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Monday, August 30, 2004

Give us choice: Parties don’t need to look just alike

The Democrats are doing all they can to win the presidency by claiming to be something the Republicans really are — strong on defense. Hence, Sen. John Kerry’s effort to create the image that he is a brave warrior. The...

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Religious organizations should be treated equally

The right to choose one’s associates and the freedom of religion certainly are worth defending. A lawsuit that has been filed to assert those rights at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, however, is unwise, a waste of...

Friday, August 27, 2004

Indymedia: A little rational, a lot of radical

You can learn some interesting things rooting around the Internet doing research. For example, you’re liable to run into the North Carolina Independent Media Center. According to its own description of itself, the NC-IMC is a “non-corporate, anti-authoritarian collective of...

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Legacy: The spreading influences of one woman’s life

The influences of some lives seem to ripple across the earth in endless circles, like the water when a pebble is thrown into a pond. That’s the way June Kay Campbell’s life was. And it started so inauspiciously. June Kay...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

A firm denial: Judge puts matters in perspective in court

This is funny if you’re not a lawyer. President Bush’s difficulty in getting the Senate vote on some of his judicial nominees is well known. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in its scrutiny of the hapless hopefuls, will call...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Kerry’s record: He should welcome close examination

A flap has developed over the authenticity of some of John Kerry’s Vietnam war heroics and Purple Hearts. Some other swift boat veterans, including one highly decorated admiral, have been critical of the circumstances involved in the decorations. One report...

Monday, August 23, 2004

Guest editorial: Making elections less restrictive

Judge Frank Bullock of the U.S. District Court has struck down a law that would require unaffiliated candidates to collect over 90,000 signatures in order to run for statewide office. The law was no doubt passed to prevent anyone and...

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Payback? Bringing troops home makes good sense

Many cities and towns in Germany have prospered because of the presence of U.S. military forces there. That will change gradually as the United States withdraws its military personnel and assigns them to other areas, including stations back home. It...

Friday, August 20, 2004

Waylaid: Agency surprised by commissioner

When representatives of the Economic Development Commission appeared before the Wayne County commissioners Tuesday to present a proposal to restructure the EDC staff, Commissioner Arnold Flowers had his guns loaded and cocked. He fired at first sight. If ever there...

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Absentee pay?: There’s another name for it ...

North Carolina has a “citizen legislature.” That means our lawmakers do not earn their livings by serving in the General Assembly. This is despite the fact that, in some years, they spend an inordinate amount of their time in Raleigh....

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

High ranking: Business climate is good, and the other kind is, too

This should be of interest to anyone who might start a business or move one to more profitable and pleasant surroundings: Among communities that are smaller than the large metropolitan areas, Goldsboro ranks 12th most favorably in the country in...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Feed the Hungry: An economical plan for preventing hunger

Economist Mike Walton has an interesting suggestion — that the government eliminate much of the bureaucracy that runs the so-called “entitlement” programs for the poor. The bureaucracy is there mainly to ensure that the money is spent as intended —...

Monday, August 16, 2004

Hard lesson: If probation fails, don’t try it again

The murder of six young people in Florida demonstrates graphically the importance of parole and probation officers in our criminal justice system, and it drives home to us the manner in which probation is supposed to work. Probation is a...

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Those infernal booming vehicles

You would probably get your head bashed in if you did some of the things that come to mind when you hear those loud car speakers. You know the ones. A bunch of cars will be knotted up at a...

Friday, August 13, 2004

Safe havens? Mosque complexes are really fortresses

U.S. forces are engaging in an offensive against Iraqi insurgents in Najaf. The announced goal is to “defeat and destroy” the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army. The American people must hope that is not just a hollow echo of...

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Puzzle: Should the tolerant tolerate intolerance?

Some of our neighbors to the north like to think of Canada as a more perfect society than the United States. They like their country’s socialized medicine, despite its waiting periods and its relative paucity of modern diagnostic machines. They...

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Hospital rates: Charges are increasing, but relatively, they are low

Wayne Memorial Hospital isn’t going to be quite the bargain for patients that it has been, but it still won’t be a bad deal. Starting in October, average rates at the hospital will be 6.3 percent higher. The hospital is...

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

War record: Is it above a challenge, or grist for the political mill?

Sen. John Kerry should respond more fully to statements that some of his former Navy comrades have made about what he did in the Vietnam War. So far, the primary response has been that challenging a candidate’s war record is...

Monday, August 9, 2004

Reich’s folly: Ex-Cabinet secretary warns against religion

Robert Reich, who was labor secretary for President Clinton, appears to have lost his mind. Let’s hope his fellow travelers in liberal politics are not equally insane. While sensible Americans are concerned about religious conflict between Islam and the West,...

Saturday, August 7, 2004

Where school money could come from

The General Assembly might have to revisit the order of its priorities when it reconvenes in January. The reason is explained well in the article to the right of this one on this page. In it, two experts — Dr....

Friday, August 6, 2004

Cleaning up: Broken-window theory might be at work

Goldsboro and Wayne County officials have said increased efforts would be directed at making us a cleaner city and county. There could be a crackdown on litterers — those who trash our highways and vacant or unattended areas. The results...

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Documentary? ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ fails miserably

The national media —ABC, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Associated Press, etc. — invariably refer to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” as a “documentary.” It is no such thing, and to refer to it as such...

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Rape trial: Already, there is a loser in the Kobe Bryant case

Whoever wins that infamous rape case in Colorado — basketball star Kobe Bryant or the woman who has accused him — there already is one big loser: the Bill of Rights. The Colorado Supreme Court has ordered the news media...

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Planes, trains and rivalry: Goldsboro vs. Fayetteville?

Charles Broadwell asks if Goldsboro and Fayetteville, two cities with similar interests, are on a collision course. Broadwell would be attuned to that because he began his career as a reporter for the News-Argus and then went home to Fayetteville...

Monday, August 2, 2004

Raper: He certainly kept the weeds down

Dr. Burkette Raper has announced his plans to retire in November. He has devoted 50 of his 77 years to Mount Olive College, most that time as its president. For the last nine years he has served as director of...