It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for North Carolina this week. We all know why. In the Triangle (as well as in Watauga, Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties), we bucked the trend by voting against Amendment One, with Durham and Orange counties far exceeding any other county with their forward-thinking vision – kudos to residents of those counties for setting a high mark for the future in NC. The conversations regarding marriage equality continue in our state, and across the nation. The issue is still in flux. Change can still happen.
When I returned to North Carolina 20-ish years ago, smoking in public areas was unrestricted. I recall feeling dumbfounded my first week back, watching someone smoke while super market shopping. More than two years ago, a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars was approved… here in North Carolina, one of the largest growers of tobacco. Now, tobacco-related vestiges are repurposed and farmlands transition to produce we can purchase in our local farmers’ markets. Yes, change is possible.
Regardless, NC now faces a bit of a PR dilemma. It’s easy for people to focus on the negatives and being a southern state, we’re probably an easier target. However, North Carolina still has many positive points, and I still love the whole of our state, even if we aren’t where we could be, just yet.
From castles in our mountains,
to lighthouses along our coast,
and everywhere in between.
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North Carolina is my home. I’m here for the long haul, committed to helping through the hard times. We have immeasurable potential. I see it. I feel it. I believe it.