Today's Opinions

  • Learn about hospice benefits

    To the editor: Let’s say you are living the last months of your life, and you win the lottery. Only nobody tells you. The prize money, and all you could do with it in these months, goes untouched. Would you be upset?

    Medicare is a benefit we all pay into—like buying a lottery ticket. One of the prizes few ask about is the Medicare hospice benefit. What do you win? You get everything you need to make your last months the best. All the support you need to improve your quality of life—medicines, equipment, nursing care, and supportive care for your family.

  • Support healthcare reform

    To the editor: While it is encouraging Senate and House committees are beginning to seriously consider healthcare reform legislation, it is critical Congress takes action and passes real healthcare reform in the next few months.

    America is facing a healthcare crisis caused by a combination of skyrocketing costs and an insurance system that leaves 47 million people without coverage.

    The current healthcare system is endangering our economy and health, and voters have made it clear they want change.

  • Invited to Patients First Rally

    To the editor: All Brunswick County residents are invited to attend a Patients First Rally in Shallotte at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Rourk Gardens next to Duffer’s restaurant, Tripps Jewelry and across the street from Jerome’s, 4912 Main St., Shallotte.

  • President works for the people

    To the editor: It has been six months since President Obama took office. Many are impatient, forgetting it took eight years to get us into this mess.

    The Republicans are suddenly “fiscal conservatives” and claim they don't want to “mortgage their children’s future.” These are the same folks who never questioned the $10 billion a month we poured into Iraq to no end. Where was that “fiscal conservatism” then?

  • Are you blameless?

    To the editor: Job 1:1: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil (shunned to avoid deliberately and especially habitually). Job was blameless but not sinless. He needed a Savior as we all do. Job asked that God would cover his iniquity Job.”

  • 'Confessions' evokes memories of commercials past

    “Confessions of a Mad Man: From Madison Avenue to Island Sands” (see accompanying story) contains insider anecdotes from a man who helped create Americans’ need for “stuff” after World War II. It’s the kind of tell-all we love to read about—the good stuff that’s not in the history books.

  • Elected officials work for you

    It appears some elected officials have forgotten or don’t care about who they work for—the people of Brunswick County.

    In Carolina Shores, the commissioners (elected officials) feel it’s their place to censure town mayor Stephen Selby (another elected official), and they think they have the right to do so without hearing what citizens think.

    On Friday, commissioners told the people of Carolina Shores they didn’t care about what they had to say by announcing the board would not take public comment during a special meeting.

  • You can’t fix stupid, but you can throw money at it

    When you’re talking about nearly $800 billion, what’s another $18 million? That’s not even enough to cover the interest—spend it.

    I would venture the previous statement sums up the entire thought process that went into the decision to spend nearly $18 million over the next six years to revamp recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks where and how stimulus money is being spent.

    Adding insult to injury, taxpayers are actually footing the $18 million bill just so they can see where their stimulus money is being spent.