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Win or lose? Shutdown resolves little, except to set up another possible showdown

It is hard to see from where we are sitting how either the Republicans or Democrats can consider themselves winners or their counterparts losers after this weekend's farce of a government shutdown. The Democrats held out for a guarantee on...

Games: AFN aired championships after all, but Washington isn't finished playing

So the little bit of egg we have on our face is welcomed, being that initial reports that deployed troops wouldn't be able to watch the NFL conference championship games on Sunday were a little premature. As it turns out,...

The cost of ego: Elected federal officials put on a tawdry show, and we pay for it

Troops deployed overseas won't be able to watch today's Jags-Patriots or Eagles-Vikings NFL conference championship games. The Armed Forces Network, AFN, is -- naturally -- a government funded outlet, and so it has been forced to shut down like so...

Boundaries: All aspects of immigration issue need scrupulous examination

The subject of immigration is a sensitive one, to say the least. Open borders allow entry into a nation to all people, the good, the bad, the undecided. American borders are not open, but security issues do exist, to say...

Seeing poverty: Study enumerates a reality that we cannot afford to ignore

It is perhaps no coincidence that on the same day we run our coverage of the events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a poverty study is also announced that keys on the fact that, in Goldsboro and Wayne County,...

See for yourself: Resurgent downtown exudes an energy you'd find hard to resist

Downtown Goldsboro is developing a pulse. If you're not one who frequents any of the eateries or watering holes along South Center or North John streets, perhaps you aren't aware. The Arts Council of Wayne County and the many boutiques...

Off the mark: Coastal drilling should be off limits for all states, not just Florida

Mass fish kills and bird deaths, the erosion of wetlands, sizeable tar balls littering beaches. The millions upon millions of gallons ---- an estimated 4.9 million barrels worth ---- of crude oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico...

Map muddle: It's hard to be a savvy voter when so much is still unsettled

The signs outside most voting precincts look very much the same. Blue writing. White background. Some depiction or other of Old Glory. They all say "vote here." But with the filing date for the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections a month...

Quandary: What comes first, the events or the lodging?

We did a story not long ago looking at the viability of bringing industry to Fremont. The catch-22, we found, was that natural gas lines don't extend to areas where industrial complexes or manufacturing facilities could be built. So the...

Stats static: Public needs clearest possible depiction of extent of crime

Yet again the mayor and city manager and councilman Bevan Foster found themselves at odds Monday night. Unlike previous dust-ups in the course of the city doing its business, however, we believe we understand where Foster was coming from with...

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