Still Standing

In 1960, Terry Sanford decided to run for Governor. He announced his candidacy in front of the Market House in Fayetteville. At that point in time, Fayetteville was a strategic spot for a state-wide political launch.

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More importantly, at that time, you could be a champion of civil rights and still use the Market House as a back drop.

There’s one image that’s been on this website from the beginning. It shows a man under the Market House, looking out over Fayetteville. I think it sums up what I’ve been trying to do.

That picture is staying.

Some pieces of the past need to be remembered.

N.C.’s Two-Mile Hill

Andy Griffith…. why not?

In a favorite episode, Otis, the town drunk, buys a fancy new car. This scares Andy and Barney, the local Sheriffs.

Barney decides to give Otis a driving test, which doesn’t go so well.

Later, Otis passes out at a party. Barney and Andy take him to jail and fake his death in a car accident.

“If only he hadn’t try to drive in that condition. Lickety split, down two-mile hill, around the curve, weaving from side to side, out on old plank bridge, through the rain, into the river….drowned.”

In his drunken stupor, Otis believes he has actually died. He’s “scared straight,” so to speak.

North Carolina’s Two-Mile Hill

Roy Cooper says that we need to have a sustained drop in Covid cases before our economy is allowed to “drive” again.

Well, folks…it ain’t happening.

We’ve flattened our curve into a two-mile hill.

As testing increases, this hill isn’t likely to drop anytime soon.

And so, we’re in this thing for the long-haul.

In other news, Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin extended Fayetteville’s curfew. We shouldn’t be out past 9 p.m. or we risk getting a citation.

Colvin said crime was going up and people were having house parties and cook-outs.

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To close, a new study says sunlight kills the virus.

It’s time to get some fresh air.

Pray for Georgia (Seriously)

I’ve been disheartened by the amount of animosity thrown at Georgia over the past few days. Their Governor will re-open portions of the state’s economy on Friday and his decision is controversial, to say the least.

It seems that there’s only two options:

  1. Support him.
  2. Hate him. Say he’s killing people for money.

The virus is now a political wedge. It’s Red vs. Blue. Everything is.

Executive leaders carry the power to open and close portions of our society, so the partisan wedge is amplified at all levels of executive government right now. It’s Trump vs. Democrats and Cooper vs. Republicans.

We even see it in Fayetteville, with the only Republican on the City Council, Johnny Dawkins, coming out in favor of re-opening and against Democratic Mayor Mitch Colvin’s curfew order.

I think the common thread in all of this is our tribal desire to be “right.” This comes at a cost. Our need to “win” diminishes our ability to reason. We lose empathy and compassion, and we become less human when we see our fellow man as the opposition. I do it too, sometimes.

But back to Georgia…

Things are a lot worse there. More people are sick. More people are dying.

And so, North Carolinians, I ask that you pray for Georgia. Pray the suffering doesn’t increase, because no true American should ever desire the suffering of his fellow citizens.

Here’s a more practical reason: if Georgia’s “gamble” pays off, it means that the virus is not as bad as we fear.

It means our leadership in N.C. will follow suit.

It means we can put this nightmare behind us.

Even if we were wrong.

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What if…

…North Carolina doesn’t get the PPE (protective equipment) and supplies necessary to reach Cooper’s testing goals?


I ask this in all seriousness, because we are literally competing WITH THE ENTIRE PLANET for these materials.

What then?

What’s plan “B”?