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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:36

Gov. McCrory needs to put up or shut up

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To the Editor:

Thanks for standing up to the governor in your column about our state universities (“Majoring in philosophy? More power to you,” SMN, Feb. 6). Even those of us who earned technical degrees appreciate our universities as more than just factories to produce employees. In the U.S., we cherish diversity.

One point overlooked in your editorial was that no school — university or trade — can fill jobs that don’t exist. In the robust 1950s and 1960s, manufacturing represented 28 percent of our gross domestic income; today, it is under 12 percent. What is left for U.S. workers is mostly financial and service jobs. So, governor, it wasn’t the universities that failed us, it was the leadership of American manufacturing that sold out for a boost in stock value.

I propose that we turn the tables on the governor and judge his performance by the same yardstick. He talked a lot about jobs in his campaign. If he can bring the textile industry back to North Carolina as it was years ago, he will be a hero. We might even make him governor-in-perpetuity. But if he can’t, he’s just another talking head.

So what will it be, governor? Are you up to leading us back to full employment?

Frederick (Rick) Bryson

Bryson City

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