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Thursday, June 30, 2005

On watch: Citizens should pay attention to how tax increase is spent

Now, it is final. After weeks of hand-wringing, the county commissioners have finally bitten the bullet and passed a 7.5-cent tax increase. So, the debate over whether our taxes are going to go up is over — they will....

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A deception: Left behind? No. They’re left out

Ninety-seven percent of North Carolina’s high school students — grades 9 through 12 — are graduating! These are the figures for the 2002-2003 school years. That was the best record of any school in the nation as recorded in the...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Power of words: Ten Commandments emphasize nation’s principles

There seems to be something a little less than logical about a Supreme Court ruling that allows just about every other kind of expression there is in a courthouse except the one that might make someone think about justice and...

Monday, June 27, 2005

Perspective, please: Don’t let Iraq war become a Vietnam

Quagmire. Vietnam. No end in sight. We’re losing. These were familiar words in Washington as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Gen. Richard Myers and other military leaders faced an Armed Services Committee last week. The secretary and the generals were...

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Cost and benefits: Value of Paramount project has many measures

Those who are suggesting $10 million might be a little much to spend on the reconstruction of the Paramount Theater are not completely wrong. A community that has to raise taxes to meet its bills perhaps should not be thinking...

Friday, June 24, 2005

Best of the best: Why our SJAFB came out on top

Most of us have felt comfortable about the future of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. But there was an understandable uneasiness as all bases were being scrutinized under the Base Realignment and Closure mandate. Some of the 157 bases definitely...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Appalling: Top brass admits leadership failure

It was a sad state of affairs. Two Marine Corps generals were meeting with the House Armed Services Committee. Members of the committee were concerned over why many vehicles being used by Marines in Iraq had not been reinforced...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Gas prices: No new refineries in almost 30 years

Prices are influenced to a significant degree by supply and demand. Or so we have been led to believe over the years. If hurricanes decimate the orange orchards in Florida, expect to pay more at the grocery store. Droughts in...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Lost rudders: As values fall by the wayside, sinister influences fill the void

An e-mail message is circulating around the area about a few statements made to some legislators by a man who lost his daughter in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. Darrell Scott was called to speak to a subcommittee of...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Pier pressure: Shallow water sinking school ferry proposal

It is time for the state to abandon a plan to ferry 10 Outer Banks children to and from the mainland every day so they can go to school. Solutions are available that are more sensible and less expensive. The...

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Tragic losses remind us of things that really matter

Sometimes what strikes you most about tragedies you see in the newspaper is how much time we really waste in our lives. And this week’s reports of the tragic deaths of a person who had yet to live her full...

Friday, June 17, 2005

Stepping down: Hulse leaves board better than he found it

Geoff Hulse can be involved in a plethora of complex projects at once without ever appearing flustered — in fact, apparently having fun with all of them. Hulse has been practicing law for about 20 years in Goldsboro, but some...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Rep. Jones: Don’t put ‘Pullout’ on a calendar

Congressman Walter Jones’ concern over the continuing death toll in Iraq must be shared by all among us. Each of us reads with pain and frustration each day’s reports of car-bombings and ambushes staged by insurgents. And we share the...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Close O’Berry or Caswell? Put top priority on the patients’ care

O’Berry Center at Goldsboro and Caswell Center at Kinston are being mentioned as potential targets under a state budget proposal that considers eliminating one of the state’s four mental retardation centers to save money. Caswell Center has 950 residents and...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wake up, world! Put terrorists in perspective

There seems to be no end in sight to the international attention being given alleged incidents involving desecration of the Quran in detention centers holding Iraqi insurgents. One report — later proven untrue — that a U.S. interrogator flushed one...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Diamonds: Robinson league offers community a chance to score

On the surface, the Jackie Robinson Baseball League seems to be nothing more than a chance for some children to get together and to bat around a few baseballs. And it is that, and so much more. The league’s goal...

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Get answers: Citizens entitled to question rising tax burdens

There seems to be more talk about taxes these days. The state is extending a half-cent sales tax increase, which, even though they say it isn’t, is an additional tax. A temporary tax that is set to expire and is...

Friday, June 10, 2005

New optimism: Community poised for ever greater possibilities

Thursday’s announcement of a new call center for the Fraternal Order of Police — and the 120 new jobs that will accompany it — suggests that there just might be reason to think there is more good news ahead for...

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Minimum wage: Let people be paid according to their worth

As usually happens when money issues are brought into politics, the recent discourse on the minimum wage was rich in sympathy for the poor, but lean in economic substance. What started it was a bill introduced in the North Carolina...

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Aloha, taxpayers: Commissioners blunder with excursion to Hawaii

Somehow the idea of four county commissioners and a clerk spending their days at seminars and their late afternoons and evenings lounging on a beach in Hawaii or at a luau would be a lot easier to take if it...

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

At O’Berry: Jerry Lyall set a high standard

Dr. Jerry H. Lyall is retiring from O’Berry Center at Goldsboro at the end of this month. He has served as the center’s director since 1978. Succeeding him will be Dr. Frank S. Farrell, who has had the privilege of...

Monday, June 6, 2005

D-Day — Remembering the high cost of freedom

They came from homes and families thousands of miles away, young, a bit afraid, but steeled for the upcoming battle. They were not sure what to expect. They just knew they had a job to do. And even when the...

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Feline fun: Lawmakers overlook state cat candidate

“Gee, Elmer, what’s the state cat up in Maryland?” “Why, it’s the lovely, loving and loyal Calico Cat, Herman. And what’s your state cat down in North Carolina?” “Our state cat is the felis concolor,” replies Herman, looking down ashamedly...

Friday, June 3, 2005

New York Times: Its big scoop undercut the war on terrorism

Whose side are you on in the war on terror? That might be an appropriate question to demand of some in the “national media.” Specifically today, of The New York Times. From a lofty, ivory tower perspective of pretended purism,...

Thursday, June 2, 2005

A vital pledge: Daily recitation offers essential reminders

It might seem like a small thing, asking students to recite the pledge to the American flag every morning in North Carolina schools. In fact, some people might not even know that it is not already part of the morning...

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Reunions: A chance to give something back to the community

Hundreds of Wayne County high school graduates came home this weekend to celebrate not only their school days, but to remember those who gave them their start. The Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Central High School reunions were more than just a...