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Monday, July 31, 2006

Israel’s dilemma: It can only lose one of its wars

Israel can fight — and win — its wars in the Middle East time and time again. Which it has — time and time again since its founding. But it can lose only once. For Israel to lose its first...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Work to do: Legislature adjourns, but important issues linger

The North Carolina General Assembly session is over for another year — well, at least for a few more months, anyway. And, as usual, the spin is already beginning about who did what and whose proposals should have been passed...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Need at home: With so many calling for help, we sometimes forget our own

A day does not seem to go by when someone, somewhere is not asking for something. There are pictures of families devastated by floods here at home, while there are people halfway around the world who do not have decent...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Holy war worries: Al-Qaida leader’s warning even more reason for resolve

Threats from al-Qaida are nothing new. Every other day, there is a new call to arms and more determination expressed that the terrorist group will not quit until it has extinguished all those who oppose it. So, the news that...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Next step for GHS? District, community need to look at issue before deadline

In a little more than a couple of weeks, Judge Howard Manning is going to make a decision on what to do about 17 schools across the state of North Carolina that cannot seem to get their test scores to...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Payback time: Governor made right decision to demand nearly $4,000 repaid

Gov. Mike Easley sent a memo Monday to those who helped arrange a recent version of the “three-hour tour” at the Tall Ships event. It was an event that seemed to be as doomed to criticism and failure as Gilligan’s...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

LOBBYISTS: Should they be disenfranchised?

A measure before the General Assembly at this writing would bar registered lobbyists from serving in a broad number of public positions. They would not be allowed to serve on state commissions and boards — including boards of trustees of...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

DR. BAILEY — His ‘Daily Bread’ nurtured millions

In the passing of Dr. A. Purnell Bailey, readers of this newspaper - and others around the country — lost a longtime friend. His “Our Daily Bread” column dated back to Oct. 4, 1945, when the first one appeared...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Shared concern: Community hasn’t forgotten ordeal of Carson Thomas

Thousands of dollars weren’t raised and thousands of people didn’t gather Thursday. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare, and there were no crisp linens or fancy flower arrangements in sight. But at the end of the pizza fundraiser for Greenwood...

Friday, July 14, 2006

Action, reaction: Israel is anwering call to protect its citizens

As expected, this morning brought all sorts of reaction from all over the world concerning the Israelis’ decision to take proactive measures to end the terror of Hezbollah. Instead of reacting to another attack, capture or other threat, they headed...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The future: There is more need to address family issues than you think

There is an article in today’s edition of The News-Argus that everyone who cares about fixing what’s wrong — or at least what’s not perfect — about Goldsboro should read. It does not involve economic development — although ultimately it...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

It starts early: There’s more to test scores than meets the eye

Wayne County Board of Education member Thelma Smith is right — in part. Mrs. Smith reminded her fellow board members and school officials at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday that students did not just appear at Goldsboro High School and...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Intriguing issue: What’s wrong with ‘feel-good’ laws?

A measure making it mandatory for public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily sparked some interesting comments in the North Carolina House recently. Years ago, it was customary for the pledge to be recited in the classrooms...

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Keeping them safe: Stricter rules for sex offenders will protect children

There is a lot of talk these days about keeping children safe — and making sure those who would hurt them are kept at a distance. So, in many states across the nation, the talk has turned to what to...

Friday, July 7, 2006

Getting serious: Tougher ethics rules would be good move for state leaders

There should not be a need for tougher ethics rules in North Carolina. In a perfect world, legislators would know how unseemly it is to take gifts and excessive campaign contributions from a political interest group. After all, it really...

Thursday, July 6, 2006

A great show: America Sails ’06 spectacular event

It began with booming cannon fire heralding the arrival of a fleet of tall ships — led, appropriately, by the Meka II. It ended with what must have been the most spectacular fireworks display in the history of the central...

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

United we grow: Multi-member alliance could be county’s best weapon

It seems like it should have been an easy idea for economic development officials, local leaders and business representatives to wrap their minds around — a united group dedicated to furthering the development of the region. No more turfs. No...

Monday, July 3, 2006

Speed concerns: Hurry-up society makes for danger on the highways

Checkpoints are annoying, especially when you are in a hurry. And let’s not forget the increased patrols that seem to be omnipresent during every holiday that comes down the road. They also have a chilling effect on some travel, too....

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Spirit of 1776: We have a responsibility to the declarers of independence

Fireworks, flags and a day off from work. The stated reason we consider July Fourth a holiday is to celebrate freedom. After all, historically, it was the day when this nation actually became more than just a gathering of patriots....