It is difficult to have conversations these days when definitions are moving targets. An example would be “equal rights.” In the old school, it was a great idea. Government granted no special privilege. Now, it conjures images of the creation of special classes to justify unequal privileges. It is a slogan employed to kindle warm and fuzzy feelings for things like re-election campaigns and government grants.

In the name of equal rights, The Buncombe County Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be asking the commissioners to once again consider being nondiscriminatory and offer same-sex partner benefits.

Oh, don’t listen to me. I’m just a jealous, ugly spinster, doomed forever to be locked out of tax-paid bene programs because nobody wants me. Where’s my special program? What would an old-school egalitarian government do?