Today's Opinions

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    By Kevin Concannon


    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • Be on the lookout for reasons to laugh

    People constantly complain about the overabundance of bad news all media outlets have to report these days. Frankly, after more than 20 years in this line of work, I get a little tired of it, too. That’s why I’m glad we mention three funny guys in various places in this week’s edition: legendary comedian Bill Cosby, longtime late-night talk show host David Letterman and the incomparable Mel Blanc, who gave voice to Bugs Bunny and most of my other favorite cartoon characters.

  • National Volunteer Week celebrates 40 years

    By Lynn L. Douthett

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. This year marks its 40th anniversary, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.”

  • A loud 'no'

    To the editor:

  • Understanding the story behind the story

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Sea Trail Property Owners Association in Sunset Beach. I’ve got to apologize to them, though, for not being a better public speaker (I think I successfully demonstrated why I’m much better at addressing readers from behind a keyboard).

  • Don't legislate animal cruelty

    To the editor:

    Last year, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 930, the puppy mill bill; however, this bill cannot become law until the Senate passes it.

    It is bewildering why our own state senator, veterinarian Bill Rabon, refuses to support it and was quoted as saying, “Angels in heaven cannot make that bill pass.” It should not be legal for humans to subject animals to lives of torture. The ruse of the free market must not be allowed to protect people who practice animal cruelty.

  • Bad news travels fast

    To the editor:

    There is a saying that bad news travels fast, but good news travels slowly (at a snail’s pace). That saying holds true with Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). False stories, debunked days or weeks later, circulate quickly in the news or social media, but a recent survey showed that more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens do not know what key components are included in the ACA.

  • Remember puppy mill bill at ballot box

    To the editor:

    Supporting N.C. businesses is admirable, but supporting businesses that subject innocent dogs to inhumane conditions for profit isn’t moral, nor is it good for North Carolina.

    According to the Department of Agriculture, North Carolina is home to about 250 puppy mills. Why so many? This is one of the few states that have no regulations in place to protect dogs in puppy mills from horrific conditions and painful neglect.