Today's Opinions

  • You decide: What can we learn from the 1970s gas crisis?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two important events happened in my life 40 years ago. I met my future wife. And I was an unwilling participant of the decade’s gas crisis.

    The first event went well; my wife and I have been married for 36 years. While the second event, the gas crisis, wasn’t fun at the time, it has provided some lessons for how public policy makers respond to shortages in key commodities, like gasoline.

  • Hypocrites on Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    On June 6 at its monthly meeting, certain members of Sunset Beach Town Council violated their own personnel policy and usurped the authority of the town administrator.

    Carol Scott, Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato brought to town council a motion to resurrect the assistant administrator position and to offer the position to a specific employee.

    They violated the personnel policy by offering this position to the employee without the required evaluation or job posting.

  • Sunset Beach tax reduction was in order

    To the editor:

    Runner-up Sunset Beach Town Council applicant Veronica White said “she was disappointed the town didn’t include a small tax decrease in light of the last election,” which she deemed a referendum on taxing and spending. She was referring to the sudden 52 percent tax increase in fiscal year 2016.

  • Were fossils formed during the flood?

    To the editor:

    Do fossils require millions of years to form? Hardly! Even secular geologists now recognize rocks form very quickly. The key is the right chemical conditions, not time.

  • Victory, at long last, after lifetime of loyalty

    Fifty-two years is how long my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, has been waiting for a champion. For some folks, it’s a lifetime.

    Until this past Sunday, Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans, like my brother and me, have only been able to see winning teams through the eyes of our parents and grandparents.

  • Coming out for an end to hate

    It’s Sunday afternoon, and again I find myself trying to put into words how horrified, angry and sad I am about more violence committed against innocent people who were simply living their lives and not hurting anyone else.

    Almost a year ago, June 17, 2015, it was nine people slaughtered during a Bible study at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    This time, it’s 50 people dead and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in our nation’s modern history at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando, Fla., on Latino night.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we did not concur with the Senate budget, we made adjustments to the ethics laws, we passed local bills on de-annexation and town charter changes and we greeted town officials from the county and around the state.

  • You decide: Is there occupational churning?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out. Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina … what kinds they are and how they have been changing.