Friday/weekend open line

We were slack-jawed with amazement to read on Your Voice in Oxford yesterday that the Granville County Commission voted itself pension benefits. It was our understanding that the reason for the low pay and lack of perks was to keep governance in the hands of everyday citizens rather than career politicians. Naive of us, we suppose.

In an era of belt-tightening, budget cuts, layoffs, and economic uncertainty, it’s nice to know that you can still vote yourself some piece of mind. The hard part is getting yourself elected (or re-elected) on a political agenda whose priority is “Me First”.

It’s getting easier and easier to tell the keepers from the kept.