Time goes by

What can we hope for in 2016? Certainly it has to be better than 2015, right?

With elections across the board in North Carolina and beyond, we can certainly expect lots of political ads spewing halftruths and vile rhetoric across the radio and airwaves, on social and traditional media, each influencing the level of civility and discourse we each engage in during our daily lives.

We hope for an ascendancy of rationality in 2016. We hope that the warmongers and war profiteers are summarily routed from the field of public policy debate at the national level.

We hope that intelligence and some semblance of concern for the future infects the gubernatorial election in North Carolina in 2016. Gov. McCrory will have his hands full with long-time Attorney General Roy Cooper on his left and an erratic right-wing state legislature on the other side. McCrory has done little to distinguish himself in his first term as governor and an increasing amount of evidence indicates the presence of a “pay to play” mentality in his administration.

These circumstances are unacceptable. Locally, our legislative races have the potential to be snoozers. Most incumbents in gerrymandered districts failed to attract viable opponents. The notable exception is state Sen. Trudy Wade, the architect of a series of intrusive policy measures that sought to dictate urban policy to the City of Greensboro. Wade has all the hallmarks of an interloper, and a tone-deaf one at that. Guilford County voters should roundly reject her.

Liberty, equality and diversity are the traits of a free society. We hope that divisive rhetoric and one-sided party power plays are relegated to the ash heap of history in 2016. That would make America stronger and her citizens more likely to taste the full blessings of liberty.

Above all, we wish you, our dear readers, peace and prosperity in the year to come. !

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