First of all I want to say that “I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!” I know you Mayor Linda Ingram and I know Commissioner Viola Harris very well. Harris and I are not the best of friends however we do have something in common and that is visiting Princeville NC because we care about the status of the town. I don’t live there nor does Harris.
Harris and I have been attending the Princeville Town Hall Meetings for years. Harris is an Edgecombe County Commissioner and was recently appointed to the Local Government Commission (LGC). The Edgecombe County Commissioners runs the county so therefore if any town in Edgecombe County has some concerns and/or want some help they should attend the County Commissioners meetings or better than that they can call their County Commissioner representative. I don’t think Conetoe is in Harris district however she does serve the entire county.
You say, “She has no idea what we are doing, have done, or our plans for future growth.” So is it something you need some help with that Harris needs to know about? If so have you attended an Edgecombe County Commissioner’s meeting, sent her an email and/or called her?
You say, “I don’t know who she is sharing all this knowledge she has gained in her travels, and from those conferences, but we (the citizens of Conetoe) have not benefited.” Well since you feel you and the citizens have not benefited from Harris then I say contact her to see what she can do for you.
And lastly you say, “If she is truly fighting for all the citizens in District 2, we would love to hear what she is doing or has done for this community.” Ingram you are the Mayor and you should be the one along with your fellow commissioners running your town. However if ya’ll want some support then it should be ya’ll seeking support from others especially those who serve the districts that Conetoe is in be it school board, commissioners, congressional and/or whatever.
I applaud Viola Harris who is not my County Commissioner for going over to Princeville to try to assist them because you and the citizens of Conetoe ought to see this town has been in the news for many years. Again recently Harris was appointed to serve on the LGC which governs towns and boards. So therefore it is a priority that she attend the Princeville meetings to see what is going on so therefore she do not have to rely on the newspaper and just in case if I miss a meeting and my video is not available.
I have a question for you, you being a mayor if you have been following Princeville NC you should see that Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and the town of Princeville have some serious issues. One would think that you being a black female and she being a black female and your towns being about 4 – 5 miles apart that you would have contacted her to see if ya’ll could sit down and talk about the negativity of Princeville. But you see most folks will not do what Harris is doing and that is get involved. If I was black and a mayor and lived that close to Princeville I would be attending the meetings whenever time allowed me to to see what was going on there for myself. If you had attended some of their meetings you would see that Harris is on point when it comes to Princeville and obviously the LGC agrees because they voted unanimously to take control of Princeville finances.
And one last thing everybody in Edgecombe County ought to be concerned about the oldest town incorporated by Slaves is struggling and only a few citizens, a few outsiders are attending the meetings and voicing their concerns. I attend the meetings however I can’t speak but I do video the meetings and make them available online while voicing my opinions as well.
In my closing as I stated earlier Harris and I are not the best of friends but I stand with folks who stand for a worthy cause because Princeville is a worthy cause. You see it ain’t about Harris but all about trying to do whatever I can to help bring some exposure to the town of Princeville by trying to hold the Mayor and the commissioners accountable for their actions.
So I say thank you to Commissioner Harris for attending the meetings in Princeville when you could be somewhere else as well as myself. I recognize and understand that you can’t be everywhere all the time because that goes for me but making Princeville a priority up until has been the right thing.
See Ingram’s letter to editor July 20, 2012.
To The Editor:
I am responding to Commissioner Viola Harris’ statement "Let’s get the record straight", per her comments about serving the communities in her district.
Here’s the real truth pertaining to her representing the citizens of Conetoe:
I have resided inConetoe since 2000. Our town clerk has been an employee of the Town of Conetoe since 1999 and I have been the mayor since 2005. To date, Ms. Harris has never attended a board meeting in Conetoe in the 12 years she has been the commissioner for District 2. The majority of the citizens in this area and those within 3 miles of this community probably have no idea who she is or, for that matter, what she looks like.
She has no idea what we are doing, have done, or our plans for future growth. I don’t know who she is sharing all this knowledge she has gained in her travels, and from those conferences, but we (the citizens of Conetoe) have not benefited.
If she is truly fighting for all the citizens in District 2, we would love to hear what she is doing or has done for this community.
Town of Conetoe
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