Today's Opinions

  • Speak out against rate hike

    To the editor: As you may already know, there has been a 29.8 percent increase in your homeowners insurance as of May 1, 2009.

    Wayne Goodwin, N.C. insurance commissioner, has approved this percentage. It is the largest increase in the entire state of North Carolina.

    I contacted the commissioner’s office to verify this increase. If this issue is of concern to you, I ask you forward this information to anyone who lives in Brunswick County. You may contact Wayne Goodwin at (800) 662-7777 or its Web site at www.NCDOI.com.

  • The foxhole and repenting

    To the editor: Every time there is a natural or manmade tragedy, someone comes out and says it is the result of God’s wrath for specific sins.

    What does God say in His Word? In Luke 13:4, Jesus was asked: “On those 18 on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all the other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?” God said: “I tell you no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

  • Healthcare reform ideas

    To the editor: Another view of healthcare reform:

    •Increase supply of healthcare providers by expanding enrollment in all medical professions using federal money and clout in schools and associations;

    •Influence professional specialties and geography by incentives to medical students paying for education;

    •Increase roles of highly educated pharmacists and nurses in providing non-critical health services;

    •Allow U.S. pharmaceutical firms to bargain collectively with single-payer countries—no subsidies for U.S. technology;

  • Where was Rabon at events?

    To the editor: I’m all for the “more the merrier” when it comes to choices in a primary election race, but I’m also for commitment to principle.

    This commitment to America’s conservation ideology is what we grassroots activists are demanding in our lawmakers. Lead by example.

    Upon learning that Bill Rabon of Southport would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state Senate seat currently held by the indicted R.C. Soles, I was a bit confused.

  • Modern moviegoers are 'rom-commed' and 'bromanced' within an inch of our lives

    It is it just me or is every movie preview for the same two movies—with different actors and a slightly different script?

    The first type I can’t get away from is a cloying romantic comedy in which a serious, big city career woman has to leave her modern, uppity ways behind and settle down in a small town with an honest, blue collar, regular Joe to be happy and realize what life’s really all about.

  • Seeing a classic for the first time: 'The Third Man'

    For years, the only thing I knew about the 1949 film noir “The Third Man” was Orson Welles made a funny yet disturbing speech about a cuckoo clock during a dramatic confrontation scene.

    Recently, I came across a review calling this movie the seminal film of the 1940s, capturing the desperation and moral wasteland of post-war Europe like none other.

    That certainly captured my imagination, so I ordered it from Netflix. Not surprisingly, “The Third Man” was great from start to finish.

  • Towns need this agreement

    It appears, finally, the towns of Oak Island and St. James are ready to come to an agreement about Midway Road property both towns had intended to annex.

    The proposed annexation sparked outcry from residents and sent lawsuits into Brunswick County courts.

    Now, it appears the towns are ready to settle the matter.

    It’s about time.

  • Why not use facility here for VA center instead of building a new one?

    Brunswick County commissioners have made it clear they would like to see the current Brunswick Community Hospital become a Veterans Affairs facility in the future.

    The current hospital will become vacant when the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens in 2011.