Our View: Ups & Downs - Guilford’s Class of 2014

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 12:41 AM

THUMBS UP to this year’s group of high school graduates in Guilford County. This year’s seniors set a record for scholarships earned to further their educations. Guilford’s Class of 2014 received a total of $149,462,070 in scholarships. According to school officials, that is some $22 million more than last year’s scholarship total and more than $10 million higher than the previous record set by the Class of 2012. That is a pretty good distriction for the 5,383 members of the Guilford County Schools Class of 2014. To them, we say congratulations on winning these scholarships and we wish each and every one of these seniors success in their post-graduation plans, whether they are going off to college or furthering their educations by entering the workforce.

THUMBS UP to folks in Pinehurst, who this week are hosting the men’s U.S. Open golf tournament at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course. Then next week, Pinehurst will play host the Women’s U.S. Open. The area has been preparing for and promoting these two events for a while, so we’re hoping all goes well for them, and that they especially have good weather. What Pinehurst is doing is kinda like hosting High Point Markets on two successive weeks. High Point has gotten pretty good at bringing sometimes upwards to 100,000 people into the city for markets twice a year, but we’re not sure we’d want to attempt that feat on back-to-back weeks.

THUMBS DOWN to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that stifles attempts for restitution by military families possibly exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune during a period going back maybe as far as the 1950s. The court ruled that N.C. law clearly prohibits such claims if the possible exposure was more than 10 years ago. Yes, it was a ruling based on the law, but it gets a Thumbs Down none-the-less.

THUMBS UP to the N.C. House of Representatives which on Thursday pushed a bill through committee that would change the law on which Monday’s Supreme Court ruling was based. We hope that bill keeps moving on, the law is changed and residents of Camp Lejeune — other locations, too — who were harmed by contaminated water eventually can recover damages.