Large corporations merge to create leaner, more efficient companies. Why not states? Just think what a great state one Carolina would be.
It would be called simply Carolina, its capitol centrally located in Charlotte. One Carolina would boast premier geography, culture and history, as well as education, recreation and climate envied from one end of the nation to the other. Popular destinations from the mountains to the sea would offer interesting recreational and residential choices. Renowned golf and tennis resorts would be everywhere, while major sporting events would include an NFL team already named after one Carolina, multiple major golf and tennis events and the best of college athletic conferences in the ACC and SEC.
A combined university system of more than 25 campuses would house a number of medical, law, dental and veterinary schools, as well as outstanding small and large undergraduate programs. The Research Triangle, as well as the large research universities, would keep Carolina on the cutting edge of scholarship and innovation. Carolina could become the auto capitol of the United States, not to mention already holding leadership positions in the areas of agriculture, furniture and textiles. Globalization is already underway in the region, along with pioneering efforts in alternative energy.
Historically, how can you beat the Revolutionary and Civil War history of one Carolina, its military bases still playing an important role in our national defense? Carolina also enjoys relative meteorological and geological calm, with a temperate climate for year-round living. Its reasonable cost of living makes it desirable for younger professionals and older retirees alike, keeping the state a lively place for all ages to call home.
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As one political entity, one Carolina would benefit from efficiency and cost effectiveness. True, Carolina would lose two U.S. senators and one governor, but the remaining senators and governor would be all the more influential now that they were from such a large and dominant state.
I love both states and have proudly claimed residency in one or the other over the past 35 years. But I would be all the prouder and happier in not having to choose, but being able to say that I am a Carolinian, from one Carolina, the best and most beautiful state in the country.
Professor emeritus of psychology
Florence Marion University