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Not only does the public have a right to know what government officials are up to, in order to exercise our duty as citizens, we have a vital need to know. It’s not part of the Constitution, but … more
Public school teachers in North Carolina have long been undervalued, which has led in recent years to the departure of some to other, more financially rewarding states. But members of the state … more
March 11-17 was “Sunshine Week,” an annual focus on access to public information, sponsored by the American Society of News Editors, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other … more
The difference between secrecy and transparency is on full display after body camera footage showed an Asheville police officer brutally beating an alleged jaywalker after a foot chase. Johnnie … more
Schools gravitated toward two extremes during Wednesday’s national walkouts, with some facilitating and even endorsing political protests and others threatening harsh punishment. Wilson County … more
Who should sign Ken Fontenot’s ballot access petition? Republicans. Democrats. Libertarians. Independents. Supporters. Opponents. In short, anyone who believes in the … more
Just in time for Sunshine Week, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office has released a working draft of guidelines to help state and local government agencies as they receive and respond to public records … more
The scandal that erupted in college basketball last fall when Adidas was linked to a pay-the-player scandal at four universities took on a new dimension this past week, when first Yahoo Sports, then … more
Digging for details and can’t get a straight answer? Curious about the goings-on in local government? Suspicious that public business might be happening in the shadows? For Sunshine Week this … more
Wilson isn’t alone in maintaining onerous rules for taxicab companies that throttle competition, limit innovation and saddle cabbies with burdensome costs. But following other cities’ lead has … more
Greenville city leaders are gambling with taxpayer money, and their gutsy bet on red-light camera systems is one a responsible government wouldn’t make. Here’s the wager: A state law … more
We think of the National Guard as the cavalry or white knights, riding in during times of disaster to aid the helpless, guard the defenseless and restore a sense of order in times of chaos. We see … more
A fraternal fortress for military veterans is under new ownership after American Legion Post 13 made the difficult but necessary choice to sell its longtime post home on U.S. 301 beside the Wilson … more
Voting in state legislative contests won’t be conducted by the “shrug and select” method this November. Most races will have at least two names on the ballot. When the dust settled on the … more
This probably won’t surprise you: Most Americans are overweight and out of shape. We eat food that’s not good for us and we eat too much of it. We don’t, however, tend to overdo our exercise. … more
This isn’t really about guns. It’s about citizenship. President Donald Trump has suggested raising the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, perhaps in a calculated concession … more
As Black History Month came to a close, Rep. G.K. Butterfield was focused on writing history’s next chapter for African-Americans. The Wilson congressman released a report this week titled … more
We are glad that the Pitt County Board of Education and school system administrators are talking about safety and security, but we don’t think they should do it in secret. The school board on … more
State Rep. Cody Henson already believed taking public notices out of newspapers and relegating them to little-used government websites was the wrong choice for North Carolina. A memorable email … more
Could state employees and retirees make North Carolina a leader in health care price transparency? State Treasurer Dale Folwell is betting that they can - and he's looking for a few hundred … more
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