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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

County salute: Today is our annual celebration of our community

The News-Argus changed the way it does Progress editions several years ago. The idea? There are plenty of stories out there in our community that are worth telling and that this could be a format for us to introduce you...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vigilance: Troubles in the Middle East are far from over

These days the news from Afghanistan is just not what it could be. There are still attacks, still irrational uprisings and still a foreign policy of appeasement from the current administration. And while the news that we are pulling...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Night talk: Nothing wrong with county holding a couple of evening sessions

The reason that public comment periods are planned during meetings is to give the people access to their leaders. And let's face it, morning meetings do not really allow many people to have that say -- after all, most citizens...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pick one: No more unfunded plans. Support the one we have.

It is a simple concept really. You do not take on another project for which you have no concrete plan for a revenue stream and take away from one that you have already committed to. Not if you are...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sex tape 101: And now for some sage advice

We have been talking about some serious things over the last couple of weeks -- our community and nation's futures, loss, the economy. Now, it is time for a little diversion -- and some well-placed advice. For all of...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The 20th: By now the debate should be less about gotcha

It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but the reality is that the mudslinging and finger-pointing -- and the feverish argument about who is the REAL conservative -- ought to be winding down in the Republican race...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another one: Enough with so-called education politicians. Let's get a real one.

It never fails. If there is an election in the offing, there is bound to be an education politician running for office. The problem is, these wanna-be saviors of the state and local schools often have no idea what...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Done deal? It seems hard to believe that there will really be a governor's race

Another candidate for the soon-to-be-empty empty governor's chair has thrown his hat into the ring, officially. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who has been in Raleigh with Gov. Bev Perdue this past year, is now filed the paperwork to be a...

Monday, February 20, 2012

One more time: Regional library is a good idea for northern end of county, too

When you have a good idea, why not figure out a way to replicate it? And that is exactly what Wayne County should do in the northern end of the county when it comes to plans for a future...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Same old story: It never fails. The party that is out of power has a short memory

Attention North Carolina Democrats -- well, at least the ones who are whining and complaining that they are being persecuted by the Republicans who have taken over Raleigh. This story is for you. Once upon a time there were a...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Still time: There are opportunities to have your chance to be heard

There are a little less than two weeks left to announce your intent to run for office in the upcoming election. And there certainly are plenty of places where you could make a difference -- and even some slots where,...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Liability: Doctors should be held responsible for unethical prescriptions

Although they are perhaps the most public of cases, it would seem hard to believe that celebrities are the only ones who manage to find doctors who are quick to write a prescription. While there are mostly honest health care...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Short-sighted: Save money, but do so intelligently, with eye to future

Perhaps it is the fact that so many city residents are still numb -- and vocal -- over the ill-advised decision to purchase a building simply on the off-chance that it could be turned into an Air Force Museum. Or...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Priorities: County has the right idea -- think long-term, frugally

Who knows what will happen when everything is said and done in the county budgeting process. For now, commissioners and County Manager Lee Smith are talking about doing more with less -- and thinking about long-term goals for the...

Monday, February 13, 2012

A voice silenced: Whitney Houston. What a loss.

There are many object lessons to be learned from the life and death of legendary singer Whitney Houston -- the danger of drug use, the pitfalls of stardom and the horror of a marriage that does not uplift but...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Scurrying: Watch closely as campaigning begins to affect your future

Funny thing about politicians. The closer they are to the date when voters will decide whether or not they will get a second term, the more of a flurry of activity their constituents see. You can liken it to a...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tons of care: Scouts are building a mammoth hunger-relief effort. We can help.

Ever wonder what it would be like to see 25 tons of donated food? Well, this is the weekend to find out. Scouts from all across the area will be out tomorrow picking up the bags they left at homes...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Campaign 2.0: At least, this year's race will be interesting

Just when you thought it was safe to watch television and that North Carolina might not have to endure the robocalls and other hallmarks of a contested presidential primary, GOP candidate Rick Santorum goes and upsets the apple cart....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Missed chance: One wonders if system should have been able to save children

You can't blame the deaths of Josh Powell's two young sons on the social worker who dropped them off that fateful day. She could not have known the depth of the evil she was dealing with. She could not...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Culture shock: Longing for the good old days

No one really wants to say anything about the incredible lack of couth that seems to be seeping into the entertainment industry these days. If you do, then you are not "cool" or "hip" -- and you certainly aren't...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Careful thought: Again, it is not the idea; it is the execution

Perhaps we missed it. After weeks of promising the community that they would not make a final decision on the future of the proposed site for an Air Force museum until they had run the numbers, looked at the pros...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ready to relay: Volunteers are sure -- it is going to be a good year

There are more than a few people around North Carolina who would like to know how Wayne County manages to put on one of the best Relay for Lifes in the country. Those who are involved with the event...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Join the fun: Scouts want to see 25 tons of cans -- let's help them do it

This Saturday, you will find a bag on your door from your local Scout troop. It is the first step of a project designed to bring in as many food items as possible for the needy across the region. Local...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Now what: Do the Florida results really mean the nomination battle is over?

There have been more twists and turns this nomination season than a roller coaster at an amusement park. And with all the hype leading up to and continuing on after the first few primaries, one would think that there...