Editorial: Recreation, high honors and hypocrisy

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Commission had it tough last spring. When budget considerations were before both the county commissioners and city council, recreation was an area where wants exceeded fiscal abilities.

Leadership will be tasked, again as is often the case, with assessing the importance of recreation programs. The commission is trying to help the fiscal strains by seeking grant funding.

But there’s a glitch, a costly one. Most grants are awarded when the locality can show a master plan. Currently, Henderson-Vance doesn’t have one, and it is estimated to cost $30,000 to $50,000 to get one.

Likely, grants will have matches, and that will mean more money.

Our hope is city and county leaders can reaffirm their previous commitment to recreation and children, which we do not question. We hope a way is possible, maybe through cuts already made to budget wants — and there were some for recreation, police and fire — to remain fiscally stable between spending now and awaiting potential return from grants later.

• Isaiah Hicks, the high school basketball standout at J.F. Webb High in Oxford, has achieved yet another of the highest honors. Apparently, the sky is truly his limit.

Hicks not only has a scholarship to play for one of college basketball’s bluest of the blue bloods, North Carolina, he’s also now one of just 24 prep seniors in the entire country selected to play in the McDonald’s All-America game.

Community support for Hicks and his teammates has been superb all season. They enter the league tournament this coming week, followed by the state playoffs. Hence, there are a few more chances to see him.

But go early — he’s filling gyms, and later-arriving fans have been turned away all season.

• Pardon our laughter at television broadcasting powerhouse CBS. Prior to last Sunday’s Grammy Awards, the network put out a memo asking that “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered” for the show. The memo warned against “see-through clothing,” exposure of “the genital region” and said “thong type costumes are problematic.”

Ever seen the “Survivor” series shows on CBS? Or their Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

CBS wants ratings just like the other major networks, and all have contributed to moving the line of acceptance. The memo is a few years late.