Our View: Ups and Downs - High Point Arts Market; United Way volunteers

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 02:09 AM

THUMBS UP the High Point Artists Network and David Briggs, director of the High Point Theatre, for their plan to kick off an Arts Market Saturday in downtown High Point. The Arts Market will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal on Commerce Avenue. The Arts Market will feature a half-dozen arts and crafts vendors selling a variety of handmade items. Initially, more vendors had been accepted for the inaugural event, but scheduling conflicts arose.
The market will be held the second Saturday of each month, except January and February. It also will be held the first three Saturdays in December for Christmas shopping convenience.
The Arts Market is patterned after an event that flourished in Baton Rouge, La., where Briggs lived and worked before coming to High Point a few years ago. The Artists Network is made up of the High Point Theatre, High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, High Point Area Arts Council and Theatre Art Galleries.

THUMBS UP to community volunteers who for the next few weeks are working with United Way of Greater High Point to make funding distributions decisions. Approximately 60 volunteers in the allocations process are studying funding requests from UWGHP partner agencies, visiting the agency sites and hearing presentations by the agencies requesting funding. The panels of volunteers will then make recommendations for distribution of the United Ways funds available from the communitywide campaign that concluded earlier this year after raising a record of more than $4.7 million.

THUMBS DOWN to the folks — especially weather forecasters — who have been freaking out the last few days because daytime high temperatures have been as much as 10-15 degrees above the average temperatures for these days. Before some among us think “we’re all gonna die” from this heat, just recall that the record high temperatures for these recent days were set mostly back in the 1920s and 1930s. We survived the heat spikes back then, we will this time, too.

THUMBS DOWN to U.S. senators and others who are blasting Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and their proposal to subject more firearms purchases to federal background checks. The idea is extend background checks to all commercial sales of firearms — including at gun shows — is a way to help combat the problem of criminals and the mentally ill getting firearms. Sure, it’s true that such checks will not prevent every single person who shouldn’t have a firearm from getting one, but they will help. The senators’ proposal does not apply to private sales between family members, which is reasonable. But even people involved in such sales should use common sense. It should be the duty of anyone involved in the transfer of a weapon — whether it’s a commercial sale, private sale or even a gift — to consider the appropriateness of the action.