Elections are Tuesday — Get out and vote!

Off-year elections, even when they revolve around issues in our own backyards, are rarely well—attended. Yet it is these very contests which will determine who decides where parks will go, what developments will be approved, if streets will get paved and the like. It’s nothing...

It’s time to drop the rhetoric

The kerfuffle over the possibility of Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) locating a fire station on Jenkins Road is slipping out of hand. There is a principle in debate called Godwin’s Law that goes something like: The longer or more heated a discussion grows, the more likely it...

Costly delay better than overpriced disaster

The Wake County commissioners’ discussion of the county’s transit plan Sept. 3 was brilliantly offset by the agenda item that came just before it. Commissioners first heard about the painful delays with the implementation of the state’s NC FAST program — an electronic case...

Somethings are better left at home

Rolesville High School’s first football game Aug. 29 might have been “just” a jayvee game, but you wouldn’t have known it. The entire town, it seemed, turned out for the event, filling the home team’s side. The boisterous fans were surely the 12th-member of the Rams squad that...

7.6 million reasons to keep high school sports

(We originally ran this guest editorial excerpt last year. With the hustle and bustle of school, sports and other activities, we sometimes need encouragement to see how important sports are. It is definitely worth the re-read.) by Bob Gardner I’m not quite sure what qualifies a...

When sharing is in public interest

Decades ago, a local police agency came under scrutiny for failing to notify the public about a man who was sexually assaulting female students on a college campus. All information about the case was withheld so that the deviant might be caught in the act. The ploy worked — but...

‘What it was, was football’

In the spirit of the high school football season, which kicks off in week, here are excerpts from beloved comedian Andy Griffith’s now famous 1953 monologue, a description of a college football game from a self-described “country bumpkin.” It was back last October, I believe it...

Getting a good start to rest of life

The first week of August signals a shift in a community’s energy. The laziness of summer starts to draw to a close, stores put out all their back-to-school items and folks rush to squeeze in just a little more vacation. For area high schools, August is not only a time for fall...

Fight to keep legal notices in newspapers over — for now

Off and on this past legislative session, we’ve written about the battle to keep public notices in newspapers. It has seemed that every year, for a while, there’s been an effort by certain municipalities to be relieved of the requirement to publish notices anywhere else other...

Bamfoozled: When the Right is wrong

As we went to print Wednesday morning, the state House Rules Committee was debating a little ballyhooed bill, S287. This bill, which shamefully already passed the senate, would stop requiring towns and other municipal entities to run legal notices in newspapers. It allows them...

Tough to draw line

There may not be a more difficult subject to report on than sexual assault, especially in a community newspaper. There is a compelling need to share enough information with readers so that they can be informed and possibly protect themselves — particularly in cases where a...

Common Core State Standards fail to impress

In 2010, the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted the federal Common Core State Standards in math and English. Common Core is designed, at least in theory, to better prepare students to compete on an international level as well as be ready for college and...