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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Speak freely: Commissioners' meetings debate a bit of a tempest in a teapot

The discussion concerning night meetings and the Wayne County commissioners is curious. We say that, in part because, on the surface, it sounds like a good idea -- remove the barriers between public servants and the people they serve....

Friday, March 30, 2012

A little dream ... Lottery megajackpot prompts chance to ponder 'what if'

There are lots of reasons to advise people not to succumb to the Mega Millions jackpot fever. And there is still plenty to debate about lotteries in general. But today, just for one day, these are millions of Americans...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Belated honor: This weekend's gathering in Charlotte chance to say thank you

There will be an estimated 61,000 Vietnam veterans in Charlotte this weekend. They will be there for fellowship and a good time -- but they will also receive something that is long overdue: a large-scale hero's welcome and thank...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Other options: College/high school programs offer chances for success

There are some people who think the only way to succeed is to get a college degree. Others think an academic focus is the only way to turn high school into the possibility of a future. Not so. Programs...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A warning: Cheney heart transplant furor sign of trouble to come

Call it a warning. Call it a sign. Call it whatever you want, but if you are wondering why you should pay attention to the debate over the Obama health care law, and its potential implications for your life,...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Civility lost? Here's the bottom line: When you wallow in the dirt, no one wins.

There are plenty of opportunities to use the word "stupid" on both sides of the political aisle. In fact, that's why candidates have to hire advisers, handlers and "spinners." Otherwise, there would be a whole lot more Etch-A-Sketch moments....

Friday, March 23, 2012

A 'don't miss': Dance for Christ has a message, but it is also a fine production

Those who plan the Dance for Christ event say it is a chance for Christians to renew the fire of their faith -- and for those who might not have found a church yet to look for one. And...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Listening: Leaders have sharply tuned ears at election time

There is still time to make a difference in the priorities of your state and community -- and maybe even in Washington. Many of us think that what we say does not matter, that officials will do what they...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's the economy: It's not just about jobs now. It is about what happens next.

If you paid attention to everything every candidate said on the campaign trail this go-around, you would need a scorecard to keep track of the backtracking, redos and mistakes. So, the first time you listen to any speech, you...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another round: Try to stay focused. We know it is hard.

Just in case you might have forgotten, there is another primary tomorrow. This one is in Illinois. And it has been dubbed the latest make it or break it contest for the Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. We know that...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Close watch: Look, we mean it. One project at a time.

There is nothing wrong with exploring possibilities -- as long as those possibilities have a realistic chance of becoming reality. If you move forward on a project that the community has no use for or one that citizens think...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vetting the gov: Challengers could have impact on the gubernatorial front-runner

It would almost seem inevitable that unless a large meteor hurtles from the sky and squashes Republican Pat McCrory, he will be the next governor of the state of North Carolina. No offense to all the partisans from the...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scout solution: Maybe there is a way to get country on the right track

You have heard the stories -- men and women who are successful, productive members of society who credit their success now to principles they learned while they were Scouts. You have read the good news about the good works...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fight for 'open': Secrecy and private meetings are the first dangerous steps

Government secrecy is a stealth maneuver. You almost never see it coming -- or feel its consequences -- until it is too late. That's why so many people who work with public officials are so concerned about keeping records open,...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sad end: It is time for hope and care as Afghanistan ends

We are seeing a glimpse of the future in Afghanistan. The recent unrest, which is really no different from the previous unrest, suggests that perhaps it might be time for a different strategy in that nation. But we should...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

No war: It's not about birth control. It is about the right questions.

There is a new game going on in the race for the presidency -- and American women are the intended target. But it is not a war against women. That is a distraction used to keep the discussion from heading...

Friday, March 9, 2012

A step forward: Streetscape project will be shot in arm downtown needs

Like it or not, Goldsboro cannot afford to have its downtown turn into a ghost town. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but that is the reality if Goldsboro officials and its citizenry turn their backs on the city's...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Entitled: Lottery winner's declaration shows attitude toward entitlements

Just when you thought it was safe to believe the rhetoric that there are thousands of good-hearted souls out there who are being victimized by the system, along comes someone like Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton. Even though she...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Primary watch: There is still a long way to go before Republican field is set

If you thought the Republican primary was going to be over before North Carolina even gets its chance to vote, don't despair. As they say in the opera, it is not over until the fat lady sings -- and...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Service first: Middle school students have right view on caring for others

Crystal Wooten, Tela Bivins, Katie Leahy, Reyann Legarreta, Tamia Troublefield and Davia Webb didn't form their club for the glory. In fact, they really do not want attention for their projects. For them, it is all about the people...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Good sign? More people declaring candidacies an indicator of unrest

The news in any other year that there are more people signed up to run for office in the state of North Carolina would be interesting, but not anything to write headlines about. And the fact that there is...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What matters: Don't be dissuaded from the real issue -- who we are as a nation

This next election is about something that goes a little bit deeper than who makes the best speeches and who will make the fewest gaffs before Election Day. And hard as it might seem to believe, it seems many Americans...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Names are in: Candidates have filed -- and now it is time to start vetting

The die has been cast for the 2012 May primary -- and there are more than a few names on the local and state ballots. And those who stepped up and said they would run should be commended. It...