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Today's Opinions

  • Discerning the politics from the 'politi-facts' of healthcare reform

    I don’t know what’s more outrageous—the fact that no one who voted for it knows exactly what’s included in the healthcare overhaul or the fact anyone is surprised Congress and the president are in the proverbial dark about the legislation.

    I mean, as Vice President Joe Biden said, this is a big deal. Well, he said a little more than that, but this is a family-friendly newspaper, so I won’t repeat it.

  • Must love dogs (and cats and any other helpless animal that happens by)

    I’m a sucker for animals. The sadder they look, the more pathetic they are, the more I want to help them.

    It started when I picked my miniature pinscher Thor out from a litter about 12 years ago. He was the runt. He was smaller than the palm of my hand, and while his siblings were busy fattening up, he was by himself. When I picked him up and he nuzzled my hand with his eyes closed, I knew I wanted him.

  • Sometimes it’s just best to let sleeping children be sleeping children

    A child’s first Easter egg hunt is always an important milestone.

    In my mind I pictured little girls clad in pink dresses, their hair pinned back with pink-and-white ribbons. The boys were dressed in khaki slacks and pastel button-down shirts, and brown or black oxford shoes. The little boys and girls would wander around a yard or park clutching their baskets, giggling and looking for eggs.

    In reality, children’s Easter egg hunts are much different. It’s a free-for-all.

  • Time to oust McIntyre

    To the editor: A few weeks ago, Mike McIntyre said he was not for the healthcare bill. Then he lost his backbone and a special interest group spent thousands of dollars on TV ads saying that, “Mike was standing tall for you.”

    If standing tall in a political cesspool is standing tall, may we all forever stand short. Before the final vote, Mike said he was again not for the bill because of the cost. What a pathetic answer.

  • Anointed Vessels Ministry brings home story of Jesus, just in time for Easter

    There’s something intimate yet impressive about outdoor dramas. The large-scale setting allows more freedom to create more expansive sets and less time having to set up and take down scenery between scenes.

    It’s also certainly a more casual atmosphere for the audience, which can lead to a closer emotional connection to the action.

  • Help stop Gamble's release

    To the editor: A grassroots victim support group is rallying online through Facebook to try and stop John Norman Gamble from being released so early from prison.

    We are friends, family and community advocates. We ask you bring this cause more awareness through your newspaper and Web site.

    Please help us, as there is not much time left.

    I have included a link to Amy’s Facebook cause and a link to the petition page. People have already begun writing the N.C. Parole Commission as well.

  • Support Ingram in election

    To the editor: As we contemplate the election of a sheriff of Brunswick County, the reality is there is a Republican primary and those who like what Sheriff John Ingram is doing won’t get a chance to vote for him if they don’t show up and vote at the primary on May 4.

  • Voting in primary is important

    To the editor: If you are concerned about our national debt, state spending and the ever-increasing role of government in our everyday lives, the 2010 elections offer you a chance to do something about it.

    Furthermore, if you are a conservative who wants to ensure the Republican Party stands strong for constitutional principles of freedom, limited government and states’ rights, you should pay attention to the May 4 Republican primary elections.