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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ailing: Health care ruling turns loss of freedom into chronic condition

It is not just the debacle that is the president's health care plan. And it is not the politics that seems to be rearing its ugly head. What makes the Supreme Court's Thursday decision so worrisome is the slow...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Budget watch: Keep a sharp eye peeled on local and state money, too

Admittedly, there is more national news to consider right now than usual, so it is easy to forget that there are other politicians to watch. So, while you stew over health care, one way or the other, don't forget that...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A new concern: Supreme Court's decision on health care law next debate

It is too early to actually be able to come up with the true implications of what can only be seen as a momentous decision on the part of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding health care. But one thing...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Do something -- Center's message: Mission is to help children

There are all kinds of people who talk about what to do about the number of children finding themselves turning to lives of crime and drugs. No one really has the answer to solving the bigger issue -- how to...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Real talk: Politics and illegal immigration policy just don't mix

The verdict is in -- and the Supreme Court has taken a few of the teeth out of Arizona's attempts to stem the tide of illegal immigration through its borders. But a key provision -- that law enforcement personnel be...

Monday, June 25, 2012

The truth: There is no excuse for not offering up records

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder needs to come clean. And so does his boss. There might not be anything to the discussion that Operation Fast and Furious was arranged and condoned by the current attorney general. And it is...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An assignment: Consider what we expect of teachers -- and what their true mission should be

School is out for the summer, and once again, thoughts are turning to reform. The discussion is as ever-present as those about how much is the right amount to invest in education and if year-round schools make sense. And...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Building doubts: Ignoring questions about museum won't make them go away

When you say stuff over and over again, it is discouraging, to say the least. But when it is important, you have to push forward, even if there are some who might endeavor to try to keep the critics...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Foolishness filter: Maybe political hypocrisy needs a department all its own

There is one department that would be a great addition to the government -- one that taxpayers might actually fall all over themselves to support -- and fund. We could call it the "What's Good for the Goose is...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Look deeper: When do we start being honest about what's happening to our young people?

What is the factor that puts some young people on the front page of the newspaper flashing diplomas and others in mugshots as they prepare to answer for murder charges? Where is the crossroads where a young man chooses...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Convince: It's time for Dalton, McCrory to make the most compelling cases they can

When you listen to the back and forth in the North Carolina gubernatorial election, you kind of have to wonder -- what does it all mean, and, really, is all the money being spent worth it? It has been...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Downtown roots: To cultivate a thriving Center Street, it takes more than pretty trees

It might seem a little early to be thinking about the next step in the city of Goldsboro's plan for its downtown. But, truth is, a set of best-laid plans is exactly what the city needs now -- that,...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hard truth: Economic reality is -- this plan is not working

Don't let those politicians fool you. No one has the exact answer on how to make this economy do anything other than what it is doing. There is no road map; there are no easy answers. If there were,...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ride away: Does anyone really want to hear any more from Edwards, Hunter?

Now, it's official. It is over. The questions about whether there should have been charges brought at all remain, but, at long last, we will not have to listen to any more testimony about former Sen. John Edwards and his...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It might hurt: Legislature's budget wrangling a reality that must be faced

No one wants to hear that money is tight -- and even fewer want to be the ones to offer up cuts to make necessary savings a reality. It is just human nature to complain about the state of...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Europe watch: More reasons to watch the other guys than the pageantry in London

There are many reasons the American economy seems to be as skittish as the proverbial long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs -- and not all of them center right here at home. The truth is that...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Class of 2012: Life comes with its own set of truths

Every generation thinks it has a handle on how it will manage its responsibilities and possibilities better than those who have come before. It is the bravado of youth and it is iconic. So, it would be no surprise...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Perfect: Trey Millard's achievement well worth noting

There are not too many parents who can say they have the perfect teenager -- or students who can add the superlative "perfect" to their resumes. But the Millard family can, and their son, Trey, will, because of a...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Soda jerk: Look out, it could be your coffee drink next ...

We are used to laughing at the idiocy of big cities and their usually liberal policies. So, when the news got out that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was thought to be conservative, by the way, came...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Simply honored: Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen not one for the spotlight

George Jeffreys wouldn't want a bunch of gush written about him. In fact, he would be much happier if someone else had been the recipient of the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council's 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award and he had been...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Museum watch: Don't forget to take your chance to express your opinion

Members of the Goldsboro City Council want to know what you think about the proposed Air Force museum. So, please, come out and tell them. There are a couple of ways to express your opinion -- at a series...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Next step? Who cares about his next act; we better come up with ours.

There has been lots of talk about what the next step will be for newly out-of-the-courtroom former Sen. John Edwards. Notice, we did not say, "not guilty." It is pretty clear that Edwards knew exactly what he was doing...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Economic reality: Contenders can say what they want, but it's about jobs.

If there was any doubt in anyone's mind that the November 2012 race is going to hinge on who can provide the best solution to the U.S.'s economic woes, Friday erased it. Truth is, some politicians are still going to...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Welcome home: Community will rally around 4th Fighter Wing's new commander

This morning, Col. Jeannie Leavitt took command of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. As with any change in leadership, the ceremony brought into sharp focus the importance of the position and the responsibilities ahead...