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Monday, April 30, 2007

No more stalling: Next step on school facilities now up to the commissioners

The numbers are in and the plan is in place. Now, all it will take is a little cooperation, realism and a determination that — this time — they are going to get the job done. No, this is not...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A needed talk: Confronting gang issue requires candor and alternatives

This weekend, experts from around the region were expected to meet to address a subject few people really want to talk much about. Community Empowering Youth — Gang Intervention is a summit of sorts on gangs and their influence in...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Gas price woes: There seems to be a certain futility in protesting costs

Another day and another 10 cents, 5 cents or a penny, it doesn’t matter, keeping track of how much money to budget to operate a motor vehicle these days is a little like throwing a dart. Every one has his...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Posture or ideals? Does pullout date debate really mean anything?

Taking a stand seems to be a popular choice these days — especially when it comes to the war in Iraq. One side is refusing to approve a budget to manage the expenses of continuing the war as planned without...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Scouting hero: Distinguished Citizen Award winner has left his mark

To hear his friends talk about Mike Pate, the most recent winner of the Wayne County Distinguished Citizen Award, you would think he was just a regular guy. And that’s the point, according to those who attended the Torhunta District...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Quieting Harry: Senate majority leader needs some help with right, wrong

There is something to be said for those who know when to talk and when to be quiet. Unfortunately, it seems that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was absent the day that lesson was taught in Congress. And it...

Monday, April 23, 2007

What now? Virginia Tech is back to class; what should next step be?

There will be lots of people with lots of ideas about what could have been done to prevent the massacre last week at Virginia Tech. And, like always, there will be some who will call for extreme responses to this...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Decision time: Schools need commissioners to take a stand on facilities

OK, let’s get this straight. The Wayne County Board of Commissioners in general — and commissioner Jack Best in particular — are worried about getting budget numbers from Wayne County school officials in time to start work on next year’s...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Clean it up now: Trash by the roadsides, messy yards, rundown areas no draw

April seems to be the month when a homeowner’s thoughts turn to making his or her home and grounds more beautiful. At least in some cases. Now, some local towns are doing the same — as many of them announce...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Video debate: Some say network should not have aired manifesto

It could not have been an easy decision to air the words of a killer, especially with so many around the country still recovering from Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech. So, when NBC News released the video sent to the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Nation stunned: Senselessness of act, macabre behavior of shooter strike cord

Thinking about Monday’s tragedy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg can be surreal at times — like nothing really happened that day. It must be how we are dealing with the sympathy we feel for the 30-some families who lost their...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tragedy at Tech: Gunman’s choice has left many wondering ‘why’

It is hard not to be affected by the sadness, despair and worry that is flooding the Virginia Tech campus today. For some parents, it is the gut-wrenching feeling of having lost a child in a senseless act of violence....

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Arts are vital: Keep the enthusiam going beyond theater rebuilding

It isn’t as easy as it looks to rebuild an icon. So, it is not surprising that Goldsboro businessman David Weil has had a few bumps along the way in his quest to rebuild the Paramount Theater. That’s what happens...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Next on list: Rap — Al Sharpton has pledged to fight all sorts of slurs

It is not easy to defend what newly fired shock jock Don Imus did last week. After all, his comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team were terrible — no matter what context you cast them in. Whether or...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hispanic future: Dealing with multi-cultural future key for area counties

Immigration — illegal or otherwise — is a topic North Carolina residents are starting to talk about more often. And for some counties, like Duplin and — to a lesser extent — Wayne, the topic is becoming one that is...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fuss about Imus: Shock jock’s faux pas sparks debate about race, speech

Don Imus shouldn’t have said what he did about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. His reference to them on his radio show was sexist, racist and offensive. The question is: Should that one statement be enough to end his...

Monday, April 9, 2007

Power tug of war: Storm is brewing over Iraq and who really is in control

On Saturday, President George W. Bush sent the message to Congress in general and Democrats in specific that the run-around over the military spending bill had to stop. Those who are insisting on a specific exit date for troops from...

Saturday, April 7, 2007

It’s a mind-set: Students don’t succeed without desire to achieve

New House Speaker Rep. Joe Hackney is worried about how many students are graduating from the state’s high schools — and he doesn’t think North Carolina is doing enough to keep those numbers up. So, he stood up this past...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Community spirit: Once again, when Wayne County needs to step up ... it does

There have been more than a few demands on Wayne County residents during the past 12 months. From the United Way to support for neighbors in need, this community has stepped up to the plate every time it has been...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Follow the rules: Commissioners were correct in pointing out point of order

It doesn’t seem like that big a deal — allowing a couple of citizens to have some extra time to speak to the Wayne County Commission in advance of a vote that affects their property. So, it might seem petty...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Pelosi takeover: New Speaker of the House should stick to her own job

So, let’s get this straight: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is now the new emissary of good will from the United States to Syria. On the surface, that seems innocuous enough — a high-ranking member of the U.S. House...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Send a message: Dilapidated housing and other eyesores no help for city

Two more houses have been added to the list of structures that city of Goldsboro officials say no longer need to be part of the city’s streetscape. And this time, they are not giving anybody any more time to get...