Today's Opinions

  • Throw out over-spenders

    To the editor:
    Kudos for Gene Method’s “Vote out big spenders” letter (published in the July 25 edition).
    There’s a lot of legitimate fervor to oust the tax-and-spend incumbents on Sunset Beach Town Council and end the appalling spending orgy of the last four years.
    However, not all incumbents are the same. Before we reflexively throw them all out, let’s distinguish between Karen Joseph, Lou DeVita, and Carol Scott.

  • Take another look at Sunset Beach data

    To the editor:
    Yes, Mr. (Gene) Method, grants are our tax dollars, but if Sunset Beach doesn’t benefit from them, another town will.
    They’re not coming back to us as individuals in the foreseeable future. Therefore, it would be fiscally irresponsible and a disservice to us for our town leaders not to apply for available funds to help defray the cost of infrastructure, amenities and service improvements.

  • Song lyrics won’t solve problems

    Song lyrics won’t solve problems
    To the editor:
    In a recent news article, Gov. Pat McCrory is quoted as saying, “Just like the Tom Petty song, ‘I Won’t Back Down.’” He was referring to his support of the Republican legislative agenda.
    Let me get this straight, Governor: Are you not backing down on giving my tax dollars to parents so they can send their children to private religious schools? Or perhaps is it maintaining North Carolina teacher pay at one of the lowest levels in the nation?

  • Shame on person who abandoned kitten

    To the editor:
    You know who I’m talking to.
    The kitten you put in a box and then placed on the road so maybe someone would run over it? Why not put it in a sack and throw it in the river? The box must have cost you something, since it was a cat carrier.
    I didn’t need another cat, but I wouldn’t throw her away like you did. She loves to play, is very active and pretty as a picture.
    Shame on you.

    Jean Garland

  • Same-sex ruling a wrongful right

    To the editor:
    Discrimination is as common as the air we breathe.
    It is the necessity to choose the best of available options and therefore is neither good nor bad in itself. We discriminate in the food we choose to consume, the brand of medicine and hair coloring we buy, the clothes we elect to wear, the doctor we select for our care, and the persons in whom we place our trust.
    Society discriminates when it chooses to give a preference to one person over another, one group over another.

  • Blame politics for furloughs

    To the editor:
    Blaming the furloughs on sequestration is ludicrous, with the Department of Defense (DOD) talking out of both sides of its mouth.
    Case in point: At a western military base, the DOD is spending $3.6 million to buy perimeter land to protect the pocket gopher, which is not a threatened species. Multiply this by hundreds of examples of targeted cuts, it’s evident the cuts are political.
    One can see we have a spending problem that the media won’t pursue in their desire to protect their god, Obama.

    John A. Difloure

  • Search again for answers

    To the editor:
    I was amused by the letter “Science provides answers” (published in the July 11 edition) when the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment was used as a possible explanation for life.
    This experiment has since been found lacking.
    The very use of all the simulated conditions that might have existed was conducted by a designer (Miller-Urey), just as creation scientists say life was created by God.

  • New list shows how little value is placed on education

    The N.C. Association of Educators issued a list of the top 10 things every educator should know about the $20.6 billion state budget, passed last week by our legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory. The list, the group says, shows how little value is placed on education.
    We take issue with some of the items the group highlights, such as cutting pay to teachers with advanced degrees. It is reasonable to expect a higher rate of pay for taking the initiative to pursue and complete higher education, in any field.