The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

August 16, 2013

EDITORIALS: Bad medicine for hospitals; An exotic place to die

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And it’s what happens when Congress passes a sweeping law aimed at fundamentally changing one of the largest sectors of the economy. The law counted on all parts working exactly as supporters had hoped. Government rarely works that way, however, and those who voted for the law should have known it. Their hubris blinded them.

Marvin the Martian to have houseguests

(Valdosta, Ga., Daily Times)

Although technology has advanced at an amazing speed, humans have yet to land on another planet. Unmanned craft have long explored the outer reaches of space, with the Mars Rover collecting incredible data on the red planet. It's only a matter of time before people will follow.

Earth’s fascination with Mars began in science fiction. Novels and movies often depicted Martians as little green men coming to Earth to enslave or destroy its inhabitants. Rovers haven’t found any sign of life on Mars - yet. No Martians have landed on Earth - at least that we know of.

But now there’s a chance that some Earthlings themselves will soon become Martians.

More than 100,000 people have signed up for a chance to die on Mars, reports CNN. Technology is advanced enough to get them there - hopefully - but there's little-to-no hope at this point of bringing them back.

A number of entrepreneurs are selling the opportunity to be among the first to colonize Mars, perhaps as soon as 2022. The Mars One project plans to be the first; others are in the design stages. And of course, the entire journey and colonization will be broadcast worldwide.

Naysayers claim humans cannot survive the journey, let alone harsh conditions on the planet, which might make the number of people willing to pay to die trying a little surprising. But, of course, those age 45 and younger have never known a world where space exploration and landing on the moon were considered impossible. Perhaps living on Mars isn’t so unbelievable after all.

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  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • We need your help

    Hurray for the Albemarle City Council. Council plans to battle N.C. Department of Transportation’s ranking of all 13 projects in Stanly County to the bottom of their priority list. Council is setting up petitions in various city buildings for citizens to sign.

    July 28, 2014

  • Council asks veterans to seek office

    The terms of office for the leaders of the Stanly County Veterans Council ended June 30. A call is being sent to veterans council members requesting candidates for the four elective offices of the council. A meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the DAV building. All council members are urged to attend.

    July 28, 2014

  • Mike Walden The gains and gaps in our economy

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jason O. Boyd Yellow journalism takes on new form, people are dumber for it

    Time to get on the soapbox for a few minutes.
    Let me clear my throat. Eh ... hem!
    People are dumb.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brent Laurenz Special election adds to the mix

    RALEIGH – A busy slate of judicial elections this November got even busier recently when Judge John Martin of the N.C. Court of Appeals announced his retirement.
    A special statewide election to fill Martin’s seat will be added to the general election ballot, joining the four N.C. Supreme Court seats and three N.C. Court of Appeals races already slated for this fall.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Gannon Fake news or sign of some more trouble?

    RALEIGH – Of the three situations I can recall where agencies receiving large sums of taxpayer dollars wouldn’t divulge employees’ salaries, two of them ended badly. The third – involving a group of charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina – is playing out right now.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    WASHINGTON - The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 23, 2014

  • D.G. Martin Where did all these new voters in North Carolina come from?

    “Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”
    So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

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