Today's Opinions

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a budget for 2016-17, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we welcomed some important visitors from back home.

  • SHIIP not just for seniors

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • 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.