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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

They're out ... Sweepstakes games skirted the issue, and they should be gone

There is a fine line between governing and babysitting -- and the some say the new law that goes into effect tomorrow banning sweepstakes games in North Carolina is more about Big Brother than any real violation of the...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Facilities, it's time: County's capital budget includes other priorities, but schools should be at top

Anyone who thinks the county is brave enough to ask its citizens to finance more than $280 million in capital improvements has been sitting out in the sun too long. The list of projects released in the last couple...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Shop local first: Their success really is tied to county's future growth, health

There are plenty of places to shop today and every day as Americans prepare for another Christmas season. And no one is saying that you have committed a sin if you need to travel out of town to look...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful: Many have lost so much this year. Rest of us should remember.

It has not been an easy year for many Wayne County families. It is not just about the jobs that have been lost or the money that does not go as far as it used to -- although there...

Unbelievable: Why did state bother spending the money to investigate Easley?

They are kidding, right? After months of listening to blowhards pontificate on the corruption in the Mike Easley administration, and what is likely hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in investigation costs, the ordeal ended with a whimper...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Palin watch: Her new book is out, but is celebrity enough to win votes?

Sarah Palin seems like a likable person. Just watch her new TV show about Alaska and you will see a normal mom who likes the outdoors and who enjoys her family. But all of that, while interesting and sometimes...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tough talk: City Council is right -- there is a real problem to talk about

Nobody wants to talk about it -- not really.So, the prompt from a news report that many, many young black males are making choices that leave them with few options other than crime and irresponsible parenting is usually only enough...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another call to care: This community never stops caring for those who need help

We ask a lot out of you -- the residents of Wayne County. When there is a need, you respond brilliantly -- with compassion, generosity and good will -- always ready to help a neighbor. And we are asking...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Same old, same old: Those who support the same policies and leadership ignored message

It was somewhat of a surprise that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was elected to retain her seat as the minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Think about it -- if you were on the board...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yes, extortion: Political correctness takes its toll, again

Before we get into the real discussion, let's get this straight one more time -- 99 percent of all Americans welcome anyone from another country who wants to come here to become an American citizen, as long as he...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A tragic day: We need to figure out how to protect children like murdered 11-year-old

Had she not been murdered and abandoned in rural North Carolina, little Zahra Baker would have turned 11 years old today. But instead of celebrating her victory over cancer and thinking about a wish as she blew out the...

Monday, November 15, 2010

A little respect: Bitter disputes solve little except to stall progress

This is a free country. You can say what you want -- no matter how stupid or ill-informed you might be.You also have the right to say what you want about your political opponents -- and you can make statements...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Civility: There's not time for hate, not now

OK, the election is over. There are some people who are happy and energized by the result -- and there are others who are not so enthusiastic. But in the end, this is America, where we celebrate differences and...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Heroes, all: Today is the day Americans remember, thank those who serve their country

They come from all walks of life and from every state in the union. Many of them are still with us, some bearing the scars of battles fought long ago and others with fresh wounds. Still others, we can...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A real difference: Volunteers offer much to county by giving of their time, and themselves

No one has a lot of time these days. So, those who give so much to local charitable organizations in Wayne County make a conscious decision every day that being there for the needy, the youths and others in...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Uh oh, not again: Commissioner's focus on transportation and U.S. 70 uncomfortably familiar

The smell of self-interest is beginning to waft across Wayne County again as Commissioner Steve Keen leads yet another discussion about the future of the U.S. 70 Bypass and highway improvements.So far, no overt evidence that Keen's continued laser-like focus...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Message sent? The question now: Did they really understand mandate -- and did we?

You really could not tell this week if anyone learned anything from Tuesday's election results.On one hand, President Barack Obama was seemingly conciliatory and said he heard what the voters said. Yet, his top lieutenants in Congress vowed to fight...

Friday, November 5, 2010

A king, really: Clyde King could have taught today's stars a thing or two about honor

He did not have to treat every Little Leaguer like he was the next great baseball star. He did not have to pose for pictures, or to offer tips at baseball clinics. Clyde King was a Yankee legend, with...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sign cleanup: OK, the election is over, so clean up the mess ... or else

It has been a long, hard-fought battle, but now, the election is over and it is time to get back to the real world.But for many Wayne County residents, that is going to be difficult -- they will be reminded...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Total trust? Not really. Here's the truth: We are snake-bit when it comes to politicians and promises

It's not like Americans headed to the ballot boxes around the country last night and rubber-stamped every Republican candidate they could find to send "hope and change" back to the showers. Far from it. Many of the races were...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Here's your sign: That's right, we have to tell people they cannot be sheriffs if they are felons

Tired of all the bickering politicians? Ready to throw your phone across the room if you get one more automated call from ANYONE reminding you today is Election Day?Well, then here is a little levity to get you through the...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tough year: Community will be digging deep this holiday season

The first week of November always brings the same calls for local residents who have had decent years themselves to reach into their pockets and help those whose luck has not been so good.And this year, the problem is, there...