WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Harry Reid is starting to make sense. I was afraid this day would come. Perhaps it’s an indication of the Apocalypse or, at the very least, that multiple blows to the head, received during my … more
In July, I reached a $600 million settlement with the credit bureau Equifax over its 2017 data breach. It was the largest ever breach of consumer data, affecting more than 5.3 million North … more
Someone asked me recently why I haven’t mentioned the goat man in any columns for a long time. Since I do occasionally like to revisit the goat man mystique, this can serve as an excuse to do so … more
The state budget traditionally runs on a fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Yet it’s Aug. 27 and there is no budget compromise in sight. Fifty-six days ago, Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of North Carolina’s budget deal for 2019-20. Republican leaders of the legislature disagree. That’s the main reason why state … more
Here’s some great news: The American entrepreneur is flourishing again. From 1980 until 2017, “the number of new startups formed each year ... plummeted by half — from almost 15% of all … more
Winston Churchill understood that in times of national emergency, it was imperative to forge alliances with anyone willing to help — no matter how odious those allies might be. As the British prime … more
What’s the most long-lasting, persistent local issue in Wilson County over the past 30 or 40 years? A lot has happened since I moved to Wilson in 1980. The city has grown, new businesses and … more
Excitement about the opening of school energizes our community in late August. News reports about school openings, school supplies drives, clothing sales, publication of bus schedules, student … more
I was reading one of the big news websites this morning and came across an article about what the latest goofy thing the city of San Francisco is doing. Keep in mind, this is the city that all but … more
I just made a quick trip this past week, which upon casual observation was just a blip on the horizon. But upon a little more reflection, it was actually one of those sea change moments in … more
RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It simply means that our … more
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank, what do you do? This seldom happens in most homes, but would you spend it? Save it? Or, with a government, would you … more
As a professor of logistics, supply chain and reverse logistics, I am proud that my educational foundation began in the Wilson school system and continued through graduation at Atlantic Christian … more
What if your silence is blocking someone’s freedom? A few years ago, during a conversation with a young lady for whom I cared very deeply, God laid on my heart to issue words of caution when … more
A few columns ago, I was writing about the Five Levels of Attachment, which are from the book written by one of my spiritual brothers, don Miguel Ruiz Jr., son of don Miguel Ruiz. Even though they … more
When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that … more
When I was a kid in the 1950s, we used to call the middle months of the year the “lazy days of summer.” School was out, families were on vacation and the hot weather just seemed to slow things … more
The cost of health care in North Carolina and throughout the country is high enough without patients and their families having to worry about unexpected, surprise medical bills. As it is, too many … more
This is a modern-day retelling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath. In our version, David is played by State Treasurer Dale Folwell. The Philistine giant Goliath represents the large … more
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