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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Let's resolve: Year ahead should be one that combines bold decisions, practicality

Here we are, beginning yet another new year. And, as usual, we will run down a whole list of personal resolutions that we might or might not see fit to keep in 2012. But we are not the only ones...

Friday, December 30, 2011

The family way: With so many parents not equipped to raise children, it's not just a private matter

There are some realities that go along with having a child. They are inescapable -- and no amount of "free to be me" or calls for personal privacy erase them. When you have a baby, it your responsibility to care...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

To be, not seem: N.C. has no time to waste on insubstantiated mudslinging

Sound the all-clear -- at least for now. It looks like North Carolina voters are not going to have to endure another round of he said, she said when it comes to the upcoming gubernatorial election -- at least...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bad mornings: We need leaders who know how to turn this country toward better days

The magic of Christmas is over and the world is once again focused on the coming realities of the new year. As, too, should be the residents of Wayne County and those who will be charged with choosing new...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A week? County's decision on how to handle holidays not citizen-friendly

It is not like there really was no warning, but there was not a lot of fanfare either when the county decided it would close many county services the entire week after Christmas. The decision came about because of the...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Staycation: Perhaps Obama family could have toned it down a bit

There is nothing wrong with the president taking a vacation with his family. But that is not what is bothering some people about President Barack Obama's latest trip -- and the many others he has taken over the last year....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Spirit lives: Yes, Wayne County, there STILL is a Santa Claus

It's famous, the story about the little girl who wrote the editor of the New York Sun to check to see if there really is a Santa Claus. Virginia wrote that if the Sun said it was so, then she...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sick all right: It is sad to say, but North Carolina has the right to be sick of Edwards

It is too bad that former Sen. John Edwards has found one more reason to delay the inevitable -- the necessity that he answer for the charges pending against him. But it should surprise no one that he has...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

On the way up: Today's good economic news could be sign of new direction

Truth is, Christmas is not really the best gauge of where an economy is heading. After all, when people have been down for so long, they tend to loosen up a bit when the holidays roll around. But even...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Welcome home: Airmen have made their community proud

We are used to it around here -- being proud of the work the men and women of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base do every day. We already know the stories about the dedication and courage of the 100...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ho, ho, hum: Battle in Congress is much ado about an easy decision

Here we go again. Back to the drawing board. But let's hope that the bickering kindergartners in Congress get it right, before there is real damage done. The extension of the payroll tax cut or unemployment benefits is not...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hint of progress: It might be premature, but any news is good news for county

You can decide whether or not the supermarket chain Harris Teeter is or isn't going to come to Goldsboro. But even if the announcement is premature, the rumor is good news for the city in specific and the county...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thank you: You should have been there. It was true Christmas spirit.

It is easy to get cynical these days. After all, there are so many people who simply have no concept of honesty, fairness and responsibility. So, in a year when so many of us are wondering how to stabilize our...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

United effort: Fundraising goal is really met one piece of generosity at a time

Even though a winner has taken home the Fair Share Challenge car, the United Way's efforts to take care of its community are not over yet. With only a few weeks left in the annual fundraising campaign, the United...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Finding a voice: Magazine's 'Person of the Year' should go one step further

The 2011 Time Magazine Person of the Year is the protester. The magazine's take is more international -- how the voices of the people have effected change around the world, most specifically, the Arab Spring. The Occupy Wall Street...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We need you: Empty Stocking Fund will bring holiday joy to needy children

This weekend, 600 children will have the chance to receive a special toy, a stocking and a visit with Santa Claus as part of the 2011 Empty Stocking Fund Party. If you have never been, you cannot possibly imagine...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Not like us: Face it. None of them are like the average American.

It is kind of funny to hear how many candidates and incumbents out there tout themselves as "one of us." They claim to speak for the "little guy," "the average American." Truth is, they aren't and they don't. It...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Class warfare: Pay attention Mr. President. It's not the poor. It's the cheats.

Imagine this scene: Two young women, able-bodied and young, come to the checkout at Walmart. They are buying four small plastic bottles of Mountain Dew and what looks like a form of Gatorade. They pull out an EBT card....

Friday, December 9, 2011

Leader lost: Former school board member put county children first

You don't serve for as many years and in as many capacities as former Wayne County Board of Education member Lehman Smith without having some kind of passion for the community in which you live. And for Smith, a...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Message sent: If it quacks like a duck -- and has a record -- move on

The story of the Florida mother who has been missing for several weeks from her home has been in the headlines. No one knows where she is or what happened to her -- although they suspect her former boyfriend...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Right picks: City's museum committee needs new faces, practical thinkers

Let's all agree on this now: No one is against having a museum dedicated to the 4th Fighter Wing and the 916th Air Refueling Wing in the city of Goldsboro.In fact, most people think it would be a fitting addition...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Distinguished: Commissioner Andy Anderson fought for his community

There just are not that many public officeholders these days whose sole purpose for serving on a board really is serving the people. Sure, there still might be a little ego involved, but, in the end, what matters to those...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sad ending: The problem with Washington is that the insiders are too good

Say what you will and believe what you want about Herman Cain. No one will ever really know what the truth is about the accusers and the accusations he has had to wrangle with over the last few weeks....

It just smells: Investigation should continue, but, please, it's about politics

One reason that you should not wait if you want to investigate partisan complaints against your political competition is that if your candidate finds herself in hot water later, and you decide to pursue an inquiry, it smells. And...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Helping others: Don't forget there are still needy this holiday season and beyond

Black Friday put a surge into the Christmas shopping season -- it almost always does. But along with the thrill of getting a TV at half-price comes the need to remember that there are still plenty of Wayne County...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just a patch? If longer days are a priority, state should find funds.

Unfunded mandates are a constant source of complaint for the state's school districts. And while adding five days to the school year to allow students more time to learn might be a good idea, truth is, someone has to...