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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Budgeting for schoolsrequires spirit of cooperation

Within the next two weeks, Wayne County’s commissioners and school district officials are going to get together to talk again about how they can resolve their continuing differences over the county’s budget. The school district says it needs more money...

Friday, July 29, 2005

Fight the blight: Community can do more to protect environment

It really isn’t hard to tell that Goldsboro and Wayne County need to look a little more closely at ordinances that could force some local — and not so local — property owners to clean up their environments. There are...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Voting matters: Ballot machine reliability only part of the problem

The North Carolina Legislature, like lots of other legislatures across the country, is very worried about making sure voting machines are going to work properly come this November. And most, like North Carolina’s governing body, have reason to be concerned....

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Waste to energy: Tommy Strickland must be smiling

“Methane gas, a by-product of landfill waste, will be converted into electricity.” That’s a quote from a Monday News-Argus story written by Barbara Arntsen. It noted that the methane gas would be sold to Progress Energy and be equivalent to...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sacre bleu! Lance Armstrong, pedaler of pride

They are saying that Lance Armstrong worked a miracle. He did. Who else could have forced the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” on the Champs Elysees? But, of course, that isn’t the miracle that most people are talking about....

Monday, July 25, 2005

A profound gift: Organ donations may offer solace amid loss

Sometimes something hits you so hard that it seems like you might never recover, never have the chance to make it right, never feel the same again. For the Hackett family, losing 6-year-old Avery was that kind of blow. Joe...

A profound gift: Organ donations may offer solace amid loss

Sometimes something hits you so hard that it seems like you might never recover, never have the chance to make it right, never feel the same again. For the Hackett family, losing 6-year-old Avery was that kind of blow. Joe...

A profound gift: Organ donations may offer solace amid loss

Sometimes something hits you so hard that it seems like you might never recover, never have the chance to make it right, never feel the same again. For the Hackett family, losing 6-year-old Avery was that kind of blow. Joe...

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Schumer’s ploy: Senate hopes to throw nomination off the trail

It is said that in old England, fugitives or poachers would confound pursuing hounds by rubbing a red herring across a trail. The herring had been turned red by a curing process, and its scent was so strong that not...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Good news: Our folks pleased

That relatively new jet passenger service between Kinston Regional Airport and Atlanta is doing well, thank you. And business appears to be improving steadily. Delta Airlines initiated the service three months ago. At last report, flights are averaging about two-thirds...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Early start: Impressive field shapes up for governorship

Associated Press writer Gary D. Robertson recently gave readers a good preview of what North Carolina can expect in its 2008 gubernatorial race. It’s going to be a humdinger! A free-for-all between candidates in both parties, followed by a great...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Precious: If her story saves just one life she will not have died in vain

Even though the trial is over and the verdict and sentence are in, the case against convicted child killer Eric Lane is far from completion. Since Lane has been sentenced to death, there will be appeals and arguments, not to...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Deadly neighbors: When killers attack their own countries

That the London bombers were homegrown residents of England was chilling news indeed — not just for the British, but for other Europeans as well. Terrorists who are residents don’t have to sneak across a border to do their evil,...

Monday, July 18, 2005

Learning to fish: Mount Olive program gives young people job skills, hope

The quote goes: “Give the man a fish, he will survive the day. Teach the man to fish, he will know how to survive for life.” And teaching young people to fish is exactly what is happening at ADLA Inc....

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Neighborhood meetings will be productive

Goldsboro City Manager Joe Huffman is planning a series of meetings in neighborhoods around the city this fall. Some of the sessions would be in the streets which would be blocked off for the events. Churches and other buildings might...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Books are ‘cool’: Harry Potter tales encourage young people to read

All in good fun. That is the best way to look at tonight’s debut of the latest in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” There will be some who will question the novel’s connection to magic...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Execution: It is too good for this mad dog

There will be endless debates over the death penalty. Some states do not allow it. North Carolina isn’t among them. In our state, juries that decide guilt or innocence in capital cases also are instructed to decide if those found...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Introspection: A soldier’s words foreshadow his own sacrifice

You probably remember the story about U.S. Army Corp. Phillip Edmundson, even if the name doesn’t ring a bell. Cpl. Edmundson was recently honored after losing his life in service to his country in Iraq. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield spoke...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Nannie Price: Portrait of a joyful woman

Nannie Price wore an expression of subtle amusement as if, like Mona Lisa, she harbored some happy secret. It could have been related to her faith. Or it might have been something from her 47 years with Andrew, her husband,...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Our Coast Guard: An expanded role, aging equipment

Those who have had the opportunity to see up close all of our uniformed services in action over the years must rank the United States Coast Guard as unsurpassed in efficiency. Part of this can be attributed to the fact...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Life’s lessons: With grace and determination, Olivia Whaley inspired

Olivia Whaley wasn’t the kind of person you would think of first if you were using the textbook definition of a heroine. She was beloved, but not famous; courageous, but not overtly so. She did not seek out attention. She...

Friday, July 8, 2005

With firm resolve: Britain’s suffering equaled by its courage

It was hard to look at the pictures from the London bombings Thursday without thinking back to another day, almost four years ago, when those panicked looks and scared faces were not in the United Kingdom, but in New York...

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Safety first: This one turned out all right, but —

The tenacity of a retired school teacher and her friend have led to multiple charges against a man believed involved in a scam. The teacher had a call in the middle of the night from a person claiming to be...

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Stay focused: Budget process should center on what’s best for students

There is going to be a lot of talk over the next few weeks about the county’s budget. Who did what and who needs what seem to be the first two issues on the agenda. The talks stem from the...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Think first: With freedom of speech comes responsibility

Try as you might, it would have been hard not to feel something Monday night as the fireworks popped and the patriotic music played. Celebrating the Fourth of July is just that way. In between the bursts of color, you...

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Countless sacrifices make our celebrations possible

Monday will be a day when Americans will pull out the grill, don a swimsuit and sit back and enjoy an extra day off from work. They will probably enjoy fireworks at the beach or simply a few sparklers in...

Friday, July 1, 2005

Get ’em! Internet exploiters of kids targeted

Many of today’s youngsters are proficient users of the Internet. For some, it seems to be almost as addictive as television. It should not have been surprising that sexual predators were quick to seize on the Internet as a...