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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meet and greet: Annual Progress Edition is our chance to tell new stories

Every year, we look forward to the annual Progress edition at the News-Argus. It is our chance to showcase some of the people, the places and things you might not know about your community. It is a lot of...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Papal farewell: Catholic Church has challenges ahead and its leader knows that

There are always critics when someone makes a big decision -- especially when it happens once every 400 years. So, it is not surprising that there are already conspiracy theories about why Pope Benedict XVI decided he would resign...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The gander: Lawsuit over redistricting? It is just politics.

It sounds good, the Democrats' claim that the Republicans' redrawing of districts was some heinous act designed to deny votes to black North Carolinians. And with that outrage comes the followup that all Democrats want is to stop the racism...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Blame game: Face facts. This is what happens when you try to be tough guys.

Don't be fooled by the latest round of "the sky is falling" calls coming from the White House -- or the speeches from "traumatized" Democratic representatives who are lamenting the damage the proposed sequester is going to cause. This...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Immigration: A stripe across a license is not discrimination

To really deal with immigration, you have to face some realities. The first: We are not sending 10 million illegal immigrants home. The second: Nothing we do about those who are already here will matter if we do not...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bullying battle: Education might be the key to changing the patterns

There is a bullying problem in just about every school in America. Face the fact. It is the truth. As much as many of us would like to think that children treat each other with tenderness and a blind...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Work ready: Designation sends word to potential employers ... hire here

On the surface, it might seem like just another state certificate. But the reality is, the fact that Wayne County has been deemed the state's first WorkReady community is not just a testament to leadership, but a sign that someone...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Video concern: The evidence is in. Now, it is time to talk ... really talk.

There will continue to be talk about guns, violence and what the best way is to stop rampages like the one that took so many young lives in Newtown, Conn. And there should be. We need as a nation to...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Better plan: State shouldn't want more people on jobless benefits.

It is a hard decision to understand if you just look at its surface. Why in the world would a governor want to put people who are struggling to find jobs in even more peril by cutting their jobless...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tough choice: Air show decision really was about the mission, airmen

We talk all the time around here about how much this community respects and supports the military and the men and women who serve. So, while the news that the 2013 Wings Over Wayne Air Show has been canceled...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Their own press: The criticism still stands. GOP board out of line.

It is often amazing how politicians can look in the mirror of public opinion and see what they want to see. The irony in the Republican commissioners' response to criticism of their first few months in office is that it...

Friday, February 15, 2013

License check: There's nothing wrong with granting credentials

Deciding to issue some driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in North Carolina is a good step. It does not make a statement about immigration policy and it is not amnesty. Honestly, it is a way to track those who...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A message: Medal of Honor recipient shared spirit of America

If you did not get to hear any of the interviews this morning with the newest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, they are worth watching. Clinton Romesha was one of a group of servicemen who were pinned...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Now what? Bottom line seems to be: It is time for real compromise.

It would seem hard to believe that it could be possible for there to be more of a divide between the two parties in Washington. But after Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, the indication seems to be...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Same old? Listen tonight for more than the same promises

Let's tell the truth here. The shine is off when it comes to the second term promises of any sitting president. In most cases, no matter who is sitting in the White House, by now we get that perhaps...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Double talk: You have to worry about leadership when the message shifts

It is scary how often politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths -- and how easy it is for their personal philosophies to shift depending on whether or not they are in power. And one of the...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A vision: Fifth anniversary of Paramount is a milestone for city

Eight years ago, it was a time for sadness and a sense of loss. Soon after, it was time to ponder the future and the possibilities. Five years ago, it was a celebration as a dream came true and...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Courageous: Students are examples for us all

Did you wake up this morning complaining about the complicated and difficult start to your day and the hard work ahead? Did you whine about something like spilled coffee or a driver who sat through a light rather than...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Budget clock: Here we go again ...

If it weren't so scary, it would be funny -- the continuing battle over who gets to spend what in Washington and how much. The only constant in the argument over the impending cuts and the future of the...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crime watch: OK, talk about guns, but let's address the real issues, too

Whenever there is an incident involving a gun, there is an outcry to do something about the proliferation of weapons in the United States. Both sides rally and the debate begins again about which concern in paramount -- the...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Think first: Health care realities need to be evaluated carefully

It is not surprising that the newly elected Republican majority in the North Carolina Legislature is chomping at the bit to put any kind of kibosh on Obama care. It certainly is no secret that there are more than...

Monday, February 4, 2013

A real message: Super Bowl commercial shared American spirit

Forget the hype. Forget the controversy. Forget the shock value. What a surprise -- the top Super Bowl ads did not include Dorritos, Pepsi or geeks kissing supermodels. The ones you liked the best were centered around something that...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Smells like ... Looks like partisanship is back and with a vengeance.

There is a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall ... and, unfortunately, we have heard it before. No, it is not the famous goodnight scene from "The Sound of Music." It is the same old,...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sense of humor? Super Bowl ad hubbub is ridiculous

Don't look now, but the political correctness police are descending on those Super Bowl ads. It seems several of them are racist, hate-mongering episodes of intolerance. Sigh. Makes your head hurt, doesn't it? From Jamaican advocates who think Volkswagen's...