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Editor’s Note: As we reflect on the service and sacrifice Memorial Day calls to mind, The Wilson Times is republishing editorials that were penned following the Vietnam War in 1975 and the Persian … more
The Wilson County Animal Shelter is “crumbling,” and county commissioners have no timeline to replace it despite collecting a full decade’s worth of pet registration fees to fund a new shelter. … more
In almost every state, no means no. Except in North Carolina, where no means ... that depends. North Carolina law is pretty much the same as every other state when one party tells the other, … more
Wilson officials have earned a belated pat on the back for their diligent work to reduce electric rates, which will remain below the state average even after a proposed 1.8% increase takes effect … more
It was Nixon who went to China. And now the forces for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina have their own unlikely champion. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson, a conservative firebrand best … more
If Wilson County commissioners plan to keep their word and expedite the construction of a new animal shelter, it appears they haven’t relayed that message to County Manager Denise Stinagle. The … more
When no crime’s been committed, there’s nothing to probe and no one to punish. So why are two North Carolina colleges wasting their time investigating protected speech? N.C. State University … more
Homelessness is not just about being without a home. It’s about being without a friend, without a family member, without someone who can be your first resort, or your last. As Robert … more
Spurred by a public health scare, Congress is considering a big-government power grab to save young adults from themselves. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is reintroducing legislation to raise the … more
Not long ago, measles was virtually extinct in America. Now the disease is back and spreading fast, and we have our own willful ignorance to blame. Consider “The Brady Bunch.” Some … more
In an era in which live sporting events routinely are scrutinized to the inch and micro-millisecond using super-high-definition replays, we are not permitted the same access to footage that, unlike … more
Just a couple of years ago, we believed America’s military services had finally begun to deal effectively with a huge and out-of-control problem: a virulent epidemic of sexual assaults. The problem … more
THUMBS UP to the city of Wilson, which is encouraging residential rainwater collection by buying rain barrels in bulk and selling them to Wilson residents for less than half the retail price. The … more
The notion of arming public school teachers has come around again, from some of the usual suspects in the General Assembly. This idea was floated last year but got nowhere, even when Republicans … more
In 2001, a grieving nation vowed it would “never forget” the 9/11 hijackers’ brutality or the first responders’ indomitable courage. Less than two decades later, our elected leaders have … more
Downtown Wilson is ready for its closeup. With some of the world’s best photography adorning shop windows, thousands of eyes and hundreds of camera lenses will train their sights on the … more
THUMBS UP to Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell, who sent a powerful message about the public’s right to know when she ordered police to release the full contents of body camera … more
A bipartisan bill with strong support in the General Assembly would require that North Carolina public school students learn about the systematic genocide of millions of Jews and others during World … more
North Carolina already bans texting and driving. Now state lawmakers want to prohibit all handheld use of smartphones and tablet computers behind the wheel. House Bill 144, the Hands-Free N.C. … more
It’s a surprising coalition. Some of our most conservative lawmakers and some of our most liberal reformers have joined forces for court reform — and especially for sentencing reform. It’s an … more
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