Editorial: Successful community endeavor

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Good fortune doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes plenty of positives coming together at an opportune time.

The work of Jeff Arthurs as an educator, his students’ desire for success through competition, and the community-minded spirit of Bob Esquivel at Salare, Inc., reached such a confluence recently. Esquivel turned the time of a regular workday into a project-altering moment for Northern Vance students chasing N.C. State University’s Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation.

Advantages in Henderson can be counted in many ways. Esquivel and his company are just another one of them.

We hope the community responds to the online voting starting Feb. 4. Word of how to vote will be here in The Dispatch prior to the weeklong availability. The support of the community could add another special moment for a project already measured successful.

• Nobody likes to hear of bad things happening to animals, but we were pleased to learn of the positive response to a complaint by the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina against the Vance County Animal Shelter.

The shelter is in need of help, and county officials are overdue to step forward with a solution. Money has been tough to come by, a building project has been on hold, but suffering is not taking a holiday.

The shelter has received passing grades from the state.
However, it remains woefully undersized for the traffic it attracts. We hope county leaders in solving its volume problem will match the urgency shown by the shelter to meet minimum standards.

• Cold and flu season is tough on everyone. Drug addicts using over the counter products to create illegal products isn’t helping. Those who are sick are finding it more difficult to get help without prescription medications.

And we know how popular prescription medicine is on the illegal market tied to theft and home break-ins. Yes, it’s a devilish cycle.

Law enforcement in the state raided nearly 500 methamphetamine labs last year, helped greatly by pharmacy tracking. Vance County had just one of the 460 raids, and Warren and Granville counties had none.

Hats off to a tracking system with success and area law enforcement with success.