Editorial: Investing with our talents

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 08:51 PM

We’re hopeful Vance County commissioners will continue a proactive approach that leads to improved economics for our citizens.

The struggle has been mighty since the close of numerous companies, from textiles to manufacturing and beyond. Small shop owners are around, but not plentiful, and major employers are not the norm.

Our unemployment rate is high, poverty strains our agencies and fixes don’t just happen overnight or with one singular solution.

Our state has long been known for ample farmlands, from the mountains to the coast. Christmas trees continue to be a thriving industry in the western part of the state, but more in the middle, urban areas have had growth with technologies and with pharmaceuticals. We’ve also benefited from different avenues of the banking and credit industries.

But in rural areas throughout central and eastern parts of the state, struggles are growing. And therein comes a time to assess, make plans, and sometimes even reinvent ourselves.

Vance County has farmland, and various forms of solar companies are loving these slices of land cut away from the longleaf pine. Check online with searches for solar and news results in our state and a number of our 100 counties will begin to pop up.

We recall a parable told in Matthew as we consider our situation.

An owner distributes talents to three of his servants, each according to his ability, and then goes away. When he returns, the three come and show what they have done.

The first doubled what he was given. The second did likewise.

But the third dug a hole, buried it, and then returned it to the owner.

The story concludes with the two having done well being given more. The third was admonished for not even having earned interest. His was taken away, given to the others, and he was cast into the darkness.

Commissioners are considering options with regards to the beckoning call of solar companies in our county. We hope decisions are made that will allow us to invest wisely, have return on those investments, and continue to move us out of dark days caused by unemployment and poverty.