10A MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007 Viewpoint
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BUD WELCH SHERRY MONTERO
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NANCY BAKER News Production Editor Member of the
KAREN KISTLER Lifestyles Editor North Carolina
LARRY SULLIVAN Sports Editor Press Association
ur hunch is that legislation calling for
North Carolina to fund only one public
school district per county will get so
watered down in committee that it will eventu-
Our local state legislators say they oppose
Senate Bill 120, and an army of emails and let-
ters are being sent them by parents and propo-
nents of the Mooresville Graded School District
who are urging them to aggressively fight the
Menace or media hype?
If passed, the bill would effectively force
Iredell’s two school districts to restructure and
become one. It could spell the end of the 102-
year-old MGSD, which could be forced to con-
solidate with the Iredell-Statesville Schools. The boxing gloves beating the But as a card-carrying mem- trauma that they will have to set-
ey, kids, helmet boxing
latter was created in 1991 when the Statesville absolute dog snot out of each ber of the media and a role tle for lesser occupations, such
isn’t cool. There. I’ve
City Schools and Iredell County Schools other and, knowing that would model to our nation’s youth, I as journalism.
jumped on the media
merged. make for good television, still have the obligation to sound
bandwagon and spoken out on I know it’s tempting, but if
Or, how about this scenario: The I-SS merges what’s being called a “dangerous labeled it a “dangerous new the alarm whenever something someone says, “Put on this plas-
into the MGSD (and changes its name to some- new trend” among the school- trend” and drummed up a few is labeled a dangerous new tic helmet and I will beat the
thing reflecting the entire county). Why merger age set. neurosurgeons to explain that trend. That’s why I’ve come up
the larger district into the smaller one? The absolute dog snot out of you,”
In helmet boxing, two young brain damage is a bad thing. with this public service message,
MGSD has taxing authority, the I-SS does not. just say no.
opponents put on a hockey or That way, they get to show the which I hope to distribute to
Residents within the MGSD pay a special school videos of teenagers beating the every impressionable child: If someone says, “Let’s have a
bike helmet and
tax of 13.5 cents per $100 of property valuation. absolute dog snot out of each rock fight,” just say no.
boxing gloves Hi, kids. I’m Scott Hollifield,
The MGSD taking in the I-SS might allow that and beat the ab- other. the guy from that newspaper If someone says, “I’m gonna
school tax to be extended across the county, solute dog snot you don’t read. I want to talk hit you in the head with this
Try as I might, I just can’t get
thereby creating a huge new source of capital for out of each other. about a dangerous new trend chair like Abdullah the Butcher
worked up over helmet boxing.
the new school district. sweeping the country. It’s called hit Wahoo in the cage match,”
I learned of It may be news to some people,
That would surely make our county commis- this dangerous but kids are programmed by helmet boxing. Maybe you’ve just say “huh?” because you’re
sioners happy, since they would face less annual new trend after nature to do stupid things. I been thinking about trying it. probably too young to remem-
pressure to pump more money into the schools. seeing reports on recall these phrases from my Maybe you have a friend who’s ber the Madman from the
Obviously, that’s all conjecture and specula- both CNN and childhood: tried it and says, “Helmet boxing Sudan.
tion and we have no idea if state law would even FOX News. On Monday, the San “Let’s have a rock fight.” is where it’s at, daddy-o.” Well, If someone says, “Before
allow such a scenario. And the reality is many Antonio Express-News warned, helmet boxing isn’t “where it’s Daddy takes that mattress to the
county residents would rail against the addition- “I’m gonna hit you in the at.” It isn’t “cool” or “groovy” or
“Dangerous helmet boxing dump, let’s pull it over here and
al tax. growing in popularity.” On head with this chair like the “bee’s knees.” In fact, it’s
Abdullah the Butcher hit Wahoo jump off the roof,” do it, because
But that is about the only way a merger of Tuesday, WCBS-TV in New York “whacked.” that was AWESOME!
cautioned, “Helmet boxing: A in the cage match.”
school districts could work for Mooresville. The Every day across this nation,
dangerous new craze for teens.” “Before Daddy takes that So, remember kids, helmet
MGSD is a district that many people purpose- hundreds if not thousands of
On Wednesday, ABC News called mattress to the dump, let’s pull it boxing isn’t cool. That’s why the
fully move into because of its small size, good teenagers are admitted to emer-
it the “Kids version of Fight over here and jump off the roof.” news shows those videos over
teachers and its ability to meet pressing capital gency rooms with helmet-box-
needs because of the school tax. Club.” And, a few decades later, I ing induced HTADSBOFT and over and over.
The amount of money the state says it would “Sweet mother of pearl!” I have no ill effects from ... what (Having The Absolute Dog Snot
save each year by eliminating double districts in cried. “It’s a dangerous new was I just thinking about? Beaten Out Of Them). Scott Hollifield is editor/gener-
15 N.C. counties is a cumulative $12 million. But trend!” Anyway, the only difference is That’s hundreds if not thou- al manager of The McDowell
that’s not significant enough to disrupt the More likely, media outlets our stupidity didn’t end up on sands of potential doctors, News in Marion, a sister paper of
strong educational landscape in good districts found videos on YouTube of the Internet. Al Gore hadn’t lawyers and tug boat captains the Tribune. Contact him at:
such as the MGSD. teenagers in plastic helmets and invented it yet. whose brains have suffered such firstname.lastname@example.org
LETTERS MARSHA MERCER
TOWN NEEDS TO HEAR CONCERNS
OF SHOPPING CENTER’S OPPONENTS
The Statue of Liberty steps into Immigration Act
ASHINGTON – Section immigrants who have a better The colossus in New York har- to reopen the crown. He says
In the last month, I have attended two meet- education and job skills, it also bor was immediately a big hit. tourists are disappointed at
ings concerning the conditional rezoning of the 776 of the immigration
bill is obscure, to say will decide whether to permit The torch has been closed since being stopped short of the
corner of Rocky River and Shearers roads for the visitors to trudge once again to an act of sabotage during World
the least. crown. The Senate agreed to the
establishment of a Food Lion grocery store and War I blew up an ammunition
Senators aren’t debating it, the top of the premier symbol of measure as an amendment to
other unspecified businesses. I live near the
bloggers aren’t railing about it, American hope. dump on a nearby island. last year’s immigration bill, and
planned development and will be affected by it.
and chatterers aren’t fulminat- The matter of the crown lacks Then came 9/11/01. Liberty it’s back.
At the planning board meeting various issues
ing over the provision tucked in the economic import of picking Island reopened 100 days later, But the National Park Service
were brought up about the proposed conditional
“Subtitle F – Other Matters” the right number of guest work- and visitors returned to the has kept the crown closed for
rezoning. These issues included the increased
under “Title III – ers. It isn’t as emotionally laden Statue of Liberty on Aug. 3, 2004. other reasons. The crown, so to
traffic; one figure that was mentioned was an
additional 2,700 cars coming into the commer- Miscellaneous” as how to cope with 12 million Since then, they’ve taken the speak, hung heavy. It was a
cial development each day. of the mammoth immigrants here illegally. But as views from an outside observa- headache.
bill. metaphor or practical matter, it tion deck at the top of the “The stairs were never meant
Another issue is the estimated 50-100 trucks a pedestal, directly under the feet
So here’s the illustrates why getting to yes on for visitors,” said Darren Boch, a
week which will supply the Food Lion and, which of the statue. The 19-inch, dou-
story behind one immigration is so hard. Nothing park service spokesman.
route will they travel to reach the site. Will they ble helix spiral staircase to the
little paragraph in in the “Comprehensive Im- Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi cre-
travel N.C. 3 to Kistler Farm Road and then Rocky crown is off-limits.
River or just Rocky River Road? Would it go a sweeping bill migration Reform Act of 2007” is ated the statue originally as a
around Johnson Dairy Road? Will the bridges and that could change simple. Some lawmakers think the lighthouse, and the stairs were
the way America Mercer A bit of history: the Statue of closure sends the wrong mes- meant for maintenance, Boch
the roads support the weight and volume of
these trucks? welcomes immi- Liberty was a gift in 1886 from sage and it’s time for change. said.
grants in the 21st Century. the people of France to com- Section 776, “Public Access to
We were told at the end of the planning board Instead, thousands of tourists
The Statue of Liberty has memorate our friendship during the Statue of Liberty,” reads: “No traipsed up and down. The
meeting that these issues would be heard and
symbolized hope for waves of the Revolutionary War. It was later than 60 days after enact- cramped staircase allowed peo-
addressed at the town board meeting on May 7.
At that meeting, commissioners did say that the newcomers – tired, poor, hud- intended to celebrate the cen- ment of this act, the Secretary of ple to discover claustrophobic
speed limit on Rocky River Road might be dled, yearning to breathe free tennial celebration in 1876, but Interior shall ensure that all per- tendencies they didn’t know
changed from 45 to 35 mph. and start a new life. it took a while to raise the sons who satisfy reasonable and
they had as they walked up the
Section 776 literally would money. The French donated appropriate security measures
Before the public hearing part of the meeting 354 steps.
reopen the statue’s crown, which money to build the copper edi- shall have full access to the pub-
we were told that speakers could not voice opin- lic areas of the Statue of Liberty After many medical emergen-
ions, only facts which could be proven. This has been closed since the 9/11 fice, and Americans, prodded by
terrorist attacks. How’s that for a including the crown and the cies, the park service was con-
effectively silenced the concerns and opinions of editorials in “The World,” the
metaphor for the new normal? stairs leading to the crown.” sidering closing the crown even
the opposition to the proposed development. newspaper owned by Joseph
As Congress weighs tightening before 9/11.
Pulitzer, contributed for the Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,
See LETTERS on Page 11A border security and seeking pedestal. is among lawmakers who want See MERCER on Page 11A
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