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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Just the facts: As Election Day gets closer, the spin machine is headed into overdrive

It is going to get ugly over the next few weeks. Expect a high pressure system of political double-speak and whole lot of storm clouds with little to them other than vapor. It is getting down to the wire...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fingers crossed: Rain is nice, but fair volunteers hope it will stay away -- at least for a few days

The fact that Wayne County is getting rain is good news for the community. The fact that, after weeks of drought, the rain has picked the kickoff of the 2010 Wayne County fair for its return, is a little...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poll agreement: One sad statement about stats from this year's poll -- many still don't vote

Here's the good news: So many Americans are so sick of what they are hearing out of Washington, D.C., that they are more determined than ever not only to vote in the upcoming election, but to be knowledgeable about the...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fish, for kids: Make plans to have lunch -- or dinner -- with the Shriners

For just a little bit of money -- and a trip to Herman Park -- you, too, can make a difference in a sick child's life. The Wayne Shrine Club's fall fish fry is an annual event that benefits...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So it begins ... Today is the first day of health care reform

The hardest  -- and the most expensive -- parts of the health care reform legislation are still ahead.Wait until 2013 and beyond before you decide whether change was worth the price you will have paid.But today was the first official...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Election folly: Republicans need to be careful of making a big mistake now

It is time for a "Dear GOP" letter. Actually, it might be long past time. As the midterm elections draw ever closer, the bickering has already started. The topic? Who is worthy enough to earn the title "Republican" and...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A classy move: Eastern Wayne soccer team shows what 'sportsmen' really means

There are a whole bunch of parents in the Eastern Wayne High School area who have reason to be proud today. Not because their school just earned some academic honor or that one of its sports teams brought home...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Heroes forever: POW/MIA ceremonies remind us all that some are still not home ...

Their service is decades-old now -- men who braved the jungles of southeast Asia. And although there are many heroes home to tell the stories of courage from that conflict, there are still some whose life stories will never...

Friday, September 17, 2010

The next wave: Youngsters should also be taught responsibility that goes with voting

It is a great idea to make sure that 18-year-olds are signed up as soon as they are able to vote. What would also be a good idea is to make them understand the responsibilities that go along with...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Perdue's plight -- Town hall meetings? How many times can you hear: Things aren't going well

It is human nature not to want to talk about stuff when it is not going so well. Take for instance, Gov. Bev Perdue and her unkept promise to hold town meetings across the state. That probably seemed like...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tea Party terror: Why is it that regular citizens organizing is automatically discredited?

OK, so maybe there might be a few people among the millions who are signing onto the Tea Party bandwagon who are a little out there. But that is not the reason that the minute Tea Party candidates started...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Salute to 916th: Air Refueling Wing has proven it is the best of the best

What does it take to be named the top wing in your command? It is about technical prowess, sure -- and the ability to complete a mission with dedication, determination and efficiency. But to be named No. 1 --...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Aghast at Gaga: Every generation has one -- musician who says really, nothing

With all this talk about job loss, politics and the economy, sometimes you need to set all that serious stuff aside and pause to comment on the state of the rest of the world. And, this time, it is...

Friday, September 10, 2010

A nice kickoff: United Way's effort reminds community that we are all in this together

It was a rather unconventional kickoff (thank goodness it only involved capes), but the fun that kicked off the 2010-11 United Way campaign had a deeper message -- especially at a time when so many are so worried about...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Focus on future: Local leaders need vision now more than ever

When the economy is faltering, there is a tendency to pull in the troops and to keep everyone clustered around the comforting campfire of "we will just wait it out." When budgets are tight, the theory goes, the last...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No burning: Stand strong against mosque near Ground Zero, but leave Quran alone

There is some concern that a church pastor's announcement that his congregation plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book -- the Quran -- will cause an Islamic terrorist response that could endanger the safety of U.S. troops.The pastor...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New life: Changes at Goldsboro High suggest a whole new view of future

The first couple of weeks at any school are going to be full of promise and optimism. So, it is not surprising that the staff, students and parents at Goldsboro High are diving enthusiastically into a new school year.And if...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Not worth it: Holiday deaths is a statistic no one wants to see increase

One of the reasons to drive safely this holiday weekend -- and not to get behind the wheel of a car if you have had anything to drink -- is because there will be more officers on the highways....

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Why coach? New programs will cost less than the cost of losing a teen.

They weren't related -- the two stories that appeared in Wednesday's newspaper. One was a good news story about a new graduation coach at Southern Wayne High School. The other was another story about another teenager who will face...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Safety first: It is likely it won't hit here, but North Carolina knows to be prepared

Although actual predictions of what Hurricane Earl will do in the next 24-48 hours as it chugs toward the North Carolina coast are still up in the air, there is a comfort in knowing that officials and residents are...