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Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's fair: It's not prejudice to expect people to follow the rules

You do not hear a lot of candidates talking about it. Call it the elephant in the room for the 2012 election. Immigration. The issues has surfaced again, in part, because of controversy surrounding Alabama's new, very tough, rules against...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Good citizens: Local industries, businesses are there for community

AAR Corp. is just one example. But Wayne County is really blessed to have a number of local businesses and industries that care enough about their communities to get involved in them. And in these times of tight budgets and...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

He's back: Let's hope John Edwards' plans involve fading into the sunset

There is nothing more disgusting than a politician who should have known better, and who has made a point of critiquing others for dishonesty, standing up in court and trying to use a loophole to get out of trouble. Maybe...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Having roots: Community should take an interest in its history

This is not Emily Weil's first foray into the wonders of the history of her community. The author of seven books about historical subjects understands just how fascinating stories about a community's past can be -- and how important...

Monday, October 24, 2011

A loss: 24-year-old's death a reminder of what is at stake in Middle East

It is easy to sit in an office or in a living room and bandy about what the next step should be in Iraq and Afghanistan. The moves -- and consequences -- are hypothetical and there are no faces...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Home, for now: President's announcement great news for heroes who got job done

No one really knows what is going to happen now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to the U.S. military presence in Iraq. All we can be sure of is that it has been a long road...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Good advice: County, state and nation can learn from CEO's comments

When someone with jobs to offer gives you advice, the best thing to do is listen. And Thursday, that is exactly what David Storch of AAR Corp. gave local and state dignitaries as he announced plans to add 100 more...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caution ahead: Libyan leader's ouster still a concern as we navigate Middle East waters

Overall, it is good thing that Moammar Gadhafi is likely dead after an attack by rebels in his hometown this morning. He, and his followers, were not only a threat to Libya's future, they were also just another spot of...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Memorial: New Veterans Memorial is county's chance to remember

The beautiful structure that now graces the city of Goldsboro has a deeper meaning than just another pretty place for residents to walk and relax. The Wayne County Veterans Memorial pays tribute to generations of heroes who gave their lives...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Campaign trip: President Obama's swing through North Carolina all about 2012

There will be some people who will really think that the president's Jobs Bill Tour is just about pushing a proposal that will be good for the country and will bring more jobs. They are also the ones who are...

Monday, October 17, 2011

A tribute: Dr. Martin Luther King's dream relies on those who carry on mission

Just repeating lines from a speech won't do it -- and no matter how many times you watch Dr. Martin Luther King's famous address in Washington, that is not enough either. This weekend's unveiling of the memorial to the...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy reality: Redistribution is the mantra of another type of nation

The Occupy Wall Street movement is starting to smell. Not because there is no reason to demand that the banking industry and others who handle money do so honestly. And not because there is no room for protesting in...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Direction, please: Someone needs to do something -- and soon -- to figure out next step

Call it limbo. While there is no question that North Carolina's leadership has performed at a level that could be considered non-existent, there is one really big reason why policies seem distorted and local governments have no idea whether...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A symbol: The piece of steel from ground zero a chance to make sure memory endures

There are not many first responders, firefighters and military personnel who will forget what happened in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Many of them lost "family" when the heroes rushed in to save those trapped in the...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fair success: Volunteers, fair staff and 4-H'ers make county fair hum

The Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair has set another record -- with attendance figures shooting above 100,000. Director Milton Ingram credited the weather and a new paved track for this year's success. The rest of us know that there is...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pre-K dilemma: Where is money going to come for pre-kindergarten programs?

The order has been issued: Find $30 million to cover the additional costs required now that Judge Howard Manning has directed state leaders to provide pre-kindergarten classes to every child who qualifies for them in the state. And while...

Monday, October 10, 2011

The great debate: Republican field should be narrowed by substance

In any election, there are red herrings -- little bits of information that come out about a candidate that are interesting, and maybe even relevant, but that are not the critical factors in determining whether he or she will...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Do something? Economic picture suggests that doing the RIGHT thing a must

It is an old rallying cry. When a challenge looms and conditions do not seem to be getting any better, the call rises -- "do SOMETHING." It is usually not good advice, because it suggests not measured, reasoned action, but...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stick to the facts: If early indications hold true, it is going to be a long election season

It is not like anyone should have to resort to personal attacks this election season. There is plenty to criticize both parties for as candidates prepare to do battle for nominations and actual head-to-head competition. So, there really should...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Genius lost: Steve Jobs was flawed, but brilliant; a true bellwether of progress

There is no one definition for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- although there are many who say that "innovation" was his watchword. He was quirky, maddeningly focused and sometimes, some say, prickly. His life was secretive, complex and full...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Who's on first? It is time to start focusing on who IS running for GOP nomination.

Well, the news is finally in -- finally. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not running for the Republican nomination for president. It has been a roller coaster ride waiting for the announcement -- complete with eager donors and supporters...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fair weather: Don't miss your chance to enjoy state's best county fair

Who doesn't get busy during the week? Add your children's activities to your already crammed personal schedule, and the only thing there is time to do is to eat dinner and call it a night. But this week, Wayne...

Monday, October 3, 2011

Up for grabs: You don't always know if you are helping the truly poor

If you saw the photo, you saw the line that wound around the parking lot of the former Sportsman's World building as residents gathered to apply for extra food stamps in light of the hardships created by Hurricane Irene...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Get serious: For city officials, now is the time to start laying out plans for Goldsboro

Soon it is going to be time to talk -- again -- about money, budgets and the future in Goldsboro. And once again, there will be questions -- questions about priorities, costs and decision-making, not to mention questions for those...