Archive for the ‘Views’ Category

  • A Vote Against Trivial Pursuit:

    Nov 15, 11 • 770 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, Views1 Comment

    On the Marine Corps birthday, I saw “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Cape Fear Playhouse. On Veterans Day, I tolled 11 bells with Occupy Wilmington at a candlelight vigil to honor veterans and re-affirm a commitment to non-violent struggle for social and...

  • Cool as a Cucumber:

    Oct 4, 11 • 711 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    Eating my vegetables never tasted so good. Until last night I’ve eaten the Jolly Green Giant’s peas, Food Lion’s beans, and even my wife’s tomatoes, but never MY vegetables. As I crunched my cucumber, it struck me as criminal that a decent person...

  • Ten Years After:

    Sep 6, 11 • 960 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    “Late morning, September 11, 2001 stood silently with Department of Juvenile Justice staff watching the Twin Towers crumble. No one knew who did it. I went to get a sandwich for lunch. I nodded, “As-Salamu Alykum,” when I passed the Islamic Center...

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    Letters to the Editor

    Jun 7, 11 • 10351 Views • Letters to the Editor, NEWS & VIEWS, Views31 Comments

    NOT SO PROUD… To Shea Carver and whom it concerns, I have never been so appalled by a cover of a magazine in my entire life [encore, June 1, 2011, “Pride Week”].  Being a member of the GLBTQIA community and having a degree in journalism, I...

  • Show Me the Money:

    May 17, 11 • 1268 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    The day the president congratulated SEAL Team 6 with a handshake, Brett Favre’s face and hands were back in the news, contemplating his future while throwing a football. Assuming the NFL lockout ends, the minimum rookie contract for the recently drafted...

  • A Chapter Closes on 9/11:

    May 3, 11 • 1325 Views • FEATURE, NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    A special report interrupted some drivel I was watching on TV Sunday evening. What could be so important right now? I thought. The announcement to follow still stuns me: “Osama bin Laden has been found and killed,” George Stephanopoulos announced....

  • Belief in Money?

    Jan 11, 11 • 1292 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, Views1 Comment

    My son is a high school sophomore—an intelligent baseball player and talented singer. He asked, “Does money really make sense?” I chuckled at his sophomoric wordplay. “No, really, Dad,” he said. “We’re learning basic economics in civics class,...

  • Happy New Year’s or Happy Tax Collector’s Day?

    Nov 30, 10 • 1366 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    Unless Congress is able to compromise on big-ticket items like the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts before December 31st, 2010, New Year’s resolutions will consist of more ways Americans can save money due to the tax increases. So far the lame-duck session...