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Today it starts: Have your say, beginning today; or forever hold your peace

It is finally here -- the first day of early voting in North Carolina. And, hopefully, it will be the first day of a large number of people heading to the polls to make their choices for their next round...

The final leg: Beware, political parties know how important N.C. is this year

It is coming down to the wire -- and once again voters are being bombarded with everything from television ads to robocalls. And there is a reason: Both parties are very, very interested in how North Carolinians will vote two...

Mark the date: If you are already registered, you can have your say Nov. 4

 One of the most interesting facts about the argument over registration and voting is that even though they are registered, many Americans do not even bother to vote. The reasons are legion -- they are too busy, they forget it...

Beat cancer: The best way to save a life is to get that checkup

This is the month when we talk about breast cancer. And throughout Wayne County, you will see pink ribbons, benefits to help find a cure as well as expressions of support for those battling the disease. And while the stories...

Stop flights: It is inconceivable that no airline bans are in place

There are times when there simply is not time for a debate. There is not time to think about political correctness or to wonder what political implications a decision might have. You just have to act, and to act quickly....

Safe, not sorry: There's no reason not to take Ebola precautions now

Hearing the news out of Dallas this morning would have made just about anyone's heart beat a little faster. Americans expect that their health care system should be able to handle anything -- even an outbreak of a deadly disease...

Have your say: No better time than now to share your opinions

Too often people sit back and say nothing when there is an election in the offing. Either they are too busy or they think that no one is interested in their opinions. But this month, and really in all...

Job to do: Weekend event not end of push to meet United Way goal

If you could not attend this weekend's Taste of Wayne County, you missed some good eating and a lot of fun. But even if you did not get a cupcake, a mini steak dinner or one of the other...

Who decides: Still think who gets to appoint judges doesn't matter?

You have probably skipped over the boxes on your ballot many times -- or simply checked a random name because you really did not know for whom you should vote. Not many of us think about the effect the...

Information: Money and research not all that we need to win cancer battle

The money that is raised every year to benefit cancer patients and to fund research is important. It is how we will one day put an end to this dread disease. But what is equally important -- and often...

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