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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The rankings: Sen. Kerr stays in the top 10

Not surprisingly, Sen. John Kerr III again has ranked among the top 10 members of the North Carolina Senate. That was the rating given him for the 2005 session by fellow legislators, lobbyists, lead agency legislative liaisons and the Capital...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A bill done right: Most Americans want rules for immigrants to be same for all

It seems hard to believe that so many members of Congress do not get why so many of their constituents don’t want to see a candy-coated immigration bill. In fact, these same lawmakers seem shocked when polls indicate that Americans...

Monday, May 29, 2006

Next generation: Heroes are those who answer call even when danger looms

There are two kinds of heroes. The first are those who distinguish themselves on the battlefield — often oblivious to the personal danger they face. Some of these heroes lose their lives in the process. They are the men and...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

A day in honor: Profound sacrifices form foundation of nation’s freedom

Tomorrow is really the day when we remember. Or, at least, when we are supposed to remember. Across the nation, millions of Americans will spend Monday enjoying picnics, reuniting with their families and celebrating the fact that they do not...

Friday, May 26, 2006

63 million — ‘American Idol’ voting sad comparison to election turnout

It is hard to believe that more than 63 million people cared enough about the outcome of the Fox Network’s show “American Idol” to make sure they got their votes in Tuesday night. Nothing against the show itself, but compare...

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Welcome home: Seymour Johnson AFB airmen have served country well

They got in this afternoon after the time that was reasonable to put their welcome home party on the front page of today’s edition. So, you will have to wait until tomorrow to see the faces of the men and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Raising the bar: County’s efforts for Relay for Life will make a difference

If you know anyone who lives outside Wayne County who has been involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and you tell them this county raised more than $550,000 last year, they will be astonished at the figure....

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Intriguing: $50 million publicizing the Thunderbirds?

The Associated Press reports from Washington that the FBI is investigating a matter involving a $50 million contract awarded a private company to publicize the Air Force Thunderbirds. According to the report, the Air Force had awarded the contract to...

Monday, May 22, 2006

SUBTLE, BUT: ‘Public’ service ads can be self-serving

The General Assembly is moving on an ethics bill that would increase restrictions on favors and funds that might be used to influence legislators. Lobbyists play an important role in the legislative process. And political action committees (PACs) have been...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Here’s the report: The facilities analysis is in; now it’s time to do the budget

After multiple delays, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners finally has the long-awaited consultant’s report on school facilities needs and the county’s ability to pay for them. Contained in the report is information the commissioners said they needed before they...

Friday, May 19, 2006

Courage shines: Weekend’s Relay for Life a chance to see what matters

If you go to this weekend’s Relay for Life event at Wayne Community College, you might not ever really know just how those will meet have been affected by cancer. They might have lost a mother, a sister, a daughter...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

‘Wally’ Kornegay: An institution at Seymour Johnson

Wing commanders came and went for years at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. But for almost three decades, one thing didn’t change in the office of the commanders. Walena Smith Kornegay was always there. For 26 of her 31 years...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Measure twice, then spend: Legislature should be careful with newly discovered surplus

Boy, it sure did not take long for the members of the North Carolina Legislature and interest groups from every nook and cranny of the state to come up with a thousand ways to spend the state’s first budget surplus...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Unwelcome? Let’s accommodate South Korean protesters

Once again thousands of South Korean students and civic activists have taken to the streets demanding the withdrawal of United States troops from that nation. The latest demonstration was at Pyeongtaek where “more than 4,000” protesters scuffled with police, according...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Perspective: Telephone data issue overblown

Intelligence shortcomings have been linked to miscalculations on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The 9-11 airliner hijackings and disasters have been blamed in part on poor intelligence. Americans have demanded more of our intelligence agencies. They have been getting it...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The title role: For multifaceted achievement, acclaim goes to Mom

Today is the day that mothers all over America receive their due from grateful children. As they should. But as the country celebrates another Mother’s Day, there is a reason to remember that it takes more than simply the birth...

Friday, May 12, 2006

Paramount hope: Donors and supporters restore viability to theater project

A group of anonymous donors and supporters has decided to take on the task of rebuilding the downtown landmark theater — but at a substantially reduced price tag. They say they already have some money earmarked — and that they...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Press on! Berry research is worthwhile

For years, efforts have been made at N.C. State University to develop a better strawberry. Not better from the standpoint of taste, but one that will bear longer and have a better shelf life. It is a good — but...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Familiar news: Big oil companies make record profits

“Big Oil” companies are making record profits — on top of record profits. And everyone in this country is paying through the nose to provide for those profits. What we pay at the pump when we fill our tanks is...

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

The RINOs: Will they come in November?

The leadership of the Republican Party has succeeded in cleansing itself — at least partially and temporarily — of those it deemed guilty of overly fraternizing with their Democrat colleagues in the North Carolina General Assembly. The biggest “baby thrown...

Monday, May 8, 2006

The real issue: Facing the facts first step in ‘fixing’ education

Nobody really wants to talk about what the real issues are in North Carolina’s education system. Government officials point to lack of leadership in the schools, while school leaders say money and lack of support from Raleigh and beyond are...

Sunday, May 7, 2006

Impressive start: Community support puts Relay record within reach

With only a little less than three weeks to go, members of the Wayne County Relay for Life teams are close to another record-breaking fundraising year. They are currently 60 percent of the way to their $550,000 goal — even...

Friday, May 5, 2006

Memorial fuss: Saving money is good idea, but there are better places

It is almost always nice to hear a congressman of either party suggest that someone should look a little closer at what a project will cost the taxpayers he or she represents — or the rest of the nation, for...

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Sen. Basnight: Cherry Hospital a high priority

New Cherry Hospital facilities — virtually replacing all the old hospital treatment units at Goldsboro — will get high priority on the agenda of Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight in the coming session. Basnight will propose the issuance of...

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Prepare to choose: Primary is over; now it is time to start researching contenders

The primary election is over, and the slate has been set for the November contest. Congratulations are due to the winners. Also to be commended are those who did not capture their seats this time, but who threw their hats...

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Growing debate: Immigrants’ boycott only fueled immigration law fire

It seemed like a good idea on the surface — hold a national boycott day to show this country just how valuable immigrant labor, purchasing power and dollars are to the American economy. And, as you protest and rally, carry...

Monday, May 1, 2006

Scott Crossfield: A great aviator dies in a crash

The timing would not have been of his choosing, of course. But Scott Crossfield probably went out the way he would have preferred — at the controls of an airplane. One of the original pilots with “the right stuff,” Crossfield...