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Wrestling with water issues
In the era of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, suggestions that North Carolina take action to reduce stream buffer zones may seem crazy. And perhaps the idea is. But then again, according to the d ...



Fixing injustices in the system
A record 149 exonerations were recorded in the United States last year, including five in North Carolina, the University of Michigan Law School reported last week. The number still represents the ...



A messy situation for voters, state
Voters in New Hampshire had their say Tuesday. North Carolinians will go to the polls in a little more than a month. But if you think the biggest concern for election folks here in Wilson County will ...



Protect children from cyberspace creeps
A tragic murder that involves a cyberspace meeting is proving to be a cautionary tale for parents — and their children. The remains of a 13-year-old Blacksburg, Va., girl, Nicole Madison Love ...



We don't need 'animal caretakers' like this
It’s a pathetic irony that a “no-kill” shelter in North Carolina failed, in a huge way, to care for the animals it was supposedly trying to save. The shelter only compounded the crue ...



Determination, concentration and pure joy
In all the distraction of these past couple of weeks in the Carolinas, the hype, the anticipation and the $5 million per 30 seconds commercials, you might begin to believe the world begins and ends wi ...



Don't oversell college subsidies
RALEIGH — We are supposed to feel sorry for the poor, benighted people of Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Yes, it’s true that these places contain lots of well ...



Circumstances here are entirely different
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that people will get nervous when the water coming out of a tap doesn’t look quite right — especially these days following the news of lead ...



Keeping an eye on the Zika virus
The mosquito seen as the primary carrier of the Zika virus, Aedis aegypti, is found in North Carolina, state health officials say. That’s a reason for concern but not panic. “It’s ...



Where are they to go?
Part of the beauty of still photography comes from its ability to take the ephemeral and freeze it permanently. When the shutter rapidly clicks open and then shuts it has captured a brief moment in ti ...



Final frontier is risky and inspiring
As with 9/11, many of us remember where we were when space shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, halted unexpectedly and disastrously shortly after lift-off. Even for many who had no special i ...



Debate over protest and future
A rude protest disrupted the start of a UNC Board of Governors meeting Tuesday and led to some arrests. That’s not how to conduct a meaningful debate about higher education in North Carolina. ...



Real test of commitment to helping mentally ill
Governor Pat McCrory is garnering praise these days for the recommendations to improve mental health services being considered by a task force he created—and he deserves it. McCrory has spoken o ...



Was raising rates really an option?
Reading that the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency voted to maintain current costs of electricity to its member communities left us happy. But it also really left us wondering why there ev ...



Questioning confrontation without intention
Confrontation doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can be positive when we confront our fears or insecurities. We can learn from confronting new challenges. Peaceful confrontation worked miracles ...



Uniting behind the Carolina Panthers
The rooting interests of sports fans in North Carolina have always been something of a mixed bag. Our historic college rivalries carve divisions that are more like crevasses. University of North Carol ...



Fixing a leak in our laws
On Friday, we will mark the 167th anniversary of the day the North Carolina General Assembly officially chartered the town of Wilson. We can’t say that the anniversary coincides with an action t ...



When money goes down a hole
Bureaucracy exists to help a thriving government provide valuable services to its people through strong management. When bureaucrats develop tunnel vision, though, it can become an impediment to the g ...



What is bigamy?
What is bigamy? “Greenville woman charged with bigamy,” Re. Wilson Times 1-21-16. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives two very interesting definitions of bigamy. “The crime of ma ...



States wrestling with student privacy rights
A state legislator has joined free-speech advocates in an effort to protect students’ private online messages from prying eyes. Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, is drafting a bill that would prevent ...



Saving money isn't always the answer
While the recent bout of winter weather may make it seem otherwise, Michigan is still about 600 miles away from Wilson. We are far from the problems of Flint or Detroit. But nevertheless we ought to b ...



Staying safe during winter storm
Remember when — say a little less than two weeks ago — we were enjoying a high temperature of 65 degrees on a Sunday afternoon? And Christmas week, you remember that we were in our shirt s ...



State must work to increase efficiency
The good news is that the state legislature’s Program Evaluation Division is working to save the state money by analyzing expenses on private contracts. The bad news is that a report released Mo ...



Case shows limits of zeal
Christine Mumma, an advocate for the wrongfully convicted, suffered a painful reversal Thursday. A disciplinary panel for the N.C. State Bar ruled that she violated professional conduct as she sought ...



Eastpointe's leader decides to retire
Another departure announced last week, but taking place April 1, is that of the CEO of Eastpointe, the organization that serves Wilson and area counties as the managed care organization/local manageme ...




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