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So familiar: Shaking things up might be what Washington and the country need

There is going to be a big decision to make in 2016 -- and a lot of thinking to do before then. It is looking very much like if you are a Republican or a Democrat, you are going...

Christmas joy: Your generosity to ESF helps children -- and adults -- find spirit of the season.

We wish you could have been there. There is nothing that brings Christmas into perspective more than seeing the reaction of a needy child when he or she receives a holiday gift. And the funny thing about that moment...

Worried? Yes. Looking away never left anyone immune to violence.

It seems like every time there is a shooting in the city, Goldsboro's top lawman has the same message for the public. "We are aware of it, and we're working on it." Police Chief Jeff Stewart offers the answer...

Healthy steps: WIC approach should be a model for food stamp program

It is not earth-shattering news, but for the first time, those who get assistance from the WIC program, which is designed for families with young children, will be able to buy potatoes with their vouchers. And that is a big...

In context: Interrogation report merits introspection, not politics

What is the reason a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence would release for international distribution a report on interrogation techniques involving terror suspects after 9/11? There are many who are asking that question after the release of an executive...

Stocking fund: Time is growing short to help with holiday party

This weekend, hundreds of children will have the chance to receive a special toy, a stocking and a visit with Santa Claus as part of the 2014 Empty Stocking Fund Party. If you have never been, you cannot imagine...

Preconceptions: Final judgment and protests should only come with facts

It is ironic that hundreds of protesters clogged the Durham Freeway Friday night and that a similar crowd blocked student access to a campus building at the University of North Carolina earlier in the week. Not because they did not...

Overregulated: Too many rules put bureaucracies ahead of public well-being

There is something to be said for regulations. They prevent abuse and protect the citizenry from those whose motives are more about profit than what's best for the country. But there is a darker, less-than-desirable side of the regulation business,...

All in for schools: Excellence requires commitment from families, educators, leaders

It's official. There is a new member on the school board. And now that Jennifer Strickland has taken her post, it is time to think about the next steps for the county schools. The change of leadership in the district...

Worth a try: Might we reimagine the way we conduct politics and civic discourse?

Not too long ago we got a letter from a reader. There was no name on the note, just a reminder. "Democrats are not bad people," it said. We already knew that, but it got us thinking. The reason...

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