Let the guilty party step forward

It takes a special kind of self-centeredness to drive one’s truck all over soccer fields, causing such ruts that the playing surface becomes worthless. Unfortunately for the Franklin-Wake Soccer Club and Youngsville Area Kids Soccer (YAKS), they have front row seats for just such...

‘None of us will ever forget’

(Editor’s note — On momentous anniversaries like that of Sept. 11, historical words are best. Below is the text of then-President George W. Bush’s 2001 address the evening of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.) Good...

Has Iraq become a four-letter word?

By John Turner What is your initial reaction when you hear the word Iraq? For most Americans, it probably carries a host of negative connotations. For me, as an Iraq War veteran, it’s a reminder of the 16 months I spent there trying to implement a policy the leaders of my country...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Friday, July 4, should be about more than cookouts and fireworks. The historic date marks a turning point in world history and set our nation on a path toward freedom and individual rights, which we’re still fighting for today. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress,...
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Good government is open government

As far as theory goes, North Carolina is a pretty open state when it comes to disclosure of public records and keeping public meetings open to the public. Our state attorney general, Roy Cooper, has stated, “The policy of the state … is to allow public access to the activities of...

Response time is critical

The shine on the U.S. 401 bypass around Rolesville has dimmed more than little as the project has faced delay after frustrating delay. It is now not anticipated to open before fall, a year after it was originally supposed to. But more than that, some troubling news came to light...

Press association award goes to Marilyn Avila

Guest editorial by Beth Grace and Jessica Kennedy N.C. Press Association N.C. Rep. Marilyn Avila has been chosen to receive the prestigious North Carolina Press Association’s (NCPA) Lassiter Award to honor her strong and courageous battle to keep government open to the people....

Happy New Year?

In addition to most everyone reading (or writing) this column seeing health insurance go up 30 to 70 to 100 percent (or more) under the Affordable Care Act, finding their state income tax barely go down a few percentage points (if that), utility rates go up and the loss of the...

Why we do what we do: A statement of principle

The Wake Weekly newspaper has rolled off the presses and into readers’ hands since 1947. While this process has changed quite a bit in the past half-century — along with the look of our paper — our guiding principles haven’t. As we launch into our 66th year, we again want to...

Our veterans need more than a day, they need a career

Guest Editorial by Thomas A. Kennedy America is home to 21.2 million veterans — men and women who were willing to risk their lives for our country. Unfortunately, many of these veterans face a daunting personal battle here at home: finding work. According to the labor department,...

‘We have come to this Rock…’

What is there to be thankful for? What are you thankful for? To whom are you thankful? These three questions speak largely to what Thanksgiving is really about. Too often, we miss seeing what is right before us here and now and what lies in the future. There is a lot around us to...

The predictable consequences of Obamacare

— guest editorial from the Carolina Journal More than three years after Obamacare became law, finally we know what’s in it. Sort of. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 2014 rates for health insurance policies on the federal exchange in late September,...