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Monday, May 31, 2004

Memorial Day: A tribute and a petition

Taps Day is done. Gone the sun From the hills, From the plains, From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh. Under formal white gravestones standing at permanent attention in flawless formation, heroes lie. They rest under...

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Hold your temper: Let anger take over and ... heaven knows

Don’t get mad if this hits home. Of all the deadly sins, perhaps the deadliest is anger. Yet, it is a sin that we commit every day. Something in our make-up causes our brows to furrow, our ears to redden,...

Friday, May 28, 2004

Reverse effects: Testimony on abortions raises interesting issues

Some doctors who perform late-term abortions are giving fascinating court testimony about the procedure. Much of it does not seem favorable to their cause. The question of continuing to allow this type of abortions — which are performed in the...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

U.N. role: Bringing closure to Iraq’s agony

President George Bush has offered the United Nations an opportunity to get involved in bringing peace to Iraq. In his address this week, the president asked the U.N. to help the United States and other coalition members in convening a...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Atrocities? A little balance would be welcome

Let’s get things in perspective. The abuses of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib by a few American soldiers and civilians were abominable. They were against all the principles for which this country has been respected around the free world down...

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bad bargain: Bush gave up too much in deal on judicial nominees

What could President Bush have been thinking when he made a deal with Senate Democrats in order to get a Senate vote on some of his judicial nominees? Well, he could have been thinking that some new judges would be...

Monday, May 24, 2004

Justice: Prosecutor will get a dead man’s secrets

Lawyer Richard Gammon fought tirelessly to do what he and many other lawyers thought was right. He resisted giving a prosecutor records of his conversations with a client who is dead. Now, yielding to the North Carolina Supreme Court, he...

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Let's hope producers will invest in new fields

No politician will say that high gas prices are good for you. But Holman Jenkins will tell you they have certain advantages. Jenkins, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains it this way, essentially: Many of the world’s...

Friday, May 21, 2004

Perspective: Famous POW’s view of Kerry

Adm. Jeremiah Denton, who later served as a United States senator, was the senior U.S. prisoner of war at the “Hanoi Hilton” and perhaps the most memorable hero of the Vietnam War. He was imprisoned for more than seven years,...

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Silence critics: The 9/11 responders did not fail anyone

Appearing before an investigative panel, fire and police officials in New York defended their departments’ responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Their performances need no defense. The men and women of those departments and many civilian volunteers came through superbly...

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Relay for Life: Momentum gains for a cancer cure

Those who took part in this year’s Relay for Life can be immensely proud. And it encompasses a huge crowd — the leaders, the teams, the cancer survivors and their families, churches, schools, youth groups, businesses and people from all...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Offended: Rush Limbaugh reacts to newspaper criticism

Rush Limbaugh is a conservative radio commentator whose show includes chats with telephone callers, interspersed between his own strident, but often sensible, observations. Limbaugh is a witty fellow, and his show is fun to hear. The choice targets of his...

Monday, May 17, 2004

Favoritism: Politicians discover the NASCAR voters

Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s Salisbury home is but a half-hour or so from the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway, the granddaddy of North Carolina racetracks. She has undoubtedly been stuck in race-day traffic on occasion. If so, she had...

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Regime change?: Fidel Castro poses no threat to the U.S.

Regime change in Cuba? For reasons that must escape many of us, that emerged as a bit of a presidential campaign issue recently. “We are not waiting for the day of Cuban freedom, we are working for the day of...

Friday, May 14, 2004

Survey: Questionnaire could help schools make decisions

Every Goldsboro family that got a questionnaire from the public school system should complete and return it. The survey can be useful to the Board of Education in solving what board members and many others in Wayne County consider to...

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Fanatics: They find in Islam an excuse to kill us

The sad events in Iraq provide a graphic demonstration of differences between Americans and Muslim fanatics. A few Americans, acting on their own, mistreated Iraqi prisoners — presumably, captured combatants. This evoked national shame, congressional hearings, criminal charges, courts-martial and...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Elections: It will be an interesting election year to watch

Wayne County’s ballot for this election year ended up with some fascinating aspects, even for those who are not political junkies. For example, when the filing period for candidates came to an end Friday, two unexpected primaries had developed: Two...

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Answers, please: Ballance and the state deserve a timely report

U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, whose 1st Congressional District embraces some of Wayne County, filed last week for a second term in Congress. Four days later, withdrew from the race. Before going to Washington, Ballance served nine terms in the North...

Monday, May 10, 2004

Shucking the downer: Let’s get out of this funk!

For weeks we — and that means all of us, including editorial writers — have been nursing a bad case of national dismay, and we’ve been at each other’s jugulars on local matters, too. This and that have caused us...

Sunday, May 9, 2004

An old prayer: It is still appropriate today

Blessed is the nation whose god is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance. —Psalm 133:12 ——— The National Day of Prayer on Thursday did not go unnoticed in Wayne County. There were prayer services in church, and,...

Friday, May 7, 2004

Handcuffed: Did 97-year-old woman pose a threat to police?

Harriette Kelton — age 97 — lives down in Highland Park, Texas. She is a retired school teacher, attends church regularly and is active in community affairs. She also lives alone and cooks her own meals except when she goes...

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Evil among us: Torturers of prisoners play into enemies’ hands

The damage that was done by U.S. soldiers who mistreated Iraqi prisoners cannot be overestimated. Nor can the shame that we Americans should feel. We try to present ourselves to the world as humane liberators of oppressed peoples. Our enemies,...

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Time out: Let’s wait and see what closing commission does

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is probably here to stay. But, you never know. And it would seem imprudent now for Wayne County’s government to make some long-term monetary commitments that are being considered. Possibly, in light of Seymour Johnson’s...

Monday, May 3, 2004

Side issues: Discussion of lawyers’ retirement raises questions

Richard Slozak has served Goldsboro well as city manager, and any judgment of his performance of his duties must be seen in that context. History will record a number of significant achievements during his tenure. Notable among them has been...

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Resolve: This young student slept under library

There was a great Associated Press story out of New York recently. It had nothing to do with war or politics, terror or turmoil. But it must have touched the hearts of all who read it. It was about a...