The state House is considering a bill that would create a new state psychiatric hospital in Butner. That's in Granville County a few miles north of Durham . The state Senate gave the plan to replace two older hospitals in Raleigh and Butner final approval yesterday.
There's no doubt the State could use bigger and better mental hospitals. The fact that they will probably spend the money in these fiscally uncertain times, is a sign of good intentions. However, keep in mind what the road to Hades is paved with.
When I was a little boy, and, yes, I once was one, if somebody was acting a little peculiar or saying weird things, the grown-ups would say he or she belongs in Dix Hill, a reference I eventually learned meant their elevators didn't quite go to the top floor. Since my father's nickname was "Dick," I young-and-foolishly assumed it referred to him.