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Monday, February 28, 2011

Economic hiccup: Gas prices, nonexistent tax cut are going to slow growth -- if we let them

OK, so the news is not really all that encouraging. Although Americans saw their take home increase in general because of a withholding change, fewer Americans are actually responding to that income shift by spending more. And the reason...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Special delivery: 'Accolades' is our chance to share a little joy with our community

Every year we start this project with the same goal -- to tell you some of the stories that you might not even realize are out there in your county. And every year we are surprised again by how...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

No lost youths: Program has right idea -- show young people how to cope now

The Goldsboro Police Department's new GREAT program leader is determined to reach as many Wayne County children as possible -- before they actually have to face a choice that could permanently affect their lives.The program teaches students while they are...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Red flags wave: Governor's veto makes taxpayers squirm just a bit

The governor has already cut hundreds of millions of dollars from North Carolina's admittedly bloated budget -- or so she says. And she has promised to make sure the state becomes a lean, mean operating machine, eliminating unnecessary positions...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A good start: Talking about concerns for youths a good way to start

The easy part is talking about what is wrong with black youths today and how so many of them seem to be lacking the guidance and support they need to make lives for themselves. It is even easier to...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fire danger: Look, it is easy -- do not burn anything, period

It is amazing how many people look at the rules and decide that, obviously, they were meant for other people. And this week, there are likely to be plenty of landowners in Wayne County and around the area who...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Going gets tough: It's funny how some people will talk about spending cuts -- but that's all

In theory, it is an easy sell. Your constituents say your budget is bloated and that they feel like you are spending too much, so you talk about cuts, out-of-whack pensions and other areas where there might be waste...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Budget watch: It will be interesting to see what happens next

Gov. Bev Perdue has released her proposed budget for this year -- and there is already unrest in Raleigh. The Democrats are upset because of what has been cut, and the Republicans say not enough has been cut and...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Higher standard: How do you really push children to be tops in the world?

State officials are one step closer to eliminating some of the end-of-grade testing that is being done right now in classrooms across the state. The idea of the standardized tests is to measure just what students got out of...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Early start: Middle school career fair gives students glimpse ahead to future

Whoever came up with the idea to bring middle school students into a career fair to see exactly what kind of opportunties they can dream about as they begin their high school educations has exactly the right idea. Getting...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Here it comes: They talk a good game, but does governor really mean what she says?

The gauntlet has been thrown and N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue says she is ready to make some changes in how government is run in North Carolina. She pointed out in her State of the State speech last night that...

Monday, February 14, 2011

The facts: Police brutality? That claim is a stretch in Cary bank holdup

News this morning from Cary police that the 19-year-old who robbed a bank and held seven people hostage was not armed has some of his friends and family crying foul. And while it might be true that the Devon...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sun shines: New law would guarantee your right to know in North Carolina

A measure is being proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly that should make every Wayne County citizen pay attention -- and call his or her legislator. The new proposal, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Really? Mississippi license plate plan exercise in 'Are you kidding?'

It might seem like it is not really even worth discussing, the plan by some people in Mississippi to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest -- the early founder of the Ku Klux Klan. He redeemed himself later, some people say....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Right move? School board's reaction might have been a little too quick

The Wayne County Board of Education announced defiantly this week that it would go ahead with plans as they are for the current Eastern Wayne/Norwayne construction project. Several board members suggested that it would be better to spend the...

Monday, February 7, 2011

We need jobs: With all the spending cuts fervor, officials better remember bottom line

The sexy headline now for elected officials is to point out to the community just how many dollars in cuts they have found in federal and state budgets. And don't get us wrong, there is still plenty to cut...

Friday, February 4, 2011

This year, join the Relay for Life: You can make a difference in the battle against cancer

Perhaps you have never thought before that you have the time to create a Relay for Life team. Maybe you think that raising money to continue cancer research is too much work, too stressful and too much to expect...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cooperate? OK. It will be interesting to see if Congress really can work together

Sometimes it seems like bipartisanship means different things to different people. For instance, when citizens say they want their elected representatives to work together, they mean they want them to quit bickering and standing on party lines and come...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bowling bucks: A successful program like this deserves support

Sometimes it feels like you are throwing money into the wind when you give to some charities. You never see the results of your efforts -- or exactly what your money has purchased. You just have to trust that...