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Today's Opinions

  • New 911 center critical to county

    In a crisis, many people think of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics as their first responders.

    But more often than not today, before they arrive at a scene, it is the dispatcher who answers the 911 call upon whom we must rely for determining the appropriate course of action.

    Sight unseen and with lighting speed, these telecommunications professionals serve as a lifeline not just for those immediately facing an emergency, but also for the public safety personnel who respond to it.

  • Exceeding speed limits is always unlawful

    Social media was abuzz last week about theN.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s latestcampaign to crack down on motorists who speed on state roads.

    “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” was billed as an enforcement blitz scheduled between March 24 and April 3 to target drivers who violate speed limits.

  • Taken aback by Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    I believe Ted Janes’ comments in last week’s edition ring true with much more than the majority of the citizens and taxpayers of Sunset Beach. I attended the June 21 council meeting, my first. Prior to going, I had asked a local business owner if he was going. He laughed, shook his head and said: “Kangaroo court!” Wow, his comment was spot on as well.

  • Attending RNC was an honor

    To the editor:

    It was an honor to be one of the three delegates from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, and the only one from Southport and from Brunswick County, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The convention could not have been run more smoothly and with such a high level of security without planning by Cleveland, the RNC and more than 3,000 volunteers and about 3,000 security officers who kept planned protestors from even wanting to come to Cleveland.

  • What ‘destitute’ really means

    To the editor:

    Today I am so much wealthier than I was 19 hours ago! The reason is because of finding out the meaning of the word “destitute.”

  • Purpose of Black Lives Matter is confusing

    To the editor:

    So, Black Lives Matter? Some, most, all? I am truly confused.

    Two black men, one in Baton Rouge, La., and the other in Minneapolis, were shot and killed by police officers. Those killings initiated demonstrations once again and some violence in several cities across the country by this group, Black Lives Matter, much as it had in Ferguson, Mo., where another black man was shot and killed by a police officer.

  • Task force offers hope

    To the editor:

    It was encouraging to read about the success of the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force. The explosion of heroin in Brunswick County and surrounding counties continues the destruction of young men and women in quantities never before seen.

    Untreated addiction to drugs and alcohol has no happy ending. At best, an addict can look forward to death, prison or a body and mind riddled with disease (I’ll spare you the details).

  • No summer vacation from allergies

    The other week, I took my youngest cat, Mimi, to the vet for an overdue dental cleaning. As friendly as she is, she, like her two older brothers, gets frightened when I take her away from our home for any reason.

    At the veterinarian’s office, Mimi doesn’t throw a hissing, growling and spitting tantrum like her 14-old-brother Linus or cower in her carrier, trying to shrink into a tiny ball, like her 14-pound brother Pepper. Her defense mechanism of choice is to try to shed as much of her plush coat as possible at one time without going bald.