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Not since the tomato-red “Make America Great Again” hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage. Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following … more
I feel terribly sorry for the hundred thousand Americans who’ve lost their lives to the coronavirus. I also feel sorry for all the small business owners in the country who have become … more
President Donald Trump signed a Friday executive order on “Preventing Online Censorship.” From the title and the document respectively, we can draw to two lessons. First: Never, ever, … more
Did you know Wilson Community College trains nurse aides, phlebotomists, and pharmacy technicians? WCC’s Continuing Education Division provides individuals with opportunities to earn … more
I will not watch the desecration and destruction of black bodies. I’ve seen pictures my entire life. Read books and watched documentaries. Heard horrible stories from family members in my living … more
Maybe I misjudged Richard Burr from the very beginning. He’s in deep doo-doo right now, as the first President Bush used that term, and The Wilson Times has termed him “toast.” He … more
If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. But it may … more
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just … more
RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor market cratered.  The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of … more
In mid-May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy.  Per the resolution, one congressperson may vote on behalf of up to 10 others. In … more
One up, one down. I rode over to Raleigh on Memorial Day and went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, the original Chargrill down on Hillsborough Street.  I was first introduced to … more
Those of us who were small children in the mid-20th century remember being afraid of polio, which reached epidemic levels in the late ’40s and early ‘50s.  Our parents feared it as … more
This past weekend was spent with just the two of us in our backyard, working on our many rose plants blooming and those not doing as well. Memorial Day for us was watching special events like bugle … more
As Washington debates what to do next about the economic crisis, it should think about one thing Washington does well. I know what that is, because I see it every month. The second Wednesday of … more
As health care providers, patient well-being is our chief concern every day of the year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of how we kept our community safe was limiting elective and … more
Did Jesus find a wife in North Carolina? The answer is yes. But the story is fictional, and the North Carolina connection is complicated. Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
There is no doubt that we have been living in extraordinary times these past few months. People everywhere are looking for hope, something to believe in and somewhere to place their trust in an … more
COVID-19 has removed many parts of our lives that we have taken for granted pre-pandemic. Our ability to assemble in large groups, go out to eat, shop or participate in any form of event where we … more
RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors … more
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