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Today's Opinions

  • Reflections on trip to Scotland, Ireland

    To the editor:

    My wife and I just returned from a two-week coach tour of Scotland and Ireland, a 2,000 mile trek along roads barely wide enough for two cars, let alone buses, winding among checkered meadowlands of grazing sheep and cattle, along locks and rivulets, between majestic mountains and the never-ending rolling hills of green.

  • Look around you

    To the editor:

    Driving through downtown Shallotte, the first thing that catches my eye is the magnificent display of flowers filling the boxes and baskets that line both sides of the street. Growing up in Shallotte, I felt the comfort and safety of my surroundings. My parents weren’t afraid for us to walk up and down a street or road anywhere in town. We even played in the street. We never dreamed or had reason to dream things were gonna change.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: For Anton

    A half-human, half-Vulcan. A captain with a smirk and blue eyes that seem almost photoshopped. A cranky doctor. A talented pilot. An expert in linguistics. And a curly-haired Russian whiz kid. 

    These are the members of the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise, their stories depicted on television and movie screens for the past 50 years.

    In April 2009 I couldn't tell you anything about these characters.

    In May 2009 I essentially adopted them as my extended family members and could tell you everything about them. And I still can.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a budget for 2016-17, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we welcomed some important visitors from back home.

  • SHIIP not just for seniors

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • You decide: What can we learn from the 1970s gas crisis?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two important events happened in my life 40 years ago. I met my future wife. And I was an unwilling participant of the decade’s gas crisis.

    The first event went well; my wife and I have been married for 36 years. While the second event, the gas crisis, wasn’t fun at the time, it has provided some lessons for how public policy makers respond to shortages in key commodities, like gasoline.