Editorial: To PayPal -- HB2 isn't forever, let's stay friends

Posted October 31, 2016
Updated November 3, 2016

Vase by N.C. artisan Ben Owen III is a gift from Capitol Broadcasting Company to PayPal.

A CBC Editorial: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016; Editorial# 8075
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting

The following is a letter sent this morning from Capitol Broadcasting Company President and CEO Jim Goodmon to PayPal President Dan Schulman.

Dear Mr. Schulman:

Sometimes things just don’t work out.

We were delighted when PayPal announced it was bringing more jobs to North Carolina. We were disappointed, days later, when PayPal said it would not, because of House Bill 2, move ahead with the operations center in Charlotte. But we respect your decision to do what you think is best for your company and employees.

We are concerned that you are getting the wrong idea about North Carolina. Some of our officials have been publicly critical of individuals and organizations because of their opposition to HB2. That’s burning bridges. It just is not the North Carolina way of doing business. Mutual respect is what we’re talking about.

You may have gotten the impression, with the demand to return the ceremonial wood bowl presented to you as a gift, that we’re sore losers. No way. What’s done, is done. HB2 eventually will be taken care of by the courts or the legislature.

We want to look past all that, to the future. We are confident there will be more opportunities for PayPal to expand and hope that you will include North Carolina in your list of options.

Please accept our gift to you – an urn made by Ben Owen III, one of North Carolina’s premier artisans -- as a small expression of our gratitude for the jobs and investment PayPal has in North Carolina now.

Ben’s roots in pottery go back to his family’s arrival in North Carolina in the late 1750s. From his studio in Seagrove, he has produced works that are in collections at the Smithsonian and on display around the world.

When you use and look at this beautiful piece, we hope you’ll think of what it represents – North Carolina’s great quality of life and innovative, hardworking, educated workforce.

When you start another search to accommodate your company’s growth, give us a call. We look forward to talking about future opportunities – both here in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina – where Paypal and our state can continue to grow and prosper together.

Best regards,

Jim Goodmon,
Pres./CEO, CBC


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  • Rod Runner Oct 31, 5:34 p.m.
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    So that the Republican legislature and governor that were supposed to help us create and bring jobs to the state would overreact and show their social conservative hand again, instead of their fiscal conservative hand and hopefully be voted out this November. All they've tried to bring is their own social agenda and wasted money time and time again.

  • Steve Faulkner Oct 31, 4:35 p.m.
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    If it wasn't a problem, then why did Charlotte come up with the ordinance??

  • Teddy Fowler Oct 31, 1:12 p.m.
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    Is it closed-minded to say that that closed-minded bigots support HB2? I really think so...

  • Amy Whaley Oct 31, 12:25 p.m.
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    Wow, so you think that we should tolerate sexual predators unfettered access to their potential victim. I find that the majority of North Carolinian's don't mind transgenders sharing their restrooms. What we don't like is that the Charlotte ordinance doesn't define transgender, thus allowing any one, including the sexual predator, unfettered access to their victims. And of course, this ordinance was forced upon all businesses not just government properties. I believe the Democrats put this in motion in an election year for a purpose .... it will backfire them.

  • Amy Whaley Oct 31, 12:13 p.m.
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    HB2 supporters could careless about the transgenders who have been sharing the bathrooms with us for years. The problem with the Charlotte ordinance is not about transgenders, it is all about the fact that it gives the sexual predator unfettered access to his/her victim in once protected private areas. We can't compare statistics about the potential danger because we have never allowed such access. To learn more about what HB2 really does, check out http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ignore-the-hype-here-s-what-employers-66257/

  • Stacy Mercier Oct 31, 10:58 a.m.
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    Oh honey. What you don't understand is that transgender people were using the same restrooms as you before this law, and nobody complained. This was an overreaction to Charlotte taking action without McCrory's consent, and it's a really stupid law that is getting the backlash it so justly deserves from everyone except the backwards, bigoted, closed-minded people who support McCrory and his ilk.

  • Rod Runner Oct 31, 10:54 a.m.
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    This isn't why people think America is so dumb, because people like you didn't read or understand that it was clearly marked as an opinion. All media outlets have editorials and this one is clearly marked as that.

  • Samuel Tyler Oct 31, 10:52 a.m.
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    I stopped using paypal when they sided with the gays and lesbians.

  • Will Sonnett Oct 31, 10:08 a.m.
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    No wonder WRAL's news division has lost all credibility. This is the same kind of liberal drivel that attempts to serve as news at CBC.

  • John Townsend Oct 31, 9:10 a.m.
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    "Considering that Paypal has branches in countries that persecute the LGBT community far worse than HB2 ever will it seems like someone is just using that as an excuse to try and manipulate our legal system here in NC. "
    That is what all this was about. A real news organization with real reporters would be pointing out the hypocrisy involved in boycotting NC for HB2 while still doing business in countries where homosexuality is illegal and punished with death.