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Is this really the answer?
Have you ever heard something like this? “If we only did X, it would take care of all the problems we are having with Y.” Our Webster’s Dictionary has a word for this: panacea. You m ...



There is still hope for historic tax credit
Historic preservation-tax credits were effective and popular. Cities of all sizes across the state were putting them to good use to restore their downtowns, preserve history and boost economic develop ...



Budget process a long, winding road
Christmas in July. You’ve undoubtedly heard that expression. We normally associate it with retailers’ efforts to generate sales during the summer months. But for government departments, ...



Energy policy and the issue of solar power
An energy policy conservatives and liberals can agree on is free-market solar. North Carolina will be wise to promote it. The state already ranks among the nation’s leaders in solar energy de ...



William Powell, dean of North Carolina history
When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored coun ...



VA facilities: Lack of timely care must be addressed
We like our state to be seen as outstanding – but for positive reasons, not for the longer-than-average waits its veterans must endure for health care. This is a situation that requires immediat ...



This is an issue between landowner, business
One has to wonder whether during the late 17th century, the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas required massive studies and deliberations by authorities concerning the types of crops they would raise ...



Change is difficult and sometimes necessary
Making a decision to change is relatively easy. Just ask anyone who determined he or she should lose weight or stop smoking. “I can do this! I can change!” Granted, making the decision ...



Another argument for open access
If you read the editorial here in Wednesday’s edition, you found out about last-minute changes to North Carolina’s income tax laws that were made retroactive for 2014. The changes had some ...



Retro-tax changes unsettling to some
Some North Carolina taxpayers were blindsided on retroactive tax changes because of a complex combination of factors from Washington and Raleigh. Legislators should not let this happen again. Catching ...



Medical examiner system failure
The Observer reports on the blatant failures of North Carolina’s medical examiner system. Lawmakers and the public are aghast. Committees are formed, solutions are debated, pledges are made to f ...



Child abuse: Help those in danger
It’s hard to imagine anything worse than purposely causing a child to suffer, sometimes to the point of death. Yet it’s an everyday story in this world. That doesn’t mean that we ...



DHHS must correct problems. Now.
A certain synchronicity seems to be at work with the release of the latest state audit of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The audit revealed serio ...



School drill worth time, effort, planning
Let’s be honest. Every time we read or see the news of an attack at a school somewhere in the world most of us are thinking, “Thank God it didn’t happen here.” But we are no ...




Chair thanks membership, plans changes I want to thank the membership of the Wilson County Republican Party for allowing me to serve as chairman of the GOP for the last four years and for the re-el ...



Bills would enhance existing efforts to help with learning disabilities
Reading is an essential key to a successful future, and those who struggle with learning disabilities are often at a disadvantage, especially if the problem isn’t diagnosed early. But new bills ...



Watch out: We've got some blame to place
No one ever said that protesting against a government policy or law was easy ... or inexpensive. Or that reaction to a protest doesn’t sometimes lean toward the absurd. Just ask the 179 Wilso ...



Gov't continues to face questions on solar energy
We heard an interesting conversation this week on the radio about solar energy and the issues that its growing popularity is raising across the nation. Electricity produced from these solar panels ...



Putting driver's education in reverse
The North Carolina legislature’s move to redirect funding for driver’s education is among efforts to shore up the state Highway Fund while furthering a Republican agenda to shift more fund ...



Say it loud: We won't tolerate this
It’s hard to know what to make of the brightly-colored noose found hanging prominently outside the main student center at Duke University, except that it’s sad, it’s angering, itR ...



Wrestling with unintended consequences
Scientists through the years have derived various “laws” to help explain the universe. The law of gravity. The law of motion. The law of relativity. No legislative bodies, such as Cong ...



Public records face another challenge
Public records in North Carolina will become a lot less public if a powerful government lobby and a handful of state senators have their way. Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, filed a bill March 26 that ...



No excuse for passing stopped school bus
Big yellow school buses have been around for decades now. It’s difficult to miss them. Anyone with a driver’s license ought to be thoroughly familiar with these vehicles. They should al ...



State legislators not ready for medical marijuana
RALEIGH – As far as I could tell, most of the speakers weren’t hippies or druggies or ne’er-do-wells. They were everyday people from across the state who traveled to Raleigh last ...



A lot happening at General Assembly
Legislators in Raleigh have been hopping lately, and it’s not to imitate an Easter bunny. Lots of major actions and votes while new bills are being filed before the clock runs down. Here is ...




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