The Corner

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

I realize that few Corner readers will recognize the name of Earl Jones, a wonderfully wacky state representative from Greensboro, N.C., who has just lost his reelection bid in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But you don’t have to know Jones, a former city councilman and pot-legalization enthusiast, to appreciate the depth of his response to the situation:

The disappointment faded, Jones said, as he realized that leaving the legislature gives him time for other pursuits. “I’ve talked about starting an Earl Jones Institute for the Advancement of Human Society,” he said.

Naturally. Jones added that while he had once had a “yearning” to serve in the North Carolina House, he doesn’t “have it as much now.” Well, not since Tuesday, anyway.

John Hood — John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina ...

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