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Friday, April 28, 2006

Brave neighbors: Changing our future is really in all of our hands

There are many definitions of a hero — and there are people who redefine that term just about every day. And those residents who stood up to speak at this week’s city of Goldsboro neighborhood meeting on Holly Street near...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Good start: Toward taking back our neighborhoods

It was a poignant comment: “My concern is all the crime and the gangs. If we help one another, we can heal this place. It’s a dangerous game being played out there.” Speaking was Mrs. Diane Weeks. She was among...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The gas formula: Multiple factors influence the prices we pay

It’s about time someone did something. President Bush’s decision to at least look into the possibility that there might be a remedy to the increasingly spiraling gas prices is a sign that at least someone is thinking about what gas...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Distinguished: Scouting award honors a standout volunteer

There was a lot of fun poked at Goldsboro accountant Harold Brashear Monday at the Torhunta District of the Tuscarora Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award Banquet. His friends noted his love for fitness and his need to be “well-groomed” and “perfectly...

Monday, April 24, 2006

Ugh? Gambling powwow at a stalemate

Shades of yesteryear? A Cherokee Indian chief isn’t exactly saying the great paleface chief in Raleigh spoke with forked tongue. But Chief Michell Hicks suggests that Gov. Mike Easley might have come pretty close. The Cherokees and the governor had...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Clean matters: When litter gets out of hand, community pays a price

This weekend, members of the community put on their old clothes and headed out to pick up a bit of the litter that has become such a nuisance along North Carolina and Wayne County’s highways. The Wayne County Litter Sweep...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Shared honor: Air Force dedicates plane to an appreciative city

They are your neighbors and co-workers — and for 20 years they have been a part of this community. But many people might not really know why they should be grateful to the members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tall ships coming: An exciting and challenging event

The coming of the tall ships to Morehead City and Beaufort during the July Fourth holiday could be one of the biggest and most colorful events in the history of the Crystal Coast. Early estimates projected an attendance of 150,000...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Heroism: Wilson Eagleson and others helped change world

Every day across America we are losing heroes. Sometimes we do not even realize they are gone — or just exactly how much their efforts changed the world in which we live. They are mourned by families — and sometimes...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Consolidate? Meeting multiple needs in one place

Goldsboro lost its fine old Community Building to fire, and there was an immediate determination to rebuild it. Then, before any positive steps could be taken, fire struck and destroyed the Paramount Theater, which had been serving our community’s theatrical...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Modifications: Evaluate city amenities’ cost in relation to the big picture

Another week and another $12 million project has been proposed for the city of Goldsboro. But this time, someone is thinking a little more clearly, and setting the goals a little more realistically, rather than suggesting the project be scrapped...

Friday, April 14, 2006

A little reality: Flight 93 story might be wakeup call audiences need

It isn’t often that a newspaper would suggest there might be a reason for a reader to put down the paper and head to the theater. But then again, “Flight 93” is not just any movie. The new release, which...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

It’s time to talk: Democrats’ plan to examine Black’s future right choice

If you are looking for one piece of evidence that suggests the time has come for the Democratic party to ask Speaker Jim Black to resign, there really isn’t just one. But there is plenty of reason for the Democratic...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Troy Pate: Excellent choice for important role

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Moseley has named Goldsboro’s Troy Pate as North Carolina representative on a newly created Civic Leader Group. The general could not have made a better choice. Pate, a retired banking executive, probably is...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Waiting for plan: There’s a lottery, but where are details on the next step

The North Carolina Education Lottery has been in full gear in this state for just a little more than a couple of weeks and already the state is bringing in a significant amount of new revenue. Millions of tickets have...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Debate with purpose: Immigration decision should not be motivated by protests

The hundreds of thousands of Hispanic Americans and immigrants of all backgrounds who are speaking out for the “rights” of those who want to come into our country are not a statistic to be ignored. There is no question that...

Saturday, April 8, 2006

In demand: County must show willingness to compete for best teachers

The news that Wayne County does not have enough money to fund a scholarship program designed to encourage local students to study education, and then to stay here and teach, is sad for the students who will lose the opportunity...

Friday, April 7, 2006

Wheels of justice: Might Moussaoui die of old age?

After weeks of testimony, a federal jury has decided whether Zacarias Moussaoui is “eligible” for the death penalty. It said “yes.” He is charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism with weapons of mass destruction and other crimes. He...

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Rambling again: Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s claims nothing but silliness

Most of America has not had the pleasure — or displeasure depending on how you look at it — of dealing with what can only be considered the ramblings of Rep. Cynthia McKinney. The Georgia Democrat has a whole arsenal...

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Voices needed: There is still much room for opinions on Paramount project

One of the most difficult issues to deal with as an elected official — and in public life — is the ever-changing nature of public opinion. What is on everyone’s mind one month becomes yesterday’s news so quickly. That makes...

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Don’t stop now: Wayne County Reads might be over, but message will remain

After months of hard work by the members of the Wayne County Reads Committee — and what can only be described as incredible participation by members of the community — the month-long celebration of reading has come to an end....

Monday, April 3, 2006

Term limits? The issue has pros and cons

Term limits? A good case can be made for them — for congressmen, for legislators and undoubtedly for some other offices. We already have them for presidents and governors. Why not for all public officeholders? Prolonged positions of influence in...

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Not productive: A simmering standoff interferes with school needs

With all the other issues that have occupied the county’s interest over the last few weeks, there hasn’t been much attention paid to a problem that continues to plague Wayne County despite months of discussion and even more waiting. And...