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Today's Opinions

  • Enjoyed music program

    To the editor: Last Tuesday evening, West Brunswick High School was at Odell Williamson Auditorium for a music program. Thank you to all who contributed. I was especially moved to tears when the young men in the a capella choir did a tribute to their classmate Jake Moseley who had died earlier in a car wreck.

    They sang “Amazing Grace” and then one young man stepped to the microphone prayed a prayer, which was both touching and powerful. I wasn’t alone in wiping tears.

  • Ingram Planetarium gets state-of-the art upgrade

    After going dark for the past month, Ingram Planetarium is set to light up the night sky this coming weekend when it partakes in grand opening events to mark the installation of its new high-definition digital projection system.

  • New smoking bill is a matter of public health

    When the state’s new smoking bill goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in all state government buildings and vehicles as well as public restaurants and bars.

    The measure is a breath of fresh air for North Carolina citizens.

    While some may argue smoking is an individual right—and one the government shouldn’t get involved in—the reality is smoking in public affects far more than just the person puffing on a cigarette.

  • Publishers Clearing House might be looking for me

    The new Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office South Substation hadn’t even opened yet when Publishers Clearing House showed up at its door.

    It’s proof that pigs fly and something had frozen over in mid May (consider this week’s unusually low temperatures).

    But what it really demonstrates is the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Elite Team actually does exist.

    Oh, sure, I and 200 million other Americans had been skeptical for the past 42 years, ever since the first Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes launched in 1967.

  • Seat belt safety important to remember in light of recent fatalities

    Saferoads.org, an advocate for highway and auto safety Web site, reports 55 percent of those killed in traffic crashes in 2006 were not wearing seat belts.

    As we know, the two West Brunswick students who died after a fatal car wreck earlier this month were not wearing seat belts. Two of the three passengers that survived were wearing seat belts at the time of impact.

    At times like these, it’s always a question of, “What if?”

  • What has happened to the school board?

    To the editor: What has happened to the Brunswick County Board of Education? Their leadership has never been great, and I think it’s time for a new board.

    Last year, when it came to an appointment to the Brunswick Community College board, the board chairman told Ray Gilbert they would appoint a black person next time, but Shirley Babson stated after they appointed another white this time, there is always another time.

  • Food first, what's next?

    To the editor: Democrats have proposed the taxing of sugary drinks and other “unhealthy” foods to help fund the healthcare “overhaul.”

    When it is determined the tax on soda, chips, etc. aren’t teaching us to live more healthy lifestyles (or getting them enough money for their massive programs), Congress will be open to another tax to another food service or activity they deem “unhealthy.” There is no end to the excise taxes they can impose on us.

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.