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Today's Opinions

  • What are Judge Ola Lewis' goals?

    To the editor: I read the Beacon article, “Breaking addiction.”

    Does Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis really believe people find truth in the goals she claims to aim for? She should have thought of helping Brunswick County as a whole long before now.

    And thanks, Mr. Hobbs, for being so true and straightforward at the board meeting.

    Erica Fullwood

    Cedar Grove

  • FCC explains DTV transition

    To the editor: Big changes are coming to broadcast television. At noon Sept. 8, all full-power broadcast television stations in the Wilmington-area, including Brunswick County, will stop broadcasting in analog and continue broadcasting in digital only.

    This is known as the digital television (DTV) transition. Other parts of the nation will make the switch on Feb. 17, 2009.

  • Wacky-pedia strikes again

    This time, it’s official. I’m no longer relying on the too-often-unreliable Wikipedia to obtain “facts.”

    I’ve always heard it, but this time I believe it: People with too much time on their hands and too little common sense write many of these entries.

    A funny dialect difference sparked my latest foray into pedia-madness.

  • Free medical clinics may have never been more needed than now

    Long before gas topped $4 a gallon and the price of just about everything we need to live and entertain ourselves increased, we heard tales of struggling senior citizens and working-class families.

    Many, not making enough money to pay bills and get appropriate medical care, were left deciding which they needed more—food or healthcare and prescription medicine.

  • Roscoe the rooster, a chopping block and two young boys

    As Mom slid two bowls of cornflakes across our breakfast table toward my brother and me, she announced, “Tonight your father is returning home from work, and I want you to go out to the chicken pen and get me one of those roosters for dinner.”

    Jim was just 9, and I was 10 years old. It would seem like a pretty tough assignment for kids that age, but we had watched Dad kill, pick feathers and gut a chicken for dinner many times, and so we thought we were ready to be “big boys” for Mom.

  • Throw them away or keep them, middle names can have a purpose

    Word definitely does not travel fast in my family, but when it does travel, it does not always arrive in one piece.

    My dad called me last week to tell me my cousin’s wife had a baby. He didn’t know any details, just that it was a girl and her name was Natalie. My mom didn’t know any more details either, as she was only left a voice mail message telling her the news.

  • No worries could be worrisome

    A wise (?) old sage, I think it was Crocodile Dundee, once said it’s useless to worry, because most of the things we worry about never happen.

    With odds like that, worry then must be a good thing.

    My own usual day of worry began at precisely 5:55 a.m., after clock radio news that the next president has a trillion-dollar deficit not-to-worry about jarred me out of a light sleep.

    Subsequent worries, er, I mean “choices,” followed.

    Coffee or tea?

  • Funding cuts could hurt local hospice program

    To the editor: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that would reduce hospice rates by eliminating the budget neutrality adjustment in the hospice wage index. CMS has stated publicly the final rule on this provision is expected on Aug. 1.

    Nationally, the regulation would take more than $2.3 billion in payments to hospice providers, according to a recent MedPAC study. Once fully implemented, this regulation would cut reimbursement to hospices when more and more people need and use this vital service.