Our View: Temps run high for Montana ... and in Raleigh
Thumbs-up: to the Regulatory Reform Act. This bill, signed recently by Gov. Pat McCrory -- after an earlier threatened veto -- requires hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors. Hindsight is 20-20, but this bill going forward will surely go a long way in helping to prevent deaths, such as the three people who died from carbon monoxide exposure in Boone.
Thumbs-down: to playing the waiting game in Blowing Rock. The town is still waiting for an almost $600,000 grant promised by the now defunded N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to aid in hospital construction. Lawmakers have crafted a new division to handle such grants, but as of this week, Blowing Rock's project has not received the vital funding.
Thumbs-up: to cooler heads prevailing in Raleigh. We would have hoped that it wouldn't have gotten to this level, but the N.C. State Board of Elections will meet Tuesday to do what couldn't be done locally -- consider and perhaps approve one of two competing early voting plans from Watauga County.