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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Just in case: Stories from New Jersey should remind N.C. of lessons learned

Is a state ever really prepared to handle the brunt of a hurricane, especially one with the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? In past years, North Carolina has been touted as a state with not only a plan that...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time to help: Fellow Americans will need assistance as they battle back

One of the most wonderful things about Americans is that they have perspective when they need it. So when a good portion of the country is facing massive problems because of a natural disaster, people know that it is...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Politics paused: It is right choice to put campaign on hold through storm

There are advantages to being the sitting president -- lately, they involve commandeering TV time almost at will. But there are responsibilities, too, and this week President Barack Obama has lived up to an important one. It is the...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fiscal savvy: Sometimes it's not about the spending, it's about the logic.

There is a dangerous trend flitting around this year's election cycle. It capitalizes on the weary minds of over-burdened taxpayers who are tired of watching their money disappear into goofball projects and government black holes while they try to figure...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Last vote: Veteran sets example for others

It was a small story. In fact, if you were not looking, you might have missed it. It was not a political story, either, although it involved an election. This week, a World War II veteran showed, again, why so...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Proud, and first: Wing earns honors, again

Not that we are all that surprised. The 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has been recognized once again among the Air Force's elite units by Air Combat Command. The award is for overall excellence in...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here at home: In times of acute need, community always pulls together

Who knows what the holiday season will bring for local shoppers, charities and businesses. There have been more than a few predictions of increased sales, with other analysts saying that shoppers will pull back a bit as they make plans...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Old-fashioned? By blending the best of old and new, we could work wonders

Every generation seems to come up with the line that those who have gone before them are "out of touch." They chastise their elders for their unwillingness to accept not only change, but the advancements that they see as...

Monday, October 22, 2012

N.C.'s choice: Race for governor is about who best can restore state's ability to compete

There have not been many comments in this newspaper -- and really, not in too many others either -- about the upcoming gubernatorial race. Some of that is because there have been so many other things to talk about --...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Libya alarm: Is Obama playing politics, or just dangerously weak on foreign policy?

When President Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, there were many people who cast their ballots for him because he promised a new breed of politics -- or non-politics. Instead of division and strife, he suggested that he...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ground it now: It's obvious that plans for a new museum are flying out of control

If we had a whistle, we would blow it -- and get a bullhorn to make certain that what we are about to say is heard loud and clear. And we suspect that many of you would join us...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ballots to cast: Keeping right to vote sacred should be top priority

There will always be people who think that their desire to campaign for their candidate to win office gives them the right to interfere in the voting process. Whether it is by corrupting the integrity of the vote itself by...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Debate impact: Is it more than just average TV?

Millions are watching the presidential debates -- many of them likely voters who have already made up their minds who will get their vote. But there are some undecided voters who are looking for something, anything, to help them...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Faith-full: Isaiah Henderson inspires others to keep up the fight

He has always been a tough cookie. So, it should be no surprise that Isaiah Henderson, the former children's co-chairman for the Relay for Life, is moving forward as he battles cancer. He has not had an easy time of...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday's legacy: There is much to be learned from the man who molded UNC

The stories about former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday are legendary, but they all begin with one clear statement: What made UNC's president so special was his unadulterated love for the university. It would seem that would...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hail and farewell: Friday's death a loss for all Tar Heels

Today is a day for all those who love the University of North Carolina to join hands in mourning. They have lost their champion. Former UNC president Bill Friday died today at age 92. We do not have the space...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Debate watch -- same advice: Watch with grain of salt and an eye for policy

Tonight's linguistic battle between the men who want to be vice president of your country is not likely to yield any great revelations about leadership style or policy. In fact, considering the hoopla over the first presidential debate, both...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The real story: Teen's tragic story a reminder of what's at stake

It made many of the national newscasts Tuesday, but you might have missed it if you turned your attention away for even a minute. The anchors told the story of a little girl, 14, who was recovering in a...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Big Bird punch: 'Sesame Street' diversion beneath the campaign

You know you are having a bad week when you have to come up with an ad that uses "Sesame Street's" Big Bird to get some attention. And while it is catchy and somewhat amusing to imagine Republican candidate...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Speak up now: With voting close to beginning, now is the time to voice views

Have something to say about a particular candidate for president? Think there are some issues voters need to think about before they cast their ballots? Then pick up a pen and drop us a line. The best part about...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dream reborn: The real message of this campaign: In which direction do we head next?

It is unfortunate, but sometimes it seems that Republican candidate Mitt Romney could use someone who follows along behind him explaining what he really meant. And that is an unfortunate side effect of a man who is used to saying...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Media watch: Claims might seem odd, but judge for yourself

More than a few people are saying that perhaps there might be just a bit of bias when it comes to the coverage -- and the questions -- posed to the candidates for president of the United States. They say...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One down: Two more debates to watch

Well, we have made it through the first of three debates between the men who want to be president of your United States. And while there was obviously a clear winner in the first one, truth is, there is still...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Great debate: Now is the most important time to pay attention to campaign

Of course there will be posturing and political double speak -- there always are in presidential debates. And sure, there will be "gotcha" moments and times when one candidate will seem to be better than the other, along with times...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Civil discourse: Community came together to talk about an issue

Politics has never been a place to turn when you are looking for advice on tolerance, respect and manners. In most cases, discussions over issues at meetings involving elected officials end up in some kind of bitter dialogue or with...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Grand champion: Milton Ingram served fair with top-notch leadership

Of course he did not want to stick around for the tributes Sunday. There was work to be done, and a fair going on after all. Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair director Milton Ingram has never been one for glory or...