Log in

Sign up

November 2009 archives

View Archive

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Local, local, local: It makes sense, really. If they succeed, so do we.

It's a microcosm, really, for what we are seeing in the national economy. If you want to keep more people working, you have to make it possible for businesses to hire more people. That means, you have to help...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas rush: Mad dash begins; don't forget needy

There is nothing like a bargain to get a shopper's juices going. So, it is no surprise that there were literally thousands of shoppers braving the early morning cold today to get their hands on not only the best...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving thanks: Today, take the time to remember what really matters in life

This hasn't been an easy year to think positive. There are more people than ever out of work and there are ups and downs all over as businesses and individuals try to handle the sometimes tricky economy. There are...

Getting out: Decision about what to do next is about only certain promises

President Barack Obama has announced that he has all the information he needs to make a decision on what is coming next in Afghanistan. And, his spokespeople say, he will make the announcement of what the nation's plan will...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mind over party: Democrats have no business targeting those who disagree

In recent weeks, there has been talk -- and an e-mail campaign -- targeting those in the Democratic Party who are considering voting against health care reform. The gist of the message is -- if you are not going...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kelly's year: 4th Fighter Wing commander has handled more than most

Col. Mark Kelly has been the leader of the 4th Fighter Wing for more than a year now -- and there has been much on his plate. Aside from the adjustment of moving from desert combat to leading a...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

For the children: Empty Stocking Fund shares holiday joys with needy

There is nothing sadder than a child who cannot believe in Santa Claus anymore because his or her Christmas wish has gone unanswered so many times. And what makes the children who are part of the annual Empty Stocking Fund...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Learning from Palin: Her popularity endures because Americans know she's real

Sarah Palin is back in the news -- and back in the sights of her critics. She is a lightning rod this time because of the incredible popularity of her new book, "Going Rogue," and because her recent interview...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where are the jobs? Stimulus has done little besides benefit bureaucrats

There are not too many people who really thought that the $787 million spent as part of the stimulus package was really going to save the American economy and hundreds of thousands of jobs. It just did not seem...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tough talk: Forget the warm fuzzies; here is the stark reality

This discussion isn't going to be pretty -- especially since it involves the reality of the story of yet another little girl, born to a parent who never should have had her, who has likely ended up in a...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Halfway there: It really is a battle for power, but remember -- it's your money

With a raucous round of applause, the U.S. House of Representatives ushered in the first real victory for the health care reform plan -- passage by a vote of 220-215. And in one long evening and after months of...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Poor choice: Rosewood fundraiser was simply unacceptable

The intent might have been innocent enough -- raising money for more technology for students at a time when school funding all over North Carolina is tight. And perhaps the nobleness of the purpose blinded those who made the...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Celebrity culture: Americans are too obsessed with fame and finding it

Want incontrovertible proof that Americans are too obsessed with Hollywood, getting rich quick and all the other trappings that seem to go along with fame? You could look at the recent barrage of reality shows from B-list celebrities looking...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Never forgotten: Local veterans did not get parade, but they have our respect

It probably wasn't easy for veterans to sit back today and to watch the rain rather than getting ready for the annual march that honors those who have served their country. It is unfortunate that the remnants of Hurricane...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Heroes all: Stories of Fort Hood selflessness show reason for Army pride

Forget Maj. Nidal Hasan and who knew what when for the moment. There will be plenty of time to determine what went wrong at Fort Hood in the coming weeks. Instead, focus on what we learned about the U.S....

Monday, November 9, 2009

H1N1 concern: So it isn't going so well elsewhere; here, calm prevails

The fact that the H1N1 vaccine distribution process has been a little less than successful suggests that perhaps simply announcing that a prevention program is a priority is not enough. Local health departments all over the country have been...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thoughts, prayers: Seymour Johnson AFB personnel and community are thinking of Fort Hood

It is a brotherhood of sorts -- communities that are the adopted hometowns of military personnel. So, here, unlike many other places around America, the news that 13 people were shot to death and many more were wounded because...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Volunteerism: Parrish family and others show the rest of community the way

There wasn't a single person who received an award at the volunteer awards ceremony who thought he or she deserved one. Those who were honored said they were the privileged ones -- donating their time to causes they believe...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Poll watching: Don't believe that president didn't care, but don't overestimate impact

OK, we'd like a show of hands now. How many of you really believe that President Barack Obama did not care enough to pay attention to the Election Day happenings in New Jersey and Virginia -- not to mention...

Monday, November 2, 2009

The real test ... Do Americans really care enough to vote? We will see now.

It was easy to get out to vote in November 2008. There was hype galore and all kinds of people talking about history. It wasn't about politics, legislation or even about polls. It was about a movement of sorts...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The patients: State's mental health care mistakes have real, human consequences

They are the faces you don't see every day -- the families who try to work their lives around caring for a mentally handicapped child. Some of them have been doing so for years -- loving children who are...