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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for supporting military project

    To the editor: As the daughter of a retired U.S. Navy Chief, I knew I wanted to use my high school senior project to help military families.

    I chose to collect donations for the Fisher House at the Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville. As I thought about how to accomplish this, I decided to ask my neighbors in Brierwood Estates for their help.

    I passed out letters and pamphlets explaining what I was doing and why. I was so touched by the generosity of my neighbors in Brierwood.

  • Supports POW-MIA legislation

    To the editor: For years, the National Alliance of Families of POWs/MIAs, Rolling Thunder Inc. and other veteran organizations, have pressed our federal government for full disclosure about our Prisoners of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA), from Iraq, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, the Cold War/Korea Conflict and World War II.

    In his book, “An Enormous Crime,” former U.S. Rep. Bill Hendon (R-NC) chronicled that when the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, it knowingly left behind hundreds of POWs.

    There is evidence to warrant further investigation.

  • Get Democrats out of office

    To the editor: The Democrats have turned the energy issue into a three-ring circus. Gasoline is now more than $4 a gallon, and this is strangling our economy.

    In the Senate ring, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said on camera coal and oil make us sick and will not allow us (United States) to have any more.

    In the House ring, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is totally refusing to allow any more drilling for oil.

  • National energy plan needed

    To the editor: It is time for a non-partisan, interim energy plan. Here is a start:

    1) Postpone the discussion of offshore and Arctic drilling. Realization of benefits has a 10-plus year window, so it will not hurt to postpone this discussion until it can be included in the new president’s comprehensive energy policy.

  • CIS has anti-gang initiatives

    To the editor: The anti-gang legislation passed by the General Assembly this week is a good step in the right direction for putting an end to the gang violence in our state.

    The legislation truly gets to the heart of the matter because it focuses on the source of gang activity—older adults who deliberately target our youth to join gangs by making the life of a gang member more alluring than reality.

  • Obama won't get us out of war

    To the editor: About one half, maybe more, of the American people are stupid. Their stupidity grows out of lack of education and failure to keep themselves informed.

    I shall take this opportunity to expose my own stupidity. I hear people say they are going to vote for Obama because he will get us out of this war. No president can get us out of this war.

  • Keeping clutter to a minimum harder than

    I stayed out of work last Friday to de-clutter my house.

    After going through my closet, I ended up taking two trash bags and a large box full of clothes to a local thrift store and taking out three or four bags of trash—mostly in the form of old gift bags and bows that at one point I must’ve thought were re-usable.

    It was a very cathartic experience, and I now have a much better view of my shoes. (I see several pairs that need to be donated, as well).

    After taking all the bags and boxes to the thrift store, I treated myself to lunch at an outdoor eatery.

  • Victim notification is important

    In 1999, five years after 18-year-old Amy Frink was violently murdered by John Paul Counts, her family readied to move on, grieve and heal from the horrific ordeal.

    Counts, who had been found guilty of beating, stabbing and running Frink over with her own car, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. John Gamble was also charged for a role in her murder. He remains in prison.