Congressman says he will look into senior meals program cut

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U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., 3rd Dist., talks with George Wooten at an appearance Monday at the Havelock Senior Center. Jones stopped at the center after speaking at at Havelock Chamber of Commerce luncheon earlier.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones had barely gotten in the door Monday when a contingent of leaders at the Havelock Senior Center approached, wanting to know if he had a funding solution to the congregate meals program that was recently cut in Havelock.

The 70-year-old veteran congressman said he wasn’t aware of the problem but would look into it.

Craven County cut the meals programs in Havelock and Harlowe, citing budget issues. Jones said cuts are the symptom of bigger problem.

“We’re probably in the most difficult financial times of my adult life,” Jones told about 120 seniors and others that gathered to listen to him speak.

“The debt of our nation is right at $17 trillion. We’re spending $1 billion a day to pay the interest on the debt. How much longer can that go on before the balloon will pop? At some point in time we’re going to have to pay the debt back. It might be our grandchildren or our great-great-grandchildren, but it’s coming. There’s no way you can avoid not paying your debt.”

It was a concern he expressed earlier Monday to business leaders at the Havelock Tourist and Center.

“It’s time to get out of Afghanistan,” he said. “We’re supporting a crook named Karzai, whose brother’s in the drug dealing business. We’re spending right about 6 or 7 billion dollars a month in Afghanistan. All that money being spent is very low on accountability.”

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