wars.
THUMBS UP to the N.C. Department of Transportation workers on Kivett Drive Thursday morning who apparently got that second cup of coffee and then realized one of the signs they had put out for road work was the wrong one. At one point, the crew was headed for receiving a THUMBS DOWN for a sign saying “Left lane closed” when the right lane was closed. A short time later, however, a correct sign was out.
THUMBS DOWN if you have not yet had a flu shot. Two deaths from the flu virus already have been reported in the Triad, and health officials are saying that influenza activity in the state appears to be occurring now at a higher than normal rate. Getting the shot can save some aches and pains if you happen to be exposed to the flu virus. Many doctors and pharmacies offer the vaccinations, and the cost is usually around $25. You also can contact the Guilford County Department of Health offices in High Point or Greensboro to schedule an appointment by calling 641-3245.
THUMBS UP to the municipal and public utilities officials who learned lessons – and have remembered them – in the wake of the huge ice storm that hit North and South Carolina in early December 2002. They learned the value of mutual-aid agreements with other parts of the state and country, and they also learned that keeping trees, limbs and other vegetation away from power lines is a maintenance job that can’t be eliminated or delayed as a cost-savings measure.