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Friday, March 31, 2006

Other options: There might be other choices for performing arts in city

OK, so the Paramount Theater recontruction plan is not going to happen — at least not now. The news wasn’t good for the arts community — or for those who loved the theater and made many memories with their families...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

A final bow: Theater committee’s decision leaves only the memories

Sometimes one of the hardest decisions to make as a public official is knowing when it is time to pull the plug on a project. So, to say that the members of the Goldsboro City Council who serve on the...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A priority list: City is correct to focus on achievable goals

Goldsboro City Council members have a pretty tight priority list. There aren’t too many projects on there, but the members say they are determined to make each one of them a reality in some form before the next decade is...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Incredible: ‘Doctor’ claims killing patients

This fellow calls himself a “doctor.” And apparently he accumulated the credentials to become eligible to practice medicine. But just what kind of “doctor” is Luay Omar Taie? He ostensibly was “treating” patients in a hospital in Kirkuk, Iraq. In...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Time to talk: The immigration issue isn’t going away

It’s not like the idea that there is an illegal immigration problem in this country is new. It’s not like communities across the nation — and a few notable ones in North Carolina — have not been dealing with the...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Good grief! Some Dominicans grousing over aid

The Associated Press recently reported that activists in the Dominican Republic were protesting the presence there of “large numbers” of American troops. Demonstrators had marched in Santo Domingo — the Dominican capital — chanting “Yankees out!” Some contended the troops...

Friday, March 24, 2006

Are we used to it? Maybe Americans are a bit hardened to politician ‘errors’

Does it seem just a little bit like no one really is getting too bothered by the investigation into House Speaker Jim Black’s campaign contributions? Well, other than the state Board of Elections and his political opponents that is. It...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Clean up to grow: Getting control of trash problem will help area in long run

You have seen the mess — paper cups and plastic bags, a food wrapper tossed by the side of the road. Sometimes, there is so much trash that it is hard to tell where the grass begins and the dump...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Watch the money: State’s new revenue stream must be managed responsibly

Now that the lawsuit challenging the lottery vote has been dismissed, there is a good possibility that next week, North Carolina residents will be able to purchase lottery tickets for the first time. There is still a chance for another...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Familiar: ECU dental school issue shaping up

There is a familiar ring to the discussions about a proposed dental school at East Carolina University. State Sen. Clark Jenkins of Edgecombe County was quoted in a recent Associated Press article as saying he feels the ECU dental school...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Third anniversary: Review of war should include soul-searching, perspective

It would be surprising if anyone looking back at the three years since the invasion of Iraq would be able to paint a completely rosy picture. War just isn’t like that. When people die, even if the end justifies the...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Who is at fault? How did lawyer get chance to bungle government’s case?

With all the emphasis on the war on terrorism, the public must wonder how federal attorney Carla J. Martin was playing a key role in the prosecution of admitted al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Maussaoui is on trial to determine whether...

Friday, March 17, 2006

Fascinating: Our students will look back 60,000 years

It shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone that students at Spring Creek High School will take part in a National Geographic project that possibly could trace their ancestry back 60,000 years. Some 10 years ago, a team of Spring...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Everyday danger: Wednesday’s shooting should remind us of risks for officers

We might shudder when we hear a story like the report Wednesday of an officer whose vest was all that stood between him and being shot in the chest by a suspect while he and the members of the Wayne...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Say it’s not true: Incredible story about Claude Allen

For those across the nation who have had the opportunity to observe him, Claude Allen has been among the most admired young men in America. He had been president of the student body at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. He...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Illumination: Sunshine Week shines on essential rights

Sunshine is really something you only appreciate when it isn’t there. So, in a country where freedom reigns and individual expression is valued and encouraged, it is sometimes tough to appreciate the efforts that are required every day to make...

Monday, March 13, 2006

Gangs here: Duplin captain gives some good advice

“If people sit in their homes and say, ‘nothing is going on here,’ the gangs will take over all communities — black, white and Hispanic. Our common cause is to make this a safe place for kids to learn and...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Factors: School success determined by more than personnel

Taken at face value, Judge Howard Manning Jr.’s pronouncement to state school officials that he will not hesitate to close any North Carolina high school that does not show improvement in its student performance is a show of strength and...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Nowhere to turn: For Sean Paddock, questions come too late

As expected, fingers are already starting to point in the case of the Johnston County woman whose “discipline” of her 4-year-old adopted son ended in his death. Some family members of the children who were taken from their biological parents...

Thursday, March 9, 2006

A no-brainer: Colleges must allow service recruiters on campus

Perhaps the Supreme Court needs a file labeled “N.B.’s” It would be for “No-Brainers.” That's where the recent issue concerning efforts to ban military recruiters from law school campuses should have been filed. As in “waste basket.” Some law schools...

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

A terrorist? This fellow meant to kill innocents

North Carolina is fortunate in that nine families did not have to attend funerals of their sons and daughters in recent days. These were students at the University of North Carolina who were among those having lunch at the Pit,...

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Know the danger: Responsible driving can prevent tragedies

Four Wakefield High School seniors will not be spending March and April planning for their proms and choosing their colleges. They won’t be trying on graduation gowns or choosing which of their senior pictures they want to send along with...

Monday, March 6, 2006

Intermezzo: Take time to reflect before theater project’s next act

The Paramount Theater Committee is already looking at options — and costs — for rebuilding the historic theater downtown. And some of the members have even suggested an interesting, albeit somewhat problematic, option — closing Goldsboro High School and using...

Sunday, March 5, 2006

True tests: Scores should reflect actual achievement

Education officials across the country are already trying to figure out how to explain why in some states — including North Carolina — the passing rates on statewide measurements of reading and math skills are so much higher than those...

Friday, March 3, 2006

It’s about integrity: Ethics isn’t a difficult concept

It’s great that Gov. Mike Easley has appointed former Superior Court Judge Robert Farmer to head the state’s Board of Ethics. Although there is little to judge him on yet, many observers say Farmer is just the person to put...

Thursday, March 2, 2006

We can be heroes: With community’s help Red Cross can stay ready

It doesn’t really take much to be a hero in Wayne County. The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross is asking individuals and groups across the county to dig deep and find $1,000 to assist with funding its...

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

At least they try: Respect candidates for willingness to serve

The names are in, and Wayne County and the state of North Carolina are about to embark on yet another campaign season. There are a few contested races for the May primary, with the promise of a few more battles...