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Today's Opinions

  • Rate increases should have had more public discussion

    Elected officials representing Brunswick County and other coastal communities have joined together to fight against what many are calling unfairly high homeowners’ insurance rate increases for this and other North Carolina beach communities.

    Their push, including bills introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate, has been fueled by the outrage of many coastal residents who feel the 29.8 percent coastal insurance increase is too high, too unfair and done without enough public input.

  • Understanding the reasons why we have laws

    After my junior year in college I worked on a summer job and just before leaving to return to school for the fall semester, my supervisor gave me some advice that has remained with me over the years.

    He said, “Do what’s right.”

    The only difference in my advice and his is, “Do what’s right in the sight of God.”

  • Living in a world driven by annoying little beeps

    In a world of cell phones, pagers, BlackBerrys and late night television programs like “Chelsea Lately,” we are all used to hearing a few beeps. My phone beeps several times a day signaling a missed call or voicemail. I can usually tune it out until about the 20th beep—then some form of action is required.

    But it’s not just my phone that’s beeping. Lately I feel like I’m trapped in a noisy video game with no escape. I’ve noticed more appliances and household items are coming equipped with a “beep.”

  • Hurry up, spring!

    It’s 35 degrees in March. By the weekend, it’s expected to reach 70.

    I would celebrate, but I’m afraid the meteorologists will start calling for snow if I do.

    Everyone knows that by mid-February, we Southerners are ready for the warm weather.

    And we want it to stay warm. Otherwise, our delicate systems are upset and we get sick for a week.

    Think I’m exaggerating? As I’m writing this, I’m home with a sick daughter who is rubbing her nose red and is unable to breathe.

  • Can you hear Darwin?

    To the editor: If you are one who believes in evolution you should listen to Darwin calling out from the grave saying, “my theory is not true.”

    He says, “I told you if it could be demonstrated any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive, slight modifications, my (Darwin’s) theory would absolutely break down.”ee(Darwin in The Origin of Species 6th edition)

  • Foster kids program needs volunteers

    To the editor:

    If you watched the Lifetime TV movie “America” recently, you are aware of the many challenges and obstacles our Brunswick County foster youth face. They will face even more challenges when they age out of the system and are no longer receiving services and support.

  • Good annexation example

    To the editor:

    I congratulate Shallotte’s recent and proper use of annexation of the Wildwood Village property; not by force, but by request. This is the way it should be done statewide. In this case, the people affected actually had a voice.

    Marie Howell

    Rowan County

  • Taking away our rights?

    To the editor:

    Our new Attorney General Eric Holder is proposing the ban on the sale of assault weapons to U.S. citizens be reinstated. He cites the fact Mexico is complaining guns are getting into the hands of gangs as the reason, while ignoring the huge arms traffic business in the rest of the world.

    Mr. President, where in the Constitution does it say America should pass laws at the request of other nations that will take away the rights of our citizens?

    Chris Jacobson

    Supply