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Monday, August 31, 2009

Off to war: Another squadron needs support for its families back home

It could not have been easy for the 335th Fighter Squadron to look at the faces of their husbands, wives and children and to get on a plane to head to Afghanistan. But yet, the men and women who boarded...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Anyone out there? OK Eastern N.C. legislators, where's our health care forum?

There is a new entry on the national endangered species list -- at least as far as North Carolina goes. The public forums to answer the constituents' concerns about health care. Really, now, think about it. It did not...

Anyone out there? OK Eastern N.C. legislators, where's our health care forum?

There is a new entry on the national endangered species list -- at least as far as North Carolina goes. The public forums to answer the constituents' concerns about health care. Really, now, think about it. It did not take...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Outlook: Positive -- What makes excitement turn to lethargy for some children?

What makes them change? The children on the front page of today's paper are just starting their school careers -- eager and excited about their first day of kindergarten. So what happens along the way to make those smiling...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tax shock: North Carolina residents should prepare for April now

It did not seem like we would ever get one, but at long last, we have a state spending plan. It isn't perfect -- in fact, it stinks, if you want to know how most people really feel about...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Flawed, yes: Sen. Ted Kennedy was one of the last politicians of old

Today's politicians are sanitized -- scrubbed clean of their pasts by fast-talking handlers and multimillion-dollar ad campaigns. They benefit from technology that allows them to recover quickly or to avoid challenges before they become an issue -- and a...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Find your voice: Silent majority needs to not be so silent anymore

You have heard the term often -- "silent majority." It usually means those who believe in one way of life, who sit back and let others, with different agendas and louder voices, determine how things are going to be...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hard to hear: Councilman's comments should prompt real discussion soon

You might have wished he had said it differently or that the presentation had been a little more politically correct -- or maybe not -- but no matter what you might think of the words he used, you have...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chance to speak: Weekend gathering is first step in talking about health care

Local businessman Frank Drohan wants you to have a chance to see it for yourself -- just like he has. That's why he printed all 1,018 pages of the Obama administration's proposed changes to health care in the United...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to school: Parents, community do play a role

For the last two days, Wayne County students have been visiting their soon-to-be classrooms, waiting for the chance to start another school year. The turnout has been brisk so far for the open houses, with many parents making the...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Drugs a concern: Morning meth raid might be tip of iceberg of a problem

It was only 30 people -- and that might not seem like a large number when you are talking about drugs, raids and methamphetamine.But what should make every resident of Wayne County pause today as they learn about this latest...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Squeaky wheel: If you feel strongly, don't wait to talk about health care

There has been a lot of talk lately about the "unruly mobs" who have been flooding local town meetings across the country to rally against the proposed health care reform. And, as usual, because it is making some congressmen...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Caring, multiplied: Community's effort for Lisa Mozingo astonishing

Tired of listening to politicians bickering? Take a break, then, and enjoy some good news from the southern end of the county. Thanks to the generosity of residents from around the area, Lisa Mozingo's family will have $50,000-plus to...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Do no harm: Haste on health legislation a prescription for disaster

There are a lot of people who are really worried about what the debate about changes in the health care system will really mean to them. They are worried, in part, because the government is involved -- and that...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Crucial to know: Now more than ever, citizens cannot afford to be uninformed

Some people say they do not have time to read. After all, they have busy lives, many demands on their time and children with even busier schedules than they do. So some people are turning away from keeping track...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A smart assist: Graduation coach will help, but parents need to be in the game

Goldsboro High School has a graduation coach -- or at least is well on its way to adding such a position in the coming year.And that is good news, especially for the many children who might have a chance at...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Zones of authority: Planning board recommends, but ultimately it's up to commissioners

Planning Board Chairman Chris Cox wants to know why -- all of the sudden -- the Wayne County commissioners are keeping a little closer eye on the decisions concerning, and the direction of, the county planning process. The answer...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Clunker lesson: Money in hands of people, not government, drives economy

Here's a scenario for you. The government offers $3,500 to $4,500 to owners of outdated and fuel inefficient vehicles to turn in their cars or trucks and to purchase new ones. Millions of people rush to take advantage of...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Target criminals: The real problem are those who choose to break the law

The words that the Goldsboro police officer uttered as he was struggling to subdue a fleeing suspect weren't what most of us probably would have liked to have heard come out of a law enforcement officer's mouth. No one should...

With the budget now in place the real watching must start

State leaders got their $1 billion tax increase, so you might think that the battle is over to keep North Carolina taxpayers from bearing the brunt of the state's bad planning. Hardly. The trick now is making sure that...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

1,018 pages: Do we really need two reams of paper for a health care bill?

There needs to be a pop quiz in Washington -- and everyone who plans to cast a vote regarding the future of this country's health care system needs to be required to take it. The questions will be based...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lisa's strength: 18-year-old could have given up; but she is fighting instead

There certainly is plenty to talk about your county government today -- a veritable cornucopia of potential commentary. But that's going to wait. There is something more important to discuss today. Lisa Mozingo is a young lady who has had...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A small price: Memorial ceremony is residents' chance to say 'thank you'

It is just a little bit less than a half-hour out of your life this Thursday morning. And all that is required of you is to stand, to listen and to put your hand over your heart -- or...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Taking a stand: Controlling crime in a city has to start with new laws

Fremont officials have the right idea -- if you want to control drugs and crime in your city, the first thing you have to do is make sure there is a law that allows police to check for offenders....