Editorial: Humbled man says a lot with few words

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

Eyes were glistening and the standing ovation was long. Dr. Bev Tucker’s selection as the Citizen of the Year is an honor well earned not just for 2012, but for decades of community inspiration and service.

The excerpts of nominations shared publicly were what everyone here has known as long as they’ve known him — the people of Henderson and Vance County don’t have a better friend than Tucker.

Humble as is his nature, he spoke little in acceptance, yet said so much with a few words.

“Henderson is a very giving place. If we give to it, it gives back to us, and I would urge all of you to do just that.”

• The retirement announcement of John Wolford was greeted with mixed feelings this week. Wolford is the police chief in Oxford, has done a great job by all measurable accounts and the testaments of city leaders, and has reached a measurable goal in his career.

Wolford’s announcement seven months prior to his effective date was done the right way, and with intentional purposes. He wanted to give the city adequate time to find a replacement, and more than a half a year should do just that.

Changes in leadership have been frequent in Granville County in the last 12 months, but we’re optimistic stability will return. Best wishes to Wolford in retirement, and best of luck to the city in the search for his successor.

• We’re not surprised to hear some North Carolinians working for us inside the Beltway are opposed to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Put simply, Hagel favors major cuts to the defense budget. And with those cuts will come job losses for our state, a key home to military bases and accompanying jobs.

The former Nebraska Republican senator’s previous comments and a study by George Mason University indicate North Carolina could lose 11,895 jobs. State Sen. Thom Goolsby, a veteran of the Marine Corps, said Hagel favors cuts that will cost our state $650 million in lost wages and nearly $1 billion in gross state product.

Unless Hagel offers a different agenda, North Carolina can’t afford him. And our representatives in Washington need to be told.