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Local elections hold great importance
Residents of Wilson towns and the City of Wilson will have an opportunity to voice their hopes and concerns for their communities this autumn at the ballot box. On Monday, the Wilson County Board o ...



Small towns still have much to offer
For some people, living anywhere but a large metropolitan area just isn’t living. Others abhor the big-city life, finding it too crowded, too impersonal. They prefer the small-town life. But ...



Long overdue but costly step
The long-delayed Bonner Bridge replacement project on North Carolina’s Outer Banks finally will get started next year. Where and when it will end, and how much it ultimately will cost, is any ...



SSLqAs I walked out, I understood what and why the change occurred'
‘As I walked out, I understood what and why the change occurred’ A little over 50 years ago, when I was in high school, I carried the Stars and Bars at the head of the parade while wear ...



Teen taunts, free speech and legal quicksand
Adolescent behavior will carry adult consequences for a young man in Alamance County. Robert Bishop is saddled with a grownup criminal record because he wrote some things that weren’t very ni ...



Words have meaning, can harm and uplift
It comes as no surprise that as the Supreme Court heads into its summer recess the big decisions of the year trickle out in rapid succession. In just the past couple of weeks the court issued rulings ...



Outreach makes our community stronger
During this past year, from Ferguson to Staten Island to North Charleston to Baltimore, one could get the impression that the public and the police are at war all over the nation. But if we let these ...



New taxes will do harm
The Senate budget includes a new tax on advertising that promises to harm newspapers and small businesses that depend on advertising. The Times is reprinting an editorial, published in the Gaston Gaze ...



Budget provisions detrimental to nonprofits
Leaders of nonprofit organizations that do an immense amount of good in North Carolina are on pins and needles about measures in the state Senate’s proposed budget that are detrimental to nonpro ...



State bond question needs a lot of voices
Gov. Pat McCrory can’t seem to get state legislators to connect with his plans for a bond referendum this fall. Earlier this year the governor announced two bond proposals of almost $3 billion t ...



Not too late to restore historic tax credit
As the Raleigh crowd hunkers down for the budget showdown, Gov. Pat McCrory and state House leaders should insist that the Senate join them in restoring historic-preservation tax credits, which have b ...



Coming together in a place of hope
It seems to us that the alleged shooter in Wednesday night’s slaughter of nine innocent people in a Charleston, S.C., church most of all wanted to instill fear. If this is indeed the case, it pu ...



There's no excuse for elder abuse
In tribal societies, elders are respected leaders. In some cases they are revered by their people. The people rely on the elders’ wisdom and judgment. Some churches have elders, who are in ch ...



Heat prompts call for safety
It’s the first full week of summer vacation and the kids are ready for summer fun — just in time for the year’s hottest temperatures yet. That combination calls for extra precaution ...



When jury duty becomes an exercise in fear
Sir Isaac Newton (the gravity guy) developed three “laws of motion.” His third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You may recall the toy called Ne ...



Harsh lessons from an unjust case
The celebration can’t help but be mixed with sadness – and anger. Half-brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were pardoned by Gov. Pat McCrory recently after being exonerated and released ...



GOP in the deep end?
RALEIGH — The North Carolina GOP is in deep trouble — or so say the Democrats and left-of-center commentators who are rooting for the Republicans currently leading the state to bicker, fal ...



Residents can't be left in dark on fracking
Regardless of one’s view on fracking, the state’s testing process in Stokes County has been a public-relations nightmare. From its initiation right up to its implementation, the community ...



Congratulations to all our graduates
Change is inevitable. No matter how hard we try to fight it, change happens. Change can be for the better or the worse. Today the world will change for hundreds of Wilson County residents. Through ...



Senate practices 'wipeout' legislation
William Shakespeare long ago wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” With members of the Republican Party having control of the governor’s office and both chambers ...



When attention gets focused on one issue
This week Franklin Graham made clear his opinion of Wells Fargo Bank. The CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association plans to pull all of those organizations’ m ...



Win showcases the American dream
American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win on a sunny Saturday in New York showcased the American Dream, evoking warm memories of generations past even as it delivered hope for the future. Pharoah&# ...



Well-deserved victory for tenured teachers
It’s a shame that North Carolina teachers had to take extensive legal action to get the state legislature to honor their contracts. The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Sup ...



Putting the scandal to rest
If UNC Chapel Hill officials really are serious about putting academics above athletics, they will finally start to shut their athletic/academic scandal down by imposing hard sanctions on its athletic ...



Curing economic woes? An idea
Curing economic woes? An idea Dead and dying downtowns are nothing new. They come about with the death of any region tied to one industry. Things that were no longer are. Old powerful names of i ...




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