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Amid the usual assortment of celebrity catchphrases and insipid inspirational quotes, one student opted to take a political stand. “Build that wall!” with attribution to President Donald Trump, was published as a female … more
Supporters of a bill to shield drivers from civil liability if they strike protesters who are obstructing traffic had the right idea — they just used the wrong example. House Bill 330 arose after demonstrators blocked a portion of … more
Subtle sexism written into Wilson County Schools’ student dress code — and the uneven and inconsistent manner in which the policy is enforced — has raised the ire of parents, students and community members. A Saturday letter to … more
Government censors will review a comedian’s crude joke about the head of state and determine whether punishment is warranted. That sounds like a dispatch from Turkey, Iran, Venezuela or Thailand, nations that lack the United States’ … more
North Carolina’s public school calendar was set for economic and political considerations, not for academic reasons. It’s time to try a more sensible approach. A bill that passed 104-6 in the state House of Representatives would … more
What if scheduling surgery was like a trip to the auto mechanic — before the first turn of the wrench, or in this case, the slice of a scalpel — patients received a printed estimate listing the total price they’d be expected to … more
THUMBS UP to Wilson County’s teachers and to the local businesses honoring them with free lunches for Teacher Appreciation Week. Brewmasters is providing its signature deli sandwiches to each of the more than 1,300 Wilson County Schools … more
When it comes to social services, don’t fix what isn’t broken. That’s the message Wilson County commissioners are sending to the N.C. General Assembly by way of a resolution asking lawmakers to put the brakes on a statewide … more
Only one profession — journalism — is explicitly protected in the Constitution. If even this vocation’s proud practitioners won’t defend the First Amendment, who will? Our state’s three largest newspapers, The … more
A North Carolina school superintendent has been added to a national free-speech group’s hall of shame. Cumberland County Schools head Frank Till earned the Jefferson Muzzle, a satirical award for those who threaten First Amendment freedoms, … more
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