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A professor says going to an optometrist for delicate eye surgery is like letting “a shoe salesman operate on your feet.” That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but we can forgive Dr. Woodford Van Meter his hyperbole in the name … more
Barton College didn’t create the problem of campus kangaroo courts, but if its trustees are bold visionaries — leaders rather than followers — our community’s premier institution of higher learning can be part of the … more
Legislative leaders seem amenable to keeping Greenlight’s high-speed internet customers in Nash and Edgecombe counties online, though the return address on their monthly service bills could change. House Speaker Tim Moore suggested the city … more
Barton Bulldogs usually grace our pages for their exploits on the field of play, but this week, two student-athletes made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Nineteen-year-old track and field star Jamina Morris spoke out a day before undergoing … more
THUMBS UP to the Hope Station, which is pioneering a new model for community food pantries that will result in healthier and happier families. The Wilson nonprofit offers a client-choice food pantry, with eligible low-income adults able to select … more
Microphones muted. Lecture halls dimmed. Debate squelched. That’s the outcome at far too many American colleges when faculty members or student groups bring a controversial speaker to campus. Two phenomena — the disinvitation and the … more
Food stamps and government assistance can be a bone of contention between conservatives and liberals, but who could object to private charity? Homeless shelters, soup kitchens and individual do-gooders are championed on both sides of the aisle, … more
Surely, they couldn’t have been serious. The classic 1980 movie comedy “Airplane!” made irreverent fun of the overbaked tropes of airport dramas. Now, viral cellphone video last week sheds light on a real-life airline … more
Republicans in Raleigh for some reason insist on picking losing hands. The party, which controls both chambers with veto-proof majorities, is well positioned to advance North Carolina on the economic front but keeps getting bogged down with … more
Memo to politicians and their flacks: The next time you’re fumbling for a handy historical figure with whom to compare whoever you’re denouncing that day, leave Adolf Hitler’s name off the list. White House press secretary Sean … more
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