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RALEIGH — If energy companies respond to the Interior Department’s recently announced process for pursuing oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast, it is likely that residents or … more
Good folks aren’t buying Democrats’ sleazy virtue signaling over unsavory language President Trump supposedly used during a private meeting with lawmakers. They accuse Trump of making … more
President Trump’s vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree. The buzzword is “merit.” In a … more
Recently my wife Gale and I were traveling along Ward Boulevard near Winstead Elementary School in Wilson when she noticed the large oak tree standing at the far back side of the playground. I … more
That we did not secure the new Toyota-Mazda facility and those 4,000 jobs was bad news. North Carolina put forth a strong, bipartisan effort to woo the company, and I commend the governor and our … more
RALEIGH — The state legislature’s one-day session on Jan. 10 turned out to be a failure, and a waste of the roughly $42,000 it costs to send lawmakers to Raleigh for a special session. When … more
Sometimes fiction is a better teacher than history books or newspaper columns. A powerful new novel set in Pinewood, North Carolina, a fictional modern foothills town, proves the point. “No … more
RALEIGH — If government gives you a cash handout or a “free” service and you are capable of working, studying or providing service to the community in exchange for your public assistance, … more
The Oxford dictionary defines prejudice as a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience, or as a dislike, hostility or unjust behavior deriving from preconceived and … more
Didn’t we turn over a new leaf in 2018? Didn’t everyone in Washington resolve to work together on America’s important problems and get things done? Oh, sorry. That must … more
Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with “the push of a button,” as President … more
You don’t have to be a meteorologist to understand that the gathering stormclouds are threatening the 2018 elections. The high-pressure system at the genesis of this storm is the result of … more
JOHN T. DEW John Thomas Dew, son of John Dew and wife of Sally Lucas, was born in Wilson County on Dec. 29, 1869, and died on Oct. 18, 1951. He married Maud Boswell, daughter of Bunyan Boswell and … more
It’s been a rough start for 2018 for me. In common parlance, I’d just say I’m wearing out, but more aptly I’d describe myself as one of my favorite “Lord of the Rings” quotes from Bilbo: … more
A lot of us in my part of the state got hammered by a winter storm last week. This part of the country is unaccustomed to ice and snow and because of this, I got a few days off. Who wouldn’t take a … more
Recently, I saw an image of an old-fashioned Hoosier cabinet, a popular kitchen feature during the mid-20th century. This image triggered thoughts of kitchens of our country relatives and neighbors … more
RALEIGH — President Donald Trump’s claims about voter fraud are preposterous. No credible evidence suggests that millions of people cast illegal ballots, or that candidates who outpoll rivals by … more
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that … more
I support “the wall” but it will not be sufficient to halt illegal immigration in itself. About 40 to 50 percent of illegal immigrants do not sneak across the border. They simply obtain an … more
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe recognizing “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” first bestowed (upon its namesake filmmaker) in 1952. On Sunday, … more
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