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After a 34-year career in manufacturing as an engineer, I decided to become a Wilson County Schools lateral entry teacher at the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, teaching ninth-graders advanced … more
Re: “Volunteer drivers needed to help disabled vets” by Ray Chambers, May 21: I cannot allow this Memorial Day week to go by without paying the utmost respect to our fallen heroes and wounded … more
Give credit where credit is due. The Donald knows a good thing when he sees it, and knows how to play it to his advantage. Example: President Obama’s budget that set the pace for a continuous … more
Re: Palestinian slaughter a human rights crisis,” by Joe Exum, Saturday: In describing Israel’s policy relative to the recent Gaza demonstrations as, simply, “shoot to kill” is not unlike … more
1. When you hit your thumb with a hammer, is it your fault or the hammer’s? Isn’t a gun a tool just like a hammer is a tool? For those of you who blamed the hammer, I am truly sorry, but there … more
In 1848 near a mill in an isolated region of California, a young man named John Marshall happened to glance down at his feet. Oddly enough, through the slight distortion of the river water he was … more
It is a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining and the weather is nice. Yesterday it was raining and a little chilly. It was still a beautiful day. This is a great spring, and summer is … more
As a retired teacher, I am appalled at the breakfast menus printed in the newspaper weekly. The students are getting nothing for breakfast except sugar, a situation that can only lead to problems … more
I just read another letter with another approach at solving the gun violence problem in the United States. The writer felt the gun industry is responsible. Gun violence in the United States is not … more
Although it would be appropriate to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country every day, Memorial Day was designated so that we the living, we the protected, we the … more
Recent events in Gaza were reminiscent of TV scenes from Birmingham during the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Palestinians using slingshots in the face of “shoot to kill” orders from Netanyahu’s … more
We often talk about issues and concerns when it’s in our family or home or when it affects someone we love or is close to us. We forget about important issues that affect other people on a daily … more
A while back, a well-written opinion piece ended with “The need to bear arms is probably just as great today due to the violent culture that we live in as it was when our Founding Fathers … more
“Trouble,” that pesky squirrel, is at it again, eating my birdseed, but he’s not even touching my new bird feeder. Not after the “wild ride” he took on it the other day! He jumped onto … more
Today, we are again confronted with another school shooting. Even as I write this, somewhere another student is thinking and planning for his or her forthcoming murderous assault on classmates and … more
Re: “Give teachers a helping hand by funding supplies,” editorial, Saturday: Too bad. Do people really understand what teachers go through on a daily basis? A class of 26 students and books … more
After attending the May 18 public hearing held by the Wilson County commissioners on whether to sell the county’s home health agency and reading the May 19 news report of that session, I want to … more
There has been a lot of print in The Wilson Times regarding animal control and the animal shelter. By no means do I suggest that this is not serious, but I would like to note that even in the … more
Thank you to The Wilson Times and Brie Handgraaf for the story on May 10, “Tax breaks promote historic preservation.” Historic buildings serve as a community touchstone — tangible icons of the … more
The May 15 editorial “Protest politics a poor strategy for school fixes” concludes by noting that if the teacher rally in Raleigh harmed chances for legislative action on teacher salaries and … more
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