Roses and raspberries, July 10

July 9, 2013 

Roses to Chapel Hill High School golfer Ben Griffin.

Griffin, ranked as the nation’s No. 11 junior, finished third at the Dogwood Invitational last month, behind college juniors who finished first and second.

Griffin finished 16 under par, another strong performance for the two-time champion of the N.C. High School Athletics Association.

“My dad looked at the field in advance and thought I would get smoked by the (older) players,” Griffin said.

But the collegians did not intimidate the younger player

“It just prepares me for what’s ahead,” Griffin said. “I know I will be competing against the same guys and others with the same talents in college. It’s nice to get a head start.”

Roses to the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and to Orange County for taking a stand for equality before it became a Supreme Court case.

Our part of North Carolina and the South has always been a leader in the fight for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We noted that two faces on our front page story Sunday on the opening of the filing period for fall elections are members of the LGBT community: incumbent Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and, who is seeking re-election and Carrboro Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle, who is running to succeed Mark Chilton, who is stepping down.

It was Chilton, in a commentary on WCHL and letter in Sunday’s Chapel Hill News, who noted the contributions our community made to the national debate on gay marriage.

When Carrboro first started domestic partnership registration, a largely symbolic act, 20 years ago some people scoffed, the mayor said.

“People said that it would never make a difference,” he wrote.

With more than 1,000 federal benefits at stake and more states granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry every day, few are scoffing now.

“Don’t be the cynic who says that no one cares what our little town thinks,” the mayor wrote.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Roses from reader Dr. Charles van der Horst to Emil Kang of Carolina Performing Arts and his team.

“They have helped transform the Chapel Hill cultural scene in the years since they started including enormous diversity of performance styles, tremendous talent, lowering the prices for students, etc.,” Van der Horst writes. “Most recently this past year was stupendous with the 100th anniversary celebration of ‘Rite of Spring’ including commissioned works which have received notice in the national press. Bravo!”

Relates roses from the good doctor to Joseph Haj, artistic director of Playmakers Repertory Company for his direction of “Cabaret” (as well as to the entire team there).

“I have seen versions of this over the years including Broadway and this was one of the best, pushing the limits of comfort, just the way it needed to be pushed.”

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