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Restroom ruling: Transgender restroom directive temporarily blocked by judge

As the opening of the school year draws near, the fight over whether transgender students should be able to use the restroom of their choice instead of their anatomical gender seems to be coming to a head. The federal government...

Closed doors: Clinton, Trump won't reveal what they say to big donors

One thing that the presidential candidates have in common isn't comforting to voters. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have refused to open their private fundraisers for big shot donors to the press, leaving the public to only guess at...

Rio respite: Olympic Games have proven welcome relief from bad news

The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have come as a welcome relief from the normal news of terrorism, death and politics that has taken over our collective consciousness. Watching gymnasts, swimmers, track stars, soccer players and other...

City bonds: Voters should approve a $10 million bond referendum

Goldsboro voters will be asked in November to support a $10 million bond referendum that the city council approved this week to help pay for street paving and a new sports complex near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. We hope...

WATCH: Funding of health program put to rest, at least for now

Wayne County commissioners have apparently put the WATCH funding issue to rest. The commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-3 to give the nonprofit health program $165,000 for the current fiscal year instead of the $110,000 that had been originally appropriated. The...

Safety first: City plan to recruit police officers is a good idea

The Goldsboro City Council on Monday night agreed to a plan that hopefully will boost the recruitment of good men and women to the city police department. It's about time. Many years ago we attended a city/county planning retreat at...

Tough job: Republican vice presidential candidate has his work cut out

You have to admire Mike Pence. The Republican candidate for vice president not only has to maintain his own campaign, he has to work damage control for his running mate Donald Trump. And Trump has not been making that job...

No leads: Community must bear part of blame for unsolved slayings

Nine lives gone. Nine murder investigations that have left local authorities at a loss, even months after they occurred. A story in Sunday's News-Argus described the nine unsolved killings that continue to baffle local law enforcement officials, mostly because investigators...

Gerrymandered: Recent ruling by federal court is hypocritical

A federal appeals court has said that the state House and Senate districts drawn up by the Republican controlled Legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn. We are just glad that the justices agreed that the ruling should not affect...

Middle ground: Clinton working to pick up disaffected GOP voters

As the presidential campaign grinds on toward November Hillary Clinton is working to win over not only undecided voters but disaffected Republicans as well. Although Donald Trump has a solid base among his tea party supporters, he has increasingly alienated...

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