I was born raised in the heart, or at least what I call the heart of America. North Carolina. A couple of decades ago when the boom started, we saw people from all over the country flooding in. Many of them were retired and were trying to escape the rising costs and weather of Florida.

It has made the state more colorful, but I am sad when I see all of the crime that it brought with it.

No, not the transplants out of Florida. The rest of the lot that was looking to cash in on the construction boom and other up turn in our economy, in part by smart leadership that took us through the crisis and into a very productive 2010s.

I for one couldn't be more proud of my roots and to be able to say NC is my home for good.