Random thoughts on news of the day

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I have considered the possibility of addressing the controversy involving Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but I will heed the advise of my wife and stay away from that. It is, without a doubt, the dominant news story of the last two weeks, but it is just the kind of thing that can create new enemies no matter which side you take. My official stance on Judge Kavanaugh is I have no stance.

My only statement is that the civics teacher in me is impressed with how well the process of choosing judges really works.

My lack of involvment in the debate on Judge Kavanaugh leaves me this week to address a few other random thoughts.

I continue to be amazed at how the area continues to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. I had the privilige to interview school students at Meadow School Friday morning about their efforts to help people most of them do not know.

The impressive young students collected items to be given to another school in Sampson County where the storm devastation was much worse. It warmed my heart to see students helping other students. It is an example we could all follow.

I have the same fears with this storm as I have had with others, that time will erode our recognition of the need. A year from now those who saw almost everything they own either washed away by flood waters or damaged by high winds will not be fully recovered. It may take some a decade to get back all of the resources they lost.

Many people were still trying to recover from Matthew’s visit two years ago when Florence made her move into the area last month. The recovery from Florence will be slow and will require deliberate effort.

It is inspiring to see so many who want to help, but as a society we need to ensure the spirit of volunteerism continues in the future. It is to easy to meet needs now and forget them later in the chaos of our own lives.

The good leadership in our governor’s office will hopefully ensure that North Carolinians don’t forget those Florence hurt the most. I had the privilege to meet Gov. Cooper last week. I took the opportunity to personally thank him for how he led during Hurricane Florence and how he continues to lead in the storm’s aftermath.

In the midst of the chaos of Florence’s fury, our governor remained a solid rock for a state to depend on. Kudos for a great job, governor. The same can be said for first responders and law enforcement in Harnett County and other areas affected by the storm.

Tom Woerner is a reporter with The Daily Record. Reach him at 910-230-2038 or twoerner@mydailyrecord.com.

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