Today's Opinions

  • Will mandates govern your healthcare?

    To the editor: Breast cancer is 25 percent of all cancers out there. Breast cancer in women in their 40s is aggressive.

    New guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, made up of no oncology experts, recommend women in their 40s no longer have annual mammograms. Most insurers and the Medicare program said they would ignore the panel’s recommendation, as it should be. But Obama-care will mandate by law that this task force will provide the new regulations that micromanage all health insurance decisions (see section 2713 of the Senate bill).

  • Records fees will break the law

    To the editor: Your editorial gets right to the point: "The school board is seriously considering violating the North Carolina public records law."

    One shouldn’t be surprised by their brazen willingness to again flip off the public. This is the same inept gang that plotted behind the scenes to keep schoolchildren from hearing a speech by their president and were exposed to widespread ridicule when their “confidential” e-mails were unexpectedly made public by a vigilant press.

  • Speak out against Cap and Trade

    To the editor: With the recent scandal involving Climate-gate, which hasn’t been covered by the mainstream media, the proposed Cap and Trade Bill is obsolete.

    Scientists who championed global warming research altered documents by changing numbers to “hide the decline” in temperatures and refused to disclose documents despite the Freedom of Information Act.

    In e-mails recently exposed, there was collusion in the destruction of these documents.

  • No fees for access to public records

    The law in North Carolina is clear. Public records belong to the public.

    We oppose any attempts by any public body to impose fees that would discourage access to public documents.

    We believe if the proposal before the Brunswick County Board of Education moves forward, that’s exactly what will happen.

    Last week, Brunswick County Schools’ Policy Committee discussed adopting fees for “excessive public records requests.” Board members will review this at their Dec. 1 meeting.

  • Miss Out of this World beauty pageant to feature men in their finest--dresses that is

    A Shallotte police officer, a contractor, a truck driver and a taxi driver walk into a room.

    One of them is wearing a dress. One of them has on high heels, the other a wig.

    Oh, wait. They’re all dressed that way.

    What’s the punch line for this?

    There isn’t one. They’re doing it for a few good laughs and most importantly for a good cause.

    On Saturday, Dec. 5, Brunswick County men will put on sparkling dresses, high heels, wigs and more to compete in the “Miss Out of this World” Beauty Pageant.

  • Eggo shortage makes national news headlines. Really? ‘Leggo!’

    A few weeks ago, I was barreling down the aisles at the Food Lion, throwing items into my cart, when I stopped in my tracks.

    There was a sign that said “Attention customers! Eggo products may be unavailable for several weeks, due to a problem at the processing facility. We hope to have this resolved by mid-November. Thank you.”

    Well, that’s not good, I thought to myself. My son and I love Eggo waffles. They are a staple item in our freezer.

    I knew I had to act quickly, so I grabbed four of the remaining boxes to get through the next few weeks.

  • Dj vu all over again? Ain’t that the truth

    Ask any New Yorker who famously professed, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” they’ll have the right answer for you.

    The real-life New Yorker attributed with the quote, of course, was New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra, who recently returned to the field at Yankee Stadium, which is now more like Yankee Stadium 2.0.

    I’m sure his iconic phrase danced through his head as First Lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden escorted Berra onto the field of the new Yankee Stadium during the first game of this year’s World Series.

  • Proposed healthcare bill is a fraud

    To the editor: This week all the Senate Democrats voted to debate the Harry Reid Health Care bill.

    This bill is a total fraud and an assault on common sense.

    The idea this can be debated is beyond comprehension of anyone with an ounce of common sense.

    The bill is called deficit neutral, meaning taxes and savings equal the cost. The bill claims this by taxing us 10 years yet spending over six years. This is like paying on a mortgage on your new house for four years before you can move in.