6/18/2013 9:50 PM|
Jaycees didn't survive, perhaps their message can
"We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through ...
6/17/2013 9:52 PM
Security, privacy and balance at stake
The disclosure of the federal government’s hugely expansive monitoring of phone calls and online communications as part of its fight against terror came as a surprise even to people who pay atte ...
6/16/2013 9:58 PM
Touching memorial for firefighters
It’s remarkable and gracious for residents of South Dakota to take the step of creating a memorial to North Carolina firefighters who died there almost a year ago. The small town of Edgemont, ...
6/14/2013 10:49 PM
Commissioners make wise call in supporting gift
Wilson County commissioners made a smart call by funding improvements that would ultimately green-light a generous gift from John Lee and Tim Varnell, owners of Lee Motor Co. They want to donate the ...
6/14/2013 1:24 AM
Budgeting should be a 12-month process
Counties must approve their budgets for the next 12 months before June 30 each year. The new fiscal year begins the next day. In some years, Wilson County commissioners have danced right up to the dea ...
6/12/2013 10:12 PM
Editorial: Protest arrest raises questions
Police raised thorny legal questions this week when they arrested a newspaper reporter covering an NAACP-led protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. Tim Funk, a religion writer for the Charl ...
6/11/2013 10:06 PM
Hiking fees for teachers a bad idea
Talk about adding insult to injury. Legislation that went before the House Education Committee recently would have raised teacher-license fees by between $15 and $40 a year, depending on the license ...
6/10/2013 9:33 PM
Troops must be protected from sexual assailants
Usually, it’s the military that seeks uniformity while outsiders plead for attention to individual cases. In the matter of sexual assault, that pattern has been reversed. The House Armed Servi ...
6/9/2013 8:00 PM
$30,000 raise sends wrong signal
Pat McCrory ran for governor as a man more in touch with North Carolina’s working people than with the Raleigh politicians. But as governor, McCrory has sometimes shown a deafness to sensitiviti ...
6/7/2013 9:09 PM
Graduation's a beginning, not an end
There’s a reason this weekend’s high school graduations are formally known as commencement exercises. It’s a life lesson hidden in a vocabulary lesson, and it’s one we hope all ...
6/6/2013 10:04 PM
Lottery proposal comes up short
When, by a single tie-breaking vote cast by then-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, the Legislature’s Democratic majority succeeded in pushing through establishment of a state lottery, the Republican majo ...
6/5/2013 9:57 PM
Wallers make a difference in Wilson
A year ago this month, Salvation Army leaders opened the doors to the Wilson County Boys & Girls Club and made a disturbing discovery. Vandals and thieves had ripped into the children’s cl ...
6/4/2013 11:05 PM
Animal issue needs more dialogue, more voices
For many Wilson County animal advocates, the committee appointment was a disappointment. County Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas Lucas tapped himself to lead the board’s three-member An ...
6/3/2013 9:39 PM
Why force cursive writing?
A bill awaiting Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature may have good intentions in requiring that North Carolina public schools teach cursive writing, but it is mostly an exercise in sentimentality. Unles ...
6/2/2013 8:59 PM
Life lessons found in Simpson's art
For decades, Vollis Simpson crafted scraps of metal others didn’t want into pieces of art. Others would probably have buried the junk deep in a landfill. Simpson put the recycled bits and pie ...
5/31/2013 11:49 PM
Don't tinker with rural center's winning formula
A one-two punch from North Carolina lawmakers could knock Wilson County out of the fight to attract new businesses and the jobs that come with them. The Senate’s proposed budget would slash fu ...
5/30/2013 8:56 PM
Editorial: Bill protects animal abusers
White feathers are stained with blood. Faceless workers throw turkeys to the ground, slam them into the sides of metal cages and drag them by their necks. The hidden-camera video captured at a Butte ...
5/29/2013 9:59 PM
Parent advisory group makes the grade
Nearly two years ago, Sean Bulson took the helm of the Wilson County School System as its new superintendent. He came to our community from the Washington, D.C., area. At the time of the announcement ...
5/28/2013 9:25 PM
Former UNC chancellor finds wrong target
James Moeser, the chancellor emeritus and a professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a master at playing the organ, but now he has taken up percussion with an instrume ...
5/27/2013 7:15 PM
Obama should clarify drone strike policy
President Obama spoke clearly and thoughtfully last Thursday to Americans about his administration’s drone attack policy, its strategic necessity and its moral challenges. It was a president who ...
5/26/2013 9:41 PM
Lifting the spirit, leading by example
Reading the story earlier this week about the actions of 11-year-old Laurence Du-Sablon should buoy the spirits of all here in Wilson. Our reporter documented the scene of an elderly gentleman about ...
5/24/2013 11:59 PM
Honoring those who sacrifice for our freedoms
While the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, Memorial Day weekend stands as the unofficial kick-off to the season. There are races in Charlotte and Indianapolis. Families go on picnic ...
5/23/2013 10:07 PM
Wilson feeds the hungry, offers hope
Thousands of needy Wilson County residents won’t have to fall asleep with hunger pangs and wake with rumbling stomachs thanks to their neighbors’ kindness and generosity. More than 2,000 ...
5/22/2013 9:14 PM
Destruction takes our breath away
...There but for the grace of God go I.” It’s a quote so often repeated it’s become almost clichÃ©. And yet … What else are we to think after the random whim o ...
5/21/2013 9:06 PM
Don't shift the SBI
As North Carolina’s top prosecutor, state Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to move quickly when he sees something that could impede the investigation of illegal activity. And that&rsquo ...
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