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Today's Opinions

  • Supports Salazar's approach to energy

    To the editor: Since taking office in January, Secretary Salazar has prioritized renewable energy, put the brakes on the Bush administration’s full-steam-ahead approach to destructive oil shale development and canceled oil and gas leases on the edge of Utah National Parks and historic sites on nearby public land.

  • Picture heralds the future

    To the editor: The prettiest picture I have seen in eight years was my president reaching out to shake hands with Hugo Chavez at the Latin American summit last weekend.

    I wish rightwing pundits would present the picture against the backdrop of eight years of U.S. interference in Venezuela. Chavez, an indigenous man, was democratically elected in 1998, and in every election since, with around 59 percent of the vote. And every election has seen U.S.-funded opposition and infiltration of Venezuelan news media, especially RCTV, the Venezuelan version of FOX.

  • Spring break renews energy

    Spending time away from the office for a week was a great way to recharge my batteries.

    I spent most of the time with my 6-year-old in Charlotte visiting my brother, sister-in-law and 11-month-old nephew. It was a delight, especially since he started walking while we were there.

    My daughter Taryn and I also made a visit to Discovery Place, where she saw a mad scientist blow things up, made all sorts of scientific discoveries and watched her first IMAX movie, “Fly Me to the Moon,” (not a great movie for adults, but she liked it.)

  • Kudos to Ocean Isle

    To the editor: Kudos to Ocean Isle Beach for the spectacular pansies around the roundabout and at the entrance to the bridge.

  • One world, one government?

    To the editor: The Bible declares in Revelation before the Lord brings seven years of great tribulation to the earth for all who sin, there will be one world government and one world church. There is plenty of evidence these things are coming quickly—especially one world government.

    The European Union had been established. A North American Union (U.S., Mexico and Canada) is in the works behind the scenes, the United Nations is being given more sovereignty over nations and world leaders are seriously discussing a one-world currency.

  • Wanted local tea party

    To the editor:

    I was disappointed I could not find a “tea party” in the Shallotte area on April 15. I still want to “dunk” my tea bag in protest.

    Blair Guker

    Shallotte

  • Causes of the economic dilemma

    To the editor:

    People with poor credit and creditors making poor credit decisions have caused our economic dilemma.

    We with good credit are paying the price. What you need to do is refinance the houses of the top 25 percent of the credit market (especially those on fixed incomes) and lower their mortgage rate by 1 percent for free.

    We deserve a break, being we are the ones having to pay for everyone else’s poor credit and poor credit decisions.

  • Reduce vacation-booking risks

    To the editor:

    Vacation home rental management companies in the Southport-Oak Island area of North Carolina are applauding the latest efforts of insurance companies to work with the general public to reduce their risk in early bookings of vacation home rentals at the beach.

    In response to their customers, select trip insurance providers have decreased the minimum employment time requirement from five years to one year. Trip insurance is purchased at the time of booking for a nominal fee based on total rental cost.