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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Let's be practical: Households that manage money the way government does are destined for danger

Confused about the real story behind the state and federal budget concerns? Not sure if you should believe what you hear about potential catastrophe in Raleigh and policies that will create starving senior citizens and women who will have...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Too early for this: For Obama, re-election campaign ought to be low priority right now

No one should really be surprised that President Barack Obama is already on the re-election path. This president knows he is facing an uphill battle -- and he wants to make sure he has his base in place before...

Monday, April 25, 2011

The future: New census numbers give city, county chance to think of next steps

Population ebb and flow is nothing new. Most cities and counties find themselves looking at new numbers every time someone counts. That is what happens in this especially mobile modern world. In this case, the numbers were positive for...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Education earned: Perhaps it is not so bad for it to be a little harder to get to college

A couple of weeks ago, a North Carolina university system official made public his displeasure about proposed cuts to the system's funding. He pointed to the fact that it would be more difficult to offer the number of classes...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Helping hands: Volunteers offer schools the chance to help more students

It is called giving back -- and those who were among the many volunteers who were nominated for the Wayne County Schools 2011 Volunteer of the Year understand just how important those two words can be. And the winner,...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Achievers: Program at Wayne Early/Middle College High School deserves note

There are some people who are probably less than excited about hearing President Barack Obama speak anywhere -- let alone Wayne County. But that is no reason not to support a local high school's efforts to get the president...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Volunteerism: One of county's greatest resources is its people

Several people took home awards this week for the service they have given to their county as volunteers.But although the honorees were certainly very deserving of the honors they received, all of them pointed out that they were just some...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A loud hint: Sounds like city needs another plan for Arts Council building

See that really large white elephant trundling down Ash Street? That beast represents the unanswered questions surrounding the former home of the Arts Council of Wayne Council, and questions about whether it is a smart move to take on...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thank you SJAFB: The big names got the attention, but there were unsung heroes, too

It is hard to feel anything but patriotic and proud when you sit on a flight line and watch jets perform in the skies, especially when that team is the Thunderbirds. It is even harder not to think how...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pride: Weekend trip to the air show chance to see heroes up close

There are not too many people who can watch a jet shoot across the sky to the strains of the national anthem without a tear or two welling up in their eye. And this weekend, Wayne County residents will...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Veto blunder: Gov. Bev Perdue is thinking about potential voters, not North Carolina

Is she kidding? It seems absolutely unfathomable that the governor of North Carolina, faced with a ridiculous debt that tallies in the billions of dollars, would veto a measure that asks state employees and retirees to pay a minuscule...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Beg to differ: Mayor's theory interesting, but is it really the right analysis?

There are going to always be some people who will think that the city of Goldsboro has no business funding anything that is backed by federal money and that is run by the Air Force -- no matter what...

Monday, April 11, 2011

A storyteller: Former editor made sure community's stories were told

In today's fast-paced journalism world, sometimes it is the connection to the people that those who write forget. That is what makes news relevant and stories worth reading. Those who marvel at the simplest of tales and the achievements...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tough talk: Arguing over money, budgets, still not over

The strike has been averted. Because of some late nights and a little bit of hair-pulling, Congress has come up with a plan that will keep the government operating through September. So that means that for the next few...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Come on down: A plate of barbecue will help local boys and girls

It is not often that you will see an editorial in this space that tells you to go eat some barbecue -- although perhaps there should be more of them. But this weekend's Pig in the Park event is...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trump talk: Who knows if he means it -- or if he will run -- but, what if ...

Donald Trump certainly has the gift of the gab -- and he knows how to gather an audience. The famous developer and investor has had his share of ups and downs as well as a series of very successful...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shutdown? The argument is age-old -- keep spending or make a statement?

Unfortunately, much of a government shutdown is pomp and circumstance. Officials cannot keep the government's doors closed forever, so at some point, it will be back in business. It really is not a matter of if, but when. But...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Slow, steady: Mount Olive library project could teach city officials something

There is nothing wrong with progress. And there is even less wrong with wanting to pay tribute to the branch of service that has done so much for this country and for Wayne County. So, on paper, the idea...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Online plan: President is turning back to his Internet grassroots

It does not necessarily mean he will attract the votes he needs to get re-elected to the highest office in the land, but President Barack Obama is turning back to the same plan that brought him major dollars in...

Friday, April 1, 2011

SBI concerns: State needs to put full rescources toward reforms

The men who spoke in Raleigh Thursday about the problems with the State Bureau of Investigation are credible sources because they have been there.One did not have the benefit of DNA analysis to keep him from being convicted of a...