McCrory shouldjust stick withhurricane relief

Apparently Gov. Pat McCrory is a glutton for punishment when it comes to being abused by his Republican colleagues in the General Assembly.

The governor made the laudable call to bring lawmakers back for a special session starting Tuesday to pass relief measures for those affected by Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in Western North Carolina, but he declined to restrict the agenda to those subjects. His call included an ominously vague phrase allowing lawmakers to address “any other matters.”

That was an invitation for the lame duck governor to be presented with more controversial legislation as he limps through final month of his tenure. These lawmakers are not a group a governor should give a blank check to. After all, they’re the ones who thought it a great idea to ram through House Bill 2 in their last special session, a law McCrory rashly signed and, with that, signed away his chances of a second term.

Why has he left himself open to a court-packing bill or social-issue legislation this legislature might pass in its pre-Christmas holiday mood?

McCrory should avoid leaving office on another divisive note. Instead he should urge the legislature to confine its efforts to helping hurricane and wildfire victims.

Natural disaster response is one area where McCrory has earned high marks from the public. Signing smart and generous legislation to help people and towns still coping with those events be a good way for McCrory to leave and a good way to be remembered.

— Raleigh News&Observer


Stepping up for Eagles


It was both stunning and sad to hear about what took place when the Eagles of East Bladen and Stallions of South Columbus met in Tabor City in the third round of the Class 2-A football playoffs on Dec. 2.

For those who may not have heard, members of the Eagles team had numerous personal items stolen out of their locker room, putting a sour note on the evening of incredible football that was played. The young men on both sides played their heart out in a playoff game that would stand up against any championship ever played — only to have some no-goods ruin the sportsmanship and competitive spirit of the night.

To make matters worse, we’ve heard of no effort from the South Columbus family to offer even a simple apology.

If there is a silver lining, it is this: the Bladen County, Elizabethtown and East Bladen community has stepped up to replace what they can. It’s an effort worthy of the Christmas season, sure, but it is also worthy of a county that cares about its young’uns.

We applaud that effort.



“Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others.” (Unknown)