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Our Opinion: Counties once again looking to operate in the dark

February 5, 2021

Like a bad penny, legislation to hide public notices from the public is back in the N.C. General Ass...

Guest editorial

Bring body camera videos into the sunlight

A Wilson Times editorial
| January 28, 2021

Now shrouded behind a veil of secrecy, police body camera and dashboard camera recordings could beco...

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In Our Opinion

Thank you, 2020 letter writers

A Butner-Creedmoor News editorial
| January 6, 2021

These opinion pages are made better when it reflects the diverse, local opinions of its community — ...

Local health officials ask county residents to practice the three Ws: Wear a cloth face covering when with other people, remain 6 feet apart, avoiding close contact, and wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Guest Editorial

Mask mandate drafts businesses as Cooper’s cops

A Wilson Times editorial
| January 28, 2021

Guest editorial North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, …

Guest editorial

Police reform must start with transparency

A Wilson Times editorial
| January 28, 2021

As stakeholders work to repair North Carolina’s criminal justice system, they should make Louis Brandeis’ famous declaration their constant refrain: Sunlight is the best …

Guest editorial

Open government guarantee belongs in NC Constitution

A Wilson Times editorial
| January 28, 2021

Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina. State officials have withheld vital information about coronavirus outbreaks that would help …

Guest Editorial

Ask Congress to support local news during pandemic

America’s Newspapers
| April 30, 2020

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face …

Guest Editorial

Protest is essential, even amid growing coronavirus crisis

| April 22, 2020

With one unnecessary arrest and one tone-deaf tweet, police placed North Carolina smack dab in the middle of a national COVID-19 controversy. Videos from Tuesday’s #ReopenNC protest rally show …

Certificate of need laws could harm COVID-19 patients

| March 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cases grow, state officials have suspended a rule that would have prevented North Carolina hospitals from adding beds. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced March …

Guest editorial

Put transparency laws to work this Sunshine Week

| March 19, 2020

Guest editorial Want to know how much your police chief and school principal are paid? How about a full rundown of your city council’s spending during that out-of-state conference? The …

Banning hemp to fight pot is reefer madness

January 17, 2020

Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous …

It’s time to end divides and move forward

| January 1, 2020

The year that’s ending wasn’t an especially good one. As the curtain prepares to close on 2019, our country’s leaders remain deeply divided over President Trump and whether to remove him …

Congress steamrolls states, raises tobacco age to 21

| December 24, 2019

In 1984, Congress used its power of the purse to limit alcohol sales to buyers 21 and up. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act threatened state legislatures with a loss of federal highway funds if …

‘Afghanistan Papers’ make case for US to end longest war

| December 18, 2019

Two decades. More than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths. Roughly a trillion dollars. Time, blood and treasure haven’t stamped out the scourge of terrorism or transformed Afghanistan into a stable …

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