Our View: Ups and Downs — Corey Law; GOP N.C. Senate
THUMBS UP to High Point University’s Corey Law. The 6-foot, 6-inch forward on HPU’s Big South Conference regular season co-champs has made it to the finals of the Dark Horse Dunker competition. He’s jamming for a slot in the College Slam Dunk Contest to be held during this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Atlanta.
Law has made it to the final round of the Dark Horse Dunker voting against Illinois State’s Tyler Brown. On Thursday, Law was leading Brown by at 53 percent to 47 percent total. Voting ends at 1 p.m. Monday. Votes for Law can be cast through Facebook at http://www.collegeslam2013.com<http://www.collegeslam2013.com/
THUMBS UP to the cardinals of the Catholic Church for making history and picking a pope for the first time from the New World. It was also the first time in more than 1,000 years that the pope came from outside of Europe. The last non-European pope was Syria’s Gregory III from 731-41.
On Wednesday, the conclave of Catholic leaders picked 76-year-old Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to be the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He chose the name of Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, who was known as a humble friar dedicated to helping the poor. Reports say that the new pope also has spent much of his time being an advocate for the poor.
Latin America has been abuzz with excitement since Bergoglio was chosen. Catholics in Latin America make up about 40 percent of the church, but according to reports have been underrepresented in church leadership positions. The new pope does have roots in Europe. He is the son of middle-class Italian immigrants.
THUMBS DOWN to the Republican-controlled N.C. Senate, which voted this week 33-16 along party lines to approve what would amount to a state government grab of the city-operated Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The GOP-led plan is to take control of the airport from the city of Charlotte, which has run the airport since the 1930s, and give responsibility for its operation to a five-county regional authority. Republican Sen. Robert Rucho of Mecklenburg County says the change in operating administration should occur because the airport is a statewide asset. That alone, however, doesn’t sound like convincing evidence for what seems to be heavy-handed state action with possibly some behind-the-scenes political disputes here.
But whatever the case, Gov. Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte, is urging his fellow Republicans to proceed slowly with this idea and make sure it’s thoroughly studied before any action might be taken. That sounds like some good advice.