Today's Opinions

  • Belly-fat bombardment difficult to stomach

    If aliens from outer space were to drop in and cruise the Internet lately, they wouldn’t know we were in economic turmoil.

    They wouldn’t think we face an uncertain future or fears about everything, including them.

    No, they would think the biggest priority on our worry list is belly fat.

    Have you noticed? How could you not?

    It’s the unsightliest, most graphic advertisement ever to invade the World Wide Web—big, gloppy bellies protruding over waistlines, accompanied by headlines like, “One flat-belly rule: Obey.”

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad digital switch? The Senate, that’s who

    During the middle of what people call the worst economic crisis in history, the Senate passed an oh-so extremely important bill on Monday—a bill allowing a near four-month delay in the switch to digital television.

    This comes only days after President Barack Obama discussed a possible delay in the nationwide switch shortly before his inauguration. Now, I’m not that political, and I am not one to criticize the leader of the free world, but aren’t there more important issues to tackle and don’t some of those issues need immediate attention?

  • What’s in His name?

    To the editor: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    I have heard it said the name of Jesus will either make you mad or glad. God’s word says in Acts: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

    Why is it this name provokes so many passions? You can mention just about any other moral world leader without causing so much emotion.

  • Are you happy with Obama?

    To the editor: He (President Barack Obama) signed an order to close the terrorist detention center at Gitmo. No plan for the terrorists there, except Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has offered the minimum-security prisons in his central Pennsylvania district for them.

    “They are no more dangerous than regular criminals,” he said.

    In the meantime, two of those released in the past are on new terrorist videos this week, and one is the head of terrorists in Yemen where he commanded the attack on the U.S. Embassy.

  • Supports fight against increase

    To the editor: I want to share my concerns and thoughts about why I support the decision of our local and state representatives to fight the proposed increase in our home insurance rates. I do not believe weather-related storm damage is greater in coastal counties for the following reasons:

    1) Over the last 16 years, we have owned three homes in both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. We did not file any claims for any kind of storm damage.

  • Ask Ports Authority to prove claims

    To the editor: On Jan. 22, a capacity crowd attended No Port Southport’s third public meeting.

    Dr. Curt H. Stiles, associate professor at UNCW Cameron School of Business, was the guest speaker. He reviewed and commented on two documents. The first was No Port Southport’s analysis of the Ports Authority’s business plan for the proposed container port. The second was an economic impact study prepared by Ports Authority consultants concerning jobs and benefits.

  • Thoughts about the economy, county

    To the editor: This Madoff thing about him stealing is totally incredible and really sad. There are so many things us average Americans don’t know about the financial world. Obviously, it is a world of its own for starters.

    Why couldn’t the government just keep it simple? Many of us average people will never end up like this, or have our houses taken away, or our healthcare benefits and Medicare refused or forget to file an income tax return.

  • Poor examples and no compassion

    To the editor: Ron Rollo’s letter concerning increase of insurance rates contained bad examples. Ron, living in Myrtle Beach S.C., has “no dog in this fight,” and his voice and opinions should be moot.

    Ron used teenage drivers as an example to justify increase. With young drivers the rate is decreased each year if driver has no claims, tickets or accidents until they reach a certain age, and then regular rates apply.