A belated and shortened jolt after a weekend of grubbing on turkey and this incredibly tasty cranberry-nut thing my sister-in-law made. Dang it was good.
THUMB’S DOWN to the idea of Alamance County — or any county really — hiring a lobbyist to plead its case in Washington D.C. The county Board of Commissioners held such talks last week with a for-hire company willing to tout Alamance County for $55,000 a year and potentially secure more federal funds and other doo-dads. It seems as if there is already somebody in Washington who’s supposed to be doing this particular job. They call him Howard Coble.
So when it comes to taxpayer dollars for lobbyists please just flush my tax dollars down the toilet instead. Wait a minute, on second thought, that’s a tragic waste of water. Safely deposit my money in a nearby trash receptacle. Thanks.
THUMB’S UP to Laura Sams, the choral and musical theatre director at Williams High School for nearly a quarter century who asks not for perfection from her students — merely a dedicated effort. Sams in November was named Teacher of the Year but other choral teachers statewide with the N.C. Music Educators Association. Being selected by peers makes the notes of this melody all the sweeter.
THUMB’S UP to Western Alamance High’s football team, which battled its way to the fourth round of the 3A playoffs with a hard-fought 21-6 victory over Bertie County. The victory kept the Warriors march to a fourth state title game appearance on track. Here’s hoping they finish the job this season.
Speaking of football, THUMB’S DOWN to the BCS, what some call the Bowl Championship Series. The system for picking a national champion in college football is now one big ol’ tangled mess. The complex formula for ranking teams is mystifying to anyone but an MIT professor, or acolytes of Murphy’s Law and has left this situation — teams like Ohio State can actually not play their way into a championship game appearance. BCS? Just swap Bogus for Bowl and you might be on to something.
THUMB’S UP to the former students of Jordan-Sellars Senior High School who gathered over the long Thanksgiving weekend to hold an event that’s long overdue — a schoolwide reunion. Alamance County’s all-black school closed its doors for good in 1970 ending what was, for all practical purposes, a community into itself. Before integration black schools were the backbones of the black community where future leaders were groomed. More than 400 people came to Burlington for three days of remembering.
THUMB’S DOWN to the two teenagers who were charged last week with beating up a guy in a cow suit. Actually, the boys kicked the mascot for Chick-fil-A on a dare at the Garden Road store. It probably seemed like a funny idea at the time but we doubt the mascot had much to laugh about. Now if those kids took on that creepy TV Burger King mascot …