Today's Opinions

  • Climate change an elitist scheme

    To the editor:

    If you have ever wondered why some politicians, some academics, some scientists and those generally on the political left have persistently argued for the belief in man-made global warming and climate change, you need wonder no more.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism.

  • How to end racisim in world

    To the editor:

    Why has racism been a problem throughout human history?

    The answer is sin. We harbor evil thoughts about other people and commit evil acts against them because of sin (Romans 3:10-23). Sin appears to make us innately suspicious of people who look differently from us. Only through the transformative power of salvation in Jesus Christ can racism be overcome (2 Corinthians 5:17). Only through seeing all other people as being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) can we rid ourselves of racial prejudices.

  • Still a believer

    To the editor:

    I am writing this letter believing that, in our sometimes jaded world, there are still Good Samaritans.

    On Friday, Feb. 6, after cashing a check at the bank, I evidently dropped a BB&T bank envelope with $120 in $20s in the parking lot directly in front of the door to Tripp’s Jewelers on Main Street in Shallotte. I was on a mission of mercy to get a battery replaced in my husband’s watch and a neck chain repaired. Leaving the store, I returned home and then realized the envelope containing the money was missing.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • Highlights from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    As we move into the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished during the past few weeks.

    In order to better serve you, we opened three main offices across the 7th Congressional District. These offices are located in Bolivia, Wilmington and Smithfield. I think you will find our staff is exceptional and can assist you with a variety of issues — everything from veterans’ affairs casework to helping with passports.

  • SHIIP is not just for seniors: It’s for anyone with insurance questions

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Did you know that if you are younger than 65 and have a disability, you might be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare not just to seniors, but also to people on Medicare because of disability.

  • Lessons from our great coach will last beyond a lifetime

    The Tar Heel Family knew this day would come soon, but it hurt anyway. Dean Smith, the longtime men’s basketball coach of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Saturday night at 83. It was only slightly less shocking than the news that dementia was robbing our great coach of his sharp memory.

  • ONDBEAT: Being senior has its perks and wrinkles

    In childhood, there’s a tendency to want to be older. Many a 4-year-old would rather be 6. For those who are only 9, it sounds bigger and better to say they’re double-digits 10.

    Ditto for teenage-hood — the older you are, the more sophisticated and grown-up it sounds to say you’re older than you are, old enough to get into a restricted movie, perhaps. “Under 17,” after all, still requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian