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State and U.S. representatives should be elected on the strength of their appeal to the voters in the counties in which they live. Manipulating district boundaries to gather supporting voters from distant communities and isolate opposition is … more
A police officer, gun drawn, yells at a suspect to put his hands up. The subject reaches for his pocket. The officer shoots. This could be a case of a criminal trying to pull a gun. Or an unarmed deaf man who could not hear the command. The … more
The industrialization of America in the late 19th century gave rise to many things. We became a giant economic powerhouse. More consumer goods were made available to all. Some even made fortunes for themselves. Yes, there were also downsides. … more
A lapse in judgment by a state lawmaker’s husband led to a sticky situation for his wife when Dr. Lewis Martin peeled a Charlie Pat Farris for N.C. House sticker off Brewmasters’ front door this week. Lew Martin exchanged the sticker … more
Are voters warming to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? No. We get an inkling of that sentiment via email and phone calls to the Times-News each day. In fact, we received one on Wednesday from a reader sick and tired of the two main candidates and … more
Colin Kaepernick is used to being a target on the football field as the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. In the last week, Kaepernick has also become a target off the field as well. Kaepernick drew national attention for sitting on the … more
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An oft-repeated mantra that underlies the spirit of American culture, listed as just three of the inalienable rights by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. But the acts of politicians, … more
Say this for the Bizarro World presidential race of 2016 — North Carolina won’t be taken for granted. But can we stand the strain of so much love from the two major-party presidential nominees? That is indeed the fate of a so-called … more
It’s a fresh start. A clean slate. A challenge and an opportunity. On Monday, 12,200 students will report to the first day of classes at Wilson County’s 26 public elementary, middle and high schools. Whether pupils are starting at a new … more
The chairman of the state GOP has encouraged Republicans on county elections boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays during the November elections, … more
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