Democratic Party Chair Honored

Linda Cooper-Suggs, Wilson County Democratic Party chair (2nd from left), was honored at the Wilson Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on June 17, 2018. Linda was recognized with the Celebrating Our Present Award. Attending to honor Linda were (l-r): Beth Punte, Democratic Women of Wilson County president, Nancy Hawley, former Wilson County Democratic Party and Democratic Women of Wilson County secretary and Hope Bethea, Democratic Women of Wilson County member.

Times editorial wrong; GOP has failed state’s teachers

The May 15 editorial “Protest politics a poor strategy for school fixes” concludes by noting that if the teacher rally in Raleigh harmed chances for legislative action on teacher salaries and working conditions, their PR win would be a Pyrrhic victory, hollow and essentially meaningless. Although the editorial agreed that teachers need a salary increase and schools need more funding for supplies, textbooks, teacher assistants and overdue building maintenance, the thrust of the opinion was that the burden of obtaining these items falls on the teachers themselves, not on the N.C. General Assembly members who control educational funding. It went on to say that “turning Advocacy Day into a prote

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