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Just listen: Hoopla over Netanyahu speech nothing but politics

Really. The reason President Barack Obama's staff and some Democrats are refusing to attend the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is because they are worried about influencing Israel's elections. Sure they are. The bottom line is --...

Pat on back: United Way effort a sign of community, leadership

Earlier this week, the United Way of Wayne County gathered to celebrate a milestone -- and to honor those who helped achieve it. For the first time in several years, the United Way was able to not only meet its...

Stay home: Officials issue wise warning as community waits for next snow

There will be some people who will pay no attention to the warning issued by the Goldsboro Police Department. The cops are telling community members to stay home tonight as another round of snow and ice is forecast for...

Snow trouble -- Best idea for handling winter weather: Better safe than sorry

There is no question that it would have been better for the Wayne County School District to have canceled classes last night -- or to have announced a two-hour delay this morning. But in cases like this, hindsight is...

'Sniper' proof: Box office results show Americans are behind heroes

There might not have been many awards for "American Sniper" last night at the Academy Awards ceremony, but credit the evening's host, Neil Patrick Harris, with one shrewd comment. He pointed out that $300 million of the $600 million...

New standard: Nonprofit yardstick offers some interesting questions

Surprise. We don't agree with the county commissioners about the mission of the county and its new policy on nonprofit organizations. Not because nonprofit organizations should not be held accountable. Not because we believe that there should be an unlimited...

To the rescue: Volunteers brave ice, cold to bring meals to homebound seniors

While many people were huddled up in their homes or complaining about the temperatures as they sat at their desks at work, a troop of volunteers was revving up its engines. The volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program might...

Obama-hold: Someone needs to decide -- once and for all -- who is in charge

Who knows how it is going to turn out. After all, there has been back and forth and up and down and every argument in the book over who should be deciding immigration policy. So the fact that a federal...

Check up: Neighborhood watches are not just for crime

The ice might seem like it is melting, but the effects of the cold are still lingering around Wayne County. So while we wait for the winter winds to subside, let's add a new item to the storm checklist:...

Ice caution: Weather concerns prompt reminder about safety

It is easy to consider yourself invincible -- able to leap icy roads at a single bound. But the news that a storm might be coming this way is a good time for a reminder. When officials suggest that the...

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