The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


October 29, 2012

Eight days and counting ...

TARBORO — In eight days, millions of Americans will go to the polls and vote in one of the most contentious presidential elections in history.

I, for one, will be glad when we can publish a newspaper that names the winner, although unless there is a change in Washington, I can’t see us moving forward.

The inability of the two parties to get anything accomplished is almost as frustrating as the first two years of Mr. Obama’s presidency, when his party held the majority in both the House and Senate and he failed to get most of his campaign promises passed into law.

The intensity of the campaigning, especially since the first debate, has grown exponentially.

There was one day here at work when I got 17 — 17 emails — in one day from the Obama blue bus tour. Not until I sent 25 “please remove” emails did they finally stop!

We’ve been called by Mayor Anthony Fox of Charlotte ... whoo-hoo and I even got an email from Bruce Springsteen, encouraging me to vote for and support the president.

The Republicans have been just as bad, although my first request for a stoppage of emails from the GOP was honored.

We haven’t gotten the blast of auto-dial calls from the party of the elephant like we have from the party of the donkey, but it’s clear North Carolina is a key state.

Both sides have flooded the mailboxes, although the Republican pieces seem to be more fact-driven, citing the state of the economy, the fact unemployment is no better now than it was four years ago and the realities of what will really happen under Obamacare.

The Democratic pieces, on the other hand, seem to be more sniping ... “He’ll take you medicine” and “This is what they will do in their budget.”

The fact is, neither President Obama nor Mr. Romney will do a lot by themselves.

Mr. Obama got an unread healthcare bill passed because he had the majority in the House and a majority in the Senate and he had Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to deliver the goods for whatever it was they got for themselves and  their constituents back home.

The tone of the commercials for the president tell me his campaign strategists know they are in trouble, because having spent a lifetime closely following politics, those are the acts of a campaign beginning to be caught in the vortex.

And when you add superstorm Sandy to the mix, the Dems could be in real trouble.

Early voting is the bastion of the Democratic party. Historically, Democrats have not turned out in numbers as great as Republicans on election day. That’s why the court ruling allowing early voting in Ohio until the day before the election was so important to the Dems.

But in Hurricane Sandy and the potential snowstorm that could hit to out north and all the way to Wisconsin, you have the potential of three-to-five days of early voting lost to the Democrats — and that’s something that they may not be able to handle.

I think the October surprise everyone always talks about was Libya ... and the surprise was two-fold ... that the administration mishandled it so badly and that the documents were finally made public.

As to the impact, we’ll have to wait and see.

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

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    To the Editor:
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    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.
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    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.

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