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It seems the national media and general public seem transfixed on the bimbo problem facing the president and his personal attorney. Every day there is a new twist of the president’s relationship … more
RALEIGH — Over the past two weeks, government budget agencies have delivered two key reports to North Carolina taxpayers. One should infuriate them. The other should please them. The infuriating … more
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a proud history of supporting free speech and expression. One of the proudest moments in its history — and justifiably so — is how the entire … more
I am writing today to share one of the most treasured experiences of my life. I began playing soccer at the age of 4 through the Wilson Recreation League. Like most of my friends, I looked forward … more
What should we expect when we invest $150 million in reading programs for our elementary students? I’m not sure what the objectives were, but I am pretty certain the results weren’t what anyone … more
Wilson is a tobacco town in eastern North Carolina, 20 minutes as the crow flies from my hometown. The Spanish Immersion Program is in its fourth year and serves 117 children in grades K-4 at Elm … more
CONTENTNEA ROCK QUARRY In 1908 James Mulligan (who had arrived in Wilson in 1903 to construct the Raleigh and Pamilco Sound Railroad) opened a quarry on the left side of the road that goes W. from … more
This past week was a historic anniversary for pop culture aficionados around the world. It was the 80th anniversary of the creation of Superman celebrated in double-down fashion with the publication … more
A lot of readers have expressed an interest in hearing from Cooper, our cat. Occasionally, as mentioned in this column, I have had conversations with Cooper. Largely one-sided, since cats do not, as … more
An old-fashioned tent revival is coming to Wilson, and it promises to live up to the expectations of revivals in times past with elements of a modern revival atmosphere. The area around Wilson has … more
Warmer weather is finally upon us and if you are like me, this is a very welcome sight given the winter we have endured here and throughout the country. As the calendar moves toward the warmer … more
RALEIGH — The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized country but doesn’t get better results, as measured by average life expectancy. Have you heard this claim … more
I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before … more
Where is Erskine Bowles when we most need him? Bowles is best known to North Carolinians as president of the UNC System from 2005 to 2010. Before then he was a successful business leader in … more
At tax time in the U.S., as Gaurav Sangwani of India’s Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren’t interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal … more
George Carlin, (1937-2008) an American comedian, social critic and author, was noted for his thoughts on politics, the English language and numerous other subjects, some considered by many to be … more
I have followed very closely the news articles concerning the finding of dumped dead dogs in Wilson County this year. Having previously worked as an animal control officer for Wilson County, I did … more
In a saner age, adding a question about an individual’s citizenship status to the decennial U.S. Census would be the most unremarkable thing in the world. The only understandable reaction might be, … more
As we move through the time of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, listen to excerpts from his provocative speeches, remember where we were at the time of the shooting and feel the anger and sadness … more
SEVEN SPRINGS — Most of North Carolina seems to have forgotten about Hurricane Matthew. It’s been about 18 months since the floodwaters ravaged eastern North Carolina towns, and the news … more
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