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Aspiration and compassion

During an interview last week with Steve Inskeep on NPR , British Prime Minister Tony Blair said something that resonated with me. He said,

[T]he Labour party should be the marriage of aspiration and compassion. That there's nothing wrong with wanting the best for yourself and your family, it's just that you don't want to exclude that possibility for other families, too.

There’s a lesson in that statement for North Carolinians.

Yesterday during the Crucial Conversation luncheon about the state of North Carolina’s mental health system, I listened as numerous parents describe their personal ordeals trying to find mental health or developmental services for their children. These were parents, who like me, only wanted to provide what was best for their children. The mental health parity bill would help many families whose only aspiration is providing care for their family members. 

I hope, as state, we can find the compassion to put in place the systems and services so that all families can have an opportunity to thrive.

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