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Today's Opinions

  • Redefining Valentine’s Day for everyone

    Valentine’s Day is the day most people associate with sweetheart dances, romantic dinners, flowers and candy.

    But, believe it or not, Valentine’s Day also has a historical connection to the biblical definition of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    Church history records that St. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages in secret and was martyred because he refused to recognize pagan gods. That’s a little more devotion to real love than any Hallmark card ever told us about.

  • Public humiliation may not be the answer for struggling student's woes

    Many parents have probably dealt with a child who does all the assigned homework but simply forgets to turn it in.

    Not turning in homework proved to be Trenton O’Neil’s downfall, as the Virginia teenager failed several classes for not turning in completed homework assignments to his teachers.

    His father, Don General Jr., said he and his wife tried everything from supervising his homework, talking to teachers, and even having him medically examined for underlying learning disabilities that might be keeping him from turning in his work.

  • Worst Valentine's gifts are real heartbreakers

    A weed whacker, cellulite cream, a Campbell’s Soup thermos, a mushroom-growing kit, a heart-shaped potato—what do these items have in common? They’re among less-than-lovely presents submitted in Talbots women’s retailer’s worst Valentine’s Day gifts contest.

    They’re also on a lengthening list of things not to give your beloved on the day of love, if you don’t want to find yourself written about on the Internet.

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: Thank you. You know who you are.

    I’m residing in the Holden Beach area for the winter. On Sunday, Feb. 1, I lost my wallet somewhere in the area. You found it and left it anonymously at the police station on Holden Beach.

    The police department saw to it I got it back. You will never know how grateful I am. A very “sincere thank-you” to you and the police department.

    In appreciation I am making an anonymous donation to a local charity.

  • Cabana ban claims beach visitors

    To the editor:

    (Note: This letter was sent to the town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach.)

    This is just a quick note to let you know our family will not be returning to your beach (Ocean Isle) for vacation this summer, as we have made arrangements to rent an oceanfront house on Oak Island.

    We have vacationed at Ocean Isle for the past 12 years, as have five other of our friends’ families. We all rented houses for the same week each year and had the best time.

  • The Phantoms of Saint Valentine’s Day

    The shallow definitions of Valentine’s Day given by resources like Wikipedia miss the point. This article will draw you closer to the actual fun and understanding of this special day.

    You may have witnessed a valentine phantom in action and have wondered about the phenomenon. Here is interesting firsthand information:

    Profiling the Phantoms

    The basis for establishing an accurate criminal profile is a meticulous examination and reporting of the crime scene. Through analysis of the known facts, an accurate profile is established and understood.

  • Bring about change

    To the editor: On Nov. 4, 2008, America voted for change and on Jan. 2, America inaugurated its 44th president, believing for that change.

    According to my understanding, we were saying we were going to assist our new president to bring about change. It is incumbent upon each of us to work with our elected officials and assist them by letting them do what we expect of them.

    We will not bring about change by discussing our problems in the grocery stores, checkout counters and parking lots.

  • Cutajar letter on target

    To the editor: As a semi-interested observer of the goings-on at Holden Beach, it seems to me this fellow Louis Cutajar has his finger on the pulse of things.

    Transparency should be the ideal in all government, but here, opaqueness seems to be the rule. If not opaqueness, then translucence is just enough smoke to make you think you’re seeing the truth.