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Friday, January 31, 2014

Polls 101: Don't be fooled ... a poll is a poll, and they are not infallible

You know it is getting close to election season when the polls start to rear their ugly heads. You will see them about everything -- from presidential approval ratings to who has the best chance of taking over the...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pass the buck: Debacle in Atlanta showcases new breed of politician

The mayor of Atlanta says he did not know that there was a major winter storm coming that would paralyze his city. And besides, he says, the highways and access roads aren't the city's responsibility. There is nothing he...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Power crunch: President's message to Congress suggests trouble ahead

If you listened to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, you got the impression that there will be a lot of work done in the next few months as he finishes out his second, and final, term....

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Just do it: President's speech will be pretty, but that's not enough

You know how when a love is brand new and a relationship is just getting off the ground how your date resembles a fairy princess or a white knight mounted on a steed? And then, after a few dates, he...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Finding wisdom: Governor's visits to state's smaller towns not such a bad idea

It is a funny thing about governors. Even if they are from a small town, they get up to Raleigh with all its pomp and circumstance and they forget about the towns that also make this state run. They...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

His calling: Carey Winders considered it an honor to be your sheriff

It takes a special kind of courage to strap on a gun and to risk your life to protect others -- and Sheriff Carey Winders did that for decades -- first as a police officer and later for 20...

Friday, January 24, 2014

First-ever: Beverly Carroll does inaugural Ollie Toomey award justice

You know someone deserves an honor when they are so sure someone else is going to get it that their shoes are off. And that is exactly why it took Beverly Carroll so long to make it to the front...

The right man: Keith Gunnet's gift is his ability to lead, and to give, unselfishly

You wouldn't have seen it if you were not looking directly at him as the list of his accomplishments revealed that Keith Gunnet was the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Cornerstone Award honoree. He would look down occasionally and...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Base watch: Community's priority should be keeping SJAFB safe

It is a good thing that the county and the city have joined forces to assist in an effort to revitalize a group that did a stellar job of keeping Seymour Johnson Air Force Base safe for decades. The...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's time: Commissioner is right; it is time to put someone in charge

Forget for a moment that this mess likely has been made worse by the internal issues and missteps of the current board of Wayne County commissioners. Forget also that there is a serious need for caution when it comes...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Terror in waiting: Sochi Olympic Games are sign that terrorism still a threat

It is more of an internal battle, but the terrorists who are threatening the calm at the Sochi Games are a warning sign for anyone who thinks that Muslim extremists are a thing of the past. This radical Islamic...

Monday, January 20, 2014

The history: It's critical that children know of battles, triumphs

As the years go by, the number of people who actually heard the famous speech on the National Mall is dwindling. And even fewer actually have met or demonstrated with the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And the same...

Friday, January 17, 2014

The truth: Those who love UNC should want to hear truth about athletes

Let's not pretend it doesn't happen. There are plenty of athletes at any big name -- or small name -- school who are not academically performing as they should. It has been that way for decades -- everywhere. Experts...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Out with ... Recent reports, findings make it seem like time for change

Perhaps they have simply been around Washington too long. Maybe we are just tired of seeing their faces and hearing the spin. But today's report on the Benghazi attacks is just one more piece of evidence that perhaps it...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Political babble: Enough talking. Much, much more doing.

There is a line in a Seinfeld episode that applies absolutely to the current state of politics in the United States. "Nobody needs to talk." And perhaps that is the reason so many people just aren't listening to politicians...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Serious lesson: If graduates can't read, their diplomas mean nothing

Wayne County Public Schools wants parents to pay attention. Officials, teachers and administrators have warned parents that the new state rules on reading comprehension are stiff, tough and important. And they have asked parents to help get students get...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Responsibility: Commissioners are making big shift; better be prepared.

There is nothing wrong with making a big change -- as long as it is reasoned, thoughtful and intelligent and done with careful examination of the potential consequences. It would be easy to insert a sneer here, when it...

Friday, January 10, 2014

A salute: Col. Jeannie Leavitt and her team have made community proud

There are more than a few months left to sing the praises of 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Jeannie Leavitt. She will not officially take her new post until later this year. But until that time, it is worth...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

True grit: Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords defines courage

Set aside the argument right now about the best way to keep guns out of the hands of nuts and how to stem the increasing gun violence in our communities. It is a discussion that still needs to be continued,...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weather watch: Worries this week should remind us of importance of farmers

There were more than a few people in Wayne County -- and across the country -- who were watching the temperatures with a wary eye. For farmers, the dropping mercury was a danger sign -- and many were worried...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Iraq danger: U.S. needs clearer and more realistic foreign policy

The news this past week about the fighting -- and the subsequent resurgence of al-Qaida in Fallujah -- should have made every American pause. The first moment of thought should be for the service members who lost their lives...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Radio fix: Finger-pointing is missing the mark on radio troubles

The buck often stops with the boss when there is a massive problem like the concerns that continue to swirl around the county's radio system. But as the county commission prepares to sign yet another contract to fix what...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A warning: Nuns' plight suggests more than trouble with Obamacare

There is a problem when you put people in charge of running a government who only have experience at running a government. They don't understand productivity. They are unaware of little things called "budgets." And, most importantly, they do not...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Results: All governments should be judged on what they do, not say

In the real world, if a chief executive officer or any of the top brass of a company make promises they do not keep, or if a company underperforms, the board of directors makes a change. As 2014 begins...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

ACA watch: As Obamacare begins, speak up about concerns, success

Many Americans, and more than a few of them in North Carolina, will have a ringside view of how the new Obamacare system is working -- or not working. And while there will be many who will want to...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014: Resolutions for this year should include new perspective

A new year brings more than just a change of date. It is a chance to sit back, to review what has transpired in the past and then to make plans for the coming 12 months. And as 2014...