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    RALEIGH — Because I am an inveterate optimist who likes to think the best of other folks, I’m going to assume for the sake of the following argument that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and former governors Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Bev Perdue sometimes sign documents they’ve not closely read.

    I brought a banana bread over to the mom who just moved in up the street. I told her I meant to bring it over warm, but time had gotten away from me. She smiled and said she does like it warm, so she would heat it up in the microwave. There was only a microwave in her kitchen because a stove…


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