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Once upon a time, there was a peaceful land that lay in a wide valley sheltered between the angry, towering, dark-clouded crags of the Altright Mountains and the sun-capped ridges of the Rainbow … more
White supremacists regard radical Islamists as their polar opposites, but upon further scrutiny, their hateful ideologies resemble each other. Both worldviews are paranoid, exhibit a toxic blend of … more
The Wilson theater family lost a bright young rising star with the recent passing of Layla Leann Overby at age 17. Layla was involved with ACT For Youth and the Playhouse of Wilson, and her … more
Over the last 72-plus hours, we have witnessed the government and media go crazy over the release of the Mueller report. I find it interesting that so many smart people, especially those who believe … more
Re: “Long prison sentences don’t rehabilitate inmates,” by David Brinkley, March 19: A prisoner in Maury Correctional Institution? Poor baby. Are the police, the lawyers, the juries and the … more
The week of March 4 was Read Across America Week. I was fortunate enough to have been asked to read to a Hearne Elementary School second-grade class by teacher Paula Michalak. On March 4, I chose to … more
Re: “How can GOP defend Trump?” by William T. “Nick” Smith, March 14: Months ago, the writer said he had quit writing. We had a Nick Smith-quit-writing cocktail party and throngs … more
Donna Carr was my first-grade teacher at Coopers Elementary School in 1970. This was before kindergarten attendance was required and I was not the sharpest crayon in the box! Mrs. Carr was such a … more
Re: “Rampant spending, national debt threaten our future” by Rep. George Holding, Tuesday: Wow! What a profound statement by Mr. Holding. If he delivers this philosophy and votes this way in … more
Nothing in recent memory has shocked or saddened this writer more than the news of the death of retired North Carolina State Trooper Kevin Patrick Woods. The outpouring of grief, love and support … more
In follow up of my earlier letter (“Work together to keep Wilson County clean,” March 2), I would like to report that I have continued to clean trash from N.C. 58. I have invested several hours, … more
Re: “ Did PETA finally go too far?” by Bill Howard, Friday: By all accounts, Steve Irwin was a genuinely nice guy. But his natural charm cannot disguise the fact that he made his name … more
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to attend a training session for Upward Bound students at Wilson Community College. Upward Bound is a program for high school students who will be the first in their … more
The National Review on March 11 reported the passing of Pat Cadell, former Democratic pollster, adviser to presidents, adviser to the Clinton White House and Fox News contributor. Tellingly, … more
I doubt many people read the excellent editorial in Saturday’s edition of The Wilson Times (“Lift secrecy’s shadows and let the sun shine on state government”). It is March Madness season. … more
Re: “Gliarmis leaves legacy of service: Dick’s Hot Dog Stand owner dies at age 91,” Friday: A Greek family immigrated to America and settled in Wilson. Then stitched a legacy of hospitality … more
Wilson has another great restaurant. It’s New South BBQ, which recently opened on Wooten Boulevard. I read about this new restaurant in The Wilson Times a little while ago and thought I would give … more
Re: “Criminal justice system needs tougher penalties,” by Ashley E. Robbins Jr., Feb. 19: I’m not sure what rock the writer crawled out from under to come to the conclusion that the … more
It is with a balance of sorrow and adventurous excitement that I formally announce my intention to retire May 1, with my final work day being April 30. I have been privileged and amazed to have found … more
It’s rare in life when you can easily identify the best person you know. For the past 30 years, I answered that question by saying “Lee Gliarmis.” I was proud to call him “Papou.” It’s … more
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