Our View: Ups & Downs - Rep. Howard Coble; impaired drivers

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 09:06 PM

THUMBS UP to U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, who has represented much of the greater High Point area in Congress for the past nearly 30 years. Coble, at age 82, recently was named by the website Buzzfeed as “Sexiest Bachelor in Congress.” Coble, who maintains his “bachelor pad” in Greensboro and has never been married, topped several other notable members of Congress, including South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsay Graham, Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida.
In the Buzzfeed rankings, Coble edged out second-place finisher 32-year-old Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, who has gained some notoriety on Capitol Hill because he once posed shirtless for the cover of a men’s health magazine.
We expect maybe Coble’s collection of hats that he sometimes sports and his extremely ... shall we say, colorful ... blazers that he is often seen wearing in parades and on the floor of the House had much to do with his selection, as well as his genuine, down-home charm and friendly nature.
But if the congressman ever even thinks about taking off his shirt — a la Aaron Schock — he’s definitely going to get a THUMBS DOWN from us!

THUMBS UP to the law enforcement officers across North Carolina who were on the job during this past holiday season’s “Booze It & Lose It” campaign aiming to keep our highways free of impaired drivers and protecting our lives.
Across the state, 3,164 people for arrested for drunken driving during the campaign, which ran from Dec. 13 to Jan. 5. Additionally during the campaign, law enforcement officers issued 116,423 other traffic and criminal citations statewide, including 6,285 seat belt violations and 1,086 child passenger safety violations.
In Guilford County, which ranked as the county with the third-highest number of DWI arrests, 197 people were charged. Wake County recorded the highest number of DWI arrests with 329. Mecklenburg was second with 261.

THUMBS DOWN to the people who were arrested for DWI during the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. They were on the highways endangering our lives.