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    Letter grades can help make schools better

    We don’t envy Johnston school board members or Superintendent Ed Croom. Soon they will have to explain to anxious, perhaps angry parents why their child’s school received an F grade from the state while another school in Johnston received an A.

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    Clayton hospital will benefit all Johnstonians

    With completion of a three-story, 50-bed inpatient wing, Johnston Health now has a full-service hospital in Clayton. That’s good news for many reasons.

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    Let’s talk about transit

    The Johnston County Area Transit System, or JCATS for short, is not a public transit system in the familiar sense of the term. It has no fixed routes on which people wait at bus stops for a ride to work, the grocery store or doctor’s office.

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    Laws have unintended consequences

    New laws often have unintended consequences.

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    County must protect field’s neighbors

    On Dec. 1, Johnston County Commissioners will decide whether to rezone a youth baseball field built with county bond dollars. It would seem a foregone conclusion, because to deny the zoning change – and shutter the ball field – would waste those county dollars, some $147,000 in all.

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    Two parks speak well of communities

    In Smithfield, two nonprofit groups have broken ground on town-owned land for a ball field and playground for special-needs children. In Clayton, a citizens’ committee has unveiled the design of an inclusion park there.

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    Candidate should blame self for loss

    On Tuesday, Jim Davenport, a retired police officer who lives near Kenly, lost his write-in campaign for sheriff, 38,821-1,097. If an email to this newspaper and others is any indication, he blames the media for his pummeling at the polls.

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    After ruling, respecting both sides

    In the days that followed a court ruling, two Johnston County officials made polar-opposite decisions about same-sex weddings. We respect them both.

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    Thank a volunteer

    We like fall, partly because it offers relief from summer’s heat but also because the cooler weather brings forth a bounty of festivals. Already, autumn has brought Mule Days in Benson, Railroad Days in Selma, the Pumpkin Festival in Wilson’s Mills and the Shindig in Clayton. Still...

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    These truths self-evident

    We know the world isn’t black and white; its many thorny issues have shades of gray. Still, we suspect some things are universal.

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