Views and Reviews
by Jean McCamy
I really enjoy NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. It manages to dig into the news, which is generally grim or grimmer, and find some humor. This past weekend, they offered the tongue-in-cheek prediction that if A-Rod is suspended from baseball, he’ll run for Mayor of New York in an effort to raise the integrity level of the candidates.
I’m sorry the program wasn’t able to set up camp in North Carolina during the past legislative session. Goodness knows, we needed something to bring a little humor to all that was going on.
Unfortunately, there is nothing funny about forcing women to have children they can’t support and then eliminating all the poverty assistance programs.
There’s nothing funny about teachers working in tougher conditions without raises and incentives.
There’s nothing funny about those who have lost jobs in our shrinking workforce (former teachers’ assistants, for example) unable to support families once meager unemployment benefits run out.
There’s nothing funny about fracking chemicals going into the ground with no requirement that they be identified until there is a problem.
There’s nothing funny about restricting voting rights.
There’s nothing funny about having to be ever vigilant in restaurants, parks, playgrounds and on college campuses lest a gun fight should break out.
I could go on, but I won’t. However, I will give our grinning governor credit for attempting to bring a smile to a few protestors’ faces by trotting out of the mansion with a plateful of cookies. What was he thinking?
— Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.