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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Scarlett O'Hara'd: When you 'think about that tomorrow' or pay no attention, disaster looms

This week has been one of the best advertisements ever for why most people in this country need to stop ignoring what is going on in Washington. It has been easy to do that until now. We could watch our...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Way of the world: Big-time athletics leaves fans cold -- whether it is college or professional

If you were looking for some good news to make you feel better Thursday, college athletics was not the place. After committing what have been called serious violations, the University of North Carolina ditched its football coach and its...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pass something? Basis for slow debt ceiling agreement is -- no one trusts anyone else

You can really see it from both sides if you think about it. It seems a useless result to have a debt ceiling agreement postponed for so long that it starts to affect the markets and the country's credit...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blame game: Don't fall for the spin. This is about setting a course for the future.

This is about politics. And that is what you are seeing in the debate over spending cuts, debt ceilings and the threats to cut Social Security checks. This is about the upper hand and spinning the words to create...

Monday, July 25, 2011

No-brainer: Care about the future of Wayne County? Fund programs that work.

Should anyone still be wondering whether there will be graduation coaches at Goldsboro and Southern Wayne high schools this fall? No way. Not if they are serious about improving the quality of some of the county's struggling schools. And...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

An army of help: Children are not scoring where they need to -- what is the next step?

If you believe that the solution to every problem in the Wayne County Schools is to fire every teacher in a school where the scores are not good enough to meet a state standard, then read no further. And...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Remembering: Fayetteville woman's project one part of how we could say 'thank you'

For every hero or heroine we honor and for every active duty member of the military we thank, there are hundreds of others who leave the service and have nowhere to go and face struggles to rebuild their lives....

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A sad day: Last shuttle flight really a step back for America's explorer spirit

We have always been among the leaders in space exploration -- and many times, the pioneers. So, it is with great sadness that many people who remember the words "one giant step for mankind" and the wonder of putting...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Park-gate: Has there ever been a decision that took so long?

The continuing debate over the opening or closing of Park Avenue through Herman Park has become a source of amusement and consternation for many in the city -- and for some members of the Goldsboro City Council as well....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scary times: It is still about jobs. No matter what Washington has to say.

Let's face facts: You cannot grow an economy without jobs -- and not the unfunded, tax-money-guzzling government bureaucracy kind, but with regular jobs funded by thriving private businesses that are exchanging goods and services and bringing in a bottom...

Monday, July 18, 2011

A tragic loss: 19-year-old's death another sad waste of a promising life

All too often, we get so focused on the crime and the criminal, we forget about the victim. And this past week, it would have been easy to concentrate attention on the news that a young man had come...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Choices: Personal responsibility includes the right for adults to say 'no'

From redistricting to demanding voter identification at the polls, the usual suspects are out in full force saying that either move will reduce the franchise rights of minorities in North Carolina. What they mean, of course, is that more...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

About Betty: She did it her way -- and blazed a trail

If you are not from that generation, you probably are wondering why so many people are so enamored with Betty Ford, and why her loss is being noted by so many. After all, she was simply a first lady...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Your money: Keep your eyes peeled -- there is mischief afoot

Every American who pays taxes should keep a close eye on Washington this week. The first reason is that they are talking about your money. The second reason is that there are politicians claiming they have the situation well...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Irresponsible: City's creative financing and suspect logic have bought you a building

OK, there simply has to be some deal behind the scenes that the members of the Goldsboro City Council in general and Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen in particular know that they are not telling their bosses, the taxpayers....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

No justice: Casey Anthony verdict astonishing

There was a collective gasp across America Tuesday as the Florida mother who was photographed partying a month after her daughter was missing was found not guilty on all charges in connection with the 2-year-old's death. And now, unfortunately,...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Celebrate courage: Words of freedom stir hearts today as profoundly as they did in 1776

Independence.It is a word that has so many meanings for so many people.It is a sign of adulthood, the chance to make your own way.It is a sign of resolve, the determination to make decisions that are right, just and...

Friday, July 1, 2011

No quick fix: For confidence to return, Americans need to know that Washington gets it

County Commissioner Andy Anderson is right. These are not ordinary times. And while there are still some holdouts who do not seem to get it, the truth is the dollar buys less than it used to and there are...

The real failure: Teachers' best efforts are thwarted when parents don't do their part

There are plenty of teachers in the Wayne County School District who care about the children they teach -- and who go beyond the call of duty to come up with ways to reach those who are facing learning challenges...