Editorial: Oxford’s gain, screaming and a snoozer

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Behind Randy Hemann in Salisbury is impressive work.

Oxford’s new city manager was the executive director of Downtown Salisbury, Inc. The community of just over 33,000 has an impressive engine downtown, one Hemann was instrumental in fueling.

The Rowan County town opted for what it called a “creative economy” focusing on arts and culture, tourism, high-tech industry and a diverse accepting citizenry, according to a statement from the organization.

In 16 years, he was part of developing two master plans and more than $70 million of the $120 million invested in downtown. He’s distinguished himself in cooperation and management.

In no surprise, a comments section on the local newspaper’s website began to fill Wednesday with grateful praise. The consensus opinion: Oxford’s gain was Salisbury’s loss, and a community wanting the best for its people was happy for him. They are sad for their loss, but certainly happy for his gain.

We wish him the best.

• While the blue team screams about the red team’s full-court press on Jones Street, seemingly trying to make up for everything since Reconstruction, we remind that patience is recommended.

Earlier this week, buzz was centered on a resolution for the state to reject federal court rulings with regard to religion. An accurate analogy quickly put forth was the 1954 ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education, where some states felt they could simply ignore the Supremes.

State Rep. Harry Warren, one of two primary sponsors filing the bill in reaction to a lawsuit in his district, wasn’t surprised it was dead by Thursday. After it was read Tuesday, it went to the committee for rules, calendar and operations of the House. It won’t be the last to go there and not see the lights of the House chamber again.

• And finally, off the beaten path, if fluent in Finnish and English with some Russian, and free in May for 35 days, we’ve found your spot.

Hotel Finn in Helsinki has a job opening. They’re hoping for a “professional sleeper” to test their rooms, and write about it.

No bar, no restaurant, just a basic hotel. The job begins May 17, and hundreds have already applied.

Good luck!