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The General Assembly finally passed a bill to at least ease North Carolina’s class size crisis, and overall, it’s pretty good. It does not solve a lot of long-term problems, though, and it … more
Opioid addiction is plaguing our community, but when stakeholders band together, we can help Wilson County residents reclaim their independence from prescription painkillers. Distributed with … more
Seventeen people lost their lives, and before the bodies were cold, partisans were mining the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for political talking … more
John Blust delivered his own political epitaph in emotional remarks to his state House of Representatives colleagues last Tuesday. “I think I stood strong a lot of times when it was … more
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was recently in Fayetteville to look at damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, to see what’s been fixed and what hasn’t. Nearly … more
Attorney General Josh Stein has the right idea when it comes to forced arbitration — we just wish he’d take it further. Stein joined fellow state attorneys general early this week in calling … more
Black History Month is sometimes treated like an unwanted stepchild. There are those who argue that the contributions of African-Americans should be honored all year, not segregated into a page of … more
Amid the uncertainty and tumult over the shape of North Carolina congressional and legislative districts, whether some elections might be canceled and even who will administer elections, it is rather … more
Have you given some thought to what Wilson County can do today to attract the jobs of tomorrow? Maybe it’s time to throw your hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of Commissioners. Has your … more
After hearing recently that the 20 members of the new board placed in charge of Cardinal Innovations voted unanimously to accept a state-mandated corrective plan, we’re cautiously optimistic. Now … more
If the Powerball lottery announced that its $560 million jackpot was being awarded to a woman in another state whose identity was withheld, would you believe that was on the up-and-up? In this age … more
In separate online contests, readers of The Wilson Times can recognize their favorite restaurants, businesses, schools and local professionals and give a thumbs-up to the best letters to the editor … more
A lot of Frances McDormand fans across the country will be holding their breath when it’s time for the Best Actress award on Oscar night. She’s considered a front-runner for her role in … more
It's not just a laugh line from "Animal House." Students at the University of North Carolina really are put on double-secret probation.  UNC Chapel Hill refuses to identify the students it … more
Wilson’s city leaders are working to stamp out blight and bring dilapidated properties up to code. Enforcement is a key part of the equation, but it need not be the only answer. At last week’s … more
We’d call it an embarrassment of riches for Wilson County agriculture, but we’re not embarrassed at all — just pleased as punch and proud of our local sons of the soil. With 2018 scarcely a … more
Extreme partisan redistricting creates gridlock. Or not. Here in North Carolina, one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation, Republican supermajorities in Raleigh can rule unchecked. … more
A century and a half after the South surrendered, the likenesses of Confederate soldiers could be ordered to retreat for their own safety. The North Carolina Historical Commission is weighing Gov. … more
A presidential prescription could begin the process of healing the fractured American health care system. The only question is whether Congress will fill it. Elements of Tuesday’s State of the … more
The assessment by the National Institute of Correction couldn’t be anything but harsh after a bloody escape attempt at a North Carolina prison left four employees dead last year. Credit the N.C. … more
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