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Labor Day evolves from its early roots to today's challenges
The industrialization of America in the late 19th century gave rise to many things. We became a giant economic powerhouse. More consumer goods were made available to all. Some even made fortunes for t ...



Spreading an essential message to our youth
We’ve made it through Week One of the new school year here in Wilson. Cheers to all of the teachers, staff, students and parents who have a role in our local school system for a smooth beginning ...



Be careful around those buses
With public schools in their first week, we urge drivers to exercise extreme caution around stopped school buses. And we urge police officers to crack down hard on those that don’t use caution. ...



In other opinion: Craft rules with attention to concerns
After four hours of comments from 85 speakers, the crowd of more than 400 in Sanford for Friday’s public hearing on fracking might agree that the topic raises strong emotions on both sides. P ...



Important amendment faces voters in November
Tired of seeing all those television ads telling us that Sen. Kay Hagen and/or Rep. Thom Tillis are either angels sent from heaven or the devil incarnate? It has been hard to escape the onslaught, but ...



Three-judge panels will stack the deck
Our state legislature has had a difficult time passing some of its recent laws. Judges kicked them back, declaring them to be unconstitutional. The legislature’s response: change the way constit ...



Are we changing with the times?
Our nation’s founding fathers had a healthy fear of both the possible abuse of government power and the corruptibility of the people. They believed people had to be governed, but they didn’ ...



Free exchange of ideas a priceless lesson
As the school bells ring and students make their way to class throughout the state and nation, we hope teachers and administrators remember: Students have free-speech rights, too. All too often, sc ...



Stick with the winning playbook
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targ ...



Here's hoping for successful, exciting school year
In just two days the rhythms of summer will end. The calendar tells us summer goes on for another month. And the recent heat wave reminds us it’s still August. But those “Lazy, Hazy, Cr ...



It's time to face disturbing 'Chain of Violence'
When we read and hear the reports about the cruelty and inhumanity going on in Iraq and Syria at the hands of extremists known as ISIS we think to ourselves, “Thank God we are not there.” ...



Placing road decision in voters' hands makes sense
Way back in the early part of the 20th century, a new-fangled invention – the automobile – made its way into North Carolina. The vehicles gained in popularity, but we had one major problem ...



What happens when you can't drink the water
When officials said it was unsafe to drink or even bathe in Toledo, Ohio’s municipal water supplies last weekend, it was a major inconvenience for nearly a half-million residents. It was also ...



In other opinion: News & Observer on SBI reorganization
Gov. Pat McCrory now has what he wanted, a State Bureau of Investigation essentially under his control in the Department of Public Safety and a new interim director, Bernard Collier II, whom he appoin ...



Scams become part of a everyday life
You have about a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the Powerball jackpot, according to the N.C. Education Lottery. Your odds of being targeted in a lottery scam? We can’t be exactly sure, bu ...



Thoughts on love, welfare and solutions
Thoughts on love, welfare and solutions I recently read a letter to the editor in another publication entitled “Love as crime prevention” written by Professor Assad Meymandi, adjunct pr ...



A growing success story for schools, Wilson
What a great way to kick off the new school year. Thousands of parents and children spent Saturday morning together, having fun and getting ready for the start of public school just one week away. ...



Here's one way to put this issue to rest
Long before Benjamin Franklin became a founding father of our country, he was a printer, publisher and author. Back in 1758 he wrote an essay titled “The Way to Wealth.” It was in part a c ...



More scrutiny needed on budget process
On the day the state Senate adopted the budget, Jeff Jackson from Charlotte stood to debate the bill. He complained that the 260-page spending plan had just been delivered to his office a few hours ea ...



Is there more harm in denying request?
Back in June, Wilson County’s health department rejected a request from Max Fitz-Gerald to become an appointed certified rabies vaccine administrator. Fitz-Gerald and his wife operate For the ...



Calling for answers on potential project
There was a message in the air at Judson Baptist Church on Thursday evening - an important one. It was unfortunate city and county leaders in Cumberland County decided beforehand not to hear it for th ...



We hope this trend comes to quick end
A school system in our state is spending taxpayer money to snoop on students’ Facebook and Twitter pages when they’re not in class. It continues a disturbing trend of extending public scho ...



Tobacco market reaches milestone
Along a roadside in Caswell County is a historical marker identifying the area as the birthplace of bright leaf tobacco. Much like many discoveries this one was the result of an accident back in 1839. ...



Chief honored for firefighting skills, more
Cheers go out to Contentnea Fire Chief Scott Matthews, who was honored by Liberty Mutual Insurance as the region’s Community Service Firemark award winner. Criteria for the award go far beyond f ...



Restaurant wrongly attacked over prayer issue
Oh good grief. Winston-Salem restaurant owner Mary Haglund offered a random 15-percent discount to customers who pray in public, and cyberspace warriors, the mass media and so-called religious freedom ...




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