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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Away we go: North Carolina General Assembly is now back in town

It is too early to draw a conclusion or to wonder out loud what life is going to be like with a Republican legislature in town and a governor of the same party at the helm. But what is...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Right answer: It's what people have been saying all along -- just said better

There are certain realities that go along with any discussion of illegal immigration in America and what to do about it. First, there are already 11 million people here illegally -- and we cannot send them back. But even with...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Proud Eagles: Scouts have made a difference in their community

To see the nearly 50 young men stand there, the event looked like any other honor ceremony that happens across the county every few months. But the 120 young men who were to be honored this weekend (some were not...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Between lines: There are clues to troubles in new round of statistics ... and local news.

Not every truth is revealed in large bites. Sometimes you have to pay real close attention to see the evidence that lurks behind the shroud of the politically correct. And then you get a real clue about the breadth...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Icy caution: Slow and steady is safe

By the time you read this, you will already know whether or not ice is going to be a problem on Wayne County's roads. But just in case, here's a little reminder for those who will have to travel...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Answers: Benghazi questions important, if truth is what we're after

Nobody really wants to talk about the horrible story that left an ambassador and three other Americans dead in Benghazi. It is uncomfortable. It is sad. And it should not have happened. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

States, right? Where should the power really sit?

It has been a question for hundreds of years. Who should be in charge of deciding basic rules for living for the citizenry? The idea, as it was originally formed, was to avoid the circumstance where an overpowering federal...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Party's over: Festivities are at an end. And now, it is back to work.

The stars have stopped singing and the wall-to-wall media coverage is over. President Barack Obama is officially president for four more years. And while the president might believe his press -- the adoring Hollywood throngs and the Democratic leadership...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dream stronger: Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision one that should be shared

It took courage to stand there in the middle of the National Mall and to remind a nation and its people of what it could be, should be and would be. It was dangerous to speak out in the...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A voice: Protecting our rights requires more than just standing by

Not that many people speak up anymore. Maybe they are too busy. Maybe they think no one is listening. Or maybe they are so used to having a country that represents and protects certain values that they assume the...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Voting change? Interesting idea to look at how elections are won.

It reads like sour grapes -- the Republicans' new proposal to change how electoral votes are allocated -- until you look a little closer. There has been more than one time over the last few years when someone has raised...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dimes add up: Keep a sharp eye out; prices are still rising.

What happened to all those grandiose plans to see the price of gasoline drop? And, have you noticed that prices are inching up at the grocery store, too? Let's face facts: If you are not vigilant these days, you...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Their champion: For honoree Dr. David Tayloe, children are his mission

It has been said that you judge a community by how it takes care of those who are least able to take care of themselves. And if that theory applies to people, too, Dr. David Tayloe has millions of...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

He's a cheat: Don't let your heart hurt too much for cycling's biggest villain

So Lance Armstrong is finally admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs. Yawn. Like we all did not know that. He is likely the only person who believed that lie. But what makes this confession particularly heinous -- and the reason it...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Battleground: Voter identification is a cause very much worth fighting

It is absolutely unbelievable that politicians let themselves get talked out of a voter identification law. In an age when you cannot do ANYTHING without some sort of photo identification, it seems beyond belief that anyone would say you should...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Truth isn't easy: Be afraid of politicians looking for a political fix to a social concern

Enough. No more charades. No more soundbites and made-for-television press releases. Let's get serious -- and real -- about violence, guns and the safety of this nation's citizenry. The ongoing discussion of gun control in this country -- and the...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Talk, talk, talk: Washington is good at talking. Will it be as good at listening?

There always seems to be someone with an opinion in Washington who is not afraid to share it. The real problem comes when you realize there is a bunch of talking going on and not a whole lot of listening....

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Squeaky wheel: Eastern North Carolina needs to keep interests at forefront

You know the old saying right? The squeaky wheel gets the grease. That advice will serve the new Wayne County delegation -- as well as some of the other representatives and senators who will be taking part in the...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Keeping peace: Delicate decision ahead on troops in Afghanistan

It seems like a simple decision: Do we or do we not keep troops in Afghanistan for a few more years? If the war is over, and the Afghans say they are ready for us to leave, shouldn't we...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sanity reigns: Council member's suggestion might be sign of good first step

Don't look now, but the architect of the first steps toward an Air Force museum in Goldsboro might have seen the light. Council member Chuck Allen suggested at the city's meeting Monday that perhaps it might be time to put...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Writing warning: Technology is taking toll on students' skills

If you have a teenager -- or a wanna-be teenager -- you know. The cell phone is the new pen and ink. In fact, it is also the new voice -- and an appropriate substitute in the minds of...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sanitized: Political discourse has taken a turn for the 'say-nothing.'

 Is there anyone who does not wonder every once in a while if there is any politician -- local, state, federal or, lately, international -- who can possibly be taken at his or her word? Sometimes it seems like those...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Perspectives: Governor-elect's cabinet picks interesting governing plan

Is it possible for Republicans and Democrats to really set aside their political differences and work together in the best interest of their state? Well, we just might find out. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory is populating his cabinet posts with people...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Not just you: There are some people who have reasons, but shots save lives

It seems that getting a flu shot should be a personal choice -- if you don't want the flu, get the shot. But the problem with ignoring the warnings and going your own way when it comes to this vaccination...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Don't be fooled: OK, we missed the cliff, but the debt pronouncements continue

Don't heave a sigh of relief that the fiscal cliff has been avoided -- that was only Round One. Next on the list is an even tougher foe -- spending cuts and reducing the debt burden that this country is...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fresh start: New Year not just time for resolutions, but for new priorities

Hindsight, predictably, is 20/20. So, as most of us contemplate the dawn of a new year, we look back with a critical eye at what could have been done better in the year just passed. And for most of...