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Today's Opinions

  • Euthanasia article was important

    To the editor: I want to thank [Laura Lewis] for the article on euthanasia.

    I hope everyone in Brunswick County and surrounding counties reads the article and realizes what these poor helpless animals go through when they are shoved into the gas chamber.

    I wonder if any one of the shelter workers or wardens or the lobbyists or even the makers of the gas chamber ever went into it just to check it out—with the lights off, door closed and the feeling of no air.

    Bet you wouldn’t ever have to write another article on the gas chamber again.

  • Closed meetings must meet the letter of the law

    When an everyday citizen becomes an elected official, there’s often a tough road ahead. In addition to learning the ins and outs of basic government duties, officials have to educate themselves about the community they’re in, the topics they’re discussing and general government procedures.

    An important part of an elected position is understanding open meetings and open records law. Federal and state laws dictate how certain information is discussed, decided upon and shared with the public.

  • Trying to be healthy? Don't fall for pseudo-science

    Things are getting a bit strange in the fields of medicine and science these days, and I’m not talking about insurance premiums or co-payments.

    I’m talking about people who call themselves “doctors” and add to existing medical wisdom with their own made-up advice so they can keep making money.

    It’s not medical science. It’s marketing.

  • Courtesy? Kindness? I'd take a little civility and be glad

    In this business, we’re accustomed to anonymous phone calls, letters and e-mails. They regularly come in as news tips, praise and criticism.

    While the information is appreciated, anonymous contacts can be frustrating. If they come in for a news tip and a name and number is not left, holes that might need to be filled in or questions that might need to be asked can’t be responded to.

    When calls come as praise, it’s nice to attach a name to the voice on the other end.

  • It seems like anything's possible these days—or is it?

    When I was a little girl, I used to stand in my back yard and launch rocks at the sky, imagining they would reach outer space.

    I never imagined that 20 years later, it would be possible to launch something from Earth that would make it to space—but, that can happen

    Last week, a rogue spy satellite veered off course and began its descent toward Earth, the hydrazine gas tank posed a health concern for those in its path.

  • Celebrities should stay out of politics

    Are you smarter than the celebrity who is endorsing your presidential candidate?

    I’ll admit I love wasting a few dollars in line at the grocery store on a gossip magazine as much as the next person, but at least then I know what to expect.

    But when the latest starlet to enter rehab dominates my news, I get extremely frustrated.

    Lately I have been increasingly annoyed at the fact I am constantly bombarded with presidential endorsements—by celebrities.

    I simply don’t care.

  • 'Grease' is the word this weekend

    During my high school days, ‘Grease’ was the one show everyone in the theater guild longed to be a part of.

    Maybe it was because the movie made it so popular, maybe it was because of the catchy lyrics, or maybe it was a show set in a high school environment we could all relate to, I’m not really sure.

    But for some reason, it was always the show we hoped to perform.

    My sophomore year the big announcement hit—we would begin auditions for “Grease.”

  • Cold weather preparations more difficult than expected

    This week I’m heading to Alaska to participate in a facet of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Anchorage.

    I’m heading there to help support a group of soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center who will be riding in the initial phase of the race, as well as to shoot footage for a perspective story for The Christian Broadcasting Network, and to cover the race for The Beacon.