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Friday, October 30, 2009

OK, Mike, you got it: Easley wants proscutor's opinion? Well, give it to him.

How sad that more time has to be wasted on the saga of former Gov. Mike Easley and his continuing campaign drama. At a time when tax dollars are tight, now we have to use budget money for the investigation...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Substance: Watch what they say and do

You have to be very careful not to be taken in by photo opportunities. When someone asks the media to come take a picture, knowing it will get worldwide play, there is usually is a reason. In the case of...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Follow the money: Abundance of Easley cash suggests reason to track its influence

Democratic Party officials told the North Carolina Board of Elections Tuesday that they did not locate and use a loophole in state law that would allow them to funnel more money to the Mike Easley gubernatorial campaign. Tuesday's testimony is...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Children lost: Recent news more evidence that parenting should have requirements

Commenting on the circumstances of the actual case isn't proper -- not yet, anyway -- but the recent story about a 6-month-old baby who died allegedly at the hands of at least one of her parents is nothing short...

Monday, October 26, 2009

The good and bad: Downtown's first step is to deal with realities now, not just the future

Nobody wants to see downtown Goldsboro fail -- no one with any sense anyway. Goldsboro is still the heart of this county -- and still the first place people and businesses look when they are deciding whether or not...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Easy pickings: Here's a tip -- find another way to cover Veterans Day cleanup

Sigh. Sometimes politicians and public officials make being an editorial writer SOOOOO EAAASSSY. The nothing-short-of-silly handling of the request from the county's veterans to have a parade in downtown Goldsboro is such an easy target that it is almost impossible...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Serve the public: Board of Health is right about change in department's hours

The Wayne County Board of Health is right. The Health Department's mission is not the same as that of a landfill -- and it should not be operated in the same manner. So, bravo to the board members for...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Watch closely: Now you know why you need to have a say in anyone who is put in office

It was not a decision made this week, last week or even last year. The quirk in the law that will let 20 convicted violent criminals free at the end of October was not made by any of the...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Child neglect: Making money off your children really is a form of abuse.

Out of the mouths of babes. Well, at least, out of the mouths of coached children who are just too tired to keep up the charade. What makes the story about the Heene family so appalling is not just...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

American spirit: What makes Americans Americans? Have we really forgotten?

It has not been an easy year. More people have lost jobs, there is still partisan bickering and there are thousands of our servicemen and women still fighting in the Middle East. Add to that a dropping dollar value...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just Mark: Those who grieved Thursday will never forget the man or the hero

He was not just another lost service member or just another name on one of the white headstones that mark the resting places of heroes -- not to them. Capt. Mark McDowell was so much more to the family,...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clean up NFL: Furor over Rush Limbaugh seems a little hypocritical

You might not agree with a single thing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has to say. You might even think that he is someone who should not be allowed to be on the airwaves. But all of that...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Consequences: Mental health cuts could end up costing citizens much more

It might seem like bureaucrats whining because they had to endure cuts to their budgets when you hear the comments from those who are working in the state's mental health care organizations. These advocates say they cannot possibly continue...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Smoke? Then fire. Spin or not, health care plans will still cost Americans billions

Let's tell the truth, now. When has the government ever gotten involved in anything that did not cost you more money? And, when has the government ever managed anything that did not A. cost way more than projected and...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Still shining: Tonya Matthews left us a job to do

Even though many of her friends and family knew it was coming, the news that Tonya Matthews finally lost her battle with cancer was still a shock. She had her time to say goodbye, to spend precious moments with...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fair push: If you have not been yet, come support your fair

There are only a few more days left before the pigs, cows and horses head back to barn and the ribbons are put away for another year. And if you want to get a funnel cake, the clock is...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Please, pick one: President's problem is simple -- he can't seem to focus

When you try to juggle too many balls, it is inevitable, you are going to drop one. And that, more than anything else, seems to be what is scaring those who are watching the whirling dervish that has become...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Update, positive: Planning Board examination a good idea for county

The Wayne County commissioners are going to take a hard look at the Planning Board as well as the policies that have been in place that govern planning issues. And be prepared for there to be some less-than-accurate comments...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thank you: Community made its newspaper very, very proud.

It is hard to put into words what it felt like to see so many people with so much patriotism, pride and compassion in their hearts at Thursday night's Blue Ribbon Jam. We expected no less, not really, after...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A friend, lost: Jerry Wayne gave much to his adopted community

The beach music will have a hollow swing to it today as radio personality Jerry Wayne's friends and fans remember the man who enjoyed it with them day after day. But sadness and tears are not what Jerry Wayne...