WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Dick Spangler, who died last week, changed my life dramatically and forever. That makes it hard to write an objective and proper tribute to the Charlotte business leader and former president of the … more
This has been a dizzying decade for North Carolinians. Nearly every day we have witnessed attacks on the rule of law, and the checks and balances of our democracy at both the federal and state … more
RALEIGH — When conservatives advocate lower taxes and less regulation, their critics often retort that conservatives are just advancing the interest of business. That’s either a … more
If a liberal like Jesse Jackson went on CNN and accused my father of being a “known womanizer” like President Trump, conservatives across America would go off the rails. They’d defend the … more
On July 26, Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater, Florida parking lot. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to charge Drejka, citing the state’s “Stand Your … more
The definition of insanity, as they say, is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. And yet critics insist that the U.S. shouldn’t have withdrawn from the U.N. … more
In case national Republicans needed another reminder of the power of women at the ballot box, pollsters at Quinnipiac University just handed it to them. With the November midterms still three … more
I occasionally get emails from my in-laws that relay reviews of my columns. A lot of them come from their fellow residents of the retirement community in which they live. Others are from family … more
Snakes give most people the creeps. A few people here and there might really like our slithery, slender neighbors, yet many of us have been taught since childhood to stay clear of them, since they … more
I have not bought a car since 2000. Actually, I should clarify that statement: I haven’t bought a car for myself since the year 2000, and actually I didn’t take ownership of the car I ordered … more
STEPHEN COBB, CONTINUED “...My wright of the said lands that lies below the road aforesaid is one fifth part of the same that was allotted to the said Patience Cobb widow as aforesaid as a part … more
RALEIGH — Hickory has a labor shortage. Given our state’s recent economic history, that claim may sound incredible. But it’s true. Not so long ago, the metropolitan area anchored by Hickory, … more
Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the … more
One of the most valuable benefits any local chamber of commerce should provide to its community is its ability to direct businesses to opportunities that might help them be more competitive in the … more
Adhesive tape was invented in the 1920s by Richard Drew who worked for 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.) while duct tape was first manufactured in 1942 by Johnson and Johnson Permacel … more
Get your favorite pink outfit ready … it’s time to Paint the Park Pink tonight at the Wilson Tobs baseball game. The annual event, sponsored by Wilson Medical Center, Greenlight and First … more
“It’s impossible to effectually outlaw guns,” I wrote in 2015, “without also outlawing writing, speaking and thinking about guns.” I was referring to a U.S. State Department censorship … more
In 1965, Terry Sanford left the governor’s office and moved down Fayetteville Street from the Capitol into law offices in the BB&T Building. Political insiders started referring to that … more
I took my first college economics course in 1969. One topic was about alternative ways a country can organize its economy. Since my wife will tell you one of my passions is organization — for … more
RALEIGH — “Can I speak to Mr. Locke?” During the quarter-century that I served as either president or vice president of the John Locke Foundation, we got such calls on a regular basis. Some … more
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