Our View: Ups and Downs - Hopewell fifth-graders; runners honoring bombing victims

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 01:04 AM

THUMBS UP to this year’s fifth-grade class at Hopewell Elementary School in Trinity that will graduate to middle school with a special designation — these students are bilingual. This class began a Spanish immersion program six years ago as kindergartners and concentrated on their studies in Spanish. Over time, they’ve also increasingly received instruction in English, but the course of study they have completed has made them fluent in both Spanish and English. The program was an experiment six years ago, and today it appears to be paying dividends for students who apply for the program and are selected for the curriculum by lottery. Without question, today and in the future, a young person fluent in English and Spanish will have a star by his or her name on any list of job applicants.

THUMBS DOWN to all those cicadas that are coming this year, which you read about in the Enterprise on Monday, because they are terribly disrupting with the sound they make. But also give them a THUMBS UP because they make great bait when fishing for largemouth bass.

THUMBS UP to local folks such as Mike Vance, Liam Lewis, Chuck Lewis and many others in the area who participated Wednesday in a 2.62-mile run in north High Point to honor the victims of Monday’s terrorist bombings during the Boston Marathon. “We wanted to have something in honor of the runners up there. We want to remind people that we need to keep on running,” Vance, who works at a running store in High Point, told the Enterprise. An extra THUMBS UP also goes to Vance for his view that Monday’s events made him even more determined to compete in the Boston Marathon next year or in the near future.

THUMBS DOWN to Chris Cox, a top lobbyist for the NRA, who said the background check amendment voted down by the U.S. Senate Wednesday “would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution.” We suggest that instead of listening to rhetoric — both pro and con — one examine the text of the bill. The bill would not “criminalize” a transfer if: “the transfer is made between spouses, between parents or spouses of parents and their children or spouses of their children, between siblings or spouses of siblings, or between grandparents or spouses of grandparents and their grandchildren or spouses of their grandchildren, or between aunts or uncles or their spouses and their nieces or nephews or their spouses, or between first cousins, if the transferor does not know or have reasonable cause to believe that the transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under Federal, State, or local law.”