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Friday, September 30, 2005

Foot-dragging? Troops not getting reimbursements

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld misspoke last December when he commented to some soldiers to the effect that “you go to war with what you have — not what you want.” In the case of the attack on Pearl Harbor,...

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Touching lives: United Way presses ahead with local needs

It is easy to forget about those who need you at home when there is so much suffering so far away. And although the efforts to assist the residents of Mississippi and Louisiana are a tribute to the caring nature...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Seeing the storm: Inquiries should focus on avoiding Katrina repeat

Former Federal Emergency Management Director Michael Brown is not in the best position to be pointing fingers. A careful, and truthful, analysis of the handling of relief before and after Hurricane Katrina would suggest that there were breakdowns in communication...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Conspiracy? No, but the news sure gets a ‘spin’

Is there a conspiracy among the nation’s news media to promote a liberal agenda and, more specifically, to slam Republican presidents? The answer, of course, is no. There is no communication between networks and “wire” services and the heads of...

Monday, September 26, 2005

Prioritize: Critical school needs can’t be remedied all at once

No matter how you look at it, $130 million for new school buildings in a community is a lot of money. So, while it is good that the Wayne County Board of Education looked hard at the issue and gave...

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Neighborhood meetings bring ideas to the fore

They came. They listened. And they contributed. The residents who took the time to attend the first of the city’s neighborhood meetings earlier this month probably weren’t as talkative as groups that will come later. There is always a little...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Wayne County cares: Gestures demonstrate concern for storm victims

Sixty dollars might not seem like much, not when tractor-trailer loads of food and supplies are headed to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. That amount of money won’t buy a family a house or even four dinners...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Comments: About Bush visits and gas gougers

Although grimacing sometimes at his rather inarticulate delivery of prepared speeches, this newspaper has been a consistent supporter of President George W. Bush. But most Americans must be tiring of his repeated trips to the Gulf Coast. There have been...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The pledge: It isn’t a question of liberal or conservative

President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed William Brennan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Eisenhower later said he had made a mistake, because Brennan became one of the most liberal justices in the court’s history. This comes to mind because of several...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Sober review: Forget scapegoating, focus on improvements

Critiques can be of great value. An objective review of what went right and what went wrong in the response to Hurricane Katrina could lead to life-saving refinements in communications and commitment of personnel and equipment. This isn’t to suggest...

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Blazers: Champions in more ways than athletics

Our entire community should join Goldsboro Mayor Al King in a pledge he made last week to the Wayne County Blazers basketball team. The story was on page one of the Local/State section of Sunday’s News-Argus. The Blazers won the...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Price patrol: Keep an eye on oil industry practices

Perhaps there is a real reason to justify the fact that gas prices have stalled at about $2.97 a gallon. Perhaps there really is a shortage and the delivery limitations caused by Hurricane Katrina really are making it tougher to...

Friday, September 16, 2005

A deterrent? Perhaps jails need more white collars

Probably every school district in this state is hard up for money. Certainly in our own county citizens annually hear heart-wrenching pleas of school officials for more funds and the agonizing moans of county commissioners struggling to provide them. So...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Rebuild? Where? Old New Orleans no longer exists

To build a simple boat dock in our coastal regions requires the property owner to satisfy a number of demands before a permit is issued — if, indeed, the project is approved. On the heels of Hurricane Katrina comes the...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

In an emergency: N.C. is ready in ways that Louisiana apparently was not

There are going to be a lot of questions asked over the next few weeks and months about what went wrong or right in New Orleans. And there seems to be plenty of blame and credit to go around. But...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Helping hands: Community comes to aid of flood victims

The news has not been good out of Louisiana and Mississippi. Repairing the damage done by Hurricane Katrina could have a pricetag of many, many billions of dollars — and that does not even include the cost in loss of...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Footnote: Sandy Berger gets a slap on the wrist

Sandy Berger was sentenced Thursday for stealing classified documents. It was little more than a historical footnote. Berger was fined $50,000, which won’t cause a ripple for him or for any benefactors in the Bill Clinton fraternity who might wish...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Let us never forget the courage aboard Flight 93

It seems like a decade ago. But it is a moment that should be etched in the minds of every American forever. It was the day the Towers fell. We remember the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York...

Friday, September 9, 2005

Oil-for-food: Another outrage by the U.N.

President George Bush’s selection of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations triggered some gasps of concern at home and abroad. Bolton, it was noted, had publicly expressed some unflattering opinions of the U.N. He was seen...

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Returning a favor: Local firefighters show community’s gratitude

It is not often too hard to be proud of Wayne County’s firefighters. They work long hours away from their families just to make sure that the rest of the county is safe. So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise...

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Mississippi ignored? Stories are heartbreaking but state’s suffering overshadowed

That is the refrain that seems to be resonating throughout that state as the vast majority of the attention and money seems to be heading to New Orleans and Louisiana. There is no question that the damage to the city...

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Lottery, take 2: Questions abound, but now it is time to make it work

Forget for the moment whether you are for or against using a lottery to fund this state’s schools. There is something inherently wrong about the way North Carolina got its lottery. Anyone who doesn’t think that there was more than...

Monday, September 5, 2005

Americans are stepping up to help — so should we

The stories from Louisiana are heartbreaking. There are thousands of people who are not only unsure whether they will have a home to go back to, but also if they have a family left to share it with. And that...

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Panicking won’t improve the fuel situation

Although the worst is probably over, at least for now, the prices at the gas pumps are not going to be any lower anytime soon. You can come up with a variety of reasons for this phenomenon — some are...

Friday, September 2, 2005

Well-deserved: County Commissioner Price recognized

Wayne County Commissioner Atlas Price has been named North Carolina County Commissioner of the Year. The recognition came from the N.C. Association of County Commissioners at a conference in Charlotte. That was an honor for Wayne County and an especially...

Well-deserved: County Commissioner Price recognized

Wayne County Commissioner Atlas Price has been named North Carolina County Commissioner of the Year. The recognition came from the N.C. Association of County Commissioners at a conference in Charlotte. That was an honor for Wayne County and an especially...

Thursday, September 1, 2005

The gas crisis: Congressman Jones wants investigation

Congressman Walter Jones Jr. has called for congressional hearings on oil prices. That came before Hurricane Katrina but in the wake of skyrocketing prices at the pump. Crude oil prices, of course, have been rising steadily, and the problem...