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Friday, November 30, 2012

The dream: It is always better before drawing

A moment of silence, please, for all those who had to go to work this week because they did not win the mega Powerball prize. There will continue to be questions about the legitimacy of the lottery as a...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gas prices: Controlling energy prices should be goal of second four years

Did you notice while you were buying your Powerball ticket this week that $3.20 for gas is starting to look good? And the scary thing is that it was not that long ago when prices were hovering just over...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rice reject -- Senators send a message: Something wrong with nominee

When Sen. John McCain and some of his Republican colleagues agreed to see Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice "to hear her side of the story" in the Benghazi fiasco, an audible sign was heard across the land. "Oh no,"...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's time: There is still time to be part of United Way's Giving Tuesday

OK, you have chased the bargains in person and online and put away the Thanksgiving turkey platter for one more year. Now it is time to share a little with your neighbors in need. Giving Tuesday is a day...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stay strong: Principles that built this nation are the ones worth fighting for

Since the result of the recent election, there has been a lot of talk about the future of America and where we are headed as a nation. And there are many people who think that the Nov. 6 result is...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shop local, too: Money spent here stays her

Here it is, at last, Black Friday. And many of you likely have already shopped until you dropped. But as you plan the rest of your holiday list, please take a moment to think about the other places where...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Give thanks: It is easy to get mired in the negative. Count your blessings.

It is easy to forget. We sit in our houses and think about all the reasons we have to be less than satisfied with our lives while bemoaning that no immediate solution is in sight. We put priorities on meaningless...

Give thanks: It is easy to get mired in the negative. Count your blessings.

It is easy to forget. We sit in our houses and think about all the reasons we have to be less than satisfied with our lives while bemoaning that no immediate solution is in sight. We put priorities on...

Plan to give: Psyched about Black Friday? Remember Giving Tuesday.

There is no question that there is a certain amount of excitement associated with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. Especially now that it begins on Thursday. But there is another event to be excited about -- and one that could...

Monday, November 19, 2012

A new angel: Sybil Scott Seward made her mark with her faith, and spirit

She wasn't famous -- at least not in the traditional sense -- but if you ever made your way to Scott's Barbecue for lunch, she was a face you recognized immediately. Perhaps it was her smile. Perhaps it was...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New guard: Remember the principles on which you ran

There is nothing wrong with celebrating the fact that Republicans will control the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for the first time since Reconstruction. It is an historic moment. But the time to mark that achievement was on Election...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just the facts: There will be more to say, but for now, testimony is critical

Most commentators have their own opinions as to why the events unfolded the way they did in Benghazi. And there will be plenty of time to express them later. But for now, it is time for lawmakers to listen...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Helping hands: Area charities trying to make sure no one will miss holiday dinner

It is easy to forget that there is need in this county -- especially when you do not see it every day. So, as many families juggle their busy lives, it is easy to put off that canned food...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Judicial hoot: OMG, what will they think of next. And, see why judges are important?

There is so much that is so serious to talk about it seems almost criminal not to opine about the mess that has become Washington, D.C. But don't worry, we will get to sex scandals, petitions to secede from...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Back to work: Congress is now back in session. Keep an eye peeled.

The arguments are going to be interesting as Congress takes its seats for the opening of the lame duck session. And all of it would be just another amusing anecdote and more political spin if it were not for...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank a veteran: If you value freedom, take time to appreciate those who defend it

They came from all walks of life -- country boys and city boys. What they all had in common was their desire to serve their country and the courage to answer the call. Today, the corps of veterans includes women,...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The mandate: President doesn't really understand the message he was sent

He is already talking about the message that he thinks he was sent, newly re-elected President Barack Obama. The problem is, he is getting it wrong. The president seems to believe that an overwhelming majority of the American people...

Friday, November 9, 2012

State's new boss: McCrory's staff will sign ethics pledges. Let's hope they stick.

There will be lots to discuss about the new governor and the changes he will make. But there was a line in the account today of his trip to the state capital Thursday that should be noted. Pat McCrory is...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sandy thoughts: When it is not in the news as much, it is easy to forget the need

Not that it is disappearing much, but there is going to be less and less coverage of the devastation along the East Coast as a result of Hurricane Sandy. There always is -- the rest of the country moves...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What's next? The fight is over. Now it is time to actually get to work

Four years ago, on a "morning after" just like this one, some worried that a Barack Obama victory might bring a change that was not good for America, one that would alter the way we fundamentally think of ourselves...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Just vote: Pundits are pretending they have the answers, but they don't

You will hear them all day today -- predictions that the election is over and that your vote doesn't matter. You will see a myriad of exit polls as well as hours of analysis now and through the rest...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Just speak up: Tomorrow is your day to have your say about future

The time for campaigning is over. Everything that needs to be said has been said, and then some. Now, it is all up to us. And it is a responsibility we should not shirk. The United States is a...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

For the future: Mitt Romney will lead this nation with American dream in mind

It's not about slogans. It is not even about hope and change. What matters in this year's presidential race are facts. The problem with a campaign that is based on history-making and emotion is that when the "hero" is hit...

Doing the job: Incumbent Jack Best not encumbered by party, politics

Most voters don't consider power shifts and politics when they decide for whom they are going to cast their vote. They are looking for integrity, honesty and a sincere desire to serve, as well as some common ground on...

Friday, November 2, 2012

The choice: Pat McCrory will lead state to new position of strength

This might be the most obvious "no-brainer" in this year's election. And, we are in a unique position at the News-Argus to make that statement. In this year's gubernatorial race, you have almost the exact same race you had...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Good news: High number of voters sign of democracy at work

It shouldn't take a presidential race to get people to the polling places. But the reality is, it does. So the news that nearly half of the county's registered voters have already cast their ballots in this year's election...