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Saturday, July 31, 2004

‘Your lunch is here’: Temporary volunteers get a look at a program

Give us day by day our daily bread. —Luke 11:3 ——— Sometime in the next couple of months, thousands of Wayne County residents will be asked to make a contribution to the United Way. When it happens to you, think...

Friday, July 30, 2004

They’re fooling us: There is no prohibition against stem cell research

Let’s set the record straight. The rhetoric on stem cell research was misleading in the form in which it spewed out of the Democratic National Convention. Sen. Hillary Clinton, for example, called for the ban on stem cell research to...

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Vote monitors: U.N. is petitioned to watch our election

It isn’t so bad if members of the U.S. Congress don’t know the intricate rules of the United Nations. But it is inexcusable that they don’t know how the United States works. Eleven members of the House of Representatives sent...

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

What to do? Escapee says he is self-rehabilitated

It’s a tough call. Jonathan Tyrone Peace Sr. of Raleigh was convicted 25 years ago of selling a rental car to an undercover policeman. He was 22 at the time, a high school dropout who had been orphaned at two....

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Who lied? Committee found the forked tongue

For a period of weeks last year, the morning and nightly television news programs and the front pages and editorial pages of many newspapers gave seemingly endless time and space to laments by former ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson had produced...

Monday, July 26, 2004

Vinroot: A good man, a wise decision

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot has bowed out of the Republican race for governor of North Carolina. He and former State Sen. Patrick Ballantine — and former Congressman Bill Cobey, for that matter — had finished in a virtual dead-heat...

Saturday, July 24, 2004

GOP gains: A gubernatorial primary and internal squabbling

If there were any doubts that the Republican Party has become a genuine force in North Carolina politics, they should have been erased by Tuesday’s primaries. The party had three well-known politicians running for governor, along with three lesser-known ones...

Friday, July 23, 2004

Schools get new function: Tourism needs pupils’ help

This paper’s Don McLoud had it right in a column sometime back when there was mention of a state law to change local school calendars. Why are our children wasting their time in school, McLoud asked, when they could be...

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Critic: The Schu is on the other foot

It is wrong to get joy from someone else’s pain. Still, a painful thing that happened to Charles Schumer gives a person a good feeling. It isn’t joy, exactly, but a sense that things still go right sometimes, even in...

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Facing prison: Different reactions from Martha and Meg

Martha Stewart is one greatly to be admired for her accomplishments. She came up in a family deeply imbued with the work ethic. Combining that with her brilliance and entrepreneurship, she amassed a huge fortune and a loyal following. But...

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Vital help: Your cooperation can solve crimes

“Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said that the assistance of concerned citizens helped the investigation.” That’s a quote from a recent article in this newspaper. It speaks volumes about the importance of the involvement of private citizens in combating crime....

Vital help: Your cooperation can solve crimes

“Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said that the assistance of concerned citizens helped the investigation.” That’s a quote from a recent article in this newspaper. It speaks volumes about the importance of the involvement of private citizens in combating crime....

Vital help: Your cooperation can solve crimes

“Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said that the assistance of concerned citizens helped the investigation.” That’s a quote from a recent article in this newspaper. It speaks volumes about the importance of the involvement of private citizens in combating crime....

Monday, July 19, 2004

Kudos for council: Manager tightens up on the boorish few

Let’s give praise to the Goldsboro City Council for bearing down on people who give the city a trashy look. City Manager Richard Slozak is removing practically all of the bureaucracy between himself and the two officers whose job is...

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Tough test: Philippines president gets deadly ultimatum

It was, admittedly, a painful dilemma that faced Gloria Mecagapal-Arroyo, the president of the Philippines. Terrorists in Iraq had captured a Filipino truck driver, Angelo de la Cruz, father of eight. They showed videotape of him on an Arab television...

Friday, July 16, 2004

What about Fido? Let’s give some thought to our idea of marriage

Who cares if the traditional definition of marriage is a union of one man and one woman? This is the 21st century. If two men want to marry, let them, and let our churches and states bless their marriages. If...

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Lure: What calls people to public office?

Scott Mooneyham began his newspaper career with the Goldsboro News-Argus. Later he served as the chief legislative correspondent for The Associated Press. His Raleigh column, which he now writes for the Capitol Press Association, appears regularly in this newspaper and...

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Life’s start: At what point should we give it protection?

Sen. John Kerry has raised an interesting new element in the debate on abortion. Kerry is a Roman Catholic, and his church says that abortion should be prohibited. The basis for that opinion is the belief that life begins in...

Monday, July 12, 2004

Unprepared? Some ‘unlikelies’ did quite well

Some candidates for political office streak around the country in sleek aircraft, some in trains, others in big buses — or leading caravans of cars carrying smiling supporters. Dan Barrett has been doing it on foot, perhaps, to a degree,...

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Bad idea floated: How should children on Banks get to school?

The state is at war with itself on the Outer Banks. What’s happened is that one branch of the state — the Department of Transportation — has broken the rules of another branch — the Division of Coastal Management. The...

Friday, July 9, 2004

Ploy: Politicians try to have it both ways on the lottery

Let’s get real: A politician cannot advocate a referendum on a state lottery and oppose the lottery at the same time. If he says he’s for a vote, that means he’s for the lottery. Some politicians have been trying to...

Thursday, July 8, 2004

Tax money: Kerr demanding accountability

Sen. John Kerr III is on target with his measure that would require greater accountability for nonprofit groups receiving state money. Under his legislation, nonprofits receiving state funds would be directly accountable to the state Office of Budget and Management....

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Edwards: Kerry picked an effective campaigner to join his team

Sen. John Kerry, in the process of announcing that Sen. John Edwards was his choice for vice presidential candidate, accurately described some of Edwards’ qualities. Kerry said the North Carolinian “has shown guts and determination and political skills in his...

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Bill Friday: Truly one of the century’s greatest

Members of the North Carolina Senate and the House of Representatives put all the pressing issues of the day aside recently and spent two hours in joint session praising one of the state’s all-time great citizens. Receiving the accolades was...

Monday, July 5, 2004

Gumbel: Can ignorance be blamed for dumb things he says?

Is television commentator Bryant Gumbel as biased as he has been accused of being? Or is he downright stupid? Based on a show Tuesday night on PBS, he is one or the other. In an early segment of the show,...

Saturday, July 3, 2004

Some thoughts on our country

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights,...

Friday, July 2, 2004

Poof! A little research, and a whole species is gone

In the bureaucratic world of acronymia, he’s called the PMJM. That stands for Preble’s meadow jumping mouse. The government established a PMA for it. That stands for protected mouse area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put the PMJM on...

Thursday, July 1, 2004

The low road: Out-of-control comments flourish

We should be able to expect more from people whose fellow citizens have bestowed upon them positions of great respect and confidence. But former Vice President Al Gore — who was given the largest popular vote for president in 2000...