The oldest town in America chartered by African Americans.
The only town in America chartered by African Americans where its politics have disgraced people of all races.
Turner Prince, the man for whom Princeville is named, is rolling over in his grave because of the shenanigans that are occurring in his beloved town. How could the elected officials not know they are the laughing stock of the country?
Over the last three years, those in the majority have made decisions that were too far-fetched for a writer of fiction to even come up with.
As a case in point, look at the water bill fiasco.
The majority agreed to a bill “payment plan” for its citizens, some of whom carried balances for months at a time. Unfortunately, the bills for some of those customers now exceed $2,000!
That’s a crying shame.
It is the fault of the elected majority for allowing the citizens of the town to get in this predicament. Officials are elected to look after the community’s citizens … to protect them and act in the best interest of the community — they are supposed to be the stewards of the community and guardians of its future.
But why would the majority allow the balance on a water bill, which is normally about $68 per month, to balloon in excess of $2,000?
That’s a crying shame.
The majority blamed everybody — except, of course, themselves — for their fiasco. They even blamed a reporter from this newspaper who only printed the information that was obtained through meeting coverage, interviews and investigation.
Kill the messenger, we suppose, because you find you can’t hide from a truthful message.
Princeville’s water bill issues don’t even scratch the surface of the myriad problems this town is enduring — and it’s all because of incompetent leadership.
From the water bill woes, to town’s financial distress, to an audit report fraught with problems and the repeated failure to meet deadline after deadline, the ineffective leadership has placed Princeville in dire straits.
It’s a crying shame.
Think about it … in 1885 a group of former slaves with a very limited education went before Congress and asked for a charter to a piece of land that slave owners viewed as not worth a hill of beans.
Turner Prince and those former slaves nourished that low land and it became their beacon on the south side of the Tar River.
For many years the mighty Tar spilled over its banks and caused massive flooding, heartache and hardship. The last flood was in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd’s floodwaters swallowed the town for more than three days. Political officials from all levels — federal, state and local —thought Floyd would mark the demise of the oldest town in America chartered by blacks. But just like it had during previous floods and leadership fiascos, Princeville bounced back.
And each time it bounced back, it is easy to imagine Prince and those former slaves dancing as they celebrated their town’s resilience.
One can also imagine that somewhere in that great beyond, Turner Prince has called a meeting of his town people to tell them about the atrocious political practices ongoing in their community. One can imagine Turner Prince asking, “What’s happening to our beloved town. What happened to the love and the camaraderie we shared when we crossed the Tar River in 1865? We fought so hard for our town and now the majority is about to lose it. Do they know how important Princeville is to the United States? There’s only one oldest town in America chartered by blacks and I’m proud to say that we hold that distinction. Apparently they didn’t get the memo. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
It’s a crying shame.”
You, too, can be a slacker spy
Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished the military training you began?
Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?
Well, don't beat yourself up. You, too, can become an international superspy like Edward Snowden.
Let’s welcome AIB judges to community
Judges James Abraham and Ed Hooker of America in Bloom will be in our community on Monday and Tuesday and we’d ask all of you to give them your best Eastern North Carolina welcome.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor:
It breaks my heart to look at the puppies and kittens at the Tarboro Animal Shelter pictured in Monday’s edition of the Daily Southerner. June is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, and I pray these fur babies will find a good forever home. Bucking a statewide and national trend, the kittens have a better chance of getting adopted than the puppies. Why?
Do not surround yourself with mediocrity
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Small town hospitals often get bum rap
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I know everyone has a horror story to tell about their hospital experience, and I’ve heard my share since arriving in Tarboro, but it’s not just the hospital up the street that sometimes experience problems.
Covering things up doesn’t work
I used to kid that I never told a lie except to get out of trouble. Actually, that was true, for a while, during my misspent youth. There were times when I was a kid that I did tell some lies in order to get out of trouble.
It didn’t work, but I kept trying for a while. Actually it made things worse and I had to pay a bigger penalty.
Give thanks to our fallen today
Today is Memorial Day. It is the day officially set aside to honor those men and women who have died in service to our nation.
My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
Each Friday, The Daily Southerner will recognize individuals, groups and businesses in Edgecombe County who have gone “above and beyond” in their effort to make this a better place to work, play and raise a family.
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