R.L. Watson: Nichol-McCrory debate?

April 19, 2014 

Universities employ scholars, such as Professor Gene Nichol, to analyze problems and publicize the results. Great universities become great by tackling controversial issues. They expect criticism or should.

Nichol brought into sharp focus poverty in North Carolina. He also criticized legislative measures, supported by Gov. Pat McCrory, limiting access to the vote. If the Pope Center and Civitas Institute object to Nichol’s evidence of the failure of free enterprise to reduce poverty, then they should debate him about it, not try to silence or intimidate him.

If McCrory objects to being compared with Lester Maddox and George Wallace, he should stop behaving in ways that prompt such comparisons. He should explain, if he can, why recent regulations do not reduce people’s access to voting. Maddox and Wallace used somewhat different methods, but the goals were similar.

R.L. Watson

Rocky Mount

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