Editorial: Not fixed? Stop breaking it


So, let’s say we’ve got an office rule to keep the refrigerator clean.

But we hem and haw about who’s going to pay for the spray cleaner and the wash rags. We drag our feet about whether we’re responsible just for our individual lunch sacks. And when it comes time for cleaning, who’s going to do the actual work?

It’s so much hassle.

While we debate, everything in that refrigerator gets old and grows mold. And then we look at the mess and say forget that rule. Let’s wait for something else to fix the problem.

Welcome to the North Carolina Senate, which passed a bill that repeals laws designed to improve water quality in Jordan Lake.

The lake’s a little bigger than an office refrigerator, though. Covering more than 1,600 square miles, the watershed touches several area communities, including Durham and Chapel Hill, and it’s a major source of drinking water for the region.

Rules established in 2009 would reduce pollutants and protect the water supply, but local governments have balked at cost and developers, unsurprisingly, think such rules hurt growth.

In an Associated Press article, the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Rick Dunn, R-Alamance, said he’s motivated by the lack of change in the nutrient levels of the lake from 2004 to 2012.


Click here to read the full editorial on the Durham Herald-Sun's website.






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