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Now that Hurricane Florence has dissipated, it’s easy to think that the worst of this disaster is over. But for many residents of North Carolina and our neighbors in South Carolina, the disaster … more
In the next two weeks, our school board will add a new member and has plans to subtract a shortsighted set of restrictions on public comments. By our calculations, that arithmetic will serve to … more
Turning its name into a cruel joke, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is planning to pull back important regulations on lenders who prey on people who struggle to make it from one … more
THUMBS UP to the Wilson County Board of Commissioners’ Animal Enforcement Committee, which agreed this week to fast-track the construction of a new animal shelter that would triple the current … more
Progressives predicted a hard swing to the right after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation cemented a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. So far this term, that fear hasn’t … more
Children in North Carolina aren’t learning to read fast enough or well enough. The state has invested millions. Hands are wringing, and heads are hitting hard against the wall. “Success” … more
It’s no exaggeration to call state Sen. Rick Horner a saver of four-legged lives. The Bailey Republican and Senate Education Committee co-chairman secured a $200,000 appropriation in the state … more
It was one of the deadliest years in the history of North Carolina’s prison system. Five prison employees were killed in two incidents at state prisons in 2017. Given the way our prisons were … 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
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
While North Carolina has become more accommodating to those outside the two-party paradigm, with the recent recognition of the Green and Constitution parties, third-party and unaffiliated voters are … more
If you care about safe water for all, you should be celebrating the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to order Duke Energy to excavate coal ash from its power plant … more
Alumni of the University of North Carolina system are in a better position than most people to judge how good a job the system’s 16 schools are doing. That doesn’t mean others don’t have … more
If you’re relieved that the bruising campaign for Wilson County’s state House seat is finally over, here’s a dark cloud for your silver lining: In less than two years, we’ll get to do this … more
A recently revealed report confirms the worst: that former U.S. Rep. Mel Watt “misused his position as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency by attempting to ‘coerce or induce’ a … more
Wilson County, your commissioners have heard you loud and clear. After a decade of delays, the Wilson County Board of Commissioners has committed to building a new public animal shelter to replace … more
THUMBS UP to North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger for appointing Sen. Rick Horner a co-chairman of the education committee for the General Assembly’s 2019-20 term. Horner, R-Nash, is a … more
The people of North Carolina need to answer two big questions: 1. Do we think that experiencing three major-flood-producing hurricanes in 20 years is a “new normal”? 2. If yes, based on … more
THUMBS UP to Wilson County’s first responders, local governments and schools for their commitment to preparedness and public outreach in advance of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival. The Wilson … more
The rains from Hurricane Florence have ended, and much of the flooding has receded. But the effects of this disaster, especially in the poverty-stricken eastern part of our state, will persist for … more
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