Cousin Phil gone done it. He’s made me mad. Before he can object to Christmas, which, like a big ole park, seems unobjectionable, I need to point out one more way that his Dix reaction  is wrong. By setting Raleigh against the rest of the state, he’s saying the capital city doesn’t belong to citizens of North Carolina. He’s telling them that the beauty of the Capitol, the beauty of the NC Museum of Art, the wonders of the Museum of Natural Sciences, the treasures of the Museum of History, all of those are not theirs. Berger’s telling the people of the state that they don’t have any part of the glorious metropolis of Raleigh or any of its glittering accoutrements. Perhaps that’s a little strong, but you get my drift.
Lest you worry, let me assure you I’m not actually related to that august personage, Sen. Phil Berger (he wishes!), but my maiden name is Berger and he needs a talking-to. I have to take him to task over this because he’s just wrong to tell the people that a Dix park wouldn’t benefit them. This is our state and our state capital. All of ours. The buses that pull up to the museums everyday from all corners of the state are proof of that. For him to act like this park deal is emptying state coffers for the sole benefit of Raleigh makes the city sound like a bunch selfish jerkwads. Like Charlotte or something. I kid. Of course, Raleigh has some greedy boneheads wandering around – mostly in the vicinity of Jones St. – but it is a beautiful, welcoming city with wonderful amenities that draw visitors from around the state and country. Why shouldn’t Raleigh have a world class park to go with its world class museums? It’s all to the glory of the great North State.
The idea that we should sell this opportunity to the highest bidder so that no one in proximity can enjoy it is bizarre. Should we sell the mountains and the beaches so that people near them don’t enjoy them unfairly? So, what is Berger’s point, really? If he keeps setting Raleigh against the rest of the state, he’s telling them Raleigh’s not for them, they have no reason to go there. That’s deeply offensive coming from the leader of the state senate, faux cousin or not. It makes me wonder, what is Sen. Berger up to that he doesn’t want North Carolina’s citizens visiting Raleigh? Why shouldn’t they? Who is he to say they don’t have business in Raleigh or that they won’t have time to enjoy a giant park? Why is he hurrying them out? I can’t wait to lie on my back in Dix park and give it a long think.