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Saturday, November 29, 2008

A wave of care: To reach crest of year's goal, community needs you

The photos have been fun to look at -- and there are even a couple more surprise wave riders coming in the next day or two -- but the United Way's Ride the Wave is about more than silly...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Rude awakening: Governor startled into making impulsive economic demand

Could whoever woke Gov. Mike Easley up please put him back to sleep? After what has seemed like a full term of forgetting that he was the governor, this lame duck has decided to flap his wings. And in...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful, really: We might argue, disagree and get mad, but we are Americans

Today is a holiday that is uniquely our own. We celebrate the day when pilgrims from across the sea -- and a few ne'er-do-wells as well -- found the shores of a new country, a new place for a...

Smart voters: Next push should be for people who know issues

Now that the historic numbers are in and the votes have almost completely been certified, it is time to talk turkey -- about those who have and will cast their votes in present and future presidential elections. Record turnouts...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cutting back ... Perhaps idea of looking harder at spending not so bad

Over the past few months, many Americans have had to think a little bit more about what they spend and what they earn. They have been forced to worry more about credit ratings and home loans -- and they...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Chamber's gifts: Mini grants show partnership between businesses, schools

Funding schools these days is not easy. So, it is not surprising that sometimes there simply is no money for extras -- and just barely enough for the basics. So when a community organization comes along and offers to...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cut real waste: Governor wants money back from schools ... really?

It seems hard to believe that North Carolina is in such bad shape that its leadership team has to ask schools to dig deep and return some of the state funds allotted to them this year. That said, if...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the loose: Law enforcement officers speak out on illegals

They have been telling us for years -- there is a significant problem with crime and illegal immigration. Law enforcement officers from around the country have been saying over and over that there is a reason to be concerned...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bipartisan leaning: Let's hope exchange of ideas is not just for show

After a long year of campaigning, President-elect Barack Obama and his former Republican rival Sen. John McCain spent some time together Monday. The 40-minute meeting was designed to forge a new partnership between the former adversaries as this country...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Conserve ... still: Now is not the time to forget lessons learned

When gas prices go down, it is easy to think everything is OK and it is time to rev up the engines and hit the roads. And while it is difficult to see the steep drop in gas prices...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Courage to care: United Way campaign entering home stretch

It's crunch time.The United Way of Wayne County is only a couple of weeks away from the end of its 2008 campaign.The goal was to raise enough money to affect the lives of more than 28,000 Wayne County residents who...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Leadership test: President's team shouid reflect campaign promise

President-elect Barack Obama is busy looking over candidates and trying to decide who is going to join him as he sets up shop this coming January. There are a lot of names being bandied about -- some of which...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ethics 101 -- Listen up: It is not just wrong if you get caught

Does it ever frustrate you just how much time some politicians spend trying to get around the rules -- and then act like the public is wrong for questioning what they do? If so, you don't want to follow...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Higher standard: Too many chances spoil the child ... and the country

What happens when someone makes an irresponsible decision and he or she is bailed out without personal consequence? How effective is a warning that you need to concentrate and succeed in school if a student knows there is no...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank you: Heroes don't always have medals, hear bands playing

Every year, we take a day in November to remember our heroes. We celebrate not only the men and women who are currently serving in our armed forces, but those who have served in battles past. We remember those...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Governing N.C.: Perdue will need to recognize what her win really means

This message is for our new Governor-elect Bev Perdue. We know you know that it was not the big city voters who pushed you over the top in the governor's race -- and that the votes that were cast...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Votes counted: Turnout was good, but vote needs to be fair, reasoned

More than 70 percent of Wayne County's registered voters made sure they cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election. And that number is extraordinary -- especially when you look at the numbers generated in other areas of the...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday: Marine Corps marks 233 years of keeping nation free

They are too tough to show it, but there are thousands of active duty and retired Marines today who will be walking around with their chests puffed out -- just a bit. After all, this is their branch of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Americans, first: Election is finished. Now we unite.

It has been a very long campaign to choose the next president of the United States. And now, it is over. Americans have spoken -- and they have decided to give Sen. Barack Obama the chance to lead them...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

An urge to serve: Anyone who cares enough to try deserves your respect

Monday night, members of the Wayne County Board of Education said goodbye to longtime member and school advocate Pete Gurley. After decades of service to the schools, Gurley decided not to run for another term as an at-large member...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Moving forward: County, schools seem to have put progress first

The economy might be a little shaky, and they might not know exactly how they are going to do it, but the Wayne County commissioners and the county's school board are moving forward with plans to attack a lingering...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Understanding us: Reform is tempting, but this area needs representation

It won’t be easy tapping a Democrat to take over as governor. There are so many reasons to go the other way — failed mental health reform, crumbling highways (two and counting) as well as numerous examples of members...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's still McCain: Bad campaign aside, there is still one clear choice to lead

Barack Obama is the Hollywood idea of what a president should be -- smiling, debonair, personable, affable, a baby-kissing, speech-making media darling.He dodges, weaves, gives answers -- not the whole answer, but just enough -- and expects the issue to...