The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 31, 2012

Another year passes

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — “Like sands through an hourglass ...”

While the soap opera was a bit different from every day life, it was a lot closer to reality that most of us would want to admit.

With time running out, our “leaders” in Washington continue to play the blame game and point fingers at one another as the folks who foot the bill for the operation of our country (no, not the Chinese) are left to twist in the wind.

Sunday night, as this column is being written, Senate Republicans forwarded a proposal to Harry Reid and said they were optimistic the “fiscal cliff” could be avoided.

Watching from afar, the soap opera playing out in Washington reminds of us of a couple of brash, young hotrodders playing chicken — with a roadway full of schoolchildren in-between.

It would be nice if both sides could belly up to the bar and engage in a little bit of give and take. We all hear from each side about how they are willing to give while the other side only wants to take, but we all know that the both the Demadonts and Republicants — as my friend, Garland Robinette of WWL Radio in New Orleans calls them — are both in full press public relations mode.

If day-to-day life were a washing machine, both parties would be on the spin cycle.

It’s impossible for them to get the message that we want the business of the country taken care of because we keep sending them back to the trough to feed.

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Today’s newspaper has one of those stories you love to see and one that breaks your heart ...

Instead of allowing the Grinch to steal Christmas from the family of John and Tammy Owens, family friend Paula Mazingo intervened to ensure the family of 12 discovered there are those who care about others.

Miranda Baines shares the story with us and tells how the community rose to the occasion.

But it wasn’t just one time for that to happen over the holidays ... there were countless people who gave and gave again to help others.

The really heartwarming thing about it all is that for 99.9 percent of the people, they are giving to a stranger.

I’m sure there are times when, without realizing it, we help someone we may know but that, I think, is the exception, rather than the rule.

The second story is that of 12-year old James Lee Parker, who was accidentally shot while on a hunting trip with his father, uncle and step-brother.

That’s a story we’d rather not have to share with you.

Sunday night, we’re told, the outpouring of support for the family was amazing, as persons of all walks of life went to Carlisle Funeral Home to pay their respects.

Funeral services for young James are at 2 today at Tarboro Church of God.

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We hope you had as wonderful a Christmas as we did, visiting the grandbabies in Burlington, Ky.

Stepson Drew has been deployed most Christmases and when he asked his mom if we could come visit, it didn’t take long for her to answer.

One of my joys has been introducing Alex (7) and Dominick (5) to the world of trains. We went to our first train show in Birmingham in 2010 and we got to do it at Christmas, crossing into Cincinnati to see Duke Energy’s “World of Trains” at one of the Union Station museums. Grampy and Mimi enjoyed it as much as the boys!

Have a happy and safe new year!

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner.)