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Monday, January 31, 2011

Eagle honor: It is a time-honored award, well-worth earning

For 79 Tuscarora Council Scouts, this weekend marked an accomplishment very few people can put on their resumes. They can now call themselves Eagle Scouts. In this day of technology and other competitors for their time and interest, these...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New determination: We talk about the problem and finding a solution, but now we have to mean it

It couldn't have been easy for Mayor Al King to speak out ... again ... about the plight of black youths in Goldsboro and across Wayne County.It must have been somewhat discouraging to realize that he would likely get calls...

Friday, January 28, 2011

First step: North Carolina needs to be part of effort to challenge health care law

The vote isn't final -- and a lot can happen before it is -- but this week, leaders in the newly minted N.C. General Assembly took the first steps toward keeping a promise. The House Judiciary Committee voted along...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Deserving: He might deny it, but Bill Winslow is an example to follow

Of course he was embarrassed. In the world Bill Winslow grew up in, community service was not something you bragged about -- it was a duty that you did with a smile on your face because it was the...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Their hero: Les Williams left a legacy

It is heroic enough to put your life on the line in defense of your country. But to take your personal time to not only be a great father, but also to offer your wisdom and guidance to a...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Just a speech? Everyone knows he can give a speech, but can president turn economy around?

You don't really need to wait around for the after the play analysis on this one. Tonight's State of the Union address will be a great speech, punctuated by bursts of support and laden with symbolism. These sorts of...

Monday, January 24, 2011

A hero: Bob Stone served his country with honor

When you lose a man like Bob Stone, there is a hole in the place where a hero once stood. Stone, a Silver Star recipient, served his country with heroics that would make any military man proud -- and...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Just a tragedy: Why tell the story? So others will take it to heart.

No one likes to report a story that a teenager or young adult has been killed or injured in an automobile accident. And it is even harder to hear the news when the cause of the death or injury is...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Library victory: Campaign is an example of what a community can do

Congratulations are certainly in order for the men and women of the Steele Memorial Library Steering Committee. All their hard work paid off this week when they received a check for $60,000, which set the committee only $70,000 away...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Repeal or not? Americans want to see health care reform go, but not if nothing comes of it

Wednesday's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives was the newly elected Republican majority's keeping of a promise.They campaigned on health care reform repeal -- and many of their constituents asked for it. So even though the measure is likely...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A life of service: William Whitfield 'Bill' Smith left his mark on his community

When the term used to describe a man is "public-spirited" and "generous," you can bet that he has lived a life worth noticing.And according to those who knew Bill Smith best, his life was filled with just that sort of...

Monday, January 17, 2011

The dream lives: Today is the day to mark not only a hero, but the message he preached

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision was for a nation where race did not matter and where men and women treated each other with respect. And today, as many across the county pause to remember the man, we should...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The tough part: America is about free speech, not witch hunts

Enough. That is what anyone who loves America and what she stands for should say to anyone who suggests that political discourse -- or the choice of words by one candidate -- had anything to do with last weekend's...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Understanding: The fight in the Middle East is not just about avenging 9/11

Although they might disagree on how to carry out the mission and how much money to spend, Americans should understand one thing about the conflict that has consumed us in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last few years. The...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A gift of hope: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' miracle Wednesday a sign to celebrate

There will be plenty of time to talk about the need for all of us to be a little nicer to each other as the days and weeks unfold. There will be time to debate other issues as well...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Focus, please: Board members need to spend more time on what matters

It is too early to draw a conclusion about the newest members of the Wayne County Board of Education. But after a rather contentious meeting about a policy change that included multiple quotes from "Robert's Rules of Order" it...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just wrong: Saturday's shooting a tragic affront to true freedom

There is nothing wrong with criticizing your government, and there is nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in. That is the foundation of who we are supposed to be as Americans. But when people take their...

Friday, January 7, 2011

To obscurity: Edwards is free to live his life, but we do not want to hear about it

It is absolutely and without a doubt John Edwards' right to marry anyone he wants to. So, it should really be no surprise that he has asked his former mistress Rielle Hunter to marry him and that he is...

Monday, January 3, 2011

New year: Republicans need to keep in mind that giving away the farm not voters' wish

Wednesday will be the first official day of a new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and a day of new realities in the Senate.And while many are saying that the message sent by voters was get back to...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A new year, a new America

The Times Square ball has fallen, the champagne corks have popped and the confetti has been put away for another year. And now, it is 2011. And with the dawning of any new year comes the need to look...