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What should be done to build on the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park’s momentum in order to make downtown Wilson a regional destination? Was the Wilson City Council’s 37 percent pay raise a … more
On National Newspaper Week, North Carolina lawmakers will consider yet another last-ditch effort to punish the free and independent press in an influential state senator's home district. A memo … more
Could President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans finally take a step forward for illegal immigrants after Democrats failed? It might be a relatively small step — but it sure would be … more
Wilson Energy customers who struggle to pay their utility bills may be astonished to learn what becomes of the late fees they’re charged. Each year, the city-owned electric company transfers … more
James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” and “The Sun Also Rises.” Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.” All … more
A changing of the guard will take place Sunday at Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. Albert Alston, an 18-year veteran who joined the department at age 19, will assume his new role as Wilson’s fire … more
President Donald Trump can’t reform the nation’s health care system unilaterally, but there’s one thing he can do — end Congress’ free ride. As yet another attempt to repeal and replace … more
Many Americans are outraged that protests over racial inequality in America have infiltrated the ranks of top-tier professional sports, but the numbers suggest it was a sheer … more
For much of this decade, Americans have debated how college administrators should handle allegations of campus sexual assaults. How to balance the rights of the victim and the accused. How to punish … more
Wilson Community College wants to put our county back to work. A discussion on WCC’s 3 percent drop in enrollment during Monday’s meeting of college trustees led to a brainstorming session on … more
We’re not about to argue that a thorough updating of our state’s judicial districts is unnecessary. The last large-scale redrawing of the court districts was in 1955. There have been a few … more
Defending free speech often means siding with scoundrels, as allowing even the shrillest voices to be muted erodes First Amendment protections for every American citizen. It’s a position most succinctly expressed in Beatrice Hall’s wise … more
North Carolina marked a historic harvest this month as more than 50 volunteers converged on a farm outside Dunn to haul in a bumper crop of hemp on Sept. 9. It’s the first hemp harvest in the Tar Heel State for at least 80 years, according to … more
For fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, the First Amendment’s freedom of association has been replaced with guilt by association. Thousands marched through the streets of Washington on Saturday to protest the FBI’s designation of … more
Americans who do business with big financial institutions trust them with important personal information, such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Those firms in turn hire companies like Equifax to run credit checks on customers applying … more
Congress could do more than pay lip service to the U.S. Constitution on the 230th anniversary of its signing this Sunday. If they’re serious about honoring the ultimate source of federal, state and local laws, legislators could expand a … more
When it comes to polarization, Phil Berger has a point. As the N.C. Senate prepared to approve new legislative district maps on Aug. 28, Berger delivered a dissertation on the disappearance of moderate Democrats, blaming far-left politics for the … more
It’s invoked in immigration debates, campus speaker controversies, copyright clashes and challenges to police searches. Conservatives and liberals alike profess their loyalty to it, though their interpretations differ considerably. … more
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is under the microscope after announcing her office will overhaul the Obama administration's rules for college sexual assault investigations. DeVos can outflank her … more
If we want to know why North Carolina schools haven’t improved anywhere near as much as we need them to, we can get a pretty good insight from former state Sen. Tony Rand. It’s about our North Carolina Education Lottery and how present-day … more
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