8A MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007 Viewpoint
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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
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-
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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