Today's Opinions

  • Jane Lawson

    Jane Carol Lawson, 73, of Southport, died suddenly May 8.

    She was born on Aug. 2, 1936, in Attica, Mich., daughter of the late Fred and Mary Swain. She was the sister of the late Bob Swain.

    She worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 15 years before retiring to St. James Plantation with husband Robert in 1995. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church for years, and had a deep passion for travel and golf.

  • Successful prayer event

    To the editor: I want to thank everyone who supported the National Day of Prayer event at Rourk Park on May 6. The event had the largest crowd, about 90 people, since I organized the first one seven years ago.

    I also want to thank all the pastors and laity who participated in the event. A special thank you to Marty Cooke, who provided the sound system and Al Parker, who took time to erect the banner for the event.

    Rev. Richard C. Vaughan

    NDP local coordinator

  • Paws-Ability appreciates support

    To the editor: Paws-Ability recently hosted its inaugural celebrity golf tournament at St. James Plantation in Southport on Saturday, April 24. We sincerely appreciate the support of St. James Plantation and our many sponsors, silent auction donors, tournament participants, volunteers and the community in making this event such a success.

  • Aren’t we in a fiscal crisis?

    To the editor: The governor wants to spend $4.7 million ($10 million total) for a feasibility study on the new port at Southport. This is in addition to the $30 million the state still owes the federal government for the current Wilmington Harbor Project.

    And let’s not forget the $225,000 the state is spending on a study for a new road to the port when the land for the port is still unpaid ($30 million).

    I thought we were in a fiscal crisis? So far, the state is in hock for $60 million and the governor wants to add millions to that total.

  • Honored by those who came out to vote

    To the editor: I worked the polls on Election Day, campaigning for Frank Iler at the Methodist Church on Oak Island. The rain was pounding at times and the wind was cranky enough to discourage voter participation and encourage voter complacency.

    And yet, a man came out to vote who had lost both his legs in the Vietnam War. I know this because I commented (in awe and admiration) to my fellow campaigners about this fellow and was told his story.

  • Stereotypes about bikers don’t always apply anymore

    According to the dominant archetype in popular culture, the motorcycle rider is a disrespectful criminal with no regard for the law or other human beings. They’re ready to fight anyone who gets in their way and to do whatever it takes to maintain their “freedom”—even kill.

    They’re loud, offensive and crude and don’t care if people know it.

    The image has been used over and over again in movies such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild Ones.”

  • What should the government’s role be in providing non-essential services?

    A recent letter to the editor has stirred some good responses from the community. The letter brought up the discussion about the government’s role in providing social and quality-of-life services.

  • Difficult decisions are ahead because of financial constraints

    In light of a struggling economy, the reality is tough decisions are going to have to be made when local government officials put together budgets for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners got a taste of that recently when it had its budget workshops. Officials looked at a number of ways to generate new and increased revenue and also explored possible cuts and decreases.