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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Meet your town: Your never know when a story is standing right next to you

You have probably heard the phrase, “Everybody has a story.” And, if you are like most people, you don’t think about your neighbors, your friends or the people who pass by you every week at the grocery store, when it...

Monday, February 26, 2007

Paramount help: Mrs. Baddour and Hulse deserve applause for efforts

Bravos are in order. And, if there were any of those little statues of the golden man left, these actors might even deserve a couple of those, too. Margaret Boothe Baddour and Geoff Hulse spent their Oscar weekend on stage,...

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pondering Iraq: Mission for liberty mustn’t be abandoned lightly

There are lots of people who talk about what it means to be an American. Some start their definitions with the flag, while others speak of freedom and the right to live your own life without government interference. It is...

Friday, February 23, 2007

A humble man: Dr. William Plummer has served, quietly, for years

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Dr. William Plummer of Wayne County that he did not think he deserved his spot in the North Carolina Pork Council’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry....

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Misguided: Celebrity follies have their effect on nation’s future

If you are like most people, the name Britney Spears only matters if you have a teenage daughter at home. Without that connection, the antics of the pop princess shouldn’t matter a lick. So, her recent bizarre behavior might have...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

More to uncover? How much political gamesmanship is going on?

When we talk about the need for ethics legislation, some of us act like we are surprised there are games being played for influence and power in government. And we seem to think that the recently uncovered incident is the...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

First tasks first: Facilities primary goal now; policy can come later

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for when you take a stand — and that is exactly what might happen to Commissioner Jack Best after his statements during Monday’s meeting of the Facilities Master Plan Team. Best...

First tasks first: Facilities primary goal now; policy can come later

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for when you take a stand — and that is exactly what might happen to Commissioner Jack Best after his statements during Monday’s meeting of the Facilities Master Plan Team. Best...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Second chance: Organization’s willingness to step up will help victims

The news that the Wayne Uplift Resource Association has decided to take on some of the services previously offered by The Lighthouse of Wayne County is a positive development after months of uncertainty surrounding domestic violence services in the county....

Saturday, February 17, 2007

A young hire: For animal shelter, capability is what matters

Those who are questioning County Manager Lee Smith’s decision to hire a 21-year-old to lead the new animal shelter and to supervise the construction of a new building are not off-base. There is reason to question whether someone of that...

Friday, February 16, 2007

A true next step: Resolution is nothing but more talk without a real purpose

Today, members of the U.S. House of Representatives were expected to vote on a resolution concerning the conduct of the war in Iraq. The gist of the measure, which will head next to the Senate, is that although they cannot...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

It begins at home: Board’s vice chairman is right; we need to start there first

Wayne County Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Thelma Smith does not mince words. And when she talks about what our children need, it is not just dollar amounts and building plans that come to mind first. She knows they need...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Time to go: Former House Speaker Jim Black has made right decision

If the news is correct, the ethics saga with former House Speaker Jim Black is almost over. Published reports say that Black will plead guilty to federal charges this week and resign his post very soon after that. And although...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Read this month: Wayne County Reads events share joy of a good book

It is a simple gift we all forget to take advantage of as we hustle and bustle through our days. Reading is a chance to take a trip to another world, to learn a new skill or just to share...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Political music: Dixie Chicks not only ones who aren’t ready to forgive

Anyone who thinks the awards that the Dixie Chicks took home from the Grammy Awards Monday night were about the quality of their music is sadly mistaken. The Chicks took a plethora of awards home including the coveted Record of...

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Try leading: Too many in Congress prefer to criticize than offer solutions

Over the next few months, you will hear it loud and clear — pretty speeches against partisanship and talk of cooperation and open debate. The subject matter will change. You will hear those sentiments associated with everything from the future...

Friday, February 9, 2007

Celebrity shame: Our obsession with glitz should be examined closely

We treat celebrities like they are deities. We hang on their words — even when they do not really have any expertise in the subject area. We pay big money for news about their personal lives. We lavish them with...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Senseless loss: Abandoned babies seem to be increasing concern in state

It used to be that stories about babies abandoned at public places were oddities. You just did not hear about this sort of incident that often, and most of the time when you did, the news was followed by a...

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

One moment: Loss of a fine man shows how fragile life can be

This is not a place to judge the guilt or innocence of the man who allegedly held the knife that took the life of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Vincent Wright this past weekend. A court will decide whether what...

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Clean sweep: Goldsboro City Council idea on terms is worth considering

It doesn’t seem like very good planning that every couple of years the entire Goldsboro City Council and the city’s chief executive are up for re-election. Although such an arrangement might seem like a relief for those who get a...

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Ready, set, bicker: Nomination race has just begun and so has apologizing

It’s inevitable. As soon as someone announces he or she is running for his or her party’s nomination to be the next president of the United States, there are several events that follow. First, a myriad of people start coming...