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Friday, October 22, 2010

Free speech: Juan Williams firing is black eye for 'news' organization

You probably do not agree with everything Juan Williams has to say. But that is not the point -- and not the reason that you should be outraged that his bosses at National Public Radio decided to remove him...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Found their maps: Politicians have actually remembered where North Carolina is

Don't be fooled -- candidates and those stumping for them did not just decide to take trips to key battleground states across the country because they had nothing better to do. And they are not in North Carolina because...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our families, too: Community took the time to say thank you to local volunteers

Les Williams' story is not all that unique. The Air Force technical sergeant spends his time at home as the coach of a peewee football team. He encourages the team to do its best and challenges them to be...

Monday, October 18, 2010

A true 'Eagle': Carson Thomas is once-again, an inspiration to us all

Earning the title of "Eagle Scout" is an honor in itself. Few young men are able to invest the time, commitment and dedication it takes to achieve such a lofty award.But to do so as you battle back from a...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Speak out: Now's the time not to lose your resolve to make country better

Let's face it, the more we hear about what it will take to fix this country -- and what's wrong with it -- and the more we hear from people who think they are the ones who should be put...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Between the lines: If there is one thing politicians are good at, it's redirection

You really have to pay attention when politicians speak -- especially if they are clinging to their political life like many of the candidates running this election cycle. That is why it should not surprise you at all that...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Enthusiasm gap: In the end it still boils down to who gets out the vote

It happens every year. People talk, talk, talk about elections and how angry they are at the system -- and then they stay home on Election Day when their vote could really count and they could make a difference....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Inspiration: Students' generosity and caring a blueprint for others to follow

Perhaps Wayne Early Middle College High School is on to something. Any school that can teach children not only how to succeed academically, but how to be better people needs to be commended -- and emulated. What the students...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lesson to learn: Details or charges notwithstanding, deaths were avoidable, tragic loss

The only thing worse than losing a child is losing one in a situation that could have been prevented. And while, for now, we do not know the details of exactly what happened early Sunday morning that led to...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Change: Maybe the normal definition is not really what Americans want

The newest campaign call these days is still -- change. Whether it is the Democrats calling for a new paradigm in 2008 or the Republicans advising Americans to call for change once again in 2012, there is a comfort...

Friday, October 8, 2010

For the kids: Community's effort to renovate gym should have made coach proud

It is no surprise really that when he was asked to step up and lead an effort to raise the funds necessary to renovate the Boys & Girls Club gym, Coach David Odom took on the challenge -- and...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Politicians' club: It's no wonder newcomers hesitate to throw their hats into political ring

If there is one thing that members of the Tea Party, and anyone else who is a newcomer trying to break his or her way into public service, have learned this year, it's that it certainly is not easy....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's about the future: City's decision to put owners' feet to the fire is best choice

When you drive into a city and you see dilapidated buildings and overgrown weeds, it makes you think twice about its viability. Why would you want to locate your business or expand your business in a community that has...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Other choices: Vocational programs offer alternatives for students -- and skills

The first choice in any academic program should be to make sure students leave school with the reading, writing and arithmetic skills they need to succeed in the world.So, if there have to be stricter standards to achieve that goal...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Question time: Candidates need to offer more than just the usual this election season

Some of the races are already a little dirty and others seem to be close to already over, but in the next couple of weeks, Wayne County residents are going to need to get serious about determining for whom they...

Friday, October 1, 2010

A no-brainer: Jobless should not pay for stupid bureaucratic mistake.

There is really no decision to be made in the case of the overpayment of benefits to thousands of North Carolina's jobless residents.The bottom line is you don't ask those who are unemployed and struggling to get their bills paid...