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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Applies to two: Judge’s comments should be noted by all involved

You can bet your bottom dollar that representatives from the Wayne County Commission and the Board of Education probably left the presentation by Judge Howard Manning Tuesday at the Goldsboro Rotary Club certain that he was speaking to the other...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Where privacy ends: MySpace controversy telling reminder of dangers

There are many great features of the Internet. It connects people from around the world and allows them to communicate, unfettered, with one another. And you can meet just about anyone who shares the same interest you do — whether...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More debate? New immigration bill squabbles don’t bode well

Those who have pointed out that the proposed new immigration bill is less than perfect are absolutely right. And those who also predicted that the bill would eventually stall in the U.S. Senate because of the myriad of opinions on...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Their gift to us: For generations, heroes have protected freedom

There are thousands of them — men and women who gave their lives in support of freedom for families here and abroad. Their service spans generations. There are the men who died in World War I and World War II,...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Now and later: Local budgets should meld longterm goals, fiscal prudence

Setting up a budget is a difficult business. There are expenses to manage and interests to consider — not to mention taxes. So, it is not surprising that creating spending plans for the city and county would take some time....

Friday, May 25, 2007

The mission: Fighting in Iraq sets stage for future of freedom

This week, two parents learned that their worst fears were confirmed — the body of a soldier floating in a river in Iraq was their son. The young man died during an ambush. No one knows for sure how he...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Buckle up: Officers’ new campaign not only reason to use seat belts

The evidence is everywhere. Seat belts save lives. In fact, if you look hard enough, you probably have a story in your own family of someone who survived a crash because he or she took the time to buckle up....

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Breakthrough: Finally, a meeting that sends message of hope for future

At long last, leadership. Tuesday’s meeting between the Wayne County Commission and the Wayne County Board of Education was a milestone of sorts — and an indication that someone is, indeed, thinking about the county’s children first. After months of...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Follow the leaders: Youth programs offer more than just resume additions

Monday night, the high school seniors on the Mayor’s Youth Council received their city leaders’ thanks for a job well-done and congratulations on their own achievements as soon-to-be high school graduates. The students — all volunteers — were part of...

Monday, May 21, 2007

A proud moment: Relay for Life showed this county united to fight cancer

Cancer just doesn’t touch one family or person. When a diagnosis is made, many will cry, worry and hope. Friends and family will celebrate those who survive and mourn those who are lost. And all will hope that, someday, there...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Being here: Citizenship ought to mean something

After months of doing nothing but talking, the nation’s lawmakers have finally decided to get off dead-center on the issue of immigration — specifically what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants who are currently in the U.S. And...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Budget worries: Keep your fingers crossed; ‘no new taxes’ not really likely

Is anyone else getting a little bit nervous about just exactly what the final version of the Wayne County budget is going to look like this year? And even if that is not making you wince, take a minute to...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Who’s next? Keeping track of misdeeds is becoming a full-time job

Things are getting a little scary up at the North Carolina Statehouse in Raleigh. And there might be more than a few empty seats if the newly strengthened ethics reforms get too much more attention. The latest potential violator is...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Here we go again: Enough finger-pointing. Enough stalling. Get job done.

For those of you who are wondering, it is true, politicians will do anything to take the heat off themselves when it comes to making tough decisions. That is evidenced as — once again, not for the first, second, third...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Keep light on: Open records allow public to keep eyes on politicians:

If you ever wondered if there is a need to keep public records open to the media and anyone else who wants to take a gander, the past couple of years in North Carolina’s political history ought to convince you....

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Proud: Air show should remind us of what airmen contribute

If you have ever stood on a flight line or watched a Strike Eagle bank around McCall’s Restaurant as it heads for home, you know the thrill that comes with being Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s hometown. And if you...

Friday, May 11, 2007

It’s not love: Tolerating abuse has tragic consequences

Thursday afternoon, a Bunn high school student lost her life outside her home. The accused killer is her estranged boyfriend. The 17-year-old was shot as she made her way to her house after school. If you are a citizen of...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cut the pork first: Legislators need to pare down budget before it gets vote

A N.C. House of Representatives committee charged with taking a preliminary look at the budget has sent back a version missing one rather unnecessary portion — lawmaker pork. The members of the committee asked that pet projects be removed from...

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Jailhouse blues: Heiress’s legal troubles say much about ‘celebrity’

It seems like a waste of time to talk about anything that has to do with Paris Hilton anywhere except the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” page. But this latest bit of arrogance and stupidity seems destined for the celebrity...

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Border debate: Immigration remains very important issue for election

Another year and another round of immigration protests. The faces might be different, but for those gathering around the country this past week, the message remains the same — safe harbor for illegals and a new, more defined immigration policy...

Monday, May 7, 2007

Driving with care: Wayne County teens can learn lessons from crashes

It can happen in an instant — a teenager who is celebrating his or her prom or graduation one minute and in another moment, is lying in a hospital, or worse. This weekend’s story of yet another high school student...

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Rumors and fear: Prompt, clear information needed in campus incidents

OK, let’s try again. Maybe this time, someone will get the message at the Wayne County Public Schools central office. We understand why you do not want to release a lot of information when an incident occurs on one of...

Friday, May 4, 2007

‘Is this on?’: Proposed cuts to programs suggest no one is listening

Ever come up to a microphone, tap it and wonder if anyone out there can hear you? Well, that is just what seems to be happening whenever someone tells the powers that be in Raleigh that they need to turn...

Thursday, May 3, 2007

First steps: Ministers sound call to others — help fix what’s wrong in city

A group of black ministers in Wayne County gathered this week to challenge their community to do more than talk about fixing the violence and other ills that are plaguing this city. The pastors — along with representatives from the...

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Remembering: This region can be among those that honored those who gave all

Carlton Reiner has a dream. When the mobile, half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, D.C., arrives in Warsaw, he wants to be among the small number of communities that have honored all of those who gave...

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Treasured history: Cemetery cleanup honors past and future

When you hear the story of Evelyn Shepard and Yvonne Stanley, you might wonder how many more places like the former Lightner Cemetery are waiting — forgotten — in Wayne County. The two women have made it their mission to...