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Today's Opinions

  • Leave us with some dignity

    To the editor:
    I was struck by the power of the dedication ceremony Sunday for all those who died on 9-11. I want such a movement to take place in front of banks and Congress for all those living who are losing or who have lost their homes due to the arrogance and avarice of our politicians and bankers who are taking their homes away so callously.
    They are still trying to live the American dream, which has been turned into a nightmare for many. Their monuments already stand in all the empty houses without refrigerator pictures, laughter and baby cries.

  • Your regularly scheduled hyper-opinionated columnist will return in two weeks

    It’s not often I find myself at a loss for words. Just ask my co-workers, friends, family—just about anyone who knows me.

    So, as I sit here the morning of Monday, Sept. 12, in a feeble attempt to pen this column, I find myself in a strange state, at a loss for words. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of column fodder circulating around these days. It just doesn’t seem to matter like it usually does.

  • Forever on our minds, always in our hearts: 9-11

    It was the day that changed America. For those moments we were no longer white or black or a hodgepodge of world races, we were humans. We were broken. We were devastated. We were forever scarred by memories that even now, some 10 years removed from Sept. 11, 2001, we will never forget.

  • Are you stuck in sinning?

    To the editor:
    Are you a slave of sin? Many may say, “What a ridiculous thing to ask while I live in the freest country in the world.” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Do you realize you are a sinner? John 8:34.
    Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    1 John 1:10: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. God has provided us with a way to become freed from our slavery and our sin.”

  • Why are our rates so unfairly high?

    To the editor:
    The following is an email I sent to my congressmen. I hope others do the same:
    Well, we here at the coast really suffered from Hurricane Irene. A few trees toppled and some branches off trees—the same things happened inland a few hundred miles, but those people did not get the exorbitant increase in homeowner insurance we did.

  • Head back North

    To the editor:
    To the ladies who were offended by some wearing costumes to the premiere of the movie “The Help,” may I offer some gas money, a compass to point you back North and a slice of Minny’s pie.
    Amy Tyner
    Shallotte

  • Remembering "The Help"

    To the editor:
    It all came to mind while watching the movie, “The Help.”
    She was a black woman (colored, back then) who came to the house by bus daily to tend to my year-old baby brother and do other household tasks. Though not required, she also helped me with my worst subject...arithmetic. She left by 4 p.m. so that she would be back within her black neighborhood before the curfew.

  • Costumes were in appreciation, not disrespect

    To the editor:
    I want to thank readers for letters about costumes worn during the premiere of “The Help.” I organized the party, and I want to explain why.
    After reading this story and discussing it, I was amazed at how many could relate to it.
    One lady who was raised during the time said to me, “I was raised by a black lady. She was family to me. And when she hugged me, I really felt love. I felt safe. There was nothing like it.”