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Monday, March 31, 2008

Cinderella story: Davidson fell just short, but team is an example of ‘heart’

Stories like Davidson College’s battle against Midwest powerhouse Kansas are not just fun sports reads. They are metaphors of sorts for every underdog out there who is not listening to those who are saying they just don’t have a chance...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tax dilemma: Households are squeezed, but the future cannot be ignored

There is a fine line when it comes to deciding when another new tax is just too much. For some, there can be no legitimate reason to add to an already crowded roster of costs for Wayne County residents. There...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Carolina battle: Don’t look now, but there’s another Democratic scuffle

There is more than one “he said, she said” game going on in the Democratic party — and this one is very close to home. The race for the Democratic nomination for governor has pitted Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Make your case: Now is an ideal time to be part of political dialogue

One of the best things about any presidential election — or local or state contest, for that matter — is that it gets people talking — people who might otherwise not take the time to register an opinion one way...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One of us, really? Candidates say they understand, but do they?

During a recent campaign stop, Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, spent a few minutes talking to those who had gathered to express their support for her husband’s candidacy for the presidency. She spoke of how tough it was to raise a...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Anniversary talk: War in Iraq’s milestone should bring positive thoughts, too

A little less than a week ago, Americans marked a milestone — five years since the beginning of the war in Iraq. And as expected, the anniversary brought with it the usual chorus of criticism from those who still see...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Miracle watch: In technologically advancing society, faith still powerful

There has been more than one consequence of the continued development of science and technology in today’s world. As we become more and more enthralled with the latest scientific discovery and how much faster a computer can be than we...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pulpit and pew: Obama explained Wright, but not delayed reaction

Before you begin any substantive discussion of Barack Obama’s pastor and his controversial sermons, you need to understand why so many are so bothered by not only what the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. said, but also by the fact that...

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Wright vote: It might not be over yet, but action was correct

You never know what legislators will do when faced with the task of disciplining one of their own. So, it came as a welcome surprise Thursday that the N.C. Legislature voted by so overwhelming a margin to expel embattled state...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tough stance: Want to really impact crime? Let criminals know.

It must be frustrating being a law enforcement officer these days. You see the same faces, same offenses and face the same dangers. You close down one drug dealer and another pops up around the corner. You trust the justice...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

OK, you have it: Commission has school budget, by the rules

Wayne County’s school officials have lived up to their end of the bargain. Tuesday, they released a preliminary budget for the coming year that includes details, needs assessments and logical and thoughtful spending on facilities improvements. It also takes into...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Valor recognized: Disabled American Veterans chapter needs county’s help

Sometimes after a soldier has done his duty and has laid his uniform carefully away, his nation forgets. It is not that his valor is not appreciated — or that no one remembers the battles. It is just that without...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Best show around: Democrats wage sordid battle, but it’s hard not to watch

Forget Eliot Spitzer’s extra-curricular activities — and anyone else who might have had enough money to hire a $4,000 call girl. And give poor Britney Spears a break for a week without yet another rumor about pregnancy, boyfriends or crazy...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Skittles caper: Priorities are off often when some come up with the rules

There is nothing wrong with setting rules. Children need them and schools have to have them to function. But there is also such a thing as common sense. And that seems to be something that is continuing to be in...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

17 ... and lost: Shocking really, that Carson’s killer was likely a teenager

Eve Carson could have been anyone’s child — alone on a college campus, walking on a local street, going about her business oblivious to the world around her. The young woman who had a gun pointed to her head could...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dirty politics: More sad news from the political arena

Obviously there is a problem when it comes to more and more of the men who are working in the halls of Congress and in public positions around the country. They simply do not have enough to do. The recent...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Unsung heroes: 4th Security Forces Squadron carries itself with honor

The true sign of a hero is someone whose last thought is that he or she is one. The men and women of the 4th Security Forces Squadron epitomize that definition. Named one of the top squadrons of its size...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The whole ballot: Sales tax proposal is itself sufficient reason to vote

In case you did not notice it on the bottom after all the names of all the people who are seeking to represent you in state and local offices this year, there was another little item that will be on...

Friday, March 7, 2008

A young life lost: One of many sad stories of victims of crimes

The reason to feel sad about the death of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Marie Carson is not just that so promising a young life was ended much too soon. It also is not that she was...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Deja vu vote: Will popular vote or the delegates decide nominee?

And now, there’s a horse race to the finish. After Tuesday’s primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, there is reason to be thinking about a whole lot of what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to the...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Stand-up ‘guys’: Being a politician doesn’t mean never having to say ‘I’m sorry’

Wouldn’t it be nice, just once, for a North Carolina politician — or any politician for that matter — to pull him or herself up, stand tall and look the public square in the eye and say: “Gee, I’m sorry....

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sample questions: Candidates should know they're applying for a tough job

At long last, and boy has it seemed like an eternity, the filing period for the November general election is over. And in the end, it looks there will need to be two ballots to hold all the names of...