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As college and high school graduates begin entering the job market, what do you think of their prospects?

Started on 05/25/2005

They are in worse shape than in recent years because high gas and other prices will drive down the economy.
- 63%
(850 votes)
They are in better shape than in recent years because the unemployment rate is dropping and things are improving.
- 6%
(78 votes)
There's not much change in job prospects, but unless students have a good job lined up they should get more education.
- 31%
(424 votes)

Total Votes: 1352

What do you think about the city council's exploration of a plan to purchase the Arts Council of Wayne County's former building to be used for an Air Force Museum?

Started on 04/19/2005

I think it is a great idea. There is a nice building available and we could make it into something that could be a draw to this community.
- 22%
(146 votes)
I think it a bad idea. We cannot afford a project like this, period.
- 11%
(75 votes)
I think a museum is a good idea, but not taking on a building in need of so much repair.
- 5%
(35 votes)
I am for a museum, and possibly the Arts Council building location, but only if it is privately funded.
- 20%
(134 votes)
Balance the city budget, then we can talk about a new museum.
- 40%
(264 votes)

Total Votes: 654

You heard the president's address to the nation last night concerning the no-fly zone in Libya — what do you think?

Started on 03/29/2005

I think we have no business entering another war — especially one where we seem to have no coherent strategy.
- 38%
(204 votes)
I think the president expressed himself very well and I think we absolutely should be involved.
- 5%
(27 votes)
The president did what he had to do -- I do not want to see another military action, but the U.S. cannot sit back while innocents are killed.
- 18%
(97 votes)
We are there for oil — so say it. If "humanitarian" is the reason, why aren't we in the Congo where there is real genocide?
- 12%
(67 votes)
The president should have gone to Congress first with a defined strategy for this action. He acted impulsively and illegally.
- 27%
(148 votes)

Total Votes: 543

You read the mayor's thoughts on the state of young black males in Goldsboro, so tell us what you think:

Started on 01/31/2011

I think the mayor is prejudiced. Our young black males are being targeted and presumed guilty. That's why we hear more about their transgressions.
- 2%
(21 votes)
I think the mayor is right. We need to reach these young men quickly. We cannot afford the costs that would go along with ignoring the problem. This is a community issue — black and white.
- 27%
(268 votes)
I think the mayor is right, but the problem has to be fixed at the family level. A community cannot undo what these children face every day at home.
- 63%
(620 votes)
We need to lift up our young black men, not condemn them. This is not the way to get them to make the right choices. Stop complaining and start helping.
- 8%
(82 votes)

Total Votes: 991

Do you believe the political rhetoric of the past two years is in any way responsible for the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Ariz. last week?

Started on 01/18/2011

No. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in America. The shooting suspect was motivated by his own demented ideas, not by any political speech.
- 64%
(324 votes)
Absolutely. The irresponsible tone of some politicians’ talk has reached the point where it is inciting people to hatred of those holding opposing viewpoints.
- 18%
(90 votes)
Perhaps. There are politicians taking advantage of the situation for their own parties’ benefit, but it would not hurt for all of us to respect each other a little more and to think before we speak.
- 18%
(91 votes)

Total Votes: 505

2011 has dawned and Congress is getting back to work. What do you want to see them handle first?

Started on 01/03/2011

Back to work — A jobs program is a must.
- 26%
(140 votes)
A balanced budget — It is time to cut spending, and mean it.
- 22%
(118 votes)
Health care — Reject the former bill and come up with a new one.
- 18%
(95 votes)
Illegal immigration — Close the borders and eliminate anchor babies loophole.
- 28%
(153 votes)
Taxes — We need to cut them and promote investment.
- 7%
(36 votes)

Total Votes: 542

How do you feel about the battle over keeping the Bush tax cuts?

Started on 12/13/2010

I don't think it goes far enough. This is not a tax cut. Cut them even more to stimulate the economy.
- 25%
(114 votes)
I am against it. I think millionaires can afford to pay more and they should.
- 28%
(129 votes)
I think we need corresponding spending cuts to pay for it - otherwise we just get further in the hole.
- 25%
(116 votes)
I think it is the right move. Anything to stimulate this economy. Unemployed people cannot pay taxes.
- 23%
(105 votes)

Total Votes: 464

What are you most afraid of as the power shifts in the U.S. House?

Started on 11/15/2010

The damage a lame duck congress can do.
- 14%
(87 votes)
That the Republicans will be too unbending and nothing will get done.
- 27%
(161 votes)
That the Republicans will compromise too much and nothing will change.
- 9%
(55 votes)
That Democrats will put an end to any hopes of compromise by using their Senate majority and the presidential veto threat.
- 25%
(150 votes)
That until the presidency changes parties — if it does — there will be limbo, not progress.
- 25%
(150 votes)

Total Votes: 603

You have read what the president has to say about the trouble with education in America, what do you think the main concern should be if the nation is really going to start getting serious about education reform?

Started on 11/01/2010

We need better teachers. There are too many not doing their jobs.
- 8%
(50 votes)
We need more money for poor performing schools and to leave the others alone.
- 3%
(16 votes)
We need to get tough with students. If you cannot perform at grade level, you do not move on to the next grade.
- 39%
(235 votes)
We need to cut back on the bureaucrats and administrators and put more teachers in the classroom.
- 33%
(198 votes)
We need alternatives. If your public school is not performing, you should be able to take your education funding to a private school.
- 16%
(98 votes)

Total Votes: 597

Pick our next Sunday comic:

Started on 10/26/2010

Mutts
- 44%
(116 votes)
Baby Blues
- 43%
(114 votes)
Pearls Before Swine
- 13%
(34 votes)

Total Votes: 264

Candidate Questions

Started on 09/27/2010

Talk is cheap. There is no question that right now, the economy is off the rails. If we sent you to the Senate/House this fall, what would be one specific measure you would propose or support to get more Americans back to work? In other words, what would you DO to fix the economy?
- 20%
(84 votes)
Very few people will argue with the statement that America has an illegal immigration problem. There are multiple thoughts on the issue, but two major suggestions have been made: Send those who broke the rules home or Give those who are already here amnesty. Where do you stand on both options? Also, would you vote yes or no on a bill to disallow American citizenship for anchor babies?
- 25%
(105 votes)
Americans are tired of partisanship determining votes. We do not want a yes man or woman in Washington. If you are a Democrat, what do you disagree with President Barack Obama about and what would you suggest he keep or change in his agenda? If you are a Republican, we get it, you don't like what President Obama has done so far, but what do you think about the way the GOP has handled itself and what other options would you offer to tackle some of the issues addressed by the Democratic leadership?
- 11%
(47 votes)
There has been all kinds of talk about taxes lately. What is your stance on extending the Bush tax credits for everyone? Would you consider making them permanent? What is your stance on tax rates in general - do you see Americans needing to buckle down and pay more or do you want to return more money to the taxpayers? How will that translate into a stronger economy?
- 14%
(61 votes)
Health care is now a reality. If we send you to Washington, what will your position be? A. Health care reform needs time to work. I support the change and have studied its impact. B. Health care reform is needed, but this law is not going to give us what we want, I support reforming the reforms. Also, have you read the health care law? What part do you think is a keeper and what is an area that scares you?
- 17%
(71 votes)
Government - what do you think the role of government should be? Would you like to see more social programs or less? Do you think government jobs can lead a recovery? What is your definition of personal liberty and how important is it in today's world?
- 13%
(56 votes)

Total Votes: 424

What advice do you think is the best when it comes to what this country needs to grow the economy and to provide more jobs for more Americans?

Started on 09/13/2010

Tax cuts - for everyone. More money means more investment and spending.
- 54%
(241 votes)
Programs designed to support and encourage small business growth. That's who make the jobs.
- 20%
(88 votes)
More incentives for large corporations to locate in areas that are struggling.
- 8%
(36 votes)
Go after some of the profits of the large corporations and redistribute them to support the jobless and to create more reeducation programs.
- 9%
(40 votes)
Use government spending to create jobs - the point is to get as many people as possible working.
- 10%
(44 votes)

Total Votes: 449

Do you think the Wayne County School District should ban peanut butter?

Started on 08/30/2010

Yes, if there is a risk to even one student then it should go.
- 14%
(141 votes)
No, this is overkill. Children have allergies to many things — will they be banned, too?
- 86%
(884 votes)

Total Votes: 1025

What do you think about the Cesar Laurean verdict?

Started on 08/24/2010

I think he got what he deserved.
- 37%
(151 votes)
I think second-degree murder should have been offered, but he is guilty.
- 5%
(21 votes)
He is innocent.
- 2%
(9 votes)
The death penalty should have been on the table.
- 42%
(171 votes)
There is more to this story. I am not sure justice was served.
- 14%
(59 votes)

Total Votes: 411

What do you think about the request to build a mosque a couple blocks away from the 9/11 site in New York?

Started on 08/18/2010

I am for it. This would be seen as a gesture of friendship to the Muslim world — and we need to start mending that fence.
- 7%
(39 votes)
I am against it. That is a site that holds a lot of bad memories for Americans. Let them build a mosque somewhere else.
- 77%
(426 votes)
I am for it — if a memorial to the 9/11 victims is built right out front.
- 3%
(17 votes)
This is a local issue. It is up to the people of New York.
- 6%
(33 votes)
I do not care one way or the other.
- 7%
(38 votes)

Total Votes: 553

What do you think about all the media hype about the November election:

Started on 08/03/2010

I think the Democrats will hold the House and the Senate.
- 12%
(89 votes)
I think the Republicans will take over the House, but will not win the majority in the Senate.
- 6%
(43 votes)
I think the Republicans will take the House and the Senate.
- 13%
(93 votes)
I think the whole thing is too close to call and many people have not made up their minds.
- 9%
(63 votes)
I think people are mad and they are going to vote out as many Democrats as possible.
- 60%
(429 votes)

Total Votes: 717

What do you think about President Barack Obama's handling of the war in the Middle East?

Started on 07/26/2010

I think he was right to increase pressure on the Afghanistan battlefront — that's where the focus should be.
- 5%
(23 votes)
I think he has not committed the troops and established the engagement policy that wins wars.
- 7%
(33 votes)
I think he has not kept his promise to move troops out of the region fast enough.
- 8%
(37 votes)
I think his comments, his foreign policy efforts have weakened us in the eyes of the enemy — and that is derailing the military effort.
- 63%
(300 votes)
I think the president is doing the best he can with a war that was not handled properly in the first place.
- 17%
(83 votes)

Total Votes: 476

What do you think of President Barack Obama's performance so far as president?

Started on 07/19/2010

I voted for him, and I stick by him. Change comes slowly and painfully. He needs more time to get the job done. I am pleased with the progress he has made.
- 22%
(182 votes)
I voted for him, and I am disappointed. He has talked a lot, but what has he really accomplished? I am still on the fence about supporting him for re-election.
- 3%
(21 votes)
I voted for him, and I am sorry I did. He has not accomplished what he said he was going to do and the decisions he has made have been ill-advised. I want my vote back and I will campaign against him.
- 3%
(27 votes)
I did not vote for him, but I support the efforts he is making to change this country. He needs more time.
- 2%
(17 votes)
I did not vote for him and I am glad I didn't. The president is changing America, all right, but not in a good way. I will actively campaign against him.
- 70%
(588 votes)

Total Votes: 835

On the economy, I am ...

Started on 07/07/2010

Bullish (confident things will turn around)
- 37%
(150 votes)
Bearish (not confident things will turn around at all)
- 63%
(256 votes)

Total Votes: 406

Another week and more lukewarm economic news. What do you think about the state of the economy and what should be done next?

Started on 07/07/2010

Recovery? What recovery? This needs to be the president's top priority and he needs to do more than just point fingers. It is time for some real action.
- 62%
(8 votes)
The economy is not better and the bailouts did nothing to help the average American family. The president needs some better advice and fast.
- 15%
(2 votes)
The president inherited a weak economy. He needs time to turn it around. He has made all the right moves.
- 8%
(1 votes)
The president has made some good first moves, but he needs to get focused. The economy needs action now — and not more bailouts.
- 8%
(1 votes)
Tax cuts will get this recovery moving. Give people a reason to feel confident that things are getting better.
- 8%
(1 votes)

Total Votes: 13

How do you feel about internet "sweepstakes" parlors and the state's proposed rules against them?

Started on 06/23/2010

I see no difference between lottery, bingo and these parlors. Gambling is gambling. It all ought to go.
- 26%
(108 votes)
I see no harm in this - people can choose to gamble anywhere. Let the market decide whether they stay open.
- 26%
(109 votes)
Let's keep them — but let's charge them fees to stay open. People will gamble anyway - why not make revenue for the city.
- 22%
(92 votes)
No to internet parlors, but I have no problem with bingo and the lottery. There is less potential for a person to gamble away a paycheck.
- 11%
(46 votes)
This is unfair. A city or state should not be able to charge large fees to put a business out of business. Limit where they can open.
- 15%
(65 votes)

Total Votes: 420

In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, what do you think the state of North Carolina should do about drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast?

Started on 06/11/2010

Absolutely no drilling whatsoever. The oil companies can't be trusted and our coast is too valuable a natural resource to take any chances.
- 31%
(139 votes)
Drill, baby, drill. We need the fuel and the odds of another accident are too long not to give it a try.
- 34%
(156 votes)
State leaders shouldn't rule oil out exploration but they should proceed with caution and only explore for oil if the people of the state directly vote on the issue.
- 35%
(160 votes)

Total Votes: 455

Do you think President Barack Obama has done enough in connection with the oil spill in the Gulf?

Started on 05/31/2010

Yes, this is BP's mess. The government has responded as it should.
- 26%
(145 votes)
No, there should have been a better response from the beginning. We need a containment plan now.
- 33%
(181 votes)
No more speech-making. The president should have been pushing for a massive cleanup plan now.
- 26%
(143 votes)
Government should be figuring out how to make sure this does not happen again.
- 7%
(40 votes)
BP and state officials have been hampered, not helped, by government interference to this point.
- 8%
(47 votes)

Total Votes: 556

What do you think about racial equity in the Wayne County schools?

Started on 05/20/2010

Children of color are treated differently — in discipline and in educational opportunity. Segregation is the problem.
- 11%
(69 votes)
Race is not the issue — background and support at home are. Address what is really wrong.
- 42%
(256 votes)
There are too many children slipping through the cracks. Demand that all children master skills before moving on to the next grade and change dropout age — no matter what parents say.
- 11%
(68 votes)
Neighborhood schools are the answer. Smaller classes, more attention and more accountability. Shuffling kids around will artificially raise test scores and graduation rates, not teach teens how to read.
- 18%
(110 votes)
Some children simply will not do the work and interfere with the education of those who do. Separate them and concentrate on those who want to be there — of all races.
- 18%
(109 votes)

Total Votes: 612

With so much happening, what are you paying the most attention to now?

Started on 05/10/2010

The stock market and the overall financial health of the nation.
- 16%
(55 votes)
Local government's budget talks — and the possible city tax increase.
- 14%
(51 votes)
The new Supreme Court justice confirmation process.
- 3%
(9 votes)
Terrorism concerns — and what our nation's next step should be in the Middle East.
- 8%
(29 votes)
I am concerned about all of the above.
- 59%
(208 votes)

Total Votes: 352

The city of Goldsboro is indicating it will need to ask residents to pay more in taxes this year to stay in the black. What do you think about that?

Started on 04/21/2010

No way. There is still fat to be cut from the city budget. Cut it, then look at the budget again.
- 46%
(338 votes)
Costs are going up — it is reasonable to assume budgets would not be able to stay the same. I would pay more to keep services the same.
- 4%
(29 votes)
I would support offsetting higher costs — just not new projects. We have the Paramount. We do not need a recreation center.
- 11%
(82 votes)
No taxes. No way. Cut until there is no need to raise taxes — if services go, they go.
- 29%
(211 votes)
This community cannot afford to stand still. I would consider supporting a tax hike, with a plan behind it.
- 10%
(71 votes)

Total Votes: 731

How do you feel about construction of a new recreation center downtown, now that a final vote is likely near?

Started on 04/14/2010

The troubled economy is creating an opportunity to save $5 million? We can't turn that down.
- 12%
(34 votes)
$8.76 million is still too much to spend on one building.
- 12%
(35 votes)
I am for the project but against the design. Before construction begins, the architects should be forced to come up with a look that better fits into downtown.
- 7%
(19 votes)
We don't need a new recreation center. The city already runs several facilities that meet programming needs for children and Goldsboro has a YMCA for those who want a workout destination.
- 69%
(195 votes)

Total Votes: 283

For the first time, Social Security will officially operate in the red. What do you think the future should hold for this government benefit?

Started on 04/01/2010

I think it is headed for severe financial problems. We need to look at waste, expensive bureaucracy and how best to trim expenses.
- 36%
(154 votes)
I think we need to make saving Social Security and keeping it solvent a top priority — use some of the money earmarked for the stimulus to shore it up.
- 34%
(144 votes)
I think we should gradually phase it out — pick a cutoff date and create a new program that rewards self-directed retirement, but takes care of those who cannot handle that level of financial planning.
- 6%
(24 votes)
The world has changed. People should be able to opt out and handle their own retirement investments. Others can take their chances with the program as is.
- 16%
(67 votes)
Everybody should pay, but benefits should only go to those who cannot support themselves at retirement age. If you are rich, you should get none of the money you put in.
- 8%
(34 votes)

Total Votes: 423

Health care reform has been passed. How do you feel about it?

Started on 03/22/2010

Great. America needed this and it is about time.
- 24%
(147 votes)
We will wait and see. The devil's in the details.
- 11%
(71 votes)
Outraged — they have just screwed up the best health care system in the world.
- 21%
(133 votes)
Quietly angry and determined. I will register my feelings this November.
- 41%
(255 votes)
Don't care one way or the other. Washington messes everything up eventually. They will clean it up later.
- 2%
(15 votes)

Total Votes: 621

What do you think about educating teens about sex?

Started on 03/16/2010

Teach abstinence. That is the one and only answer.
- 12%
(46 votes)
Teach as much as possible about safe sex and encourage abstinence.
- 17%
(66 votes)
Teen years are too late — start sex education in middle school and share as much information as possible.
- 18%
(69 votes)
This should be addressed by parents, not schools.
- 16%
(60 votes)
Teach some safe sex and abstinence, but really push consequences. They need to know the realities of making this kind of decision.
- 37%
(144 votes)

Total Votes: 385

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