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Details of disciplinary actions taken against government employees are already public record in 36 other states. Senate Bill 355 would unlock that information for North Carolina taxpayers.

Guest Editorial

Transparency foes don’t represent NC stakeholders

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 27, 2021

Who says North Carolina’s state employees and schoolteachers are against transparency? Lobbying eff...

Guest editorial

NC should let public review body camera video

A Wilson Times editorial
| May 12, 2021

The standard objection, a familiar talking point recited so often it’s become a cliché, goes somethi...

Editorial

Our Opinion: Lift veil of secrecy shrouding public employee records

A Wake Weekly editorial
| March 18, 2021

Your taxes pay their salaries, but when police officers, teachers and other public-sector workers ar...

Dave DiFilippo cartoon

Editorial

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...

Dave DiFilippo cartoon

Editorial

OUR OPINION: Bob Allen roved around and gave us a newspaper

A Wake Weekly editorial
| May 7, 2021

A staple of this newspaper for nearly seven decades, Bob Allen’s column “Roving Around,” is missing from the pages this week. Its absence is glaring; Bob’s insight into life in Wake Forest …

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 23, 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 …

Guest editorial

Certificate of need laws could harm COVID-19 patients

| March 27, 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 20, 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 …

IN OUR OPINION: State helps Rolesville’s downtown dreams come true

January 31, 2020

THUMBS UP to the town of Rolesville for earning about $4.8 million in state funding to move forward with its downtown streetscape dreams. Construction could start next year on two major projects. …

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 …

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