January 21, 2017

The StarNews of Wilmington

Several years ago, we had the task of writing an obituary for a relative, someone who had struggled for years with drug addiction. The addiction and lifelong efforts at recovery had become such a central part of their life that we felt it needed to be mentioned, even…

January 21, 2017


To news that Grifton would be losing its only grocery store, the Piggly Wiggly on Highland Boulevard. The building sustained significant damage during flooding from Hurricane Matthew and repairs are not feasible. Twelve full-time and 28 part-time employees worked there and the closure…


January 20, 2017

Lawmakers who chose to skip today’s inauguration of Donald Trump to demonstrate their disapproval of the new president missed an opportunity to hold the high ground on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat who represents Pitt County as part of his 1st District…


January 19, 2017

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis on Tuesday issued a call for bipartisanship in an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer. In it he said that his party — contrary to what many Republicans claim — did not receive a mandate in November to push through an ideologically-driven, far-right…


January 18, 2017

Washington is in dire need of blunt debate about the future of housing finance, and there was a flash of it during Ben Carson's confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which is considering his nomination as housing secretary.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.,…


January 17, 2017

In his first month of work, an Appalachian State University administrator suggested students accused of “microaggressions” — fleeting and usually inadvertent comments perceived as prejudiced — could face consequences.

Chief Diversity Officer Willie Fleming, who was hired…


January 16, 2017

A clarion call has come from the GOP since the presidential nomination race started in earnest in 2015: Repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act has remained the largest target of all: larger than immigration, larger than national defense and larger than fixing the incredibly rising…


January 15, 2017

It is a great irony this weekend as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. that the Voting Rights Act for which he and others fought so hard has been used to limit the political influence of blacks by way of protecting their equal representation.

Prior to the act’s passage in 1965, black Americans…


January 14, 2017

Laurels to Whirligig Stage, a new theater group that is renovating a building on South Pitt Street to house regular performances. The $150,000 to $200,000 rehab won’t be complete until about April so the company is holding performances in a tent with about 60 seats and a heating…


January 13, 2017

Donald Trump hasn’t even taken the oath of office, but Progressive California Nation is already massing the troops against him. Hollywood is led by Meryl Streep, and the California legislature is bringing on the mercenaries at the Covington & Burling law firm.

Last week California’s…

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