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Monday, May 31, 2010

A salute ... Remember those who gave all so that we could be free

They came from many walks of life -- these men and women. And their lives crossed generations -- some living only a very small portion of the life they could have led had they not volunteered to defend their country.They...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oil watch: Who's on first and what's on second in Louisiana oil spill cleanup fiasco

It is hard to trust anyone involved in the cleanup of the oil spill along the Louisiana coast for two reasons: 1. No one seems to have any idea what is really going on; and 2. There are still some...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Foot in it, again? Council made a mistake not cutting its own expenses back

OK, here's the good news: Three council members seem to get that if you are going to ask city residents to pay higher sewer and water rates and you are going to ask city departments to cut an additional...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Criminal fight: Just putting them away is not enough to protect safety of community

With his plea agreement this week, Demario Atwater of Durham pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Eve Carson and will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Board pick: Replacing board member should be about doing right thing, nothing else

There should be no reason to be concerned that the Wayne County commissioners are being tasked with replacing a member of the county's Board of Education. And, perhaps there isn't, not really -- especially as long as the process...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Who's in charge? Study on children and Medicaid another reason to get government out

A study was released today that brings into focus one of the chief concerns of those who are against the government becoming more involved in the delivery of health care.Researchers discovered that too many children under the Medicaid system are...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Diplomacy? Apologizing for Arizona not one of the discussions that president should have

A fancy state dinner was held at the White House last evening as President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcomed Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala. And aside from the usual hoopla about what the...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Say thank you: Barbecue benefit is a chance to acknowledge one of the good guys

In a world where it seems like no one does anything anymore unless there is some kind of benefit for them, Don Worley of Don's Florist is a star. There are many people who have been affected by his...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A little insight: Incident with trooper in Greene County shows danger officers face

It did not happen here, thank goodness. But the incident with the N.C. Highway Patrol trooper in Greene County should make many residents realize just how dangerous a job it is to be a Highway Patrol officer -- and...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Role models all: Wayne Community College graduations were full of stories to inspire

There is plenty in the world to be upset about these days. Worries about jobs, money, taxes, health care, you name it, it is on the "concerns" list.So it would be easy to let the achievements of more than 780...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Save the children: Stories reveal the real reasons why we have to do something new

Every child lost in any community is a reason to look harder at the world in which we live and the decisions we make as a society with regard to personal freedom and parental obligation. A 6-month-old child could...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just a sandwich? Goldsboro City Council has to think about symbolism, too

It might seem like a small thing, really. After all, it is just a barbecue sandwich. But in the face of continuing concerns about the future of the city's budget, it is a symbol, really, of a sacrifice. The...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Demand basics: First priority for reform really is expecting more from students in school

The news was not really all that unexpected: American college students are having to spend a lot of time relearning the basics when they head to college. The concern is not just that American taxpayers have already paid for...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good boundaries: There is no need to mess with base land use regulations

It seems innocuous enough. Why not listen to what residents have to say about rules governing development or zoning in -- or close to -- what are commonly referred to as the buffer zones around Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Immigration fix -- Here's a thought: How about a bus to the East Coast for illegal immigrants?

So the Boston City Council is so incensed by the Arizona law that is allowing law enforcement personnel to check to see if an immigrant is legal that it is considering removing its investments from the state of Arizona...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Time for action: Cherry Hospital needs to answer for continuing problems

There likely are extenuating circumstances -- and it is hard to understand what it is like to work at Cherry Hospital unless you are there every day, but when changing bosses, hiring consultants and revamping policies still does not...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Priority 1: Safety -- Here's a new way to look at Homeland Security and profiling

Consider this scenario: A man of Middle Eastern descent is at an airport checkpoint -- and as the head of homeland security you have a choice. You can take a few extra minutes to check him to see if...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Quality care: Dr. James Atkins' gift is caring for his patients

It is not easy becoming a doctor. There are years of school to complete and complex procedures to memorize and to apply in stressful situations when the pressure is on. So to be called one of the top practitioners...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

And option 2 is ... So you don't like Arizona's plan, well then what is the answer to illegals?

Let's just say for the moment that the Arizona law that allows law enforcement officials to check for citizenship is just too abhorrent for words -- and that we subscribe to the theory that it would lead to civil...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Budget oddities: City's proposed budget is scary -- and a little bit infuriating

It is hard to understand, really, why anyone wasted any time talking about the proposed $9 million recreation center plan considering the surprises that were revealed this past week in the city's budget plan. After all, if you are...