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Today's Opinions

  • Coping with Carolina Shores traffic issues

    To the editor:

    I would like to comment on story penned by staff writer Laura Lewis in the Towns section of the Jan. 12 edition. In it, she described the concern of Carolina Shores residents between Country Club Drive and Persimmon Road about the increase of traffic on Carolina Parkway between these two roads.

  • American history notes lacrosse origins

    To the editor:

    Today, the athletic fields around the country are crowded with future lacrosse stars.

    Lacrosse has been played for hundreds of years by Native Americans and has become a staple of American sport.

    The first American tribes had no written language for the game that many years later would be known as lacrosse.

    What we know about the game was transmitted by word of mouth. Some American tribes insisted their version was the original, having been received as a gift from the Spirit of the Creator.

  • A tribute to President Obama

    To the editor:

    Had been born so I could survive,

    Then continue on and remain alive.

    Being thankfully giving God praise,

    Did things that others would amaze.

    Must accomplish much and don’t abort,

    Making sure I never sell myself short.

    Giving credit to them who do deserve,

    Off righteous path shall not swerve.

    Many gave comfort and support to me

    Here in land of brave and home of free.

    Sometimes I might ever create static

  • Thank you for thoughtfulness

    To the editor:

    A heartfelt thank you to the thoughtful person who turned in my driver’s license and credit card to the courtesy desk at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It saved us cutting short our holiday here in Sunset Beach and returning home to Canada to obtain replacements.

    My family and I are very grateful and greatly relieved.

    William Huxley

    Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • The national economy: Are happy days here again?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    What a difference a month made.

    In the four weeks after the 2016 elections, the stock market (measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average) soared 7 percent, close to the milestone 20,000 level. To put this number in context, at the bottom of the Great Recession, the Dow-Jones average was 6,600, having lost over half its value during that historic downturn.

  • When editing serves as therapy

    Back in November, I came across a blog post that described editing as therapeutic. The author, Helen Stevens, wrote, “Following the recent American election, Helen Angrove, a U.S. colleague, posted this in an online forum:

    ‘…it has been unexpectedly calming and heartening both to work on something that needs real concentration and to work on a document that clearly demonstrates this client’s commitment to honesty, integrity and inclusivity. Proofreading as therapy. Who knew?’

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.