Darts and laurels

  • Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:12 a.m.

Laurels to the opening of the I-85 South bridge over the Yadkin River, which should be carrying a stream of cars today. Like last May’s opening of the North span, this is a landmark moment in transportation improvements for this part of the state — and, indeed, the state as a whole. In doing the official honors Thursday, N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata summarized why this project was so important — it removed an antiquated, dangerous structure and replaced it with modern spans that will help speed commerce and visitors to and through the area. This was a worthwhile investment of federal stimulus funds, one that should pay dividends for decades to come.

Dart to the multidrug-resistant “superbugs” that prompted a new alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC warned that these “nightmare” germs — technically known as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CREs — are spreading through hospitals, rapidly mutating into different forms, and pose a triple threat. They’re resistant to antibiotics, cause high mortality rates and can transmit their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. While the CDC doesn’t want to incite alarm that CREs are about to invade the general population, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said their spread to hospitals and longterm care facilities in 42 states made it imperative to warn the public and urge hospitals to be more vigilant in detecting their presence and doing more to prevent their migration into new areas.

Laurels to the three Salisbury police officers honored this week for heroic acts beyond the call of duty. Master Police Officer Adam Bouk, Master Police Officer Randall Correll and Sgt. Todd Sides received well-deserved recognition for going to the aid of citizens in distress. Their actions should remind us of the selfless work law-enforcement, firefighters and other public-safety personnel do on a daily basis, much of it often unheralded.

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