Steve, thanks for the history lesson. I have read many articles in your paper that I felt were Pulitzer-worthy, especially Zombietown (about Chatham County). Best of luck to the new Indy--I will keep reading!
Great article! Everybody in Chatham County should print this out, tape it to their refrigerators, and remind daily about the costs of putting short-term interests over long-term values.
It's very unfortunate that House Bill 1490 prohibits the correction of mistakes that should never have been made, but with enough civic engagement, three years is not too long to wait to fix the problem.
Keep up the good reporting!
Real American in Chapel Hill
Almost 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville made an astute observation about the effect of Democracy on innovation and industry. de Tocqueville said:
When a private individual mediates an undertaking, however directly connected it may be with the welfare of society, he never thinks of soliciting the cooperation of the Government, but he publishes his plan, offers to execute it himself, courts the assistance of other individuals, and struggles manfully against all obstacles. Undoubtedly he is often less successful than the State might have been in his position; but in the end the sum of these private undertakings far exceeds all that the Government could have done.
In his own gracious and graceful way, James Taylor did his thing, which is to bring people together through music, and to ask people to consider for just a moment, what self-government is all about. He said "when you elect a bunch of people to Government who don't believe in Government, you don't get no Government. You just get bad Government. We need to elect people who believe that Government can do good." Taylor, acting alone, and with the cooperation of 6,000 like minded people will do something far greater than the State could have done by itself, which is to reconnect people with authentic self-government. This is what I believe to be the real American cause.
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