Longworth: We’re at a low point for High Point

by Jim Longworth

First it was Fantasia Barrino criticizing High Point schools for a lousy education. Then, last month the city got a black eye after police shot a pet dog.

Now High Point is bragging about hiring Brian Casey as its new president of the Furniture Market.

But hold on. The new guy is going to be paid $240,000 a year. That’s triple what outgoing chief Judy Mendenhall was making, and far more than any public official in Guilford County makes. To add insult to injury, the market board paid an LA consultant $85,000 just to find Casey, who doesn’t even have experience in home furnishings. This is a slap in the face to Mendenhall and to women everywhere who are still fighting for pay parity with men, and it’s rubbing salt in an open wound for the thousands of workers laid off by some of the same men who hired Casey.

If Winston-Salem or Greensboro officials give High Point one dime to support the furniture market, citizens should start talking recall. If the Market wants financial help from Triad taxpayers, let them show good faith by cutting Casey’s salary to $100,000.

They can always spend the balance on humane animal control and better education.

Jim Longworth is host of ‘“Triad Today’” which can be seen Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7), and Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on UPN48 (cable channel 14).