The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Editorials

March 25, 2013

Spring and snow just don’t go together

TARBORO — A check of the calendar tells us that spring arrived last Thursday while my memory reminds me we saw snow flakes flying by in that March wind throughout much of the day.

With Easter this coming Sunday, I’m reminded of a wet Good Friday snow in West Texas that brought anywhere from six inches in Big Spring to 18 inches in Sweetwater on April 5, 1996.

The wind that day was straight off the Polar ice cap and the snow was horizontal much of the time. In fact,the wind compacted the snow so much that it was more that six inches thick on the sides of utility poles in front of the Big Spring Herald.

On Saturday, it was almost completely gone.

Mom and Dad always warned of an Easter freeze and the weather this year seems conducive to such a phenomena of Mother Nature.

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The effort to raise funds for the Edgecombe County Relay for Life are well under way and there are a number of ways you can help support this most worthy cause.

A proclamation was signed last week by Mayor Donald Morris to proclaim “Paint the County Purple” for Relay for Life.

The annual purple ribbon blitz is upcoming and members of the Bosom Buddies team are now selling their ribbons, which are pink and purple.

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A combination of stories in today’s newspaper gives us a snapshot of the economy, which still seems to be showing some improvement.

One is the fact 400 persons took part in last Friday’s job fair at Edgecombe Community College and the other is that the January unemployment rate in the county was 16.6 percent, which represents a 37-month high.

The key to lowering the rate, in addition to the obvious one of creating more jobs, is to have a better prepared workforce.

By and large, ours, we’re afraid, is ill-prepared to actively engage in the digital marketplace. It’s too bad for some that texting and twitter are not job skills, as there seems to be an abundance of folks who have mastered that but have difficulty with basic social skills.

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In a story that will be in this newspaper later in the week, State Rep. Joe Tolson has been successful in advancing four bills he sponsored that relate to digital education.

Two of those bills have been signed into law by the governor and the remaining two are working their way through the senate.

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner. He may be reached at 823-3106 or jwalker@dailysoutherner.com)

 

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  • Spring and snow just don’t go together

    A check of the calendar tells us that spring arrived last Thursday while my memory reminds me we saw snow flakes flying by in that March wind throughout much of the day.
    With Easter this coming Sunday, I’m reminded of a wet Good Friday snow in West Texas that brought anywhere from six inches in Big Spring to 18 inches in Sweetwater on April 5, 1996.
    The wind that day was straight off the Polar ice cap and the snow was horizontal much of the time. In fact,the wind compacted the snow so much that it was more that six inches thick on the sides of utility poles in front of the Big Spring Herald.
    On Saturday, it was almost completely gone.
    Mom and Dad always warned of an Easter freeze and the weather this year seems conducive to such a phenomena of Mother Nature.

    March 25, 2013

  • Why is there no answer to the question ‘why?’

    Stephanie and I have two grandsons, 7-year-old Alex and 5-year-old Dominick, and every word we’ve heard come out of the mouths of those young survivors at Sandy Hook Elementary School has hit us like a sledgehammer.

    December 17, 2012

  • On dealing with humanity

    I’m probably not much different from any other grandparent.
    As we heard the story Monday morning about the 2-year-old who was treated just about every way but humanely last weekend, we started trying to track the story down.

    November 12, 2012

  • Remember all history, good and bad

    As we maneuver the ins and outs of life, we develop connectors to link with the timeline of events stored in the recesses of our brain.
    On Saturday, Sept. 29, Mom, Daddy and I were in Mississippi Memorial Stadium looking on as Coach Johnny Vaught’s Ole Miss Rebels beat the Kentucky, 16-0.

    October 3, 2012

  • Sharing random thoughts

    Now that the Olympics are over, what did you think about some of the events?
    Come on. How can baseball no longer be an Olympic sport but advanced gymnastic ribbon twirling can get you a gold medal?
    Who won the ribbon twirling, anyway?
    But talking about the Olympics, how about those two women’s relay teams —he 4x100 and 4x400? What a show they put on!

    August 20, 2012

  • Football Fridays not just about game on field

    This is the week when it’s time for local schools to be ready, as Friday night signals the start of the 2013 high school football season.
    But it’s not just about the game.

    August 13, 2012

  • News with color not part of paper’s DNA

    Once upon a time, I had a publisher whose seem to think that a day in which at least one hour wasn’t wasted in meetings was, well, a waste.
    I don’t like meetings ... especially those that drone on and on and on when one of the participants wastes everyone else’s time asking questions after the fact when it would have been easier for them to have done their homework.

    August 13, 2012

  • Olympics: It’s hard to not be jingoistic

    Sitting in from of the television, it’s hard not to be jingoistic when you see some young American on the top step of the Olympics award stand, gold medal around their neck and hand over their heart as they sing the Star Spangled Banner.

    August 6, 2012

  • Princeville administration claims conspiracy against its efforts

    To the Editor:
    These are the people who are against our Administration and their negative efforts affect everybody in Princeville since the beginning of this Administration in 2010:
    • Former Mayor Delia Perkins
    • Commissioner Ann Howell
    • Commissioner Gwendolyn Knight
    • Former Commissioner Ann Carney Adams
    • Former Commissioner Carolyn Sharpe
    • Newspaper Reporter, Calvin Adkins
    • County Commissioner Viola Harris

    July 13, 2012

  • Heat offers opportunities

    I’m thankful I don’t have t toil outside for a living, as do many people.
    I’ve always been one to take care of my own yard, yet Saturday, we paid Tom Williams to cut the grass.

    July 9, 2012