Our View: Celebrating life, and living life to fullest
Thumbs-up: to faith and football. Appalachian State University coach Jerry Moore will show he's passionate not only on the football field, but off it as well. Moore will deliver the keynote address at the 88th annual Singing on the Mountain at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain on June 24, and on June 25, he will speak at the Faith and Family Celebration at the Williams YMCA of Avery County event, in the Hugh Chapman Center on Hospital Drive in Linville. Moore continues to be a source of inspiration for our community.
Thumbs-up: to a century and counting of a life well-lived. Robert Shipley's 100th birthday celebration will be held June 23 at the Historic Cove Creek High School in Sugar Grove. Shipley's accolades run long — Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame, founding member of the Mountaineer Ruritans, a scholarship fund he shares in name with his wife, Agnes, to name a few — and we welcome the opportunity to honor such a pillar of our community.
Thumbs-down: to a Blowing Rock proposal to enforce a downtown three-hour parking limit during the July 4 parade. Not only does this break with tradition, but has anyone considered the logistics of enforcement — during a parade event? Safety considerations for all involved are a serious concern.