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Today's Opinions

  • Looking for owners of photos

    To the editor:

    I bought a picture recently from Sheltered Treasures in Shallotte. In the frame was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Behind this I found three pictures of a beautiful little girl with dark, curly hair. Now someone wants these back, I know.

    Please call 200-7721 to find out where to pick up these pictures.

    Sandy Benton

    Supply

  • Wants to set insurance deductible

    To the editor:

    Unlike most people, I am not going to present an argument against a 30 percent increase in my homeowner’s policy. My insurance friends have my permission to also add that increase to my auto and health.

    All I would ask of the insurance commissioner and my “like a good neighbor” friends is that in “all” these policies they raise one other thing while raising our rates. That one other thing would earn them a lot more money while costing us potentially more bucks. How about it? Deal or no deal?

  • Rates are based on risk factors

    To the editor:

    The recent comments about increases in insurance rates have prompted this letter.

    Insurance rates are based on risk factors primarily. If the chance you are going to have an accident is great, (see teenage drivers) your rate is higher because the chance of having to make a payment on your behalf is greater.

    The rate is not spread over the entire age spectrum—if you are younger, you pay more.

  • Lack of loss of life in recent plane mishap is truly one of life’s miracles

    If you’ve had the misfortune of sitting right beside me on a plane ride to anywhere, let me apologize. I’m one of those people who hate to fly, but I do it because I understand the value and time-savings the service provides.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those behind the civil rights movement

    During the late 1970s when I lived in Atlanta, I met a lady who was a longtime member of Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta—the childhood church of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She said the style and manner in which King recited his Christmas and Easter speeches when he was 5 years old was an indication he was gifted and talented.

    King enhanced his natural gifts and talents by excelling in the academic world. By all accounts he was a serious student. He graduated from high school at age 15 and from college at 19. He earned a doctorate degree by age 26.

     

  • Historic changing of the guard marks 2,684 days of security for Americans

    At this writing, we have one president. As you read this, we have another.

    As I pen these words, we are teetering on the brink of history, and as you read this, history has come to life.

    Millions of Americans have flocked to our great nation’s capital for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, and to experience history.

  • Open the door for all to participate

    To the editor:

    How long is it going to take for our society to stop treating anyone as second class? The historic election certainly is a reminder we can grow. However, there are many in this country that may want public office but will not get it based on race or party label or religion.

    It wasn’t that long ago blacks and women would have no shot at any high office, much less local public office. I am thrilled the son of an immigrant is now our president, which affirms that we are truly a nation of immigrants.

  • Keys program is another creative way to help kids

    When it comes to keeping young people motivated and out of trouble, it often calls for those who work with them most often to be creative.

    At Shallotte Middle School it appears administrators have done just that. Somehow, they’ve convinced young people it’s in their best interest to come to school—and to be there early.