Editorial: Can't we all just get along?

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 16:36 PM.

And now add to the fuel the two latest controversies over the senior meals program and funding for computers at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Funding for the senior congregate meals program was cut in Havelock and Harlowe, yet it was kept in place in New Bern. Many in Havelock and Harlowe felt that cuts should have been spread throughout the county instead of having their programs targeted for elimination. Those in Havelock and Harlowe were told they could drive to New Bern to participate in the meals program, the idea of which offends many on the east side of the Trent River.

As for funding of the Havelock-Craven County Public Library computers, we wonder if we’ll ever know the exact truth as to what happened here. The bottom line is that the library sought $10,000. Havelock supplied $4,000, and the county did not supply any money. Again, many in Havelock feel that this was another example of a lack of county support in what should be a county-supported operation.

We hope the upcoming meeting between the two boards on Aug. 19 allows both sides to clear the air and clear up any miscommunication among the commissioners. We hope they make real progress on the issues that face both the county and Havelock. Budgets are tight and there is no sign of the economy picking up anytime soon, meaning the need for cooperation and new ideas is crucial.

After all, we’ll all be better off if both sides work together for what’s best for Havelock and Craven County residents alike.



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