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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Proud, again: County shows spirit, compassion in 2009 Relay for Life effort

More than half a million dollars and counting.This weekend's Relay for Life effort might not have set any records, yet, but because of Wayne County citizens' compassion and generosity, more money will head to the American Cancer Society's research effort...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tonya's message: Perseverance and determination win battles against cancer

There will plenty of time to talk about the great joy and stories that go along with tonight's Relay for Life events. But as the weekend begins, now is the time to pass on the message sent by Tonya...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Threat of cuts: Education budget cuts reason to be concerned about N.C. future

They claim they aren't fooling around -- and given the ever-changing North Carolina budget shortfall, which is topping $4.6 billion this week, they probably have reason. House leaders are making some pretty tough predictions about what is going to...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Own merits: 'Quota' picks are actually a form of discrimination

OK, here is something that you are going to read or hear in very few places. And you certainly won't hear very many people taking on the topic in Washington, either. There has been much talk about President Barack...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Diplomacy? Rogue nations aren't interested in compromise -- just victory

It should surprise no one that North Korea seems to be paying no attention to warnings that its nuclear weapons testing is not acceptable to the world in general -- and its neighbors in specific. In fact, anyone who...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Change, revealed: Protecting the principles on which we stand takes work

Change has a nice ring to it. It implies that the next step -- the one that is detailed after the call to arms -- will be a necessary evil on the road to building something better, more efficient....

Friday, May 22, 2009

See her justify: Mary Easley's contract just more political payback for family

Want incontrovertible proof that former Gov. Mike Easley's wife, Mary, needs to resign her post at North Carolina State University and seek another job? Here it is: She actually had the temerity to say -- through her attorney --...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

'Idol' lessons: Music competition says there is still something to American dream

Aren't you just a little sick of politics, done deals and contrived competitions? We all are -- and we all need a break. So, when the results were in on last night's "American Idol" finale and the winner was...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Leadership: County needs its best, brightest to become part of the future

There aren't many people these days who can sit back and say they have plenty of extra time that they are looking to spend. In fact, for many business and community leaders, time is what they have the least...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Better times? Governor says good news ahead, but there are dangers, too

Gee, don't you kind of hope that Gov. Bev Perdue has it right? This week at a meeting to discuss the practical application of stimulus funding in North Carolina, the governor suggested that while the state is not out...

Monday, May 18, 2009

College's charge: New economic realities suggest more need for practical learning

Wayne Community College sent more than 500 new graduates out into the world this weekend. Some of them will move right into careers, while others will go on to further their education. For a good number of those who...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A new black eye: Democratic leadership had better make sure we are done now

How much longer is it going to take to clean out all the gunk, corruption and other distasteful abuses of power that seem to be associated with the Democratic control of North Carolina state government?How many more times will this...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just a tap dance: Nancy Pelosi's press conference just a badly executed diversion

If your baloney meter was registering off the charts yesterday, you probably heard Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's claim that the CIA did not tell her about waterboarding. The halting, read-off-a-press-release speech was less than reassuring at best...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Vote questions: Lost military ballots only part of 2008 election story

It should not surprise anyone that there are still questions being raised -- and some uncomfortable discoveries being made -- about the 2008 election. But it absolutely should convince anyone who hopes to be an advocate for fair and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Too connected: It almost seems like politics is too much a 'me' game

Maybe the thing that so many people liked about former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was that her life seemed much more ordinary than that of your average politician. She did not have the right clothes (they had...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cutting costs: Perhaps the unconventional might be the best option

It is an intriguing concept, isn't it? A reader suggested this past weekend that perhaps there might be some merit in consolidating, rather than expanding, local government. He did not go so far as to draw the obvious conclusion,...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hidden hunger: Economic conditions mean those who can should share

It's Friday -- and for some Wayne County families, that is a pretty tough time. It is the end of the week and the money is tight -- and the food available in the cupboards and refrigerator is limited....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Show up: Tonight's the night to get real story on MPO

Tonight's meeting at the New Hope Friends Church (U.S. 70 East, at 7 p.m.) is a start to putting an end to the misunderstanding that seems to have developed with regard to the intentions of the Municipal Planning Organization....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Heroes honored: We forget sometimes just how dangerous their job is

There are not that many names on the memorial that honors the men who have died while doing their duty as members of Wayne County's law enforcement community. And that is a blessing. We would not want to see...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Moye's point: Board chairman's comments worth taking to heart

Wayne County Board of Education Chairman George Moye has a point -- and raises a concern that some people ought to take to heart. They should think about it as they begin their work to help create an even-better...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Eye on unions: Auto industry cannot be saved without hard look at UAW

For the next few months, Americans are going to be watching with interest to see what happens with Chrysler and General Motors. Chrysler, in particular, is facing a scary time that could well end in bankruptcy, even with the...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Why it matters: Justice retirement means more than you think

The news that Supreme Court Justice David Souter will likely retire at the conclusion of the court's term this June likely did not register as all that important news to many citizens. After all, it's just another political appointment and...