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We need an honest discussion about abuse
Way back near the end of the 19th century, famous Irish writer Oscar Wilde opined that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Regrettably, two items we reported on this we ...



Such a worthy group, such pointless destruction
Some modern historians believe the Vandals got an unfair reputation as barbarians. Actually the Vandals, a Germanic tribe from the 2nd through 6th century, got pushed around a lot throughout their his ...



Sunny future in Elm City
Big news this week from the northern part of Wilson County. We’ve been hearing for years about the benefits of renewable energy, including using the sun to generate electricity. Now the sun̵ ...



Celebrating free speech and our Constitution
The 2014 State of the First Amendment survey suggests terrorism makes us less likely to defend and perhaps more likely to censor speech and expression that offends others. Nearly four in 10 Americans ...



Another community wrestles with Sanderson Farms
No doubt about it, North Carolina loves pork. We can argue about how to properly cook it and what type of sauce to use, but Tar Heel residents can agree on the tenet that it isn’t barbecue if it ...



It's a crying shame
Somebody, please, pass Jerry Richardson a tissue. The Carolina Panthers’ owner teared up in Charlotte Wednesday while accepting “the Echo Award Against Indifference.” Then he l ...



National anthem stands tall on 200th anniversary in increasingly troubled world
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In 1814 a lawyer by the name of Francis Scott Key undoubtedly considered himself in that predicament. Two hundred years ago today, Key was being held by ...



Time running out for reversal on film credits
It looks like one of our state’s new policies is going to lead to a significant increase in an important and creative industry. No, not in North Carolina, but in Georgia and Louisiana. That̵ ...



Remember what's really important on Sept. 11
Taylor Swift has an enemy. Didn’t hear about that? We must admit some surprise if you hadn’t. It’s all over the Internet. There’s a great deal of effort going on trying to unma ...



Turning back the clock on health care advances
Turning back the clock on four decades of advances in health care for rural, underserved communities is no way to lessen state budget demands or protest a bad federal law. The unfortunate result of th ...



Wilson at center of a different kind of war
We reside at the epicenter of a major “war.” Admittedly this war isn’t as bloody as World War I or II. It doesn’t have all the gore and subplots of Game of Thrones. But it is a ...




Spreading the word on Shoppes at Brentwood I want to thank Mary Speight for her complimentary words about the Shoppes at Brentwood from her Sept. 4 letter to the editor. We agree The Shoppes at ...



Cut recidivism, cut crime and save money
One path forward in our struggle against crime comes down to two numbers: 40.1 and 13.9. The winning choice is the lower one. Unfortunately, Fayetteville isn’t even close to it. The two numbe ...



Church stands as beacon of hope, change
Tucked away in the southern part of the city of Wilson, you’ll find the Five Points neighborhood. Fleming Stadium is nearby. Then there’s Flo’s Kitchen in the area. Mostly youR ...



Historic tax credits a profound loss to N.C.
North Carolina’s historic preservation tax credit has been a valuable asset to the state, enticing developers and residents to restore historic old buildings and homes to the tune of $1.5 billio ...



Pipeline benefits a long way away
Anticipation. Carly Simon sang about it back in 1971. If you were around in the ’70s or ’80s you probably remember the song best for the ketchup commercial. “We can never know abo ...



UNC system makes progress
RALEIGH — When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Ta ...



Costly epidemic in North Carolina
Diabetes is a costly epidemic in North Carolina, and it is rapidly expanding. That’s a disturbing finding headlining a report by Harvard University researchers released earlier this year. Whi ...



Internet rumors quickly pick up steam
We read last week in The News & Observer about an Internet rumor making the rounds in North Carolina. According to the newspaper, the message being sent and forwarded says “The state leg ...



Wild horses on Outer Banks need protection
As coastal wild horses live their untamed lives, they face challenges to their very existence. It’s time for our lawmakers to take action to preserve these natural wonders. For hundreds of ye ...



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 ...




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