We look at the demise of Chicago with pity and horror. Detroit, that great city whose manufacture of automobiles and tractors made America great, who retooled itself to produce the airplanes and war material that won World War II, has collapsed in financial ruin. Other cities have also, or will soon, declare bankruptcy. But not so, Rocky Mount! Not so, North Carolina!
We are not perfect, but our cities and state are addressing our problems before they overwhelm us. I am grateful that our city has been digging out of our burden of debt by sacrifice and self-denial. We still have the first responders, firefighters, police and garbage collectors working for all the residents, regardless of their station in life.
Our City Council has acted responsibly through utility problems, the county commissioners continue to balance their budget, and the state legislators have addressed the debt they inherited. The outlook is good for North Carolina, and I am grateful.
Let the so-called Moral Monday protesters take a good, long look at Detroit and they will change their definition of “moral” and go back home and go to work.