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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sneak attack: It seemed like they got it and then, whamo, no gas tax cap

It is encouraging when legislators get it -- when they comprehend the consequences of the decisions they make in Raleigh for the average, everyday North Carolinian. Many of them are not struggling now to meet bills. And most probably would...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Is she done? Gov. Beverly Perdue not in best position for re-election campaign

There comes a point in a politician's life when the choice of whether he or she should run for another term should no longer be his or her own. Sometimes circumstances force the change and sometimes fate. But in...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dreams' detour: Young people too often misjudge consequences of taking wrong path

If you read the police log, you see it. And every once in a while, if you keep a close watch on the court records, you are confronted by it -- the sad consequence of what happens when young people...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Practicality: Free money is almost never free

There are some realities in the world that some officeholders never quite seem to grasp. The first is that government should operate on a budget. Normally sane individuals might see an 18-month same-as-cash or one-time cell phone offer and think,...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Now what? So much for the Supercommittee. What is ahead for country?

The only thing scarier than entrusting the future of this nation's financial integrity to the U.S. Congress is leaving it up to President Barack Obama and his administration of people who do not seem to know what it takes...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Still time to give: Take a donation down to help feed more county families

It is a sobering thought to think that perhaps the organizations founded to help the needy in Wayne County are not sure they have all they need to feed everyone who might be hungry this Thanksgiving. But the good...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Heavy sigh: Why Americans are so tired of reading the latest loan scandal ...

It is not just that there could not be a worse time to be dumping money in one industry just because its success would support the president's "green" agenda. And it is not just that another large dump of...

Friday, November 18, 2011

It takes guts: No, cuts aren't easy, but then again, that's what makes a leader

It is a lot more fun to announce a new pork barrel project to members of your community than to tell them that there won't be enough money to fund every pre-K program. It is not nearly as stressful...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tax cut stimulus: Here's a real-life example of how to stimulate the economy

If you think back, you will probably remember it -- the Cash for Clunkers program. The idea was, you trade in your gas guzzler, the government gives you a tax break, and you purchase yourself a new, energy efficient...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DAs are right: Racial Justice Act will become springboard for injustice

No judicial system is perfect. There are times when the innocent are convicted and the guilty go free. That's what comes with allowing a suspect to be tried by a jury of his or her peers. Most Americans want...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy what? It is becoming less and less clear what protesters really want

Occupy Wall Street -- or you fill in the name of the city -- has taken a turn for the absurd. After weeks of protesting, no one is really sure what those gathered at the sites around the country...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Court intervenes: Country needs a definitive answer on health care reform

The Supreme Court announced this morning that it would listen to arguments from those who say there is reason to challenge the constitutionality of the Obama health care reform law. And it is about time. The arguments have gone...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Integrity: Why does it seem to be in such short supply these days?

Unless you were looking at a flag or honoring a veteran on Friday, it was not the greatest week for heroes. From the horrific stories out of Penn State -- of who knew what and did nothing -- to the...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembering: It is not about a day off. It is about heroes.

It is a small sacrifice, really, to stand outside and to wave a flag as uniformed heroes walk by. It does not compare to the fear that goes along with taking a beach or facing an insurgent's rifle. It...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Too powerful: Penn State scandal should prompt new look at college football

Joe Paterno's firing is a sad fall from grace. To think that a decades-long career would end in such a cloud of scandal and could have, should have is shocking to say the least. But it does point to...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jackson saga: Verdict was correct, but what a tragedy of indifference

The bottom line is Dr. Conrad Murray deserved what he got. He administered a drug to a celebrity without regard to the oath he took as a doctor -- and the administration of that drug resulted in a death....

Monday, November 7, 2011

We need you: It is going to be a tough year

You come through every year, but this year, we know, it is going to be tough. The Empty Stocking Fund organizers are aware that there is more need this year -- and that there are children on the list...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hagan alert: Where oh where has our senator been? Certainly not keeping promises.

When election time rolls around, all of a sudden, North Carolina politicians figure out that there is a highway that leads out of Raleigh -- and it does not just go to Charlotte, Winston-Salem or Greensboro. That is when they...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Too much: Kardashian scandal a wakeup call about reality TV stars

It doesn't seem like any of us should be wasting time talking about it, but there is something that can be learned from the recent scandal involving celebrity-in-her-own-mind Kim Kardashian and her nuptials. The sad part is, 72 days...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cain concerns: Yet another scandal -- and a few lessons that can be learned

You cannot believe everything you hear, and sometimes what you hear might not be exactly what happened. So writing off Republican presidential nomination hopeful Herman Cain because of something someone said happened 20 years ago is not only not...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reading dilemma: Want better scores? Make it a priority at home, too.

It is not really good news that North Carolina students are only inches better in reading -- and right around the national average. And, as usual, there will be a chorus of criticism against the state's schools and teachers...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eliminate cheats: Fix health system by catching those who misuse it first.

It is the same old story. People who have worked all their lives, obeyed the law and who have gone out of their way to help others are faced with crushing medical bills and nowhere to turn except for...