It's hard to believe graduation season is nearly upon us.
Laws need to be revisited from time to time to ensure they are up-to-date and not duplicative of other measures, but a measure making its way through the General Assembly isn’t updating a law. Instead, as N.C. House Rep. Nathan Baskerville noted, it’s using a butcher knife instead of a scalpel.
While running for president in 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was chatting up some students at Otterbein University about how they could get ahead in this world. He offered that his friend, Jimmy John, borrowed $20,000 from his parents to start a sandwich shop. “This kind of divisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history,” said the candidate. “We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
We have some remarkable young people living in the Tri-County area who are working hard to improve themselves and their world.
Let the facts emerge
Funny how our mind just flips up things from years ago. As I was reading "Henderson Responds" on page A11 in the April 29 Dispatch, a word from my high school vocabulary tests sprang to mind. Haven't thought it, much less used it, for maybe 50 years. "Obfuscate." Mr. Webster says, "to darken, obscure; to confuse, bewilder; to dim ..."
One of the most interesting responses by the General Assembly to a public still anxious about making ends meet in this uneven economic recovery is the push to make it easier to take a hidden and loaded handgun into more places in North Carolina.
Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time.
As a legislator, I must make decisions based on what I think is best for our district — the district as it is today, and the district we would like it to become in the future. I support the inter-basin transfer because I believe it to be necessary to position our district for the future.