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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tickets to history - November choices attest to nation's greatness

Forget about whether you are for or against Sen. Barack Obama — not forever, just for a minute. Think instead about what this historic nomination says about the United States and its people — and what it really should...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Residents speak: Annexation opponents should get their say in legislature

Whether you are for or against involuntary annexation -- and whether or not you think courts should spend any more time deliberating on it -- the right answer for those who think that there is still an issue here is...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A new attitude: Sometimes looks do matter

Southern Wayne High School's new principal isn't taking any chances that his students will not want to come back to the classroom. Dr. John Boldt, with the help of his staff, decided that how his school looked was at least...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Surprised? Downtown survey shows it takes more than 'looks'

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation seemed surprised to learn that Goldsboro residents weren't taking advantage of the offerings of downtown Goldsboro. And they were even more taken aback by the fact that many of those surveyed said the reason they...

Monday, August 25, 2008

One-stop worry: Instant registration does not make educated voters

It is one of the hallmarks of the U.S.'s democratic system -- everyone who is not a felon or who is of age, can cast a ballot in any election. Well, there are some limits. You have to live in...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pure gold: Stories of inspiration, grace abound from U.S. Olympians

After two weeks of pageantry and a little more than the average controversy, the Olympic Games in Beijing are almost over -- and the world is anticipating as glorious a closing as it witnessed when the Games opened. And for...

Friday, August 22, 2008

It's time to worry: Duplin officials should not be in charge of public education

Does it worry anyone else that some of the attorneys in the Duplin County school funding lawsuit don't seem to know the difference between opening statements and arguments? If you are a taxpayer in Duplin County, it sure ought to...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New school year: Let's hope open house attendance reflects interest

Several local high schools reported more parents than ever came out to meet their children's teachers and to see just what they will be doing when school opens next week. And rather than being something to complain about, school officials...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tough enough? That is a legitimate question in presidential race

OK, maybe the Paris Hilton reference was a little much, but the fact that Sen. John McCain is continuing to raise questions about his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama's fitness to command is not so far off the mark. And neither...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Winning clean: After doping shroud, those who win, honestly, more valued

The United States might not win as many medals as it has in the past, but it is going to take a couple of years before the stench that has surrounded doping and U.S. track and field goes away. So...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Boat veto? Surely there are better ways to take a stand

It is almost laughable that the big announcement this weekend is that Gov. Mike Easley is taking a stand and using a rare veto against ... boat towing. Does that not seem a little more than ridiculous in a state...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Why care about Georgia: Russian aggression could be sign of things to come

Want to know why you should care what Georgia does and how Russia responds to it? There is an obvious reason, of course. Brutal put-downs of Democratic-leaning nations' attempts to assert their rights to self-government are never a good sign...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Be an advocate - Students need facilitiesthat inspire excellence

Bill and Melinda Gates and their Gates Foundation are on a mission — to improve schools for children across America. And now after airing a show documenting conditions in schools across the country — and discussing educational offerings at...

Friday, August 8, 2008

No smoking: Schools made right choice putting end to tobacco use

It has always seemed to be an oddity that there should be anywhere in a health or education setting where smoking is permitted -- it just seems counterproductive. And while smoking is indeed -- a choice -- the fact that...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

On active watch: Alert neighborhoods can stop crime from taking root

National Night Out was not just a chance for the law enforcement communities in Goldsboro, Mount Olive and Fremont to introduce themselves. The events, which are part of a national campaign, were designed to make communities even more conscious of...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

United we stand: Same spirit will take care of Wayne County's own

This message is for all those out there who are part of the community effort that raises more than $700,000 for cancer research as part of the Wayne County Relay for Life team. What makes your efforts special is that...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pitfalls of progress: China's new, growing power could impact world

There is a reason to watch China -- and not just for the Olympic Games that are slated to begin this Friday. This burgeoning industrial power is one of the reasons you are paying too much for gasoline -- and...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A humane step: New shelter can inspire more strides on animals' behalf

In a little more than two weeks, the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center will open its doors to the community. There will be a new entry way and a line of new cages. There will be an attractive...

Friday, August 1, 2008

A rock star? McCain ad sends a message: Be wary of personalities

Critics of the recent campaign ad by John McCain about the fame vs. substance of Barack Obama are missing the most important point of what really was a clumsy attempt at message-sending. The pictures of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears...