Editorial: Excitement building for school

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

Best wishes are extended to a charter school in Henderson that is making strong impressions.

Henderson Collegiate had planned to be a primary tenant for the Recreational, Educational, Entertainment and Family project’s Zene Street location. But when REEF ran into problems, the school had to go to a different plan.

This is a school with community support and talented leadership inside the school. New school construction off McArthur Street in the southern part of the city is exciting to see.

Our hope is for all schools to do well. A growth aspect that can’t be ignored is good news.

• Praise this week goes to John Zollicoffer and the staff of the Henderson Planning Department. Zollicoffer is the city attorney. Together they realized an inconsistency in how small, high-density area lots were zoned for more restrictive low-density area limits on development easements and property buffers.

The issue arose with development issues for properties on Julia and Francis avenues.

The planning board’s recommendation for change now goes to the city council.

We’re not happy to see mistakes made, but we are pleased when our government leadership sees one, owns it and goes about making it right.

• And finally, in the “say what” category, we’ll share a response from NASCAR following a quote from Denny Hamlin, the Sprint Cup Series driver who was subsequently fined for saying of the new race car in the circuit, “I don’t want to be the pessimist, but it did not race as good as our Gen-5 cars. This is more like what the Generation 5 was at the beginning. The teams hadn’t figured out how to get the aero balance right.

“Right now, you just run single-file and you cannot get around the guy in front of you. You would have placed me in 20th place with 30 to go, I would have stayed there. I wouldn’t have moved up. It’s just one of those things where track position is everything.”

NASCAR said that was “disparaging” and Hamlin “denigrated” the racing product. And they want $25,000 for it.

We can’t help but wonder if the same comments from, oh, say Danica Patrick or Richard Petty, would have merited a fine.