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Moving Slow

by Michael Polzella
A lighthouse.

The wheels of government have always moved at a snail’s pace.

Take the Bald Head Island Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in NC, in Brunswick County, for example. Building the lighthouse was non-controversial; everyone said it was needed.

Planning began at the end of the Revolution in 1783, but after all the debate, the haggling over where to put it, and restrictions of the landowner, it was not put into service until 11 years later in 1794. It was rebuilt in 1816 after a storm and decommissioned in 1835.

“Old Baldy” reminds us that government has always moved very slowly.

Ron Smith, S&A Communications

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