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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • The bigger the government, the worse things are

    To the editor: Mr. McGinnis counsels us to vote for the politician who can return to us the most earmarks, a.k.a. pork. Emphasis is on “return.”

    Better we not send it to Washington to begin with. The town hall, not to mention the state capitol, is where these monies should come from.

  • An open letter to Sen. Richard Burr

    To the editor: I am in receipt of your [Sen. Richard Burr’s] letter dated Aug. 12, 2008, whereby you related to me what you are doing to help alleviate the major problem of fuel costs facing all Americans today. You indicated you cosponsored the Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008 (S.3202), which is “a more serious and comprehensive solution to our energy crisis.”

    The major conditions of your proposed legislation are:

    • Exploration would have to be at least 50 miles off the coast.

    • Meet stringent environmental protections.