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Friday, February 27, 2009

Positive outlook: Sometimes all it takes is to realize what you have

Today, we have published our 2009 Progress edition -- Roads Less Traveled. Our goal was to introduce or re-introduce you to people you might not have realized are doing important work in your community -- and to share some...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Economics 2009: This nation has a much to learn from continuing financial crisis

It is going to be nice when there is something to talk about other than the stimulus bill, how far the market is going to drop and whose fault it is that we are in this predicament in the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Where's the beef? Nation needed a boost, but hold leadership to specifics

It was nice to hear someone optimistic about the future of the United States Tuesday night. It was a stark contrast, really to the news of the day. After another volatile week in the stock market and more businesses...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Talking points: Discipline discussion just one of many we need to have

Discipline. You would think it would be a no-brainer, a subject on which just about every person could agree. Without discipline in our schools, learning cannot possibly take place. But in that statement itself is a clue that perhaps...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Different views: Hollywood still doesn't get that it isn't tolerant either

Another Oscar awards show and another political statement, this time by Sean Penn. But good news, at least the political agenda was not as blatant as it usually is and the comments did not take up a majority of...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Build it, then ... Having the money isn't only concern for future projects

There is a drunken sailor approach that goes along with any discussion of government money. And in many cases, although they are significant in themselves, the costs of constructing the civic center, recreation center or other projects are not...

Friday, February 20, 2009

No quick fix: Market reaction shows this isn't a magic solution

There has not been much good news lately on the economic front -- even after the passage of the more than $750 billion stimulus bill. Even an announcement of a plan to rescue foreclosed homes did not do much...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Priority list: City officials need to put emergency personnel at top

There is going to be plenty of time to talk about the list of wants and needs generated by this week's Goldsboro City Council retreat. But of all the revelations, perhaps the one that needs to be most paid...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Out he should go ... Newest senator needs to be shown the door

There are times when "I'm sorry" is not enough. And the case of newly appointed and already incredibly controversial Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is one of those times when there is no need to waste taxpayer money investigating. It...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On the loose ... Keep a close eye on what comes next from Washington

Today is the day that states everywhere are getting their official OK from the federal government that the more than $700 billion stimulus package was not just a dream. President Barack Obama was expected to sign the long-awaited, and...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stimulus watch: Here we go ... the scramble for money begins

The final decision has been made and the race for the more than $700 billion in federal stimulus money is on. But Washington, D.C., is not the only place where there is going to be lobbying and deal-making. Keep...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bad taste: NAACP president's letter not best way to address 'slight'

It is almost not worth commenting on -- the letter that NAACP local chapter president Sylvia Barnes sent to the city of Goldsboro in connection with what she perceived as a slight by Councilman Chuck Allen during an October city...

Friday, February 13, 2009

More layers? In this case, too many cooks won't put out the fire

State Superintendent of Schools June Atkinson is not the only one who is confused about who is in charge of education in North Carolina. The recent appointment of a CEO for the state board of education suggests that someone...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Speak up: Low-income housing plan needs to be scrutinized

Sometimes items come before a board or a council and they get a look, but not much more than that. The public officials do their job, but without any outcry or input from the public, all they can do...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thanks, volunteers: From rescuers to vets and groomers, many saved dogs

It takes a whole lot of volunteers to accomplish an operation like last Friday's rescue of more than 300 dogs from a local alleged puppy mill. In addition to the expense the county undertook with regard to personnel and...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jettison all: Sorry Mr. President, but all of the policies did not work

OK, we listened, and President Barack Obama made it clear he feels his election to the office of president of the United States carries with it some clout. He did not mince words in his statements Monday night --...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Unprotected: Someone has to watch out for animals, punish neglect

Their faces were dirty and many of them shivered in fear as they were picked up and removed from the less-than-desirable conditions in which they were living. In some cases, their conditions reflected years of relentless breeding, but little...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tax check: Before another nominee picked, open up his or her IRS files

Another day, another tax problem. Today, it is the nominee for the position of labor secretary. Hilda Solis' husband's business's more than $7,600 tax debt was miraculously paid just recently. That's right -- the nominee for the position dealing...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vote count: President pulls trump card -- but did we pick spending?

When confronted by questions from Republican leaders about his proposed $819 billion stimulus package and its focus on spending and not tax cuts, President Barack Obama reminded those present that he "was the one who was elected." The implication...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Reason for rules: Not everyone weighs consequences of decisions

Want to know the reason some people are so concerned about all the exceptions and bending of the rules that seem to be occurring when freedom intersects with family planning? All you have to do is look at the...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

'Me, too': Daschle and others offer tips for those who have tax issues

After this latest round of nominees who seem to not understand the tax code, the answer for the nation's budget problems seems to be pretty clear.Eliminate half of the investigators who work for the Internal Revenue Service.According to the model...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Get the money: School district, county making right move to get lottery funds

If we don't need it, we shouldn't waste it, but we do, so it is time to ask for it. The fact that Wayne County's school officials have decided to start drawing down on the state lottery funds is...