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Built to last: Labor Day is a chance to remember something else ... hard work

We forget sometimes that there is another meaning to Labor Day. It is a tribute to the men and women whose hard work, ideas and risk-taking built this country. Perhaps we should use this day to remember the principles...

Local matters: Keeping an eye on local candidates critical to community's future

Sometimes it seems like the only elections that matter are the national ones. So, when the talk begins about the midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race, it is easy to forget that there are local positions up for grabs...

Officers at risk: Scrutiny of police, methods, OK, but there are other concerns, too

There is no one who wants to see a young person shot and killed. Deadly force should be a last resort, period. And asking for a review of any shooting is absolutely justified -- unless the circumstances are clear...

Learn to fish: Salvation Army's new plan one that will help end dependency

No one wants to see a family or an individual suffer because of an emergency or an unforeseen circumstance. But there is a reality to assistance. It is finite. There is only so much to go around. When habitual users...

It's only fair: Elusive senator makes trip to Wayne County

This newspaper has been particularly critical about the rarely-seen-unless-there-is-an-election-afoot senator from North Carolina, Kay Hagan. So it is only fair that we tell you that Sen. Hagan stopped in Wayne County Monday. Her office called our office that morning...

Gift of learning: First day of school signals another chance to teach lesson

A new school year means another chance for a fresh start. It is one more opportunity for parents, teachers, mentors and others to share the secret that so many of us know, but some have forgotten. It is our chance...

Answers now: President's visit to North Carolina should be watched closely

President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in North Carolina this week to speak to the 96th annual national convention of the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center. No details have been announced about what he will say or...

Next ... No one is really sure whose names will be on 2016 ballot

It doesn't take much to get the presidential ticket sweepstakes spinning. In fact, Paul Ryan's recent book tour has fueled speculation that former Republican nominee Mitt Romney might make another run at the brass ring. But just like every...

Welcome back: There are plenty of heroes in school buildings

We all know that teachers change lives, but they are not the only ones who make a difference in the school days of Wayne County children. In addition to those who stand at the blackboard, or white board these...

'What if?': Ferguson violence and looting prompt local thoughts

We would like to think that it could never happen here -- the unrest, violence and looting that has taken over the streets in Ferguson, Missouri. We would like to think that there would not be a police shooting like...

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