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Today's Opinions

  • Just what’s included in the stimulus plan? It depends on whom you ask, and when

    OK, so it turns out trying to research what’s included in the stimulus plan isn’t as easy as conventional wisdom would suggest.

    At more than 700 pages, news networks and other media outlets have their teams devouring the bill—dedicating hours upon hours to attempt to find what any of the $819 billion would actually stimulate, besides the sod at the National Mall.

    Of course, depending on who you ask and when, that also changes things quite a bit.

  • Unfinished work

    To the editor: On Jan. 9 I was involved in my first serious traffic accident.

    I can hear the conversation going on between my husband and God as I approached that intersection.

  • If you’re going to start it, finish it

    It was an anti-climactic ending to a long, drawn-out media circus.

    In last week’s Beacon, education reporter Kathryn Jacewicz wrote that the two parties in an ongoing, public feud over treatment of students in Brunswick County Schools reached a “confidential agreement” and agreed to have no further contact with each other.

    Like most of the readers who have been following this debacle, I was annoyed by this conclusion.

  • It may actually be my fault snow found its way to Brunswick County

    When I first heard last week there was a chance of snow for Brunswick County, I thought someone was joking. I moved to the coast to escape the colder, often-snowy winter months of Kentucky, and the last thing I thought about encountering here was a chance of snow.

  • Belly-fat bombardment difficult to stomach

    If aliens from outer space were to drop in and cruise the Internet lately, they wouldn’t know we were in economic turmoil.

    They wouldn’t think we face an uncertain future or fears about everything, including them.

    No, they would think the biggest priority on our worry list is belly fat.

    Have you noticed? How could you not?

    It’s the unsightliest, most graphic advertisement ever to invade the World Wide Web—big, gloppy bellies protruding over waistlines, accompanied by headlines like, “One flat-belly rule: Obey.”

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad digital switch? The Senate, that’s who

    During the middle of what people call the worst economic crisis in history, the Senate passed an oh-so extremely important bill on Monday—a bill allowing a near four-month delay in the switch to digital television.

    This comes only days after President Barack Obama discussed a possible delay in the nationwide switch shortly before his inauguration. Now, I’m not that political, and I am not one to criticize the leader of the free world, but aren’t there more important issues to tackle and don’t some of those issues need immediate attention?

  • What’s in His name?

    To the editor: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    I have heard it said the name of Jesus will either make you mad or glad. God’s word says in Acts: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

    Why is it this name provokes so many passions? You can mention just about any other moral world leader without causing so much emotion.

  • Are you happy with Obama?

    To the editor: He (President Barack Obama) signed an order to close the terrorist detention center at Gitmo. No plan for the terrorists there, except Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has offered the minimum-security prisons in his central Pennsylvania district for them.

    “They are no more dangerous than regular criminals,” he said.

    In the meantime, two of those released in the past are on new terrorist videos this week, and one is the head of terrorists in Yemen where he commanded the attack on the U.S. Embassy.