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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Local example: Hard work paved the way for Kenney Moore's success

How nice it is when there is a local example to prove your point. Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries did not get to the point where it was able to offer franchises around the country because a government...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Early success: Graduation coaches' focus should be pre-high school

Not that they do not already know this, but those who have worked at Goldsboro and Southern Wayne high schools in the positions of graduation coaches should be involved before a student hits his or her senior year. That is...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Economic lull: Distraction of campaign not good for fixing the economy

It should not surprise you that for the fourth straight year, the federal government is running a trillion dollar deficit. It also should not surprise you that the economy is slowing. After all, there is a campaign going on....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

916th farewell: Co. Randall Ogden's airmen have reason to be proud

Col. Randall Ogden is moving on after a couple years of service as the commander of the 916th Air Refueling Wing. And while he has been the wing's leader at a time when the Reserve unit has earned many...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A heroine: Sally Ride was role model for young women

Her claim to fame was a seat on the space shuttle. At least, that is what most people remember Sally Ride for. But there was much more. She was the first woman astronaut in 1983 -- and inspired generations...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Nation mourns: Tragedy in Aurora should put some things into perspective

There is something about watching a father break down as he frantically searches for his son that puts real life into perspective. All of a sudden, politics seems trivial and you understand just what should matter in your life. And...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Self-help: Garden plan a model for how to teach people to fish

No one could possibly sustain themselves completely on a backyard garden. There are other needs that would have to be supplemented. But hearing that residents of one of the community's housing projects would be trying to provide some of their...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Disability: Statistics are out -- more got disability than jobs

If there was ever evidence that perhaps the current plan for entitlements might not be best catalyst for an economic recovery, it is the recent news that more American have signed up for disability in the last three months than...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Votes matter: Many across state almost lost their chance to effect change

Not too many people decided to get out and vote for their Goldsboro City Council members and mayor Tuesday. Call it disillusionment, or just plain laziness, but the minuscule turnout was not just reflected in the local races, either....

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bill victory: Now that they have law to back them up, judges can act

You never know what twists and turns justice is going to take. It does not always serve the victim, and sometimes, it even benefits the accused. But in the end, judges can only mete out punishments that are supported by...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The diversion: Politicians who are in trouble rely on the old sleight of hand

We have some bad news. There are no real magicians in the world who can make an elephant disappear, and none of them can saw a woman in half and not spend 100 years in the slammer. They make their...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Really????? Team USA: Made in China

Excellent news, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress finally agree on something. They are all pretty much equally torqued that some idiot on the U.S. Olympic Committee decided the athletes' clothing for the opening and closing ceremonies should be made...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So, meet: Keen's approach might be odd, but meeting wouldn't hurt

There is plenty of right to go around in the recent discussion over whether the Wayne County commissioners and the board of education should gather together to discuss the future of the schools. Commissioner Steve Keen is right. There...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Keep the old: Established businesses' 'gold' is as valuable as the new 'silver'

It is kind of a no-brainer, but it is surprising how often leaders forget that often it is the businesses who have been a part of a community for years who do the most to stabilize its economic future....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tips work: Example today of what might be first step in ending crime

Who knows what the motivation might be -- or if there was another reason someone turned in the name of a man wanted in an attempted murder. Either way, the point should be made, that stopping the number of murders,...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Challenge: Find a place where you can operate without an ID

Forget all the long-winded pontificating about the fairness or unfairness of considering new voter identification laws. Here's a challenge -- and a simple one that anyone can do in their spare time. Perhaps there might even be a few...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

True justice: In the zeal for 'fairness' some forget the victims

 It was a study in contrasts this week. The governor vetoed a bill that would have made it harder for North Carolina death row inmates to challenge their sentences on the basis of alleged racial bias. And then the legislature...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Heat watch: There is more hot weather ahead -- be watchful of neighbors

There are more than a few people in this county who might be suffering from the effects of the oppressive heat -- and no one would ever know. They might be senior citizens or shut-ins, people who might not...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

All's quiet, but ... You know what happens when government gets very, very quiet

The holidays might still be in full swing -- more than a few people picked this week for their holiday vacation -- but there is still an eery quiet surrounding the city and its continuing saga of an alleged Air...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patriotic salute: On nation's birthday, time to remember the tenets of freedom

There could not be a better day to talk about liberty than tomorrow -- and no more appropriate time to remember why it is a principle and a right to be zealously guarded. Most of us will spend the...