Our View: Ups & Downs - Community Clinic; rowdy Greensboro teens

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 01:07 AM

THUMBS UP to the Community Clinic of High Point and its long and distinguished list of clinic leaders, volunteers and supporters as it celebrates 20 years of service to the greater High Point area. The Community Clinic has for two decades filled a vital role in helping meet medical needs among people in the community who otherwise might not be able to find or afford care because they do not qualify for assistance from government sources or private insurance. The clinic’s stated mission is to provide quality care and chronic disease management for adults 18 to 64 who live in Archdale, High Point, Jamestown and Trinity. However, the reputation of this important community organization far exceeds that geographical area.

THUMBS DOWN to the estimated 400 teenage rowdies who engaged in a huge brawl late Saturday night in downtown Greensboro. The massive fight resulted in Greensboro police arresting 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 20. Police officers had to call in reinforcements and resort to using pepper spray and a stun gun in order to control the crowd. In 2011, the city had an 11 p.m. curfew for children under 18 without adult supervision, but later rescinded it. This week, Greensboro officials voted to reinstate the curfew for anyone 17 and under for 60 days.

THUMBS UP to the folks in the Haley’s Way, Lindale Farm, Deep River Road area of the city who contacted the Enterprise Monday to let us know that a bear had been spotted there overnight. Those calls and then residents speaking with the Enterprise allowed the newspaper staff to prepare a front-page news story for Tuesday that alerted folks throughout that area and in neighboring areas of the city to take safety precautions and to be on the lookout for the bear. The community’s assistance when incidents such as this happen helps make us a better newspaper.

THUMBS DOWN to the Republican-controlled N.C. Senate for its last-second, late-night actions this week dealing with new rules and regulations regarding abortions and other legislation, including budget matters. Sure, the Senate leaders wanted to get some business taken care of before the long July 4th holiday, but rushing debate and votes through during late-evening hours just before a national holiday leaves a bad impression of how the Republican majority wants to conduct the public’s business, especially on a matter as controversial as abortion. It reminds us of how the Democrat-controlled Legislature operated when state lottery legislation was passed.