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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gulf fatigue: With so much else to worry about, we might forget to watch closely

With so much on our minds, it would not be that surprising if many people in areas that are not directly affected by the oil spill on the Gulf Coast might just set it aside as a top priority in...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Warning sign? Numbers from scholarships are a little unsettling

No one is due a college scholarship. That should be said from the start. And if there is no money, then there should not be money to offer. That is the reality.But some of the numbers released this week from...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's time to focus: Being president takes juggling skills and the ability to multi-task.

There is more than one reason why the Gulf oil spill could not have come at a worse time.Think about it -- we are still struggling to get control of the wars in the Middle East, the economy needs more...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Relay roundup: Economy took its toll on total -- but not on the spirit

The numbers are in and -- once again -- this community should be proud of the effort that raised more than $567,000 in the fight against cancer.This year's Relay for Life had plenty of challenges to overcome -- not the...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

He had to go: Gen. Stanley McChrystal could not serve commander in chief after article

It is not a matter of whether or not he was right or whether Gen. Stanley McChrystal knew better than the nation's commander in chief how to run a war.It does not even matter that he might very well have...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yaaawwwn: Democratic primary runoff is over; now it is time to talk about next step

There could not have been more than a handful of people across this county -- or many others across North Carolina -- who really cared whether N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall or challenger Cal Cunningham would be on the...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Success story: Graduation coach program deserves county and city support

You cannot argue with facts -- and the graduation coach at Goldsboro High School has plenty of facts to brag about.This year, the students she was assigned to work with graduated -- and she also assisted many more students in...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spend wisely: Americans are sending a message -- 'Get back to the basics.'

President Barack Obama sounded a bit annoyed this week as he made his weekly address to the nation.It seems he is upset by the fact that he cannot get enough votes in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Loyalty matters: For many local small businesses, serving community is part of job

Unless they work for one, many people in Wayne County likely do not know about the contributions small businesses and their owners and employees make to this community. There are the obvious ones -- they provide jobs as well...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rock, hard place: Business incentives are double-edged sword in tight times

OK, so we want more jobs. No question about it. And to get them, we have to attract businesses to North Carolina -- and in some cases, that means offering them a reason to choose a town in this...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Right move? President's visit to the Gulf a good first step -- as long as he means it.

He might not have visited everywhere people would have liked him to visit -- and there are still questions about how the spill is being handled -- but President Barack Obama needed to be where he was this week,...

Monday, June 14, 2010

A leader, a friend: Tommy's Road principal's legacy is the lives she has changed.

Patsy Faison deserves a rest.After 44 years in education -- and more than a decade as a principal of elementary-school-age students -- she has had her hands full.But as she leaves her post at Tommy's Road Elementary School, she can...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Library value: Communities need to take care of their libraries

It seems like a no-brainer, really, that a library would be considered a vital part of a community, but it is surprising how easy it is for some officials to lessen their importance and to look there first for...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tragedy, squared: Common sense lessons could stop another senseless loss of life.

Many people will always wonder if someone could have stopped Joran van der Sloot before he killed again.And in the final analysis, there were probably mistakes and twists of fate that conspired to keep authorities from preventing what is nothing...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Right decision: Buffer zone around base insurance community needs

The Wayne County Planning Board and the county's commissioners are about to combine their efforts to make a decision that is not only in the best interest of the community now, but also one that could save it from...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Good decision: Sometimes it is not just about the test scores; it's about their futures.

It is not necessarily the news every person would count as just plain good news about Wayne County Schools. For some people, it will always be about the test scores -- and no other measure matters. Traditional classrooms and...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time to worry? News isn't what we wanted to hear, but we knew climb back would be tough

The significant drop in the stock market Friday was more about fear than anything else. Over recent weeks, whenever there is news that might suggest further weakening in the economy, investors have collected their profits and headed back to...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Silence, old chap: Entertainers can really keep political comments to themselves.

Paul McCartney is a great singer and songwriter -- and he probably deserved the special prize he won for popular music this week. But as usual -- and as is becoming customary with foreign nationals, and sometimes our own...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Try anything: Reading program would help more kids. But so would shutting off TV.

It is a critical skill really -- and one that is disappearing off the American landscape. Children just do not seem to be all that interested in reading anymore. The whole problem started with television and is being exacerbated...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Horse sense: Why do voters gravitate to new blood? Because old blood is Washington-ized.

Some people wonder why voters seem intrigued by anyone who uses as his or her campaign slogan "I am not part of the Washington establishment or a career politician." Take a look at some of the ridiculous decisions made...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Arlington slight: Presidents have missed before, but President Obama made a mistake

Other presidents have made the decision not to attend the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. And President Barack Obama is certainly within his rights to decide to send someone else to the event....