If you had an opportunity to solve one of North Carolina’s biggest problems which one would you pick? Most people would probably choose something like the multibillion dollar state budget deficit or high unemployment rate. However, some of your legislators think that there are smaller fish to fry.
You might not think that North Carolina’s lack of an officially designated shrimp festival is a big problem, but two state representatives do. House Bill 173 – State Shrimp Festival-Sneads Ferry – sponsored by Rep. Phil Shepard (R-Onslow) and Rep. Carolyn Justice (R-New Hanover) seeks to solve the problem by designating the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival as North Carolina’s official shrimp festival.
I haven’t ever been to the shrimp festival but if the official song is any indication it seems like a wonderful community event. Still, that doesn’t make this bill any less of a waste of time.
The General Assembly has some big issues to tackle this session and bills like this one are only a distraction from the state’s real problems.