The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


November 12, 2012

On dealing with humanity

TARBORO — 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.

As the information was s-l-o-w-l-y made public — finally being partially released on Thursday — the sadistic nature of the treatment of this little 2-year-old child called “Star” by her mother was all but unbelievable.

As it turned out, news of her injuries and the nature of her injuries were made public through social media, as information made public through law enforcement was slim.

We understand that, though, to a degree in that the publicly disclosed word of any investigation can cause those involved to flee in an effort to avoid prosecution.

But don’t we think these perpetrators knew what they did? Don’t we think they knew someone was going to come looking for them? Don’t we think they knew that if someone got their hands on them, a rope and a tree that they’ve have holy heck to pay?

Investigations should not be hampered at the cost of a press release ... but the failure to release information in a timely manner can — and did — result in the spread of misinformation that could have impacted the community far beyond the knowledge that we have animals among us who would ravage a small child.

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Watching the Sunday night news, I wonder what others who have been through the horrors of a hurricane — such as Edgecombe County in 1999 and 2011 and the areas ravaged by Hurrican Katrina in 2005 — when they hear some of the complaints from those in the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy? No power after 12 days ... no garbage pickup. No GARBAGE pickup?

Perhaps the reality they lost only things and still have their lives will sink in at some point.

I’m struck by the fact that many of the same people who helped us in Bogalusa, La. are on the ground in New Jersey ... the yellow-shirted Baptist men, the Mennonites, the red-shirted Triangle of Hope Ministries of the Christian Church.

I wonder if some of the people on the Jersey shore who lost their homes and are talking about rebuilding were some who questioned why people should be allowed to rebuild in a hurricane/flood zone?

We’re reminded that whatever our plan, our Creator has a plan of His own and we do as He wishes.

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner. He can be reached at 823-3106 or

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  • 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

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