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Saturday, March 30, 2013

A renewal: Easter, spring bring chance to change course, start anew

Today is a day for new beginnings, and the call to look for faith in a world that can sometimes seem like it has lost its way. So as most of us gather in churches today to think about...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter threat: Looks like White House will let the Easter eggs roll

They won't be able to take a tour, but it looks like youngsters visiting the White House over spring break will be able to roll an egg or two. The annual White House Easter egg roll was threatened earlier...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Partnership: Community tip brought arrest; others will help, too.

It was just one phone call when a passer-by saw something suspicious and decided to do something instead of simply looking the other way. And because of that call, a crime that might have had victims and could have...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Debate is good: Several issues have prompted Americans to get involved

There are more than a few issues before the state and federal governments right now that are causing more than a little debate among people. And while it can sometimes get tiresome listening to all the talk, truth is...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Save a life: Weekend benefit, adoption a chance to make a difference

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center did not need more volunteers? Wouldn't it be something if there were fewer dogs and cats nobody wanted -- and if we could find an abundance...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wall help: The bill is paid for arrival, but there are still costs to cover

A group of Wayne County veterans and other volunteers are working hard to bring Wayne County a chance to honor heroes up close and personal. The "Wall That Heals" is coming to this county in April because of the...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hard to hear: The truths of success remain same as they always were

It is not always easy to hear the truth. Some people choose to spin it by saying that it is partisanship or by hurling insults calling critics "bigots" or "heartless." That gets them out of the tremendous responsibility of...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Special thanks: Community, once again, stepped up

There are many other things many of you could have spent your money on this past week -- bills, food, gas. But instead, you put a little bit toward something for the community -- you helped the Wayne County Animal...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring cleanup: Litter is still an issue in county

With the advance of springtime, most people's thoughts turn to cleaning up. It is just the thought of new blooms and new possibilities, we suppose. But as we begin to clean up our own yards and homes, perhaps it...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cats cause: Stricter penalties needed for those who dump animals

It is good that the city of Goldsboro is addressing the feral cat problem -- an issue that has plagued just about every city in the country. And there is a reason to consider humane ways to control these felines...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Qualified voters? How about adding required reading

As the debate continues over whether it is unfair to ask those who want to cast ballots to bring some form of identification with them to the polls, an idea magically leaped from obscurity to possibility. Is it possible...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

What it takes: Where have all the statesmen gone? Partisans have the floor

The sad thing about the divide that exists across this country in the political arena is that although there are some differences, the fundamentals are the same: Most of those who serve are out to make a better nation and...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Here's a cut: Keep the tours; quit the golf

In all the talk about the horrors of the sequester, one aspect of life in Washington does not seem to have changed. No one told the president that he should think twice about going on his recent golf outing...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What if ... Church's 'Just Because' effort example of living faith

At The Bridge, it is not enough to simply sit in a pew and recite Scripture. In this church -- and in many others, too, we suspect -- faith is about being there for your fellow man. And in...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Same page: That's right. It is not the county attorney.

Stop the presses. We finally agree with something the Wayne County commissioners said -- well, sort of. Borden Parker is not only qualified to be county attorney, but we trust his judgment to act in a manner that is above...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Relay for Isaiah: Another life lost much to soon -- and a reason to get to work

Wayne County gained another angel this week -- much too soon. And the sad fact about this story is that it is not the only one we have told this year of good people who have lost their battles...

Monday, March 11, 2013

A true Scout: Dick Auger's efforts made Scouting possible here

It was a visionary thing to do when Dick Auger decided to champion Scouting in this region. Although the Boy Scouts of America was already popular around the country, promoting it here was more than a little bit of...

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Let light shine: Open government keeps everybody honest

Four hours of closed session. A decision on a controversial problem with  the Wayne County payroll system with zero      discussion in public. Commissioners who openly expressed that they wanted to have a discussion about the issue "in closed session." And...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dancers ready: Donate now to help fund programs to help schools

The actual performance might be a few weeks away, but the battle to claim the dancing crown in Wayne County is in full swing. From eager administrators to business people with winning on their minds, there are plenty of people...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fili-bluster: Holding up nomination, while admirable, not productive

It was something to see -- more than 12 hours of filibustering to prevent a vote on CIA director nominee John Brennan. The goal: To get a promise from the Obama administration that drone attacks would not be used on...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Money watch: Perhaps U.S. needs a new measuring stick for aid

More than a few people have mentioned the folly of a recent decision to send millions of dollars overseas this week in the face of the looming budget crisis here at home. This complaint is nothing new. It would...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Voter ID fight: Some of the arguments are more about politics than fairness

It is the same old baloney: Asking people to present identification to cast ballots at the voting booth will restrict voter participation. The presentation is much more dramatic -- and accompanied by stories of people who cast their votes...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Faith's call: Church takes stand for city

It might seem like a small thing -- prayers from a loudspeaker into a community. It is not a march. It is not a police stakeout. And who knows if it will really deter crime. But what The Place...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

War of words: Battle for interest groups' favor leaves citizenry in the dust

It isn't easy to see with the naked eye, but there is a war going on in Washington -- and the American public could be paying the price. It is not the partisan bickering that lurks in every corner --...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Promise: Students should be proud of their achievements

The 31 students who received Promise Awards this week from their respective schools should hold their heads high. They have really accomplished something. It is one thing to be honored for your good grades, your athletic skills or even...