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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
In pushing society away from the sense that sexuality is binary, LGBT activists are using a long list of relatively new and unfamiliar terms: Gender nonconforming and genderfluid; androsexual and aromantic; bigender and biphobia; cissexism and … more
The elected officials in charge of North Carolina police departments will have less oversight authority than the hired help under a bill that passed the state House on Thursday. Lawmakers voted to give city managers the ability to view footage … more
THUMBS UP to Wilson County’s first responders and road crews for working to keep residents safe and informed as we negotiate soggy streets. A line of storms stalled over our corner of North Carolina on Monday and Tuesday dumped more than 8 … more
Howard Dean is wrong, but he isn’t alone. The former Vermont governor and onetime Democratic presidential candidate weighed in this week on the roiling controversy over conservative speakers like Ann Coulter being silenced at the University … more
A professor says going to an optometrist for delicate eye surgery is like letting “a shoe salesman operate on your feet.” That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but we can forgive Dr. Woodford Van Meter his hyperbole in the name … more
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