Today's Opinions

  • The day Jesus was sent

    To the editor: There was such an unscheduled event the day in which Jesus was sent.

    Each year there is many a yarn that the boy had been born in a barn.

    Sky seemed so bright and still mum; three wise men, they soon would come.

    Yet sky still so starry it was; there was one big bright one just because.

    That bright star would lead the way to where children in a barn would play.

    It was then that Mother Mary and Joseph said: “It’s time for us to go to bed.”

  • Regain control of our country

    To the editor: It was reported Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu accepted a $100 million bribe in return for her vote to allow the Harry Reid Senate healthcare bill to come out of committee for a full floor debate.

    When asked about it, she brazenly declared it was really $300 million. Wow!

    When Republicans, no stranger to these tactics themselves, objected, the Democrat response was to explain it away, saying this has been going on for a long time. As if that makes it right.

  • Long waits at the doctor

    To the editor: I always thought nothing is more irritating than having a doctor’s appointment and then having to sit in the waiting room for a half-hour before you are called in. But sometimes it happens. Any doctor is an important person in our lives and irritating or not, we have to live with it.

    I recently had an appointment at 8 a.m. At 8:21 a.m., the nurse called me in, checked my blood pressure and left the room.

  • Voices go silent

    To the editor: Mid-20th century: The masculine voices of two more national fathers go silent, and their messages go unheeded.

    Jan. 20, 1961: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

    Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

  • Texting while driving is not only dangerous, now it's also illegal



    Wut r u doin?


    O rly?

    Ya rly. Y?

    illgl 2 txt n drive.


    As of Tuesday, text conversations like this one could land you in trouble with the law and with a fine.

    Effective Dec. 1, the state adopted a ban on text messages for drivers in moving vehicles. If you’re caught texting and driving, you could face a $100 fine plus court costs.

  • Stop government control of private lives

    To the editor: Americans have concerns about the proposed healthcare reform measures in Congress. That the American people do not want any form of healthcare reform is borne out by the most recent polls showing a 2:1 plurality against any reform.

    Why do members of Congress insist on pushing a bill through, despite wishes of their constituents? Is this being done to gain more control over the American people than the government already has?

    Perhaps a review of some of the provisions of the House bill put forth by Pelosi will reveal the reason.

  • Remembering our favorite Christmas specials and reviving a nostalgic trend

    Every year at this time, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of those bizarre pieces of holiday nostalgia, the stop-motion animation Christmas specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Each features strange puppets that move in bizarre patterns but somehow seem to come alive thanks to the colorful sets, enthusiastic voice performances and imaginative storytelling.

  • Rockslide makes for more interesting travel adventures

    If you’re venturing west anytime during the holidays—especially toward Tennessee via western North Carolina—don’t forget not to take Interstate 40.

    For anyone who’s been stuck under a boulder and hasn’t heard, a massive rockslide fell down and went kaboom there Oct. 25, near the line of demarcation between the Volunteer and Tar Heel states.

    Travelers have been living in interesting times ever since.