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July 01, 2016

While much of the nation's attention recently has been focused on terrorism and guns, another public threat hasn't received the attention it deserves.

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause severe and sometimes fatal birth defects in newborns, has reached epidemic proportions in…


Protect buffer zones to preserve water quality

July 01, 2016

Right now, families across North Carolina are planning summer getaways, and our state’s many lakes and waterways will be popular destinations in the hot months to come. But if one provision in the Senate’s proposed budget remains intact, our children may be swimming through sheets of…


Equal opportunity means a better, safer Greenville

June 30, 2016

Monday’s swearing in of the first-ever all-women lineup of Greenville Police Department officers was appropriately recognized as a major breakthrough. The accomplishment helped the department meet national averages of 12 percent for women on police forces this size. But there is…


Pitt County safer with security upgrades, but at what cost?

June 29, 2016

Any uncertainty raised last year about the need for security upgrades at the Pitt County Courthouse and other government offices and facilities has since been erased by subsequent tragic national events, but where might it all lead? 

Bulletproof glass, swipe cards and walls replacing windows…