Today's Opinions

  • Confessions of an undercover Santa Claus

    The history of Saint Nicholas originates from the year 346 A.D. and is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and bishop of Myra in what is now modern-day Turkey.

    He had a reputation for secret gift-giving and became a model for today’s legendary Santa Claus, a living example of many worthwhile virtues such as the love and care of children and generosity toward all.

    Beneath the costume of anyone playing Santa Claus is a real individual volunteering to briefly assume the identity of an ancient saint.

  • Saying goodbye to my best friend Bob

    With apologies to my wife, my best friend Bob passed away last Saturday night. His end came quickly and quite unexpectedly. I wish we could have spent more time together, but I appreciate the time, albeit short, we had.

    I first met Bob shortly after my wife and I moved to the Brunswick County area in 2001. He was barely old enough to feed himself and had been wandering in the woods around our house when we noticed him one day. It took a couple months of encouragement, but he finally decided to “adopt” us and two other families.

  • Thanks for a great football season

    To the editor: It was just days ago you could smell it in the air: the smell of football season. School has been in a few weeks. The nights get cooler. The days get shorter and leaves begin to fall. If you love football, you know what I mean.

  • 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.