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Today's News

  • Problems with homeowners insurance

    To the editor: Anyone in North Carolina who either has or is contemplating purchasing homeowners insurance needs to be aware of what the state’s new insurance commissioner has called “a ticking time bomb.”

    Recently elected insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin takes office next month following his mentor, Jim Long, who served 24 years as insurance commissioner before deciding not to run for re-election.

  • Housing market needs spurring

    To the editor: With our nation in the midst of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Congress must be willing to take bold and decisive action to spur a housing and economic recovery.

    Unless we are able to halt the slide in home prices, the nation’s housing and economic woes will continue to grow even worse. This is why a robust housing component must be an integral part of the new economic stimulus package under consideration by the incoming Obama administration and new Congress.

  • Increasing rental rates?

    To the editor: It seems strange with a downturn in the economy, rental rates at Holden Beach seem to be rising.

    Is there so much demand any price will be paid, or are the middle-income people being voted out by overpricing the rentals by the owners and landlords?

     

  • Thinks program is a good one

    To the editor: The other day, I attended a meeting at the museum that included our superintendent of schools, school principals and administrators.

    The topics presented were most varied and absolutely current for the economic conditions of today: the role of schools in our county and the problems confronting our school system now and in the future.

    Of note to me was the excellent presentation of an ongoing program to reduce the rate of high school dropouts and buck this national trend. Brunswick County wants no part of that.

  • Bailout backlash

    To the editor: It is difficult to feel sorry for General Motors, based on its sordid past.

    If GM gets a dime of taxpayer bailout, it should be to reinstate the clean electric rail system this country once enjoyed.

    How many people have even heard of the “General Motors Streetcar conspiracy?” Between 1936 and 1950, GM bought out more than 100 electric surface-traction systems in 45 cities and replaced them with their filthy GM buses. At the time, 90 percent of all trips in the U.S. were by clean electric rail.

  • Tell Congress to stop foolishness

    To the editor: Regardless of one’s political affiliation, I think we can all agree our nation is facing a severe economic crisis. Pointing fingers and laying blame will accomplish little.

    Finding solutions to ease the pain of people should be our government’s first concern.

  • Shocked by parade behavior

    To the editor: I believe everyone should be held accountable for their actions—adults and children alike.

    My family and I attended the Shallotte Christmas parade. I have never been so appalled by the actions of grown women and men in an environment where everyone around you can see and hear everything that you do.

    I have never encountered such disregard and disrespect for others than I did that day.

  • The meaning of Christmas

    To the editor: While driving through Shallotte a few days ago, I noticed a strange message on the marquee of a local restaurant.

    It read: “It’s called CHRISTmas.”

    Strange, because many other establishments have no qualms about celebrating the Holy Day; however, to avoid offending anyone, they attempt to be politically correct and omit Jesus.

    No thought is given about offending Christians who know Jesus is the reason for the very existence of Christmas.

     

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 3

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerks Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    Bryan Matthew Abrams, improper equipment, costs; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

    Michelle Beach Adkins, unsafe movement, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

  • Grand jury indictments for Dec. 8

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Gary L. Locklear with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Dec. 8:

    Daniel Eugene Beverly Jr., 34, of 1597 Sunny Trail, Leland; felony indecent liberties with child, two counts felony first-degree rape child, two counts felony first-degree sex offense child.

    Julius L. Brown, 18, of 1244 Zack St., Bolivia; felony robbery with dangerous weapon.