Our View: Ups and Downs - Keith Tobin; runoff elections

May. 10, 2013 @ 01:41 AM

THUMBS UP to Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Keith Tobin, who this week announced that he is retiring July 1 after spending five years as superintendent and 29 years in the city school system. Tobin said he decided to retire in order to spend more time with his family, including his new grandchild. “I have been blessed to be a part of this system, and now it’s time to move on to the next phase of my life,” Tobin said. The Thomasville native also said he plans to do some traveling.

THUMBS DOWN to the Guilford judge who set a $2.5 million bond for Jose Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez, who escaped in March from the Guilford County Jail in High Point while being held on multiple child-sex offenses, and was recaptured two weeks ago. The more appropriate action would have been to allow no privilege of bond, since Hernandez-Hernandez obviously would be considered a flight risk. Those who are such a risk should never be allowed the chance to post a bond, no matter how high the bond might be set. However, in this case, the inmate was precluded from posting a bond — at whatever amount — because he was also being held under a retainer for an immigration violation.

THUMBS UP to legislation making its way through the General Assembly that would allow local boards of election to scale back voting sites in a county for what are officially called second primaries. Known more commonly as “runoff elections,” these election days typically turn out far fewer voters than the first primary, with some precincts actually recording no voters. The legislation would allow local boards to decide to open only one-stop voting sites for the second primaries, after first getting approval of the State Board of Elections. Such a move — in nearly all runoff election situations — would allow a sufficient number of locations for voters to cast ballots but at the same time allow election officials to reduce the cost of holding a runoff election. Of course, the idea of eliminating all second primaries — also being considered — is a possible solution to this problem, too.

THUMBS UP to all 100 of the High Point folks who gave us a few minutes to allow the Enterprise to get their views on what they think High Point needs and print the wide variety of statements in the newspaper this week as part of the Ignite High Point effort.