Jon Sanders

December 15, 2006

Dear President Bowles,

Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you well. Congratulations on a successful first year as the president of the University of North Carolina system. Sometime I’ll have to ask you how this gig compares with your work as White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton.

I'm writing to you today on behalf of a good friend of mine, Prof. Mike Adams. He teaches criminal justice at the Wilmington campus. I was inspired to write after watching "Hardball" the other day. It's a political talk show on one of those cable channels – not the Fox News Network, but kind of like it. MSNBC it's called. (How to describe it? Well, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson's character in "As Good As It Gets," think of Fox, then take away fairness and watchability.)

What station it was is neither here nor there. What was encouraging to me was that the host, I think his name is Chris Matthews, was interviewing former Senator John Edwards in Chapel Hill, and the university really put on a show. It was amazing! The university pep band was there. The university cheerleaders were there. Even Ramses the university mascot was there!

It was very clear that UNC-Chapel Hill wanted to make sure that the whole country knows it supports John Edwards. That's really cool. Especially because John Edwards is running for president! And I think it's important for someone in this state to remind the rest of the nation that John Edwards says he's from here, before everyone else in the media starts talking again about how

he's from South Carolina just because they have an early presidential primary.

Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.