Today's Opinions

  • Hospice can help you through the difficult stages of end-of-life care

    It was hard to believe he was dying.

    He was just a boy.

    While others his age were thinking of first kisses and video games, Adam was talking to me about his relationship with God, how tired he was and how he looked forward to his chance to move on.

    He was courageous and optimistic, but he was going to die. Somehow, he had come to terms with that.

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: I’ve never given much thought to the political race for Brunswick County clerk of the superior court. It has always been a recordkeeping position in any county I’ve lived until I understood the Brunswick County clerk of superior court presides over minor cases and settles legal questions between parties.

  • Wants to help with Haiti relief

    To the editor: My wife Kathleen is in South Florida with the Red Cross. Some of her duties have placed her in direct contact with planeloads of children who have been traveling for 12-14 hours.

    Most of the children are frightened and confused and most need clean diapers and underwear. The bureaucrats who meet their planes and process them take hours to complete the paperwork to allow them on to their next stop.

  • Speak out against rate hike

    To the editor: As you may already know, there has been a 29.8 percent increase in your homeowners insurance as of May 1, 2009.

    Wayne Goodwin, N.C. insurance commissioner, has approved this percentage. It is the largest increase in the entire state of North Carolina.

    I contacted the commissioner’s office to verify this increase. If this issue is of concern to you, I ask you forward this information to anyone who lives in Brunswick County. You may contact Wayne Goodwin at (800) 662-7777 or its Web site at www.NCDOI.com.

  • The foxhole and repenting

    To the editor: Every time there is a natural or manmade tragedy, someone comes out and says it is the result of God’s wrath for specific sins.

    What does God say in His Word? In Luke 13:4, Jesus was asked: “On those 18 on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all the other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?” God said: “I tell you no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

  • Healthcare reform ideas

    To the editor: Another view of healthcare reform:

    •Increase supply of healthcare providers by expanding enrollment in all medical professions using federal money and clout in schools and associations;

    •Influence professional specialties and geography by incentives to medical students paying for education;

    •Increase roles of highly educated pharmacists and nurses in providing non-critical health services;

    •Allow U.S. pharmaceutical firms to bargain collectively with single-payer countries—no subsidies for U.S. technology;

  • Where was Rabon at events?

    To the editor: I’m all for the “more the merrier” when it comes to choices in a primary election race, but I’m also for commitment to principle.

    This commitment to America’s conservation ideology is what we grassroots activists are demanding in our lawmakers. Lead by example.

    Upon learning that Bill Rabon of Southport would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state Senate seat currently held by the indicted R.C. Soles, I was a bit confused.

  • Modern moviegoers are 'rom-commed' and 'bromanced' within an inch of our lives

    It is it just me or is every movie preview for the same two movies—with different actors and a slightly different script?

    The first type I can’t get away from is a cloying romantic comedy in which a serious, big city career woman has to leave her modern, uppity ways behind and settle down in a small town with an honest, blue collar, regular Joe to be happy and realize what life’s really all about.