Our state legislators need to be reminded of their mission. They were elected to serve the citizens by making sure our state works properly. They apparently have forgotten.
Our prison system is so broken employees are being killed and street gangs are being run by inmates. Where is the oversight? Our mental health system doesn’t properly serve our neighbors in need and is lavishly wasteful. Who in our legislature is paying attention? We are unable to fund our own highway construction projects, so we rely on a company from Spain to do it for us and we end up with the I-77 toll lane debacle. Our public schools need to be significantly improved and is one of the primary reasons Charlotte ranks last among the country’s top 50 cities for poor people to advance economically. Where is our legislature’s sense of urgency?
It appears most of our legislators’ primary mission is to stay in power, not to serve the citizens. This is why we endured HB2, which badly damaged our state’s reputation and economy. Many legislators would say they were pursuing public safety. Nonsense. There were no reports of dangers in bathrooms related to this issue. However, this issue played well to some of their core constituents, which will help at the next election.
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Now, our legislature is appealing court decisions that have struck down their gerrymandering scheme that reduces the voice and impact of certain groups, especially minority voters. This scheme is disgusting on its surface. Of course, the only purpose of this expensive legal exercise is to retain the current districts to help ensure incumbents stay in power.
HB2 and our state’s gerrymandering efforts convey to the rest of the country that we are homophobic bigots. The vast majority of us are not! Most of us welcome (or at least accept) the LBGTQ community and we demand that our minority neighbors receive the same voice in voting as everyone else.
Legislators, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and focus on your true mission, and stop embarrassing us with your partisan shenanigans.
Meyers is a retired CEO who lives in Cornelius.