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Friday, November 30, 2007

Why buy milk ... If they get it anyway, why should immigrants do it right?

There are a myriad of arguments about why requiring community colleges in North Carolina to admit illegal immigrants is a good idea. Most of them center on compassion and self-interest. Allowing them to get an advanced education and more skills...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Are you listening? Is the nation ready for more presidential primary banter?

There is still more than a month left before the real battle for presidential primary supremacy begins, although there are a couple of skirmishes already brewing. But the question really is — is anyone listening anymore to the rhetoric, the...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family influence: What makes a criminal? Sometimes family matters.

What makes a 30-year-old man decide that his goal for his life is to become an armed robber who shoots five innocent people? There might be many factors that have influenced Samuel James Cooper — and some might simply have...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Protection for all: Young man’s death a reason to think about immigration

It is not a direct connection — the shooting death of Ernesto Delgado and the problem of illegal immigration. Police just don’t know yet who pulled the trigger that left the 22-year-old slumped in his car, dead, on the eve...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Firsthand: Goldsboro resident witnesses a building block of freedom

You see the reports all the time in the national media: Everything is in shambles in Iraq. From communities that are rebelling against the American “invaders” to restless troops who are unnerved by the conduct and progress of the war,...

Friday, November 23, 2007

True meanings: Shopping frenzy shouldn’t obscure Christmas’s true spirit

It is inevitable really. When the Christmas shopping season starts off with long lines and shoppers racing to capture one of a limited supply of bargains, few people are thinking about the spirit behind Christmas. They are all about the...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

An abundance: Reasons to give thanks can be found all around us

Thanksgiving Day is full of family, turkey and, for some, football. It is a day when we take time off from work to remember what — and who — is important to us. And with all the hustle and bustle...

Full jails a sign: Obviously something isn’t working in corrections

You hear a story a day that reads something like this: “(Insert name of city here) is considering what to do about a jail that is overflowing.” The concern occurs in large and small communities and in rural and metropolitan...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Slow down: Tickets will be flowing this holiday travel season

The message is the same every year. Slow down and take your time if you are traveling this holiday season. After all, state troopers will be watching you. The same is true for holiday revelers, who are being advised to...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Giving season: Local food pantry, charities need help all year long

The Community Soup Kitchen is doing pretty well this Thanksgiving. The turkeys are in and the rest of the accompaniments for the holiday meal are coming in as well. So, it is looking like it will be a complete holiday...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Real respect: Fame doesn’t necessarily justify a pedestal

You have heard the admonition not to “worship false idols,” right? Well, if there ever was a week of news to support that advice, it was this past one. During those seven days, this nation watched the beginning of the...

Friday, November 16, 2007

A plan? Any plan? Isn’t anyone willing to really address illegal immigrants?

As predicted, no one wants to touch immigration in this year’s presidential campaign. Sure, they dance around it, stand firm as they say nothing, but when it comes down to proposing a policy, any policy, this year’s slate of presidential...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stop by for pizza: First step in The Final Lap campaign is tonight

Tonight it is pizza. Tomorrow it is a chance to improve more lives in your community. The first step in the United Way’s “Final Lap” is tonight at the Pizza Inn on U.S. 70. Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor and members...

Stop by for pizza: First step in The Final Lap campaign is tonight

Tonight it is pizza. Tomorrow it is a chance to improve more lives in your community. The first step in the United Way’s “Final Lap” is tonight at the Pizza Inn on U.S. 70. Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor and members...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Words and dreams: Goldsboro High embarks on a quest to excel

Everybody loves a challenge. And Goldsboro High School students are facing the opportunity to show the rest of the county that they are ready to accept another one — and win it. Teachers at the school are challenging the student...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Do their part: Candidates aren’t the only ones who need to step up

There is a commercial running on television just in time for the presidential primaries that features several sweet-faced children who are asking those running for elected office to step up and stand for something. Their message? Don’t promise you are...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Required listening: Conference for offenders might help — somewhat

The idea is intriguing. Instead of filling Wayne County’s jails and community service rolls with offenders involved with lesser offenses in the drug trade, perhaps trying to help them change their lives might be a better course. At least, that...

Friday, November 9, 2007

War on terrorists: Techniques to get information shouldn’t be pleasant

Americans don’t like to be bullies. Not really. It is just not in our nature to oppress anyone when there is any other way to help or to get our point across. This nation is supposed to be above all...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Turnout dismal: Apathy of voters not good sign for deciding big issues

How many Goldsboro voters does it take to decide who will be the next mayor? About 13 percent. Sounds like one of those bad jokes, doesn’t it? But that is exactly what happened Tuesday when residents were asked to pick...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Writers’ strike? It is hard to be too upset about this picket line

It might not be fair, but for some reason a picket line in Hollywood with the likes of NBC sitcom star Tina Fey carrying a sign just does not make your heart throb with sympathy. The reason? The Hollywood writers...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Forward thinking: City needs progress to thrive

There are some people who think that the city of Goldsboro is doing too much — that there simply isn’t a need for more development, at least not at this pace. That view, while fiscally conservative, is not all that...

Monday, November 5, 2007

It matters: Vote. No matter where you live, Tuesday will decide your future.

Municipal elections are notoriously underrepresented in the voter category. Turnouts are generally embarrassing to say the least. Maybe the reason is that so many people think their votes don’t matter anyway — and that they should be saved for bigger...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

We all touch lives: United Way’s stories reflect a community that cares

Their stories are heart-warming. Many of the people who have been served by the United Way could tell you about their lives and leave you with tears in your eyes. They have overcome obstacles of all sorts — from health...

Friday, November 2, 2007

A role model: Eddie Russell is the speaker Wayne County schools need

He doesn’t think of himself as a hero just because he goes to work every day, refusing to take too many days off or worker’s compensation when he was injured and could rightfully have done so. In fact, Eddie Russell...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Buy American: Here’s solution to toy scare

It really is not all that hard a problem to solve. It’s the old adage — you get what you pay for. Since it is becoming increasingly clear that products that are manufactured cheaply in China come to the U.S....

Edwards’ oops: Campaign made mistake by attacking student’s story

Sometimes it is really hard to figure out if those directing the campaigns of some of the men and women running for office are really in tune at all with the people they are trying to convince to vote for...