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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Teacher's gift: Jaime Escalante's message to students: Work hard, no excuses

The lessons to be learned from Jaime Escalante, the famed East Los Angeles high school math teacher who pushed his students to take on calculus and the AP Math exam, is not just that there is talent in all...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Economic woes: News of closings reminds us that there is still work to be done.

The fact that there is a recession in full force in the United States right now is not often far from most people's minds.From those who have been laid off from jobs they have held for years, to young people...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hope for change: President made trip and promises in Afghanistan ... will they last?

The scene was like something out of a movie -- and the words were, too -- dapper President Barack Obama sporting a bomber jacket and shaking hands with the men and women stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan today.He...

Friday, March 26, 2010

'Citizens' arrest': Want to spend less on health care? Take aim at the cheats first.

Gov. Beverly Perdue actually has a good idea -- one that she should share with her fellow Democrats as they continue their work to reform health care.The governor has decided to put a lot more emphasis on finding those who...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

No threats, just vote: There are better ways to fight against health care reform bill.

Before we even start let's get this clear: It is never right to threaten to harm someone, to throw bricks through their windows or to otherwise act in a ridiculously stupid manner. So, anyone who encourages anyone to react in...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bullies: What's the concern? That it does not seem to shock anyone under 17.

Another story of a student at a Florida school who was beaten up by one of her classmates has hit the news this week. This time, it was a boy, upset by a text message, who decided the right...

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's what it is: Yes, in this case, the process absolutely failed.

In the end, the passage of the health care reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday was not really simply a gargantuan -- and selfless -- effort to bring health care to the masses.It was not even really...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A friend lost much too soon: In her heart she was a writer and a lover of the arts, but to many Winkie Lee was simply ... one of them

A pen to her was like an appendage -- a chance once again to find just the right combination of words to evoke an emotion or to tell a story.In her heart, Winkie Lee was and always will be remembered...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Courage to fight: It takes a lot to battle back -- and the Gambrel family is going strong

Imagine what it must be like to hear that your little boy -- your child -- has been in a car accident that will change his world forever. That is the reality that the Gambrel family faced when their...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

You saved lives: Community stepped up to support Humane Society -- and to save dogs

When the call came that the Wayne County Humane Society needed help to raise funds to support the efforts at the county's animal shelter, more than $2,000 was raised in one evening. And when the community heard that there...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Twilight zone: Save money, but do so intelligently, with eye to future

OK, let's admit it -- there really are not that many people who are paying too close attention to what Washington is doing anymore. For most disgusted voters, the shenanigans that are accompanying the ever-elusive health-care vote are nothing more...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Teen pregnancy: What's scary about statistics? The 100 repeats.

There are some people who will be upset that there are going to be classes for expectant mothers at a local high school. They will think that a decision like that sends the wrong message to teens -- that...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Here we go again: Health care reform debate is becoming we said, they ignore

Keeping track of the soap opera that has become health care reform is beginning to require a scorecard. Thwarted from getting their legislation passed the normal way, the Democrats are now trying to slip-slide their way to passage through...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Something green: City's community garden project has many benefits

Right now it is still in its fledgling stages, but the city of Goldsboro's plan for a community garden program is one of the best ideas to come along in a while.It can help on many levels -- first, it...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another sad tale: Behind the Hollywood glamour are stories of lost souls.

Another day and another story of a former child star who has died under mysterious circumstances.Corey Haim has not been in the spotlight, not really, for years, after a somewhat hot streak as an young actor.He was found this week,...

Monday, March 8, 2010

No politics? Academy Awards were oddly not political -- what's up with that?

If you have watched the Academy Awards in the past, you probably have rolled your eyes at least once when some Hollywood ingenue -- or not-so-ingenue -- decided to use his or her spot at the podium to make...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Finding courage to truly succeed: The greatest gift a student can be given is the chance to persevere

Life is not easy. They do not tell you that when you are in high school. Nobody shares with you that no one is going to care about your upbringing, your struggles or the challenges you go home to...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jobs still lost: It is time to have a strategic plan to address unemployment

The health care reform train seems to be pulling into the station again -- and this time, it could stay a while.Even though the message has been sent that there should be priorities elsewhere. Even though there is so much...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Leave of absence? Rangel ruckus is a chance to see what Democratic bipartisanship is made of.

Embattled U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel says he is taking a leave of absence from his post as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.This, after being tapped twice already for ethics violations that include not paying his taxes.What...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Good news, too: There is no reason not to think about what's going right, too

President Barack Obama has made an offer to the nation's high schools: Send him proof that your school is making great strides in improving performance of its students, and he just might come speak at the Class of 2010's graduation.Pretty...

Monday, March 1, 2010

A sneak attack: Don't look now, but health care is back and so is the manipulation.

OK, so it is not really a sneak attack. No one really believed that the health care debate was going to turn from a partisan bickerfest into a circle of friendship focused on what is best for the American...