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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Denmark or bust: Olympic trip might yield results, but is it right time?

If it were a normal year, with a less than heaping helping of problems, President Barack Obama's trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, might have been a nice diversion and completely appropriate.With a little extra time on his hands, why shouldn't the...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Forgive, forget? Famed director he might be, but Roman Polanski is a criminal

So, let's get this straight. You sexually assault a 13-year-old, get convicted, and then skip out of the country before you can serve out a sentence. And now, some 30 years later, you think that your crime should just...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Not a game: Iran's defiance a test to see what will happen next ... show them

There is reason to be nervous about the fact that Iran seems to be ignoring warnings from the United States and the world that its development of a nuclear weapons program will not be tolerated. In fact, this past...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shoot messenger: ACORN's solution to concerns is to attack those who found them

That's right. You heard it right. The powers that be at ACORN, the agency recently under fire for the tax advice given to an undercover film crew, has decided that the best way to handle this scandal is not...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Find, spay a pet: Controlling population at shelter starts with responsibility

Every week at the Wayne County animal shelter, more than 100 animals are put down. Not because they would make bad pets. Not because they are sick. These animals lose their lives because there simply are not enough families...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Broad daylight: Crime concerns still an issue for Goldsboro ... and beyond

At 12:30 p.m., a 19-year-old was shot on a city street, outside a home in Goldsboro. Down the road a bit, a mobile meth lab was found at a local motel, in a parking lot, operating in broad daylight...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting caught: ACORN bigshots try spin to shift attention away

It is a time-honored trick that those who get caught use when they want public attention to be diverted elsewhere -- and public opinion to swing their way. They spin. And in ACORN's case, the way to explain away...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Are we ready? Public will be key if another Floyd comes county's way

You are never really ready for a hurricane -- or its aftermath. As sure as you figure out a pattern, it will change and what you thought was going to be merely a bunch of rain becomes a mess...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

No more taxes: Governments better get it now: the trough is about to run dry

It could be even worse next year. That's the message school officials said they received when they started to talk about money, teachers and what to expect when it comes time to talk about school funding again. And that observation...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Just do it: Coaches can advise, but students have to do the work

A coach is someone who encourages those who want to get better and to make a change in their performance. He or she guides and advises, but, in the end, cannot do the work, run the laps or perform...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The march: They came in droves to send a message: They are paying attention

Thousands took on Washington this weekend to send a message to the Congress, President Barack Obama and anyone else who would listen: They are not just going to sit back and watch anymore. And it is about time, really....

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never forget: For some, Sept. 11, 2001, is just history. It shouldn't be.

You don't need a lot of words to know exactly why Americans should not only pause on Sept. 11 each year, but why they should remember the events of that day as they plan the future defense of their...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No shouting: Congressman out of line, but frustration is personified

A president should be used to opposition -- sometimes it is overt like Wednesday's outburst from a South Carolina congressman during President Obama's speech and sometimes it is just rudeness during appropriate applause periods during a State of the...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

OK, we will listen: President Obama's speech tonight critical to future of reform plan.

There is no reason not to head into the president's prime-time address to the joint session of Congress with an open mind. After all, after a few words and a couple rounds of applause from appreciative lawmakers, the health care...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Welcome home: Rockets should know just how much they are supported here

They arrived home in the early, early morning to the waiting arms and robust cheers of family and friends. The 336th Rocketeers are back from their mission and home from the desert. And their community is glad to see...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fast talker: Wednesday's speech better have more than 'smooth'

It is going to take more than fancy words and a winning smile to get over the hurdle that has become popular opposition to the proposed health care reform plan. So Wednesday, President Barack Obama had better do a whole...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Engaged public: All it takes to stir up Americans is messing with their country

Perhaps all is not lost after all. After years of hearing how disconnected and disinterested the American people are in their government -- and wondering why so few of them vote -- politicians seem to have gotten their answer....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Making it too easy: A trip to China? Really?

It is hard to read about the decisions being made in Raleigh right now without wondering if someone, anyone up there ever really talks to the people they are supposed to be serving. The latest "can you believe that"...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Value of service: Lesson should be added to every curriculum

They aren't really old enough to understand. Not really. But the young men of the Wayne Warriors Tribe know that the money they are earning is being used for something good. So, as they present their check to the...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Singer's guilt: Another example of personal responsibility out the window

There are plenty of people who can absorb some of the guilt in the cacophony of tragedy that led up to the death of Michael Jackson. And there is no doubt that the doctors who overprescribed or misused drugs...