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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FEMA needed: Leaders better make sure this part works

There are times when government should be there for its citizens. And just like most Americans would like to help those in need who are facing crisis situations beyond their control, now, too, is a time when there should be...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A helping hand: Young volunteers do their families proud

It might not seem like a big deal -- not really. But when three Southern Wayne High School students happened along a bunch of debris in Herman Park Monday, rather than walk on by, they decided to do something...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Remembering: Security Forces Squadron's trek sign many have not forgotten Sept. 11, 2001

There are times we wonder if anyone remembers the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001. We wonder if it still brings tears to the eyes of those who watched as the planes hit the buildings. We wonder if hearts still swell...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thanks, teachers: Wayne County Public Schools honored one of its best, but there are others, too

You do not often hear their names, but if your child has been helped by a teacher who went above and beyond the call of duty, you know just what kind of impact these professionals can have on a...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lesson learned? Katrina tragedy offered warnings for future emergencies

Let's hope we have learned something about how to prepare for a hurricane. In all fairness to North Carolina, that has never seemed to be a problem here. There are warnings, and state and local officials immediately mobilize and...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricane watch: Seems like it should be a no-brainer, but many won't heed warnings

Hopefully, this warning won't apply to anyone in Wayne County. After all, most people around here are pretty sure they do not want to tangle with another hurricane, let alone take the risk of ignoring the warnings from the experts...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Be part of march: Share the experiences of 4th FW airmen as they remember 9/11.

There are going to be a number of tributes over the next few weeks that relate to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. They will be poignant. They will bring back tough memories. Few...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Critical juncture: Downtown revitalization requires vision -- and an examination of the obstacles

A vision for Goldsboro and Wayne County: That is what every citizen with a stake in the future of this community hopes its leaders have as they make decisions about which direction to turn. In the olden days, a...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Good sports: Area coaches have an impact on the children they inspire

This is not a tribute to Les Williams, the coach of the Rosewood Little Eagles who left this world much too soon, although he certainly deserves that kind of notice -- and has received it. It is a chance...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bus odyssey: Administration just does not seem to get it -- STOP SPENDING

Last week, when you were watching the stock market drop like a stone, did you sit there and think, "Gee, I would feel so much better if President Barack Obama were here to tell me why this whole potential...

Monday, August 15, 2011

A hero, always: War mystery solved brings closure -- and a poignant reminder of sacrifice

When Vietnam veterans came home from war, some of them did not get the reception they deserved. Held responsible for what some called disasterous and immoral decisions made by politicians in Washington, the brave men and women who fought...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The real cure: Program expansion might help, but it is not the true solution

What is the solution to the problems that plague our county, our state and, most especially, our schools? There is no easy answer to that question -- only a nagging feeling that we have been here before, pondering the...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Election speak: Discard all that fluff. If you want to win, say something with meaning.

Presidential campaigns have become more like clown acts -- or pleas for American Idol-like popularity votes -- in the last few years. Politicians say what they think they need to say to capture the interests of voters, studying everything...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Worthy of support: There are groups that are really doing job of helping people

It is easy to get skittish about giving money to charitable organizations. During times like these when every dollar counts, you want to make sure that the money goes to the right place, to a group that maximizes its...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who's on first? City Council's surprise at Arts Council building caveats is just scary

Remember how the Goldsboro City Council was warned just a few weeks ago that it should slow down and think through the $500,000 purchase of the Arts Council of Wayne County's building? Remember how it was suggested that perhaps...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Market spooked: This is not easy to watch, but perhaps it is a much-needed wake-up call

There could not have been too many people too happy about watching a more-than-600-point market slide on the heels of a 500-point drop a business day earlier. Some people are dependent on that money right now to live, while...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Heroes' message: Those who were lost in attack said they were honored to serve

As more news surfaces about the tragic helicopter crash in Afghanistan, this nation is humbled once again by the bravery of the young men and women who serve in its military. And we are sad, too. It was bad...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A real legacy: Burkette Raper taught many what it takes to succeed in life and as a person

A legacy is not just found in bricks, mortar or a building with your name on it -- although it is likely that is how some people will remember the contributions of Dr. W. Burkette Raper. But a lasting impact,...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tragedy hits here: Murder victim was part of News-Argus family

She wasn't anybody famous. In fact, not many of you probably knew her. But to us, for years, she has been a part of our mailroom crew here at the News-Argus. And although there is much to write about...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cuts are coming: County has reason to worry, but that is what budget-cutting requires

County Manager Lee Smith is right. Someone besides him should bear the responsibility of setting the priorities for Wayne County. And yes, it should be the county's commissioners -- along with a little guidance from the voters who elected...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Divisive dialect: Post-vote comments suggest no one has learned anything in Washington

Tea Party supporter or not, if you are an American, you should be offended by the rhetoric that poured out of the liberal side of the aisle after Tuesday's debt ceiling resolution. Comparing Tea Party members to terrorists, those...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A triumph: Not the bill, Giffords' return

OK, so they passed a deal. The debate that has consumed the nation for the past week continued Monday -- as expected. But the really interesting and uplifting news from Monday's scramble on Capitol Hill was that there was...

Monday, August 1, 2011

A deal, but yet ... This is not the time to put down the phones; the problem still exists.

If you want Washington to do something about the spending, the debt ceiling and living beyond its means, you can't put down your phone, not yet. Without continued pressure on those who are supposed to be leading this nation,...