Today's Opinions

  • Expensive decision

    To the editor:

    Last week, school board members voted to return to traditional start times at all 19 schools in our district. This vote was done without public input or discussion, an under-the-radar-type vote ensued, and our educational leaders are saddled with the consequences of an ill-advised policy change.

    This change is calculated to cost more than $1.75 million this year. We have to purchase buses, hire drivers, lose state dollars through reductions in efficiency ratings, and more.

  • How Accountable Care Organizations affect Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist


    If you are on Medicare, you may have recently been contacted by an Accountable Care Organization and asked for access to your health records and other Medicare information.

  • From the North Carolina state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Week two of the short session began early with a Monday, May 19, 4 p.m. session. This was in order to read in dozens of new bills and get the week off to a fast start. Many meetings were held with our colleagues to discuss the upcoming bills. This included tax issues, as well as energy, education and young offender’s legislation.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina Senate reconvened for the short session last week and there is no shortage of work to be done.

    The primary purpose of the short session is to make necessary adjustments to the budget so government spending will continue to benefit citizens and improve efficiency.

    Last July, we passed a two-year budget that invested in core services, streamlined state government, strengthened public education and helped grow North Carolina’s economy while cutting taxes for all North Carolinians.

  • 17 million kids deserve better

    To the editor:

    Seventeen million kids are being raised in poverty by full-time or multiple-job parents. Handicapped kids struggle every day. I’ve lived it for 54 years because of my experience raising an uninsurable handicapped daughter.

    These children struggle every day with hunger and fear of loss of a roof over their head, not to mention the embarrassment of not having money for any school activity.

  • Selfish drivers make crash response worse

    To the editor:

    I was appalled to witness the worst mass selfish ignorance I’ve ever seen in my 57 years while bumper-to-bumper on N.C. 211 on May 19 because of the horrific school bus accident up the road.

  • It is possible to avoid hell

    To the editor:

    What is hell like? God’s word says it is eternal separation from God (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46). What does eternal separation from God look like? It speaks of continual torment (Luke 16:22-23, 41 and 46. 2 Thessalonians 1:8–9). It tells of someone in hell begging for water and wanting someone to warn his family of his torment (Luke 16:24).

  • Support and appreciate the good in our community

    Before I get too deep into my column this week, I want to ask: Has anyone else noticed how lovely downtown Shallotte looks right now, especially on Main Street along the river?