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Today's Opinions

  • School project helps writer to get a better understanding of who she is

    As school started Jan. 9, so did the homework. As always, the first week of school would include a lot of introduction assignments. I usually do these assignments as fast as I can to get them completed.

    This year, one of these assignments did a little more than help me get acquainted with my teacher and my classmates—it helped me get re-acquainted with myself.

  • Upset about bobcat kill

    To the editor:

    I was absolutely shocked to see the article you wrote about Mr. Faircloth and his shooting of a beautiful bobcat in Brunswick County. Somehow I thought we had become more educated and tolerant of the beauty of the wildlife we share the land with.

    Can it simply be ignorance that would cause someone to shoot a beautiful creature in its natural habitat for the sake of just shooting it? Can it be fair “sport” when a person armed with a rifle kills an innocent creature that has no chance against such things?

  • Looking for owners of photos

    To the editor:

    I bought a picture recently from Sheltered Treasures in Shallotte. In the frame was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Behind this I found three pictures of a beautiful little girl with dark, curly hair. Now someone wants these back, I know.

    Please call 200-7721 to find out where to pick up these pictures.

    Sandy Benton

    Supply

  • Wants to set insurance deductible

    To the editor:

    Unlike most people, I am not going to present an argument against a 30 percent increase in my homeowner’s policy. My insurance friends have my permission to also add that increase to my auto and health.

    All I would ask of the insurance commissioner and my “like a good neighbor” friends is that in “all” these policies they raise one other thing while raising our rates. That one other thing would earn them a lot more money while costing us potentially more bucks. How about it? Deal or no deal?

  • Rates are based on risk factors

    To the editor:

    The recent comments about increases in insurance rates have prompted this letter.

    Insurance rates are based on risk factors primarily. If the chance you are going to have an accident is great, (see teenage drivers) your rate is higher because the chance of having to make a payment on your behalf is greater.

    The rate is not spread over the entire age spectrum—if you are younger, you pay more.

  • Lack of loss of life in recent plane mishap is truly one of life’s miracles

    If you’ve had the misfortune of sitting right beside me on a plane ride to anywhere, let me apologize. I’m one of those people who hate to fly, but I do it because I understand the value and time-savings the service provides.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those behind the civil rights movement

    During the late 1970s when I lived in Atlanta, I met a lady who was a longtime member of Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta—the childhood church of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She said the style and manner in which King recited his Christmas and Easter speeches when he was 5 years old was an indication he was gifted and talented.

    King enhanced his natural gifts and talents by excelling in the academic world. By all accounts he was a serious student. He graduated from high school at age 15 and from college at 19. He earned a doctorate degree by age 26.

     

  • Historic changing of the guard marks 2,684 days of security for Americans

    At this writing, we have one president. As you read this, we have another.

    As I pen these words, we are teetering on the brink of history, and as you read this, history has come to life.

    Millions of Americans have flocked to our great nation’s capital for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, and to experience history.