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It goes without saying that if Trump had to start his administration at the level of economic chaos left to President Obama by the Republican administration of George W. Bush, this country and most … more
One question I have received since beginning my campaign has been, “What is your experience?” I am more than happy to tell all those interested. In 2005 I had the privilege to enlist in the … more
In 2016, North Carolina as a whole had 17 percent of adults reporting binge drinking in Wilson County. We fall below the state average with 15 percent of adults over 18 reporting harmful alcohol use, … more
Re: "Privatize state's wasteful liquor sales monopoly," In Our Opinion, Wednesday: Based on your recent editorial supporting the privatization of liquor sales in North Carolina, we must assume you … more
I read the editorial entitled “Despite obstacles, Wilson’s economy still poised to grow” (Saturday) with great interest because I am honored to be the chairman of Wilson Economic Development. … more
At birth God grants us life, freedom and free will; how we use all these are up to us. It is our freedom and free will that allows us to make decisions for ourselves. God granted us freedom and … more
I was perusing Thursday’s Opinion page and spotted the “Tell us what’s on your mind” box at its bottom. The guidelines seem to be largely unenforced, so why bother to include them? … more
It is not clear when the Democratic National Committee and old media bestowed the term “liberal progressive” upon their constituents. A hundred years ago, “liberal progressives” were called … more
Today I am writing about a subject that might backfire and cause me pain in the future, but I guess I am a glutton for punishment with full steam ahead for disaster. Medicare is a so-called … more
To the culinary illiterate of Wilson, a chili dog is a hot dog bun filled with a weiner and topped with chili — not a bun filled with chili, that’s a sloppy joe. I asked for a chili dog at a … more
Re: “Benghazi, Uranium One ‘scandals’ discredited,” by William T. “Nick” Smith, Aug. 2: Nick, I’m surprised you would stoop to such a low level as to have to use terms such as … more
Is this the redesigned turn from Nash Street to College Drive at the entrance to St. Therese/Barton College and the newly constructed pedestrian crossing we were promised four years ago? Both … more
Public education forms one of the foundational pillars of the Wilson County community. We have some spectacular private and charter schools. They are serving select students of Wilson County very … more
It’s baffling to me why people will always condemn an individual for service to the people of the United States; especially an individual who relinquished control of a business worth billions in … more
You know, it’s interesting how people have treated the Jesus of the Bible. They like to cite him when its convenient for their cause, but when his hardline, crystal-clear statements contradict … more
Re: “Fontenot no competition for courageous Farmer-Butterfield,” by Phil Valera, July 27: Mr. Valera, I don’t know much about Mr. Fontenot beliefs or policies, so I won’t attempt to … more
I, along with a group of friends, just returned for the Summer Sounds show of “The Breeze Band Starring You!” This was one in a series of concerts to raise money to replace and improve the sound … more
We want to take the opportunity to thank the many sponsors and participants of our inaugural bowling tournament, Bowling for Recovery, which was a fundraiser for the Flynn Christian Fellowship Home … more
Re: “Trump-bashing avoids mention of Clinton scandals,” by Art Tozzi, July 27: Arthur, do you have confidence that all those innuendos you spewed out in your recent letter to the Times to … more
As I am familiarizing myself with this local N.C. House race, several issues have come to my attention that fascinate me. One, according to her peers, it appears Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield … more
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