The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


October 24, 2012

To the Editor:

TARBORO — To the Editor:

We have had a rough four to six years in this great nation of ours. The last four have been devastating to many within our nation. The devastation really started in 2007 when the control of the United States Congress changed hands.

On Jan. 3, 2007 the Democrats took control of the Congress and we have been on a spending spree ever since. Let us look at what has happened in just the last four years since President Obama became president:

• The longest period of unemployment over 8 percent since the Great Depression.

• Labor participation rate at the lowest level since 1984.

• More than 88.3 million individuals not in the workforce.

• More than 23 million out of work or wanting full-time work.

• Wealth reduction with a decline in median income to the 1995 levels. A reduction in the number of millionaires, and a reduction in the number of billionaires.

• Highest number and percentage of people in poverty since 1983.

• Food stamp participation has increased to over 47 million individuals.

• The National Debt has increased to over $16 trillion and is now more than the nation's productive output (Gross Domestic Product or GDP).

• The growth in our nation's productive output is below that required to maintain full employment for the nation. The output would have to increase to 4.5 percent growth for one year or more to reduce unemployment by one percentage point.

• This past year we spent more than a trillion dollars on poverty programs without improving the poverty level in our great nation.

In addition to all the above we have an administration that is in denial about the United States’ status and reputation around the world. The recent events surrounding Benghazi are a prime example of that denial. Benghazi was an attack by an old enemy. Instead of recognizing the attack for what it was, a terrorist attack, the administration continually presented the attack as a spontaneous mob protest in response to a movie trailer. The attack on Benghazi was a preplanned and well-coordinated attack. The evidence available in real time to the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Charlene Lamb, showed not one protest sign in the group. The assault was by a large number of terrorists with heavy weaponry.

Finally, we must ask ourselves can we tolerate four more years of an administration that has weakened our economy at every turn while at the same time failing to recognize the failures that have happened in our foreign policy? I would believe not.

I believe that it is time for a change to something other than an emotional wish for "Hope and Change." The past four years of "Hope and Change" has left many of us with empty pockets and broken hearts.

Ray Shamlin

Nash County


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    September 26, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Sheriff Knight’s “guys” may have worked hard on the case concerning Melvin Ray Fox, but did they really? Probably not for the sheriff, but for someone else behind the scenes. Not condoning Mr. Fox for his crime, because he should be punished, but not necessarily in the manner of leaving behind his wife as well as his 3-, 5- 7- and 13-year-old children.

    September 10, 2013


    Concerning the Tarboro High 2013 Vikings football team: They have heart and desire. That was shown Friday night versus Washington. Just like last year’s state championship game, we got behind against a very good team. The Vikings didn’t quit even though they had several injuries throughout the game.  Right up to the last minute we had a chance  but, things didn’t go our way.

    September 5, 2013


    To the Editor:
    It appears Mr. (Garland) Shepheard is shaking up things in our fair city according to a recent Daily Southerner article. Hurrah for him. This citizen, for one, believes the status quo needs a little shake up.
    I don’t know if Mr. Shepheard is disrespectful with his words and/or
    actions at council meetings or not. I don’t attend them any longer. It isn’t that I don’t care that some residents may suggest.

    September 4, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Having just recently read the front page article in The Daily Southerner regarding Councilman Shepheard’s issues with the Tarboro town manager, I was left with more questions than answers.
    The article states that  Mr. Shepheard’s reasons for not voting in favor of extending the town manager’s contract had to do with “deplorable conditions of three town facilities, Thornton’s hiring practices and giving the council what he said was false information.” That’s it.  That’s all the information we were given.

    September 2, 2013


    To the Editor:
    So who are you Mr. Allen Dennie Jr.? I have never heard of you. I have tried to find your voter registration on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website and I can't find it.
    Somebody said that you have an impressive resume. I say and ?
    But what I find interesting is the following. Mr. Dennie the current Sheriff is the following: "The sheriff of any county should be a person who has a personal interest in the citizens that work live and visit their county,"

    August 18, 2013


    To the Editor:
    I am glad that opinions are being expressed regarding my actions at the Town Council meetings,  both by Mr. Walker and Mr. Wooten.
    It is my intention to expose the concerns expressed to me by the taxpayers of Tarboro, and when I find something that causes Tarboro not to be the Town we can all be proud of, I will speak up. I was told by people in Ward 8 when I ran for this office not to be like the rest of the Council and I expressed that to the members. The problems that exist in Tarboro should not have to be aired in public or at the Town Council Meetings and there should not be any discord.

    August 18, 2013


    To the Editor:
    I am writing out of concern about disc golf. We as a town need to consider projects that have been given to (parks and recreation director) Cheryl Gay before this disc golf came along — like a walking trail at Clark Park, repairing the bathrooms, making sure the playground equipment is up-to-date and finding out what happen to the lights on the baseball field before we find money for disc golf. The town needs to consider what we been discussing in these last couple of meetings about recreation. I would love to see the Clark Park baseball field turned into a kickball field, which is a sport that everybody knows how to play, before you consider disc golf.
    Greg Higgs,

    August 15, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Monday night at the Town Council meeting (Aug. 12, 2013), I witnessed some the most disruptive,vitriolic and asinine behavior that I’ve ever seen, in the person of (Ward 8) councilman Garland Shepheard.  For several months, his behavior has grown progressively worse and it seems to embolden him to waste my time, the time of the other council members and the time of other citizens who care enough about Tarboro to attend council meetings.

    August 15, 2013

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