I am sure that brighter, better-informed and more experienced folk who follow politics in NC have already posted in response to the news that Senator Marc Basnight has been diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease. I am equally certain that I won't be the last to do so, given Basnight's service to this state. But I want to go on record saying how fortunate I feel for having worked within the sphere of his influence. I did not always agree with him, nor always like him, but I certainly did enjoy watching him at work. My best to Senator Basnight and his family.