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In the military (and many civilian workplaces too) a short-timer is someone who is nearing the end of his or her term of service. Often, the term is used pejoratively to describe individuals who … more
RALEIGH — After decades of debate and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court has settled a contentious matter: governments will now be authorized to tax the online purchases of their residents even if … more
Spend much time listening to the political rhetoric flowing from the state capital, and you’re likely to hear complaints about legislative “power grabs” and efforts to “rip authority away” … more
The devil is in the details. We continue seeing the truth of this statement as news trickled out of Raleigh last week. The latest Republican stunt: stripping the governor of his appointment … more
Fremont resident Col. Walter Joseph “Joe” Marm (U.S. Army retired) and his wife, Deborah, have plans to attend a big baseball game in a few days that has been on their schedule and on their minds … more
The American Cancer Society has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for … more
How many free-traders does it take to have a trade war? It’s a nonsensical question, but you have to wonder given the actions of our trading partners, especially those in the G-7, who ignored … more
Slavery is very much alive and well in the United States. Though it was abolished more than 150 years ago, if a profit can be made on the exploitation of others there is usually a willing … more
Driving through North Carolina’s countryside this time of year is both good for the soul and a reminder of the importance agriculture plays in our state. The N.C. State College of Agriculture … more
RALEIGH — As we once again commemorate the formal birth of the United States, it’s important to think about what makes America exceptional — what makes it, despite evident flaws, so worthy of … more
WHITE OAK SWAMP Named in a grant to John Thomas in 1741. Begins 5 1/2 miles N.N.E. of Saratoga and about a half-mile W. of the Edgecombe County line and runs southwesterly into Toisnot Swamp about … more
It was an incredible month of activity in the United States Supreme Court. An expert baker, workers forced to pay fees to public employee unions and pregnancy crisis centers required to give … more
I wonder when it was that the last court jester hung up his fool’s hat and called it a day. I wonder that because I see those waning days for myself. Now, you might not see the connection … more
Last year’s reading of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses” deepened my thinking and elevated my respect for moss. Until I read this book, I had … more
There are many invasive species that are native to North Carolina. There are plants. There are fish. There are rodents. There are large, vicious mammals. Here at the Weaver house, we have been … more
On Tuesday, The Wilson Times ran an In Our Opinion piece titled "Licensing quacks undermines trust in medical doctors." The author desired to bring attention to House Bill 277, which establishes a … more
"Abolish ICE!" is the new rallying cry for progressive Democrats," reports NBC News's Alex Seitz-Wald. It's "a radical idea and one that was confined to the fringes just months ago," but one that … more
The little girl at the border with tears in her eyes. We saw her on front pages, on TV newscasts and on the cover of Time magazine. It's a powerful image - perhaps more responsible than anything … more
RALEIGH — Even though Gov. Roy Cooper is a Democrat and the North Carolina Supreme Court has a majority of justices with Democratic backgrounds, state Democrats will be trying to make 2018 a … more
At no point in my life, as a child or an adult, could I have been accused of being fashion-conscious. Very little of my time has been spent shopping for clothes, with most of my shirts and pants … more
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