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Originally published: 2012-09-17 12:42:24
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Our View: Reaching for milestones

Thumbs-up: to a pair of anniversaries. This month, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain turns 60. Also, the Linn Cove Viaduct celebrates 25 years of opening a breathtaking section of the High Country, while simultaneously preserving the nature surrounding it in consideration of the four-legged residents who call it home. Both manmade structures are engineering marvels and both epitomize the very best of local architecture -- enhancing and adding to our natural beauty.

Thumbs-up: and welcome to David Fonseca, Watauga County Schools' newest assistant superintendent. Fonseca brings vast experience to our school system, and the time he spent on graduate work at Appalachian State University will give him a running start on the unique needs and challenges in educating students in the High Country.

Thumbs-up: to one last opportunity for public input on a land exchange in Blowing Rock that will give the town full ownership of its water reservoir. Although this deal with the National Park Service concerning Blue Ridge Parkway land has been a decade in the making, there is still time to comment on the proposal. Visit to voice your opinion.

Thumbs-up: to yet another timely action by Samaritan's Purse. The Christian-relief organization had a major presence in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Isaac, meeting physical, spiritual and emotional needs of affected residents. A particular focus is on the uninsured and those most in need -- a hallmark of this organization.