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This isn't a case of government overreach
When our nation’s founding fathers put together the U.S. Constitution and later what is known as the Bill of Rights, they had a lot of bad memories. Memories of being forced to give up their hom ...



Park holds great promise for downtown
Reading about the newest NEA grant to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park announced last week reminded us just how excited we are to have this gem coming our way. When fully completed, the park will ...



Backpack drive helps our students start year right
A new school year will be here before you know it. So the push is on for collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need. This past week we witnessed BB&T volunteers deliv ...



Legionella test results encouraging
Some good news on the health front this week in Wilson – the latest samples from Wilson Pines showed little to no signs of the bacteria responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease. Th ...



Taking a look at motel tax issue
You may be familiar with the saying about the word “assume” — what “you” and “me” might become when one assumes. That piece of wisdom came to mind when we ...



Eastern N.C. robberies threaten everyone
For most residents of eastern North Carolina, the daily commute between work and home is not particularly hazardous. For workers at Asian restaurants, the experience has been one of fear, dread and co ...



Program for prisoners is practical, humane
One day, most inmates will be released. The problem that’s long plagued society is how to blend punishment with rehabilitation, to prepare the prisoners for productive lives on the outside ̵ ...



Does the state really need this paid position?
The governor’s pick for poet laureate has caused some head-scratching in North Carolina literary circles — but for all the wrong reasons. Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday named Valerie Macon ...



What largely explains the drop?
RALEIGH — The next time you see or hear a politician, policy analyst, activist, or journalist say that North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen “largely” because of worker ...



Medicaid has to be done right
Medicaid is too important and expensive not to get right. North Carolina leaders are set to make changes in Medicaid delivery — but they don’t agree among themselves, creating confusion ...



Do election officials care what you think?
Ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote that democracy is "a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder.” Its disorder comes from the very thing that makes it democratic &ndas ...




Disappointed with All-Star Team coverage The 9-10 year old Wilson All-Star Team has just completed a great 3 days of baseball at the wonderful Gillette complex. They suffered their first defeat, 11 ...



An impressive stand for open government
Midway through his sophomore year in North Carolina’s executive mansion, Gov. Pat McCrory may be turning over a new leaf. The GOP governor rebuffed Republican legislative leaders last week, v ...



Let's celebrate some inspiring people - and their gifts
Gifts. We all enjoy receiving them. Sometimes they are expected, such as on birthdays or at Christmas. But for us, unexpected gifts bring so much more happiness and joy. These gifts come to us at t ...



Elm City residents excited about their library - and we are, too
SDLqMighty oaks from little acorns grow.” We couldn’t find a definitive source on when that expression might have been first used. It reminds us that great, large things or enterprises sta ...



Religious liberty wins with ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled rightly Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in Obamacare. This is not about employers imposing their religious ...



McCrory right to threaten veto over records
“We need transparency of salary information for all public schools - both traditional and charter schools,” Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday, promising to veto a charter school reform bill if ...




Health officials weigh in on Legionnaires’, response We appreciate your efforts to keep your readers informed about Legionnaires’ disease and the health implications for those who contr ...



Lawmakers correctly applied the brakes
Every once in a while members of the North Carolina General Assembly recognize that the locomotive they run is moving way too fast and needs to have the brakes firmly applied. That happened earlier th ...



We have so much to celebrate this July Fourth
By the time you read this, nature’s fireworks should have passed by the North Carolina coast. A storm named Arthur will have left its mark in coastal counties. Here in Wilson we also had a threa ...



It makes sense to keep autopsies local
At a time when funding shortages for autopsies threaten the reliability of death investigations across North Carolina, competent forensic services are being provided in Greenville through East Carolin ...



FREE EDITORIAL: State can't sit on Legionnaires' information
If you ever needed a good example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, look to the American Legion and July 1976. During the summer of our nation’s bicentennial Pennsylvania’s ...



Contribution will help mental health care
Telepsychiatry has proved to be an effective resource in North Carolina. Thanks to the generosity of a North Carolina endowment, it will soon be available for more patients. The Duke Endowment (a p ...



Teacher pay just part of complicated budget fight
Word of advice to area teachers: If you were making big plans for how to spend pay raises next year, don’t start acting on those plans just yet. It seemed to have been a huge “let’ ...



It's not perfect, but lawmakers clean up farm bill
When politicians made a mess of the state’s agricultural policy, it took a pair of professionals with business interests on the farm to clean it up. State Sen. Brent Jackson, a Duplin County ...




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