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Friday, February 28, 2014

Your stories: Today's special edition showcases community's best

We share with you today just a few of the reasons why you should be proud to call this community home. Our 2014 Progress edition "Home is Where the Stories Are" showcases stories about people in your community who...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A role model: How nice it would be to have a young woman of faith in spotlight

Sick of Miley Cyrus and her ever-present tongue? Wondering why, if Lady Gaga has had so many hits, she can't afford more clothes? Not sure exactly what has gone wrong with Selena Gomez? If you answered "yes" to any...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A good start: Decision on middle schools promising development

Forget the facts that were really behind the disagreement over the plans to build two new middle schools in Wayne County.In case you missed it, it was who really had the right to tell whom how the schools would be...

Monday, February 24, 2014

Olympic flame: Games have their drawbacks, but they are a sign of hope

The flames are out and the skates, skis and other equipment are put away for another two years. Well, at least the equipment that will be used for the Olympics. And now, after two weeks in Sochi, Russia, the...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Free to speak: FCC proposal a sign this government bears watching

You probably did not pay the announcement much mind. After all, who cares what the Federal Communications Commission -- the FCC, for short -- does, you might say. Its decisions do not really affect the general public anyway. Right?...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ready to Relay: Local teams are already raising funds to battle cancer

It might seem like it is still pretty far away -- this year's Wayne County Relay for Life. After all, the actual event is not until May. But even though Thursday marked the official kickoff for this year's Relay, teams...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Who's in charge: School board should stand its ground on building projects

There is a reason that decades ago, someone in Raleigh decided that the state's boards of county commissioners could not tell school boards how to build schools. In a nutshell, the idea was that those elected to take care...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

See no truth: Minimum wage argument poked full of holes

The current argument over increasing the minimum wage is a perfect example of two truths: 1. Politicians only hear what they want to hear; and 2. They will say or vote for anything that gives the semblance of solving...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pot dilemma: Those who think decision is without consequences are wrong

It has been official for a little while now -- it is legal to smoke marijuana in Colorado. There have been plenty of arguments for and against the decision. But there also have been more than a few people sending...

Monday, February 17, 2014

The next step: Time has come for closer look at payroll, radio system

When you have a problem, there are two ways to approach it. You can point fingers, listen to amateur analysis and tell people why you "think" something did not work. Or, you can review the facts, look at the nuts...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Moving on: Commission faces new challenge, momentous responsibility.

At last, it is over. And while we are no closer to knowing just what the reasons were that the Wayne County Board of Commissioners could not seem to work with the county's manager of more than a decade, there...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Nagin's shame: Former New Orleans mayor's arrogance a warning sign

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is going to jail. In case the name does not ring a bell, Nagin is the man who so badly mishandled the New Orleans evacuation in the face of Hurricane Katrina. He and...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pick carefully: The names are beginning to come in to lead county, state

Now that the floodgates are officially open, hopefuls who want to either keep their job or who want a chance to serve are beginning to sign up at the county Board of Elections office. And there are some very familiar...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Costs remain: Election worry prompts decisions that increase government bills

When election time rolls around, all of a sudden everybody wants to say "yes." "Yes" to cost of living increases for all military pension holders. "Yes" to an increase in the debt limit. And those are just the federal...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Better safe: When it comes to snow, it is best to err on the side of safety

Part of the fun when there is an announcement of bad weather approaching is watching when local officials decide to cancel classes, events or to close offices. In fact, when they are wrong, and the day is sunny and bright...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Quiet news: Pay close attention to the action as healthcare rollout continues

It is not dominating the news. In fact, there have been more stories about the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the terror threats at the Olympic Games. But it is a story that many of us need to...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Drug message: They kill, period. No matter how rich and talented you are.

The investigation into actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is becoming a web of intrigue and a story of tragedy. And it is also a cautionary tale for all those who think that drugs are not a major problem anywhere except...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Olympic spirit: Stories from the games are as much about hope as winning

There will be more than a few people who will sport medals this Olympic Games. And while their stories will be compelling, they are not really the only ones to watch for as the two weeks of competition opens...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The truth: It is time that President Obama starts answering questions

There will be all kinds of explanations for why President Barack Obama answered questions the way he did during his interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly this past weekend. And some of those talking will trot out the same old...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Truth told: Statement made at memorial service a message to heed

Maj. Fane Greenfield did not include his comment in his message to the mourners at Friday's service honoring Sheriff Carey Winders because he was trying to garner attention for himself. He was paying tribute to a man whom he...