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Today's Opinions

  • Bring back the classics

    I wrote a story this week about a group of church members who took it upon themselves to buy enough advanced tickets to ensure a movie would be coming to our local theater.

    Brad Ferguson at New Beginnings Community Church rallied his congregation as well as leaders from other churches in the area to bring “Fireproof,” a Christian drama, to Coastal Stadium in Shallotte.

    “We have a good number of tickets we can distribute around the community to other churches that didn’t put up money up front,” Ferguson said.

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.

  • Quality background investigations can reveal secrets

    Persons applying for sensitive jobs, like at the airport, hospital, school, financial institution or in law enforcement, must submit to a detailed background investigation. Consequently, many people do not apply, knowing they will be washed out.

    Among those who do apply, a significant number are rejected at the conclusion of the investigation. Derogatory information may be developed when a criminal history is revealed, a poor credit record, past employment problems or disqualifying information from a reference, relative or neighbor comes to light.

  • Out with the old--new campaign, new issues, new misunderstandings

    The Bush doctrine is the new global warming.

    Few people understand it, yet everybody seems to want to talk about it. But, unlike the Bush doctrine, global warming has become last campaign’s issue. At least Al Gore can take a break for a while.

    In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s first sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, politicians and pundits have been scrambling to define and address both Palin’s and Gibson’s understanding of the Bush doctrine.

  • Trying to hold out in the run for gas, hoping to avoid empty

    The CNN headline Monday afternoon made my stomach flip, “Developing Story: President Bush says Hurricane Ike has put ‘a pinch’ on nation’s energy supply.”

    As if things weren’t bad enough.

    On Friday, as gas prices in some places across the nation skyrocketed higher than $5 a gallon, I kept an eye on local prices. On a few occasions when I left the office, I noted increasing costs of gas, with lines growing longer and longer at local pumps.

  • Looking back and realizing how much has changed

    About three-and-a-half weeks ago, I came home from work and found it sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. It was an envelope—a card-sized envelope with a fancy font in the corner announcing my 10-year reunion.

    Oh boy. What did I do now?

    I stared at the envelope for a long time before I opened it. I knew this event was coming—after all it has been 10 years since I graduated from Statesville High School.

  • Readers unhappy with gas price increases

    To the editor: This country’s big oil corporations have been ripping off the American people in the past months and getting away with it. This is due to lobbyists in Washington paying off our elected politicians not to do anything.

    This is a terrible thing for us and for our country as a whole. This has now trickled down to the local oil companies and our local gas stations.

    We are still under the emergency management of Tropical Storm Hanna and the prices of commodities are not supposed to go any higher than they were 60 days before this was put in affect.

  • Troubled by gas price increases

    To the editor: Last Friday (Sept. 12) at 10:45 a.m., I gassed my car at a gas station in Little River, S.C. It had a sign that read: “10 gallons only, as a courtesy to all our good customers, so all can get some gas.” (I am paraphrasing).

    I got gas, less than 10 gallons, and went to get my wife’s car to get gas, as I had heard a number of stations were allegedly running out or were charging exorbitant fuel charges.

    I returned at 11:18 a.m., 33 minutes later, and found the price up to $3.99 per gallon.