Editorial: Good words to share this week

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Sometimes the best choice isn’t the one we want to make.

When he stood before county commissioners a few weeks ago, Frankie Nobles said Animal Control wasn’t excited about raising fees on pet adoptions. But he was seeking a solution for the county and for the animals.

This week the prices at the Vance County Animal Shelter went up. But they did so with some inclusions to help control the pet population. And Nobles told commissioners it wasn’t what he wanted ideally, but it is a step he felt necessary.

As March wound down, while there was a time of choice on price, Nobles said he was delighted to learn adopters were more often choosing to pay more and get more.

Controlling the pet population is important. Have pets spayed or neutered.

• One of the best sights seen this week was Pete O’Geary, Henderson’s mayor.

He’s been sidelined for medical reasons since late January. But he was smiling and in good spirits as he made appearances on behalf of the city and his office this week.

O’Geary still needs to focus on regaining his strength. Office hours are limited to about one a day. Rest is paramount.

The popular mayor said well-wishers have been immensely appreciated.

We’re hopeful for a full recovery, including the strength to return to his familiar seat at Henderson City Council meetings.

• Tommy Hester got a jolt to his schedule, but he’s taking it in stride and hoping his beloved Vance County is the beneficiary.

Hester was recently voted chairman of the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The RIA is an outgrowth of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Act of 2013, which established the Rural Economic Development Division within the Department of Commerce. It administers grants and loans to local governments, a role previously served by the troubled N.C. Rural Economic Development Center.

With his chairmanship, Hester also takes a seat on the Golden LEAF Foundation board. But the veteran county commissioner is welcoming the task.

The General Assembly and McCrory have been criticized for helping urbanization. Hester will bring a voice from rural North Carolina, one that has seen its heyday as well as its present day.