Our View: Ups & Downs - Watching out for the kids

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 03:22 AM

THUMBS UP to motorists in the greater High Point area who seem to have been extra careful last week as thousands of school children who walk to school or ride buses made their ways back to the classrooms. We’re not aware of any incidents of school children being hurt as they, and motorists also, got back into the daily routine of dealing with plenty of traffic and pedestrians around schools and at school bus stops. But let’s not get overly excited about having a good first week. We encourage motorists, students, bus drivers, safety patrols and all those dedicated teachers who do car-rider duty to keep their guards up as the school year progresses. The aim is zero accidents for the school year.

THUMBS UP to Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes and several other sheriffs around the state who are speaking up in support of Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of the “Reclaim North Carolina Act.” That act would expand the number of employers and employees exempted from the E-Verify system which is used to check citizenship status of workers in the state. If McCrory’s veto is overriden by the Legislature, veto supporters say, the number of illegal workers in the state taking jobs from legal residents will increase.

THUMBS DOWN to Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration for its poor handling, poor explanation and poor decision to hire two high-level McCrory campaign staffers to high-dollar posts in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Associated Press news reports say officials are unable to show proof that the jobs were advertised before they were filled, and questions have arisen about whether the two were qualified based on job descriptions of similar positions. The two 24-year-olds, Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz, are paid $87,500 and $85,000 as a chief policy adviser and the DHHS communications director, respectively.

THUMBS UP to the High Point Senior Golf Association, which includes a number of military veterans such as Enterprise columnist Stan Spangle Sr, for the group’s efforts to raise more than $1,200 that will be donated to the Wounded Warriors organization and to breast cancer research.