WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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When Alfred, Lord Tennyson published “Ring Out, Wild Bells” as a part of “In Memoriam A. H. H.” in 1850, he referred to letting the old year go and embracing the new one. Tennyson wrote, “Ring out the old, ring in … more
RALEIGH — One key consequence of the 2016 elections in North Carolina was that the state’s court system drew a great deal of attention. You can expect that attention to continue, and perhaps to lead to constructive change, during the … more
Obama, the shrewd manager The shrewd manager in Luke 16 is caught red-handed misappropriating the master’s goods and is soon to be fired. The manager, to curry favor with his master’s debtors, forgives them portions of their debts. … more
RALEIGH — When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial … more
When historians assess Pat McCrory’s term, I don’t think he will be remembered as nearly as successful as North Carolina’s previous two Republican governors, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser. McCrory was never able to overcome his … more
RALEIGH — As recent events have reminded us, North Carolina’s state government is not a precise analogue to the federal government. Its leadership is more diffuse. The state legislature is stronger, relative to the executive branch, … more
How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about. We are used to it, of course. It almost seems natural. But it is not. We have just done it this way forever. We are on autopilot — … more
Do you remember in high school when we selected all those senior superlatives? We wondered all year who would make the list of the best this or the most that. Everyone secretly longed to be chosen for the superlative list. I say we should each … more
Once again, North Carolina made national news and once again, it wasn’t favorable. For a while it appeared our state was ready to rid itself of all the negative publicity, economic loss and rancor associated with House Bill 2, but at the end … more
RALEIGH — Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party. In all four instances, the legislature stripped the newly … more
What can Democrats look for Santa Claus to bring them this year? It has been a bleak holiday season so far. So maybe Santa could bring them something more than just lumps of coal that have already made their way into their stockings hung by … more
RALEIGH — Imagine that after years of bad cellphone service you changed providers three months ago and, now, once again face the old problems. Further imagine that when you complain customer service says, “Well, your old provider … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy continues to outperform the national and regional averages — which is one reason why, the results of the gubernatorial election notwithstanding, the state’s policy fundamentals are unlikely … more
I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus? If I were a betting man, I would wager not many of you are, for a few reasons. Most adults no longer … more
RALEIGH — When the 115th Congress convenes in early January, North Carolina’s delegation is poised to play a prominent role in charting a post-Obama course on a host of policy issues. As I’ve previously noted, Sen. Richard Burr … more
Although many of us have participated in polls recently, may I ask one more question? If you voted in one of the six races for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, how did you choose? Based on the number of friends and … more
The most important lawyer in modern North Carolina history finally has a biography. This week, UNC Press is releasing “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights” by Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier. If you … more
It’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year when everyone, young or old, compiles their list of things they want for Christmas. Most people of any age have a short list of things they would like to see under the Christmas … more
RALEIGH — In what direction will North Carolina go under a Democratic governor-elect, Roy Cooper, and a Republican General Assembly? There are three possibilities. The least likely scenario — but the one that progressives in North … more
At first glance, the late Sen. Jesse Helms and President-elect Donald Trump could not be more different. Helms, who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 2003, was as plain as brown shoes, married to the same woman his … more
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