Kudos to Nelda Holder for her column on home rule, pointing out how the N.C. Democratic Party is merely getting a taste of its own medicine [“You Say Po-tay-to,” June 22 Xpress]. Her departure from Mountain Xpress editorial power has been a huge loss. Home rule is a big part of the reason I left the Democrats and voted mostly Republican (though really anti-incumbent) last November.
I have known for a long time that home rule was essential for isolated, Southern, socially progressive communities like Asheville and Chapel Hill to make any significant progress on either gay rights or environmental contraception funding, and so it was, perversely, Democrats who were standing in the way. Thus I'm glad the NCDP is getting a taste of its own medicine and hope they learn from it.
Even the otherwise excellent N.C. contraception education curriculum was a violation of home rule, as Asheville and Chapel Hill could still have done far better, but the Democrats just didn't get it. Let's hope they do now.
— Alan Ditmore