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									8A    MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007                                                     Viewpoint
     P.O. BOX 300, MOORESVILLE, N.C. 28115
              ESTABLISHED IN 1932
                         DALE GOWING
         BUD WELCH                                  TOM ELLIS
     Circulation Manager                          Advertising Director
NANCY BAKER News Production Editor                   Member of the
KAREN KISTLER Lifestyles Editor                      North Carolina
LARRY SULLIVAN Sports Editor                        Press Association

                        OUR VIEW
             Good news
            for our town
       ep, we’ve got crowded roads, crowd-
       ed schools, crowded restaurants and
       upwardly creeping water and tax
bills. But name a healthy, fast-growing
Sunbelt community that doesn’t have
most of those things.
   Mooresville also gets its share of uplifting
   This week, for instance, comes word that
Money magazine has listed us as one of the nat-
ion’s top 100 small towns in which to live. And
                                                                                                 AMANDA HENRY
                                                                                                                                                          Progress in North Korea
our town has added its first hybrid (gas/electric)
vehicle to its meter-reading fleet, which will
save money in fuel and help the environment.
                                                                              End of a magical series                                                    An editorial of the Winston-
                                                                                                                                                       Salem Journal
                                                                                                                                                                                            with Iraq.
                                                                                                                                                                                               North Korea’s nuclear pro-

   In its salute to Mooresville as a top small                                      hile the rest of you        their nature to begin, middle                                               gram poses problems for every-

town in which to live, Money magazine cited                                         have been wondering         about for a while, then end. Yet              he Bush administration’s      one in the region, especially for
our many motorsports teams, our proximity                                           how the story of Harry      when a story is good, we race                 patience in the North         the South Koreans and the
to Lake Norman and the town’s “balance bet-                              Potter will end, I’ve been trying      for the finish line like a runaway            Korea nuclear crisis ap-      Japanese, who fear a North
ween modernization and main street values.”                              to come to grips with the simple       toboggan, never stopping to            pears to be paying off. The          Korean attack. The Russians
                                                                         fact of its cessation.                 consider that when we get              United Nations reports that          don’t like the idea of nuclear
   On the hybrid front, the town’s new 2008                                                                                                                                                 weapons on the Korean Pen-
                                                                                                                there, the party will be over.         North Korea has shut down its
Ford Escape will get more than twice the gas                                 Kids of all ages, I know you’re                                                                                insula any more than the Chin-
                                                                         itching to get your hands on              It’s not just a matter of, “Oh, I   nuclear reactor.
mileage of the previous 1999 Ford pickup that                                                                                                                                               ese do. And for China, there is
was used to read water-sewer meters. Hybrid                              “Harry Potter and the Deathly          didn’t like that twist,” “I can’t          Before the administration
                                                                                                                                                       pops the champagne bottles or        the added annoyance of the
vehicles operate on battery power below 23                               Hallows,” but have you stopped         believe he ended up with so-
                                                                                                                                                       anyone scratches the Korean          North’s dependence on both
mph, and most meter reading vehicles rarely                              to consider that this is it? Kaput,    and-so” or “I preferred volume
                                                                                                                                                       Peninsula off the list of world      considerable Chinese aid and
go faster than 20 mph on their neighborhood                              finito, curtains? Would you dive       47.” The details are almost
                                                                                                                                                       hotspots, some caution is need-      on China as an outlet for North
rounds.                                                                  headlong into that Kit Kat if you      beside the point.
                                                                                                                                                       ed. This is just an early step in    Korean refugees.
   All good things to remember as we be-                                 knew it was the last candy bar            Whatever happens in the
                                                                                                                                                       the implementation of a com-            With this many nations seri-
moan our rising utility and tax bills, and fight                         on Earth? It’s never too early to      world of Hogwarts (or Narnia or
                                                                                                                                                       plex agreement that is designed      ously affected by North Korea’s
the traffic at Exit 36.                                                  start thinking about retirement;       Middle-earth or the Summer-
                                                                                                                                                       to get North Korea’s communist       policies, it would have been
                                                                         what will you read then?               lands), our fate is the same:
                                                                                                                                                       government to stop building          foolish to conduct only bilateral
                                                                             I don’t mean to sound like         coughed up like last year’s hair-                                           negotiations. With the other
                                                                                                                ball, kicked to the curb, forsak-      nuclear weapons.
                                                                         Lemony Snicket, but take it

        Justice for Quinn                                                                                                                                  But this step also can’t be      nations contributing to the dis-
                                                                         from an old, battle-scarred bib-       en.                                                                         cussions, and with China apply-
                                                                         liophile: Saying goodbye sucks.           I still recall the melancholy       ignored, and it provides a bat-
                                                                                                                                                       tered president with an encour-      ing some friendly arm-twisting,
                                                                         It’s like waking up from a dream       that enveloped my youthful self                                             the deal got done.
     An editorial of the Statesville Record & Landmark                   about riches and fame, only to         at the end of “The Dark Is             aging achievement.
                                                                                                                                                           President Bush stood firm on        The right was not supportive
                                                                         discover that you’re the same          Rising” series by Susan Cooper,

                                                                                                                                                       negotiating with the North           of Bush when negotiations got
        welve Iredell County jurors put their lives                      ordinary soul, but with a              or Lloyd Alexander’s “Black                                                 close enough to get a deal done.
        on hold for about three weeks to help                            toothache and broken-down              Cauldron” books, or “The Hero          Koreans, defying cries from
                                                                                                                                                       both the political left and right.   It took concessions from the
        ensure that Misty Witherspoon received                           car and no friends. Then some-         and the Crown” by Robin Mc-                                                 administration, and, at the ap-
her day in court.                                                        body throws a bowl of ice-cold         Kinley. The better the book, the           The left criticized Bush for
                                                                                                                                                       insisting on multilateral negoti-    propriate time, Bush made
    After listening to all of the testimony, viewing                     water in your face. And those          harder the fall. As many times                                              them. Now international in-
all of the evidence and considering the argu-                            are the good days.                     as I’ve reread the various             ations conducted through a
                                                                                                                                                       regional consortium of nations       spectors are back in the North,
ments of counsel for the defense and the state,                              It’s a funny thing, reading        “Chronicles of Narnia,” I prefer                                            the nuclear-power plant is not
the jury of eight women and four men concluded                                                                  to pretend that “The Last              affected by the crisis. This made
                                                                         (funny-sad, as opposed to                                                                                          operating, and the world is just
that the Mooresville woman was guilty of inten-                                                                 Battle” didn’t happen.                 all the sense in the world, and it
                                                                         funny ha-ha). We all know that                                                                                     a little bit safer. For all of that,
tional, premeditated first-degree murder in the                                                                                                        is too bad that the president
                                                                         stories don’t go on forever. It’s in
shooting death of her husband, Quinn, who                                                                            See AMANDA HENRY on Page 9A       didn’t take the same approach                   See PROGRESS on Page 9A
made his living as a Concord police officer.
    Iredell Superior Court Judge Kim Taylor
imposed the only lawful sentence at her disposal
– life imprisonment without parole.
    From our vantage point, justice was served.
    After the verdict was announced, defense
attorney Andrew Jennings speculated that the
fact that the defendant admitted lying to Moores-
ville police detectives during the investigation
played a large role in the jury’s decision.
    The reality is Misty Witherspoon had zero
credibility in the court of law and in the court of
public opinion. Not only had she been previous-
ly convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from
her church, but it was apparent from the evi-
dence that she had been deceiving her husband
about their financial affairs.
    The physical evidence presented by prosecu-
tors refuted not only her first story about acci-
dentally shooting her husband after slipping on a
children’s book but also her subsequent claim
that she had been trying to kill herself when the
family’s cats startled her, causing her to acciden-
tally shoot Quinn.
    Anybody who has ever pulled the trigger on a
40-caliber Beretta knows it’s hard to accidentally
pull the trigger, as the jury had the chance to do in
open court. The testimony of prosecution witness-
es about the proximity of the weapon to Quinn’s
head and the trajectory of the bullet also cast seri-
ous doubts on her stories. The fact that the blood
on the victim’s head had already begun to dry
when officers arrived didn’t help her case either.
    While it’s unfortunate the Witherspoon chil-
dren will now grow up without their mother, the
only tragedy in this case is that Misty Wither-
spoon put a gun to her sleeping husband’s head
and pulled the trigger.
    The jury’s verdict in this case is a validation of
the evidence presented at trial and to Officer
Quinn Witherspoon’s dedication to criminal jus-

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