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Today's Opinions

  • Fight fraud by guarding your Medicare number

    By M. Lee Millman

    Guest Columnist

    Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system. Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers.

    So guard your Medicare number. Treat it as you would a credit card.

    Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Pray for peace in Syria, Iraq

    To the editor:

    Let us pray for the people in Syria who are caught up in a terrible, ongoing conflict that has lasted for several years. Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist forces have taken possession of vast areas of this nation that is so often mentioned in the Bible.

    Christian communities that have been in existence since the days of the Apostle Paul have been decimated. Thousands of Christians have been butchered mercilessly by ISIS. The Assad regime that ruled Syria for decades and gave protection to Christians is now riven with violence and revolution.

  • Celebrating Nuclear Science Week, Oct. 19-23

    To the editor:

    Oct. 19-23 is Nuclear Science Week (NSW) and my favorite week of the year. NSW advances education, stimulates participation and generates communication that provides insight and visibility for the achievements of the nuclear sciences.

    I began my career at Brunswick Nuclear Plant (BNP) 15 years ago as a plant operator, and the best part about working for Duke Energy is the encouragement we receive to give back to the community. NSW is a prime time for employees, like me, to do just that.

  • Kindness makes 81st birthday meal special

    To the editor:

    My wife Faye and I went to Chili’s in Shallotte to celebrate her 81st birthday. The women who work there were great. They all clapped their hands and sang “Happy Birthday” to my wife. About that time, two ladies sitting across the aisle from us were leaving, and they both told my wife, “Happy birthday!”

    When we were ready to check out, our waitress told us those two ladies who sat across from us had paid for our meals. I asked her if she knew who they were. She said no, but they ate there often.

  • When it’s time to speak up, know how to play the game

    I have attended a number of public comment sessions recently and I have come to realize some public comments are better than others.

    No, I do not mean one person’s issue is better or more important than another. Anyone who is passionate about an issue that affects the masses should be encouraged to get up and speak about it to his or her elected officials and representatives.

    But some people know how to present their concerns better than others.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, the Senate adjourned after a long and successful session. During this session, the Senate passed crucial legislation that will foster growth and success for the future of our state. We have cut millions in taxes for North Carolina families and small businesses, remodeled our inefficient and ineffective Medicaid program, and increased funding for public education. Here are some more highlights of our accomplishments this session:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed some major bills concerning the bond issue, farm issues, banning sale of aborted baby body parts, judicial elections and sanctuary cities; we were in session around the clock Sept. 29-30; and we adjourned the 2015 session early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30.

  • Is another recession around the corner?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in freefall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East.