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The battle over the coronavirus shutdown was bitter, divisive and partisan. Already, the battle over opening back up and going back out is bitter, divisive and partisan. Even in a national … more
What’s the big news in North Carolina? For some, it’s not the bad news that the coronavirus has shut us up in our homes for weeks and weeks and undercut the economic lives of so … more
RALEIGH — The 1930s had the Great Depression. The early 21st century had the Great Recession. Now, in the 2020s, we are suffering a Great Suppression. With hundreds of thousands of North … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
In North Carolina and around the world, we are responding on all fronts to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is an unprecedented time, and my greatest concern is making sure that North Carolinians … more
There is now little question among economists — and, I expect, most people also — that the economy is in a coronavirus-induced recession.  The definition of a recession is … more
There were 57 deaths in Wilson attributable to influenza or pneumonia the first nine months of 1918. Using NewspaperArchive.com to search through The Wilson Times, the first mention of pneumonia … more
It’s April, National Poetry Month, and we need a little poetry to calm us down, raise our spirits and fill ourselves up with ideas and soul food. So why should poetry be a part of our lives? … more
That brotherhood of military veterans, whether they served in combat or not, has detected an odor of unfairness in the removal of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier from command of the aircraft carrier … more
Donald Trump is running against himself. Coronavirus has shut down just about everything, including the presidential campaign. With Bernie Sanders out of the way, former Vice President Joe Biden … more
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year. As we re-read the old story of those who discovered an empty tomb on that day of … more
RALEIGH — Robert Heinlein — the author of pathbreaking science-fiction works such as “Starship Troopers,” “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” — was a man … more
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Liswon, a land not so far away — pronounced “Listwon” by its citizens — there was a little girl by the name of Anna Graham. Anna was happy growing up in the … more
It’s been a few years since I bought myself a new dress for Easter. This year, I’ll probably just throw on some jeans, a T-shirt and my slippers before heading downstairs to worship online with … more
Inside the Wilson County Courthouse entrance, there are plaques listing Wilson residents who lost their lives in war. On the right side is one for those who died “in the Great War of the … more
Staying home during this pandemic is tough for retirees and for workers used to leaving the house before sunrise. It’s challenging for parents suddenly home with kids of all ages. The newspaper and … more
For many millions of Christians, Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Others may celebrate the arrival of spring and the promise of new life. Whatever one’s beliefs, … more
It can be difficult for us in the 21st century to understand the problems physicians and scientists were facing as the magnitude of the pandemic began to swell. No one knew for certain what was … more
When millions of Americans fear a virus, when millions lose their jobs overnight and when millions are told to stay home, you can bet we’re in for a political revolution. Or revolutions. Look … more
Is the Corona 19 virus the result of a plot by the Chinese to bring down the United States? Or is it a plot by the United States to punish China? Knowing that some of us are prone to believe … more
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