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Today's Opinions

  • CIS has anti-gang initiatives

    To the editor: The anti-gang legislation passed by the General Assembly this week is a good step in the right direction for putting an end to the gang violence in our state.

    The legislation truly gets to the heart of the matter because it focuses on the source of gang activity—older adults who deliberately target our youth to join gangs by making the life of a gang member more alluring than reality.

  • Obama won't get us out of war

    To the editor: About one half, maybe more, of the American people are stupid. Their stupidity grows out of lack of education and failure to keep themselves informed.

    I shall take this opportunity to expose my own stupidity. I hear people say they are going to vote for Obama because he will get us out of this war. No president can get us out of this war.

  • Keeping clutter to a minimum harder than

    I stayed out of work last Friday to de-clutter my house.

    After going through my closet, I ended up taking two trash bags and a large box full of clothes to a local thrift store and taking out three or four bags of trash—mostly in the form of old gift bags and bows that at one point I must’ve thought were re-usable.

    It was a very cathartic experience, and I now have a much better view of my shoes. (I see several pairs that need to be donated, as well).

    After taking all the bags and boxes to the thrift store, I treated myself to lunch at an outdoor eatery.

  • Victim notification is important

    In 1999, five years after 18-year-old Amy Frink was violently murdered by John Paul Counts, her family readied to move on, grieve and heal from the horrific ordeal.

    Counts, who had been found guilty of beating, stabbing and running Frink over with her own car, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. John Gamble was also charged for a role in her murder. He remains in prison.

  • The impact of World War II rationing on two little boys

    My dinner guest was looking over our family photos posted around the living room.

    He came across the one shown here of my brother, Jim, 4 years old, and me, at 5, taken by our grandmother in 1943. She was so proud of her Kodak Brownie Six-20 camera, and Jim and me, too.

    At first, the conversation centered on our trim little physiques. My guest noted we were borderline skinny by today’s standards.

    Then, he poked fun at the high-top leather shoes we were wearing. They were bigger than our feet—almost like clown shoes.

  • Out-of-control baby fever hits superstar-obsessed mags

    All of Hollywood and tabloid readers alike can breathe easy—Brad and Angelina’s twins have arrived.

    Now I’m a self-proclaimed tabloid junkie, but this is too much even for me.

    Reports are circulating on the Internet the first published baby photos are being shopped for about $20 million.

    Break it down, that’s $10 million per baby.

    An editor from People appeared on The Early Show and denied the magazine had made an offer as reported.

  • Questions every citizen should be able to answer

    What do native-born Americans really know about “my country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty”?

    Think they’re smarter than the many immigrants seeking precious citizenship? Even a fifth-grade one?

    This past Fourth of July Eve, a record 98 people representing 48 countries became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Southport.

  • Readers have had enough of cabana issues

    To the editor: I personally have heard enough about this cabana thing on the island.

    The town heard input on this matter from residents before voting on it, and they decided the only measure that would be enforceable would be to ban them altogether.

    I’ve heard it all from suggesting permits be issued to the town disposing of them if they’re left on the beach after 7 p.m. Do you want to know what happens when the town says, “Sure, we’ll do that?”