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Remember the sacrifices on Memorial Day
What does Memorial Day weekend mean to you? Most of us can agree that Monday is a day set aside to honor those who died in service of their country. Initially it was called Decoration Day and wasnR ...



Proposed law raises concerns
Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife, Ann, care about animal welfare. For example, they’ve pushed for a bill to regulate puppy mills. So the governor should veto a bill that reached his desk this we ...



The times they are a changin'
The times they are a changin’ I am new to Wilson, but not to the apparent same “paternalistic” attitudes that seem to have been as pervasive here as they were in the textile towns ...



Reflecting on meaning of Memorial Day
As Americans honor on this Memorial Day those who died for freedom, many will pay their respects more by exercising that freedom than by pausing to remember the men and women who paid the price for it ...



Landowners deserve their answers
In the 1976 movie “The Front,” Woody Allen plays an ordinary man who has allowed blacklisted authors in the era of McCarthyism to use his name for their works. He is their “front. ...



Changes possible before budget deadline
It’s just a recommendation at this point, but the proposed Wilson County budget for fiscal year 2015-16 provides county employees with a 2 percent raise while maintaining the current property ta ...



Challenge a question of who wields power
While it may not make City of Wilson officials happy, we must say that a lawsuit filed by North Carolina’s attorney general against the Federal Communications Commission was inevitable. And o ...



Lawmakers must keep pressure on Duke Energy
Before justice rolled righteously down on Duke Energy Thursday, the company’s humongous 2014 spill seriously endangered the Dan River. That spill could have been prevented. Future ones can be pr ...



How McCrory gets judged
RALEIGH — Pat McCrory will likely run for reelection next year as governor of North Carolina against longtime Attorney General Roy Cooper. Both men are capable candidates who will run skillful, ...



Efforts to save airlift wing finally get traction
They may have snatched the 440th Airlift Wing from the jaws of deactivation. And they may also have forced the secretary of defense to stand up for what’s right, not what’s expedient. O ...



Stephens has made lasting impact
If you’ve watched much television the past couple of weeks (particularly on CBS) or been on the Internet, you most likely are aware that Wednesday night will be the last time David Letterman sit ...



A good year to switch voting machines
If you look long and hard enough, one can find fault in virtually everything humans have created. There has to be something wrong with that smile in Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. That’s not right. ...



Wilson steps up to support worthy cause
During the past few years we have written much – both in our news pages and here on the opinion page – on the topic of hunger in our community. Considering Wilson County’s unemployme ...



Military sex assault reform still falling short
Statistics can tell a compelling story. Or they can hide one. It depends on who’s interpreting the numbers. So it is with the story of sexual assault in the military, a problem that may be ge ...



A bipartisan approach to a serious issue
A drunk driver kills someone in North Carolina nearly every day, on average. Close to 400 people a year are killed in the state each year, and many more are injured, by drivers with a blood alcohol le ...



Starting point on road funds
RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers in Raleigh are grappling with two conflicting desires: 1) addressing the demonstrable need to repair and expand North Carolina’s system of roads and bridges, ...



A reversal of fortune in state?
Just three months ago the money counters in Raleigh warned that the state would face a $270 million budget deficit. But this past week that deficit turned into a $400 million projected surplus. ...



Time will tell on this agreement
North Carolina officials’ battle with what are called sweepstakes parlors or Internet cafes has been raging since at least 2008. Despite laws and court rulings against these operations, software ...



Blackbeard's revenge and the legal battle
In the 1968 film “Blackbeard’s Ghost,” the notorious pirate revisits North Carolina in a comedy plot. If the ghost of Edward Teach could be conjured today, he surely would find amuse ...



We need more insight on new version of bill
Members of the Wilson County Tourism Board once again this year asked local legislators to support a doubling of the county’s occupancy tax. Bills were introduced in the General Assembly in both ...



BB&T still making a difference in Wilson
There are people in the world who, once they’ve made it to the big time, vow never to return to their roots. They leave behind the place they grew up and instead look only to the present and fut ...



Weakening law could damage environment
Legislation in the state House would narrow the application of the State Environmental Policy Act, which would lead to fewer protections for our natural resources. This is the wrong direction for our ...



County leaders may have to do some homework
When an emergency happens to you or a loved one, whether it be a traffic accident, a heart attack or some other medical problem, you don’t really care where help is coming from, just as long as ...



Praise and good news for WCC
Members of Wilson Community College’s Board of Trustees deserve high praise. They are in the midst of searching for a new president to take over the campus administration upon the retirement of ...



We'll never know some answers
Could a bill pending in the General Assembly prevent city streets in North Carolina from looking like those of Baltimore this week? Or of those in Ferguson, Missouri? Could a single piece of legisl ...




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