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IRS scandal For my liberal friends who only watch CBS, NBC and ABC, you won’t know this or, you know it but are in denial, there is now evidence in the form of emails which you can see (not ...



A joyous message of hope on Easter
We are in the midst of high holy days for both the Christian and Jewish religions. Passover runs through nightfall Tuesday. Easter is Sunday. A central theme for each of these holidays can be summed u ...



Evil of racism is ignorant, loutish, no joke
He grew up in the Carolinas. He joined the Army, was stationed at Fort Bragg and served two years in Vietnam. He was committed to his beliefs, inspired by a tract his father shared in 1974. That newsl ...



Kneten's leadership touched Barton, Wilson
The phrase “town and gown” traces its origins back to the Middle Ages. It generally refers to the relationship between a community and a college or university located within that community ...



Subsidizing university tuition costs is not a new practice
RALEIGH – The current University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the 34-member body that helps set policy for all UNC system campuses, is not a big fan of using a slice of tuition paid by ...



Byproduct of a falling jobless rate
A falling unemployment rate might produce bad news for North Carolina residents who still can’t find work. Changes in state law link benefits to the jobless rate. As it drops, payments run ou ...



Tax collection key to state budget
Gov. Pat McCrory, legislative budget writers and the state Revenue department have a plea for taxpayers preparing their 2013 tax returns today: “Hurry up!” All are eagerly awaiting the ...



Telepsychiatry a needed alternative
For mental health patients and their families, the frequently long wait for help can be unbearable. There is now hope that a joint state and Duke Endowment initiative will radically reduce waiting ...



New leaders off to promising start for Wilson
This week readers of The Wilson Times have been introduced to three people who will be playing influential roles in our community for at least the next few years. We had a chance to sit down with t ...



'I love to watch you play'
Is there any better time of the year than right now? I admit the pollen is a little bit of a pain, but it’s springtime. The grass is greening up. The flowers are blooming and the weather is ...



It is time to cultivate North Carolina's small town entrepreneurs
RALEIGH — During most of its history, North Carolina was a state of widely dispersed residents. There were no truly big cities, many small towns, and fewer sparsely populated counties than, say, ...



Study shows film industry's importance
In a perfect world, governments would not pay incentives or grant tax breaks to lure jobs to their jurisdictions. But today’s business world requires both. In no industry is that reality more ...




Westwood needs some attention As are many other Wilsonians, I am enjoying the newly paved street portion of Warren Street that goes from Hines Street to Norris Boulevard. The City of Wilson has don ...



Strange districts, few solutions and fewer candidates
The ongoing “is he or isn’t he” saga playing out in the N.C. House District 24 election leaves us lamenting that in less than a month the question of who is to represent a sizeable c ...



Domestic violence calls for community solutions
In Wilson County and across the state, fewer people lost their lives to domestic violence in 2013 than the year before. That’s a step in the right direction, but it’s too early to say the ...



It's time to brainstorm on highway funding
These are not happy days on the state transportation front. Drooping tax revenues, higher construction costs and congressional dysfunction are straining the Department of Transportation’s abilit ...



Let's try to sort through disputed N.C. House race
You just have to imagine that some state Republican boss is kicking himself or herself for not finding a GOP candidate in this year’s election for a state representative in District 24, which in ...



There are no guarantees
With spring finally upon us and school starting to wind down, I’m sure the same stark reality of future plans are starting to hit all of the seniors in our high schools. For some that means ...



Tobacco entering new era
Wilson County has always been a driving force in the tobacco industry. And we don’t foresee that changing at any point in the foreseeable future. North Carolina farmers now produce about 80 p ...



Wos loses confidence of GOP legislators
There has been evidence aplenty that Aldona Wos, the state secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, isn’t up to the job. A medical doctor, former ambassador and major Republican ...



High hopes, big goals and the school budget
Years ago famed crooner Frank Sinatra has a hit with a catchy tune titled High Hopes. “But he’s got high hopes He’s got high hopes He’s got high apple pie In the sk ...



Drone issue crops up in N.C.
While we may think of drones first as military weapons, the potential usefulness of the unmanned aircraft for civilian purposes is astounding. That’s why the legislature must spend a little mone ...



Hospital CEO should continue tradition of transparency
If laughter really is the best medicine, perhaps it’s fitting that Wilson Medical Center’s new CEO will start work on April Fool’s Day. Today’s typically a day for pranks, j ...



Road maintenance needs outstrip state budget
State road crews did an outstanding job this winter of clearing ice and snow from highways. Clearing a backlog of other maintenance needs will be even more challenging and expensive, especially as ...



'The Tar Heel Manifesto'
‘The Tar Heel Manifesto’ In his N&O article “The Tar Heel Manifesto”, Gene Nichol distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Law declared five “foundational fron ...




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