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Friday, January 30, 2009

Vote watch: Promises for some will be made to be broken

This is definitely the year to keep an eye on who votes for and against what and how they explain away their deviation from the lofty ideals they spouted to get elected. And it looks like the first winner of...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Act in haste ... Economic stimulus package must get the job done

We all want the announcements of job cuts to stop and for there to be a whole different feel to the economic news that has been depressing everyone for the past few months. So, it would be easy to...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not just pirates: Wayne County Reads effort about more than fun

A swashbuckling tale about pirates and a play called "Hot Grog" -- how could that be anything except a chance for Wayne County residents to enjoy themselves. And the 2009 Wayne County Reads effort is that -- a chance...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More than a coach: Kay Yow's lesson is that nothing can beat courage

There are some who will see 66-year-old Kay Yow's death to cancer this weekend as a sad ending to a wonderful role model's life.They will see an end to a valiant fight to beat a disease that claims so many...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hope vs. reality: Changes to the way U.S. handles terror suspects scary

It should come as no surprise to anyone that President Barack Obama has issued an executive order to close the detention center for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He promised to do so on his campaign swing across...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thanks Gen. Corley: Here's a chance to acknowledge hard work

The higher you go in any organization, the less often you hear positive comments. It is part of the price you pay for taking on a position of leadership. But today, Wayne County and the Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Real hope: Two stories -- and a clue about the future

Two people made the front page of The Goldsboro News-Argus today. One, a 16-year-old who is already facing a long list of serious offenses who has just added an assault on an officer charge to his resume. And the...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Still dreaming: There is still more work to be done to fulfill potential

There are some who might say that the election of a black president means the world Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned has finally come to pass. And in some sense, this nation has made enormous strides toward racial...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Farewell address: President George W. Bush kept this nation safe

There is something about a campaign and a crisis that makes people look for a whipping boy -- somewhere to place blame for what, in the final analysis, might have been the fault of many. The reason President George...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sad ignorance: Graffiti isn't easy to see or talk about, but we must

Something happened in downtown Goldsboro overnight Wednesday that cannot be ignored. The words that were scrawled across the side of one of the brick buildings were so offensive that they cannot be pictured in a family newspaper, let alone repeated...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Costs are in: City can't take chance on Recreation Center now

Right now, it seems like a lot of money. The figures that are back on the Recreation Center suggest that perhaps now might not be the best time to be taking on a project that will need any amount of...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Servant leader: Cornerstone honoree lives principles he learned at home

When you are looking through the newspaper for names and faces of movers and shakers, it isn't often that you see Mt. Olive Pickle President Bill Bryan. In fact, there are many people who say he would much prefer...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Your vote ... lost? Commissioners association wants ultimate veto power

It might have slipped by you -- especially if you are trying to focus your attention on the public checkbook and who is next at the bailout trough. These days, that is a full-time job. In fact, there are...

Monday, January 12, 2009

More, more, more: Auto execs are already hinting at next round of money

It should not really be that surprising. One of the auto company executives -- GM's chief operating officer Fritz Henderson -- is already saying his company might need more money if it is going to weather the country's economic...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Animal neglect: There are many who just don't get animal care is responsibility

We can't talk about the latest installments of animal cruelty here because they have not yet been adjudicated -- and therefore the alleged perpetrators are innocent until proven guilty. But even after hundreds of hours of education for decades,...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

After the ball: Gov.-elect Perdue promised ... and we will be watching

In a little more than 36 hours, Gov.-elect Bev Perdue will become Gov. Perdue -- the first woman to serve in that post in North Carolina. But that's not why we should make note of the date -- although...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Retreads abound: Historic candidates have many all-too-familiar names

Don't let the fact that the almost-in-office governor for the state of North Carolina has appointed a bunch of Gov. Mike Easley administration holdovers to her Cabinet worry you too much.Well, worry a little bit about the fact that the...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Waiting is best: City officials right to take their time on Rec Center plan

It probably wasn't really that tough a decision in retrospect. After all, many city residents are nervous about the economy and the future of their jobs and mortgages. The last thing they want to hear now is that they...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ethics 101, again: Senate is about to open -- perhaps lesson is needed

In all fairness to President-elect Barack Obama, finding out less than desirable information about one of your Cabinet nominees is not exactly something new. There have been plenty of others on both sides of the aisle who have had...

Friday, January 2, 2009

On our toes ... County officials need to keep eye on state leaders, budget

Let's face it, there aren't too many people who are clamoring to have the job of the new governor in the state of North Carolina. Faced with a budget deficit and a long list of plans for money that...