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Congratulations to Barton College
Congratulations are certainly in order for Barton College, located right here in Wilson. The school made a dean’s list of sorts. Actually, two of them. Both the Princeton Review and U.S. News ...



A tough, essential lesson
Many of you reading this editorial likely first took the wheel of an automobile before the age of cell phones. Many others took driver’s education prior to the popular use of text messages with ...



There are health issues near and far
We certainly welcome news concerning all the preparedness work here in Wilson County concerning the Ebola virus. In light of the glaring errors made by health care workers in Texas, undoubtedly offici ...



How are lawmakers going to fix this?
Energy costs have a big impact on families’ bottom line. A difference of a few pennies may not seem like a lot, but psychologically it can be. When the price of gasoline goes down it frees up mo ...



How did we get here and there?
Memoirs by a former defense secretary and a former ambassador to Iraq raise serious new questions about President Obama’s candor and sense of direction in the foreign challenges now facing the n ...



The toll of domestic violence
After a string of domestic violence news related to the National Football League during September, Pitt County sadly had plenty of its own history to carry into Domestic Violence Awareness Month. D ...



Guns dominate headlines, spark debate
RALEIGH – Sometimes the news of the day begs for a broader discussion of important issues. That happened one day last week on an always polarizing topic. Scrolling through Twitter, news websi ...



Ebola precautions key, not panic
Boone-based Christian relief agency Samaritan’s Purse sent off a 747 loaded with supplies for Ebola-stricken Liberia Oct. 1. The next day, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis called for a travel b ...



Meaning of majority also rewritten
Meaning of majority also rewritten Forty-seven years ago as a ninth-grader I took civics. We were taught that in a democratic society, if a vote was taken, the majority was the winner. Not only has ...



Assessing our crime rates
Did you feel any safer last year? According to the Annual Summary Report of 2013 Uniform Crime Reporting Data released this week, crime rates across North Carolina dropped 7 percent from 2012 to 2013. ...



Nothing wrong with challenging your taxes
America’s cowboy philosopher of the 20th century, Will Rogers, quipped “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” ...



Event spread great message but included troubling decision
Regardless of one’s political leaning, this week’s Moral Monday rally here in Wilson yielded some sage advice: “It’s time for a moral march to the polls.” We agree. Vo ...



Be an informed voter
Have you had your fill yet of U.S. Senate television ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis? Countless times throughout the day, you see Hagan questioning Tillis’ commitment to education as N.C. spea ...



These efforts must go further
Duke Energy didn’t finish cleaning up the Dan River. Nor its reputation. It pledged at least another $2 million to the effort last week, part of a $10 million water resources fund that will p ...



Medical examiner reform a pressing priority
When young football player Evan Raines died last year during practice at Seventy First High School, his family had to wait more than a year to find out why. But they weren’t singled out for w ...



'Cry wolf' is the name
OK, we realize the city of Wilson didn’t come up with the name of a website it’s using for registering alarm systems, but we find it difficult to resist commenting on the name. After al ...



Grease proves to be one sticky issue
Remember the title song from the show Grease? “Grease is the word, is the word that you heard; It’s got groove, it’s got meaning; Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion.R ...



Our best advice: Register to vote now
As of the time we wrote this editorial North Carolinians can register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. As of this moment votes cast in an incorrect precinct in November will count. B ...



State needs reform in treatment of mentally ill inmates
It’s hard to overstate the travesty that occurred in March when a North Carolina inmate with mental illness died of thirst. Only worse is the fact that, after an investigation, the state hasn ...



Execution logjam saved a man's life
North Carolina’s execution logjam saved an innocent man’s life. Henry Lee McCollum was released from Death Row after 30 years of waiting to die. DNA evidence connected another man to th ...



Unsettled issues abound in state government
RALEIGH – Asked last week for thoughts on the “state of the state,” the answer I came up with was “unsettled.” It’s unsettled for various political and economic ...



Know the new election rules now
Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day — an important event in North Carolina, where non-registered citizens have about two weeks before the Oct. 10 deadline to register to vote in the Nov ...



Regions cast different votes
RALEIGH — If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he’d be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hag ...



An extra special time for our ENCSD
American writer Mark Twain once famously quipped that the premature stories concerning his death had been greatly exaggerated. Just a couple of years ago it seemed the Eastern North Carolina School fo ...



Driver's education shell game
In passing the cost of driver education to parents of high school students, state lawmakers appear to be playing a shell game with the taxes North Carolina drivers have been paying for 57 years to sup ...




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