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Fifty-seven years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality, justice and unity with a quarter million people in the nation’s capital.  Delivered from the Lincoln … more
Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens says two police officers wrestled him onto the hood of his car during a traffic stop in a neighboring city.  Officers told him they were looking for an African … more
When you see an unfamiliar face, your subconscious forms a first impression in less time than it takes to blink. Neuroscience tells us the human mind’s hardwired to interpret facial expressions … more
Rachel Williams says a T-shirt got her thrown out of a Wilson doctor’s office. In the Charlotte suburb of Gastonia, Lydia Sturgues-Robinson said an ice cream parlor booted her over a … more
THUMBS UP to Wilson city officials for recommending rule changes that would give businesses more artistic freedom and more leeway to advertise limited-time deals.  The Wilson City Council … more
Each desk on the N.C. House floor is equipped with a microphone. Jean Farmer-Butterfield said she’d use hers to amplify Wilson County residents’ voices, and she’s kept that promise … more
Happy birthday, America!  Like many holidays, Saturday’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence’s signing is wrapped in myth and collective wisdom.  The … more
North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, … more
THUMBS UP to the Wilson County Board of Education for ending the misguided practice of “lunch shaming” in our school cafeterias.  The board approved a new nutritional services … more
As stakeholders work to repair North Carolina’s criminal justice system, they should make Louis Brandeis’ famous declaration their constant refrain: Sunlight is the best … more
Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina.  State officials have withheld vital information about coronavirus outbreaks that would … more
No air conditioning or box fans on boiling June days, no refrigerator humming to preserve food and no running water for showers, baths and hand-washing.  Those bleak conditions could become … more
In the age of COVID-19, is pushing a shopping cart really safer than holding a hymnal?  Gov. Roy Cooper’s May 5 executive order reopening parts of North Carolina’s economy allows … more
The North Carolina Supreme Court supports transparency in higher education and free speech for motorists, two well-reasoned Friday rulings suggest. A long-awaited decision in DTH Media Corp. v. … more
State officials are withholding vital public health information from Wilson County residents, leaving us in the dark on a COVID-19 outbreak at a Wilson food processing plant.  This week, the … more
THUMBS UP to Gov. Roy Cooper for explaining that his statewide stay-at-home order designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 doesn’t prohibit public protests.  After N.C. Capitol police … more
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face … more
THUMBS DOWN to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for withholding vital information about a COVID-19 outbreak at Wilson’s Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center from the public … more
With one unnecessary arrest and one tone-deaf tweet, police placed North Carolina smack dab in the middle of a national COVID-19 controversy.   Videos from Tuesday’s #ReopenNC protest … more
THUMBS UP to the New Christian Food Pantry and Girl Scout Troop 555 for their efforts to make Easter special for hundreds of Wilson County children. The food pantry donated about 350 Easter … more
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