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Friday, September 29, 2006

Watchdogs: You don’t need a committee to influence spending

Duplin County residents are taking their county’s future spending into their own hands. The Duplin Fiscal Oversight Committee is being charged with taking a look at what the county wants to spend — and then recommending where to put tax...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Need for reform: Bureaucratic oops could set John Mark Karr free, again

His crazy claims that he murdered Jon Benet Ramsey aside, the scariest part of the story in the John Mark Karr case is what could happen this week. California authorities have lost the evidence that prompted the child pornography charges...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Big shoes to fill: Dr. Ed Wilson will leave his mark at Wayne Community

The easiest way to find a true leader is to ask him the secret to the success of the organization he directs. The response won’t include his name — or too many of the words “I,” “my” and “me.” Such...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Public-private: Partnerships in this community key to success

Anyone who doubts that a community can do a lot with the help and commitment of resources from its residents needs to look closely at what is happening in Goldsboro and Wayne County. In the last six months, people from...

Monday, September 25, 2006

A fine first step: Paramount and Community Building could change future

At Friday’s Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. annual awards banquet, Mayor Al King announced that the City Council’s decision to fund both the Paramount and Community Building projects would change the face of the city. And, he added, the development could...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Act locally: United Way’s dedication felt in countless lives

It is time for a little reminder about priorities. Every year, we watch national pleas for money to help those in need. Many are from worthy causes and help thousands, if not millions, of people every year. And there is...

Friday, September 22, 2006

U.N. question: Should we really be paying for U.S.-bashing in our borders?

After the latest round of U.S.-bashing at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, many people have been asking why this nation continues to bear the expense of being the home city for the organization’s main offices. After all,...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A step forward: Commission’s gesture good first step toward resolution

There is an old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.” And although it will not put an end to the pending questions about the condition and upkeep of school facilities in the county, and it won’t be the...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Shared loss: Community showed that there’s heart in Duplin

You really know you have neighbors you can count on when you do not even have to ask for help. They are just there. That is what happened to the Barwick family when they lost their son, Brad, Monday night...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Change: There is a way to make your voice heard: Vote them out

When there is a problem at any level of politics — local, state or national — many people express surprise and outrage that so much has gone so wrong so fast. They wring their hands and point fingers at the...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Still no hint: Revenue is pouring in, but when will we see the money

There is no question that the North Carolina Lottery has been a fiscal success for the state, at least so far. The number of players is steady and much money is being counted in Raleigh — some of which...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A dollar at a time: Making a few priorities might not be such a bad idea

To say that there are a lot of voices clamoring for money from Wayne County’s taxpayers right now is an understatement. From charitable giving to community projects, there are many people who want to lay claim to our hard-earned money...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Time for action: House Speaker Jim Black’s woes should get closer look

It’s not a good thing when the leader of your state’s House of Representatives gets a subpoena. It is even worse when questions continually swirl around him, and those queries include the words “wrong-doing,” “ethics” and “attorneys.” So, the continued...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A new spark: Wouldn’t same level of interest in voting be refreshing?

Wouldn’t it be great if the same kind of excitement that is generated by a new season of “Dancing with the Stars,” “Big Brother” or “Survivor” could be translated to the upcoming primary or even the next presidential election? Imagine...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Primary worries: At long last, Republicans have a winner, but concerns remain

In a little less than two months, Wayne County voters in District 10 will have to head back to the polls. This time, they will be deciding if they want a Republican or a Democrat to represent them in the...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

You can help: Want drugs out of your community? Keep watch.

It is staggering to think that millions of dollars of marijuana has been growing in Wayne County, but, unfortunately, probably not all that out of the ordinary. Many rural counties deal with this sort of problem. As criminals become more...

Monday, September 11, 2006

How we honor: Victims of Sept. 11 deserve our renewed commitment

On Sept. 11, 2001, we all promised that we would never forget the nearly 3,000 people who died that day — or the brave men and women who risked their lives to save them. We gathered together as a country...

Saturday, September 9, 2006

District 10: Have a message to send? Now's your time to send it

Tuesday’s runoff between N.C. House District 10 Republican candidates Willie Ray Starling and Rep. Stephen LaRoque is the first round of chances Wayne County residents have to determine a part of their future. Whether you are for LaRoque or Starling,...

Friday, September 8, 2006

School support: Discussing problems at Goldsboro not a rejection

No one wants to hear something less than complimentary about his or her alma mater. So, it is not too surprising that discussion concerning Superior Court Judge Howard Manning’s admonishment of 17 high schools — including Goldsboro High — would...

Thursday, September 7, 2006

A new eagle: Welcome to your ‘new’ adopted hometown Col. Kwast

During his remarks to the assembled airmen, community leaders and Air Force brass, newly installed 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast told his airmen how lucky they are to be in Wayne County — and how lucky he feels...

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

The real cause: There are other concerns to examine as violence increases

Another day and we have another report of a shooting involving young adults in Goldsboro. And as soon as we hear yet another story about random — and seemingly not-so-random — gunfire injuring or killing another city youth, we wonder...

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Opinions abound: There are plenty of people speaking out on projects

When we asked a couple of weeks ago for residents to share their opinions on the proposed plan for a new Paramount Theater, more than a few people sent in letters of support as well as a few questions. Along...

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Real scores: Writing portion an important part of measuring progress

Stories about test scores really worry parents — and school districts. So, the latest announcement that the new round of SAT scores is one of the lowest in a number of years did not make anyone too happy. Experts say...

Friday, September 1, 2006

Their faces: Portraits of Promise shares glimpse of real United Way

All of us get the calls. Donate to this. Contribute to that. Can we count on your support? We hear the appeals so often, we ignore them. It’s a nuisance, and we are too busy to listen. We are tired...