Editorial: Five years and counting for Church Watch

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Five years ago, the Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers Association branched its tree with the formation of Church Watch. The first meeting was held Aug. 28, 2008, and it has been semiannual since.

The topics have varied, the speakers have brought forth well-received information and the faces showing up continue to be a mixture. At this past week’s event, there were a diversity of denominations and both predominantly black and white congregations represented.

In truth, attendance could have been even better. One perusing of today’s Faith section will show a non-inclusive sampling of just how many choices are available for those seeking a church home.

Good work has been done by Church Watch, and Crime Stoppers, and we’re excited to see what the future yields.

• Vance County has more murder cases than other counties in the Ninth Judicial District, and Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood has taken aim at the issue.

We think that’s a good thing. Justice should not be delayed in any case for the innocent or the guilty.

Hobgood’s plan will set firm trial dates, and other dates in the process as applicable. Hobgood said it had become apparent to him he needed to move some sessions of court to neighboring Franklin, Granville or Warren counties.

Good work, your honor.

• One reputable female politician resigned while in office, saying doing so would allow her the chance to more effectively advocate for issues of importance to her.

One reputable female politician resigned while in office, saying her efforts would be better spent elsewhere for the good of the people.

Ellie Kinnaird was the respected 81-year-old Democrat who left the North Carolina Senate this week with one of those comments as a reason.

Sarah Palin was the — at the time — up-and-coming 42-year-old Republican who left the Alaska governor’s office in 2009 with the other comment.

History confirms Palin was skewered, especially by Democrats, for quitting. She wanted to do more for people and said the action was the best route.

We doubt Kinnaird will be treated the same. She’s planning to help more Democrats become registered to vote and beat Republicans in the 2014 midterms and beyond.

We find the contrast intriguing. Bottom line: Both quit, took their ball and went home.