The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


  • Detroit, a lesson for all

    The once great city of Detroit has gone broke, belly up, completely busted and no one can pick up the pieces. One big
    problem that should frighten all of us is that there are a number of other cities and some states that seem to be following suit. And, still worse, our great nation is setting the example and leading the way.

    August 15, 2013

  • Everette-Oates indicted despite denial, laying blame on others

    We would guess the 18 men and women who served on the grand jury that, on Monday, returned 17 indictments against Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates will soon join the myriad people blamed for her downward spiral.
    Absent from that list is Oates herself, who has blamed any and everyone, including members of her current town council, the Local Government Commission (LGC),previous Princeville administrations and even reporter Calvin Adkins of this newspaper.
    Despite the fact the town’s finances were in such disarray that even Winnie the Pooh could have let out a string of expletive-deleted “Oh, bothers,” Everette-Oates accused the LGC of plotting against her, commissioner Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and former interim town manager Maggie Boyd.

    August 9, 2013

  • Humor in songs and sayings

    Several times before I have decided to leave the bad news stuff that normally comes out of Washington and most other parts of the world and just write something on the humorous side.  Most of the time I found the best humorous song titles and lyrics came from country music and the sayings came from all other.  The ones in this column I haven’t written about, but they have been around a while.

    July 24, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Every day black folks who are talking about RACE on the level are afraid to talk about RACE publicly because they are afraid. They are afraid of how other folks, be they black, brown, white or whatever will look at them.
    They are afraid of how their employer will look at them. They are afraid of retaliation that may come via through their children or just maybe other family members.

    July 22, 2013

  • People talking Tarboro’s future

    There’s a healthy discussion under way in the community about involvement and looking for a mechanism to gather a group of people — size unknown — to discuss where we are as a community and where we might want to go.
    The exciting point, from my perspective, is that this is a discussion being driven by folks who don’t hold an elective office and who don’t draw a check funded by the people.

    July 22, 2013

  • Last-minute flurry finalizes candidates for fall elections

    Whether you consider yourself to be a Democrat, Independent or Republican — or whether you prefer the unafilliated label — you’ll have a choice when it comes to candidates in this fall’s municipal elections in Edgecombe County.
    In fact, since filing got under way at noon on July 5, 39 Edgecombe County residents filed for 23 seatss up for election.

    July 22, 2013


    To the Editor:
    Tarboro is a wonderful town to live in, full of welcoming folks, and a beautiful Town
    Common and historical district and the charm of a rebuilding downtown.  There is a lot to  be proud of when we tell folks we are from Tarboro.  However, there is one segment of,the population that is being neglected and horribly abused and that is the plight of our cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.  There are so many calls being made to the different  groups that try to serve this disadvantaged population that each is overwhelmed.

    July 19, 2013

  • Bed tax can bring people, money to county and help us expand

    The passage of a bed tax for Edgecombe County is, we believe, good news.
    While we understand there are those who feel such a tax is a negative and will cause travelers to stay elsewhere.
    We say bunk.
    If someone is going to stay in a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast in any county surrounding Edgecombe, they are going to pay an occupancy tax. Halifax and Nash levy a 5 percent tax, Martin and Wilson levy a 3 percent tax, and Pitt levies a 6 percent tax.
    And likewise, when you’re planning a trip, we’ll bet you don’t look for places with or without bed taxes and plan your trip accordingly. You just go and pay your lodging bill.

    July 15, 2013

  • Obamacare ... again!

    I’m sure readers of this column are as tired of reading about Obamacare as I am writing about it.  However, it seems as soon as we think we may have learned all there is to know about this complex healthcare system more needles in this giant haystack begin to stick us again.
    Now they’re talking about postponing Obamacare for another year.  I’d like to see it postponed, too … maybe for 200 years!

    July 10, 2013


    To the Editor:
    This is in response to an editorial from Greenville's Daily Reflector in the July 5 Tarboro Southerner entitled "Hands Off Community Water Systems".
    I agree with the Reflector's view that the state legislature is overreaching with a progressive bill (HB 488) where it proposes to seize control of local water systems and services without compensation, and puts it under control of an unelected state board. I'm opposed to unelected regional governmental authorities. As one who campaigned for two freshmen House members in Pitt County, it is very disappointing that the present state legislature would be doing such a thing.

    July 10, 2013

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