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Friday, February 26, 2010

Our gift to you: Annual Progress edition allows us to share more of your stories.

Inside today's edition of The News-Argus, you will find our 2010 Progress edition. Organized a little differently this year, this collection of stories has a theme -- The Next 10 Years. The idea behind the section is simple --...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jobs? Let's hope: Bill is a start, but the problem really goes much deeper

OK, before we start talking about the jobs bill that passed the Senate this week, let's establish a few truths. First, we have to stop throwing money at problems just to say we are doing something. It did not...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spending alert: How your county spends money really does matter

It is not all that hard to understand why most people do not really like to read, think or talk about their county government's budget process. After all, it is not the most scintillating of topics -- and there...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Still time to read: Even after event is over, there's still time to read a good book.

We find every excuse these days -- kids are too busy, we are too tired, there are just not enough hours in the day -- anything we can do to avoid sitting down with a good book.And in some cases,...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cringe factor: Best news about Olympics is that it has kept the politicians off air

It really isn't anything personal. After all, who really likes to have to listen to a politician drone on for hours during prime time. So when President Barack Obama starting hitting the airwaves with some kind of special press...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympics lesson: OK, so you can only watch so much, but if you do ...

Believe it or not, the Olympics in Vancouver are only about half over. In other words, there is still a lot more watching to do -- if you can stand it. So, if you cannot take another minute of...

Friday, February 19, 2010

A real role model: Shani Davis is a champ to emulate

Forget the latest rapper, the toughest football player or the latest troubled basketball player, there is a new role model in town. Speed skater Shani Davis is not flashy -- he does not crave media attention and does not...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cheaters, the series: Let's save time -- anyone who has not cheated taxpayers, raise your hand

It is just getting silly now. At the rate the "misunderstandings" are piling up in Raleigh, pretty soon there will not be anyone left to pass ethics legislation -- they will all be under investigation. So let's save some...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A little uneasy: Did we hear you right? Erskine Bowles is going to fix the deficit?

Everyone wondered why UNC system president Erskine Bowles was resigning his cushy post so abruptly. Could it be that the investigation into the former Gov. Mike Easley scandals was turning up the heat on state government? Could it be the...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Want vs. need: Council heard this past week about a need in the city

What the Goldsboro Fire Department is proposing for the construction of better facilities -- a police/fire complex -- was presented as an item on the wish list at this past week's Goldsboro City Council retreat. No one said no...

Friday, February 12, 2010

New blood: Erskine Bowles' departure a chance for university system to bounce back

He probably will not be charged with any wrongdoing -- although, lately, you never know. And it looks like much of what the University of North Carolina System president did that made people in his state uncomfortable was nothing...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

15 minutes ... over: It is time for John Edwards to fade into the background -- quickly

Does anyone really want to hear anymore about John Edwards' sex life? There probably aren't too many people who care -- other than for pure amusement sake -- especially if they live in North Carolina. Edwards' tale of infidelity...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Input required: Recreation Center is looking dangerously close to a done deal

It is coming very close to the "or forever hold your peace" time if you have anything to say about the city's plans to build a recreation center downtown.It is beginning to look like all that is left to decide...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Go ahead, sign up: Public official hopefuls can declare their intentions today

There is something noble about placing your name in the hat to run for public office -- an implied selflessness and concern for your fellow man. The problem is, in many cases over the past few years, the exact...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Health care, next: Democrats say it is not dead, but if it isn't, what do you want?

As expected, the election of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has not stopped the Democratic leadership from talking about the next step for health care reform. Some of it might be "just talk," but what if it isn't? Somebody soon...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Debt police: That's right, if debt is going to have a ceiling, it is up to the citizenry

They have done it again. Not that they had any choice if this country was going to continue to operate. On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that would allow the government to go even...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Standing ovation: Students prove courage can come in small packages

You have read their stories already -- the six students honored by Wayne County Schools counselors for their determination and success in the face of obstacles that would have stopped adults in their tracks. Their teachers told of incredible...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

As plain as 1, 2, 3: ABC boards are scary sign that government is out of control

It seems that Wayne County is one of the lucky ones. This week's presentation by the chief of the area's ABC board suggests that his group is operating within the law and reasonably. Mike Myrick made sure that all...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Merry-go-round: Administration's whirlwind style does not foster confidence

There is something to be said for youthful exuberance -- the kind that puts energy and "can-do" attitudes on the forefront while sending caution to the wind. And in a sense, Washington could use more people who spend less...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Behind the scenes: There are many county, city and state workers who were unsung heroes

While most people stayed home this weekend snug and safe in their houses, there were plenty of city, state and county employees who had no choice but to put on their boots and to brave the weather. And they...