Wait, wait and see


There have been meetings, a mirage of emails, endless phone calls and conversations, and any other means of communicating in the effort to secure state funding to make desperately-needed repairs to Mount Olive’s ailing wastewater treatment plant.

Now, it is a wait, wait and see game.

All elected officials on the state level, who have been contacted say, the $5.5 million in the state budget for Mount Olive to make those repairs is safe.

Republicans certainly support it and the lone Democrat from Wayne County also says the funding is safe.

Well, we will wait and see.

I’ll believe it when I see it, and I ain’t seen in yet. It is a political issue, and should not be. It is about the needs of the community, and the growth of an entire area in southern Wayne County. However, folks, that is the way our system works.

It is simple — you have to give in order to get.

Current elected leadership of Mount Olive and its town manager certainly have given all in the hope of receiving. Now, with promises in the pocket, they sit back and wait and wait and hope.

The folks in Raleigh ought to be ashamed. They are there to do the business of the state, but the intent seems to have been forgotten long ago. Now, it appears everything important is what is best for the party.

Those waiting on state funding to keep their cities and towns operating should not have to deal with this ridiculousness.

I don’t know about you folks, but this political nightmare now prominent is nothing short of disgusting, and that includes the local, the state, and the national levels. It makes one mad and the other gets glad and the other gets mad, and nothing gets done.

The sickness of it all — they continue to draw a paycheck for doing nothing ­­— absolutely nothing other than getting mileage and food and sleeping reimbursement. Give us a break.

I find it appalling two state lawmakers have to come to Mount Olive on the July Fourth holiday and hear what locals say is absolutely a must: approval of the $5.5 million to make repairs to its wastewater treatment plant.

Don’t get me wrong, State House Speaker Tim Moore and Representative Raymond Smith of Goldsboro are to be commended for taking their time to come here on that Independence Day. However, it should have never come to that.

I suppose what is best for the political party is better than what is best for the people who voted for you and sent you to office to do a job you pledged to do.

Boys and girls, if you are elected to a public office to do a job you pledged to do, do it.

If not, get the #@!!X off the pot.


William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune.


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