When I was editor of the News & Record, I would routinely get complaints that the paper’s editorial stands were out of step with the community, that we were too liberal.
It is a matter of debate, course, as all political stands tend to be. No question, though, that the paper’s editorial board was progressive. Because the way Congressional districts are gerrymandered, it’s tough to say which party is dominant in Greensboro. But the city voted for Obama twice. Still, many people outside the city limits in Guilford County are conservative.
Today is one of those rare times in which I wish I were editor again so I could go all Daniel Patrick Moynihan on them. A research company has ranked the most liberal and most conservative cities in each state. In N.C., the most liberal is Greensboro.
I can’t attest to the methodology. Greensboro is home to five institutions of higher educations, which we all know are hotbeds of liberalism. Some examples:
+ We love our trees, and we demand that the city pick up our leaves raked into the street. We also protest when Duke Energy trims the trees near the power lines, and we still demand power when ice storms hit.
+ Our ministers get arrested protesting in the Moral Monday rallies. But it’s peaceful.
+ We have a first-class, statewide soccer facility.
+We support the International Civil Rights Museum downtown even though it is poorly managed and can’t support itself.
+ We like a lively, vibrant downtown with bars, restaurants and clubs just so long as it isn’t too noisy.
+ Our City Council does not like the Citizens United ruling — what self-respecting liberal does? — and has called for a constitutional amendment stipulating that corporations are NOT people.
+ We give tax money to companies that don’t do what they promised.
+ Even some of the Republicans on the City Council think the Republicans in the state legislature are bullies.
But I do find the results hard to believe: It’s not Chapel Hill or Carrboro or Asheville?