Kudos to the spunky little Northern Moore town of Robbins, for refusing to take no for an answer.
The town, which remains optimistic despite some economic setbacks in recent years, applied for a $2 million grant from the State Water Infrastructure Authority for some sorely needed utility improvements. But it learned on Jan. 13 that its project hadn’t made the cut because of an “incomplete” application.
Town Manager David Lambert and other municipal officials were nonplussed, since they had earlier been told that they had a “good shot” at receiving the grants, which are issued under a program designed to help communities officially designated as “disadvantaged.”
Town leaders made known their feelings that a “grave injustice” had been done, enlisted help from the Moore County Board of Commissioners, and won a new hearing. Not long thereafter, they learned that the state agency had taken another look, acknowledged an error in its finding of “incomplete survey data,” and approved Robbins’ application after all.
For the town, which has a current poverty rate of 36 percent among its residents, the grant was the only way it could afford much-needed improvements in water pressure and quality.
“I think our community will be really pleased,” Mayor Lonnie English said.
It should be. And proud, as well.
President Trump is apparently not the only one who sometimes has trouble controlling his Twitter finger.
Here in North Carolina in recent days, not one but two Republican state officials have found themselves wallowing around in apology in efforts to lessen the damage they caused themselves by posting unfortunate, unfunny tweets about last weekend’s Women’s March in Washington.
Those who took part in the march found it an awesome, even inspiring event, as local participant Julia B. Latham makes clear in a column elsewhere in this section. But the two aforementioned state officials couldn’t resist poking a little mean-spirited fun at those involved in the event, to their own considerable damage.
Our new state insurance commissioner, Greensboro resident Mike Causey, shared a post on his Facebook page that originated with someone in Florida. It showed a picture of impassioned marchers filling a street, and it was accompanied with this text:
“In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking then Michelle Obama did in eight years.”
Causey, realizing that he had managed to insult not only thousands of women but also countless fans of Mrs. Obama, who has been one of the most popular first ladies in American history, is said to have shut down his Facebook account, at least temporarily. But not before offering an apology saying that his post “represented a momentary lapse in judgment on my part for which I am truly sorry.”
He should be.
The foot-in-mouth problem wasn’t limited to men. At about the same time, state Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Kernersville, apparently put this up on her own Twitter account: “Message to crazies @ Women’s March — If brains were lard, you couldn’t grease a small skillet. You know who you are.”
Voters know who she is, too — especially female ones. And her unfortunate choice of words could well end up hurting her in the next election — even though she, too, profusely and repeatedly apologized, declaring, “Twitter lesson learned.”
Just a little too late, is all.