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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 ...



Respect is key but lacking
Respect. Back in 1967 when Aretha Franklin released her version of the song “Respect” it soon became an anthem for women struggling for equality and respect. Interestingly, the song was ...



Provision to hide farm complaints just plain wrong
A provision in the N.C. Farm Act of 2014 passed by the legislature last week will shield complaints made against farming operations from public view, effectively exempting them from state open records ...



'Not in my town'
SDLqWe are one Wilson,” the Rev. Rusty Russell said Friday afternoon at the funeral of 7-year-old Kamari Jones. “I’m not the one who did this,” 24-year-old Montavius S. Davi ...



N.C. laws overdue for an overhaul
When pilfering pine needles can carry a higher penalty than driving away in a stolen car, it’s not hard to see that some of North Carolina’s criminal laws are out of whack. Larceny of p ...



Duke Energy deal holds great hope for region
Duke Energy Progress plans to buy the electricity-generating assets of 32 cities and towns in eastern North Carolina! A $1.9 billion debt could be reduced by 70 percent! Electric customers in those mu ...



The difference between liking and a "Like"
For some people, a new bad four-letter word has emerged. Sure, the taboo character of this four-letter term will affect a very small number of people, but it’s worth our time to consider this ne ...



Look beyond band to larger issue of redistricting
We feel for the Beddingfield High School students who don’t know yet if they will have a band teacher, full-time or part-time, when the new school year starts. Band is an important part of th ...



Rights pushed aside as Feds overstep
At least now some of our local business owners have a few answers about why law enforcement agencies raided their stores nearly three months ago. The answers may not be satisfactory, but at least the ...



Channel the anger, hurt to positive action
People in Wilson are angry. Angry that a 7-year-old boy was killed last week while he played in his room. Angry that no one has come forward to accept responsibility for the shooting. Angry that no on ...




Here are some of the responses Wilson Times readers provided to questions and news stories posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page. The Times has more than 10,500 Facebook followers and shares b ...



Join Wilson's growing hunger fight
Focus. In the film “A Place at the Table” a fifth-grade girl has to write that word down in order to help her concentrate on her studies rather than her hunger. Focus. In Wilson this pa ...



A cruel, violent act takes one of our children
We live in a troubled world. Sometimes the bad news seems to come non-stop from all over the globe. Just within the past couple of weeks we’ve seen far more tragedy than anyone would want to ...




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