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Today's Opinions

  • Schedule some family fun at Fort Fisher

    As someone who helped pull together a bowling/pizza party for my daughter’s 7th birthday after returning home from a four-day business trip, I know the need for families to spend time together.

    The whole morning before the party, my daughter was saying, “I can’t stop smiling. I’m so excited.” That made it all worthwhile. Parties, outings, just spending time together are the kinds of thing parents remember about their children as they grow up and start to spend less and less time with their families.

  • The issue of human trafficking

    To the editor: We recently read your article about the arrests of women for prostitution and illegal massages. We want to bring to your attention the issue of human trafficking.

    Human trafficking has been referred to as “modern day slavery” because a victim is forced to work against his or her will by using force, fraud or coercion. Victims who may be forced into prostitution have been physically restrained, forced to work to “repay” a debt or had their families threatened.

  • Do a background check

    To the editor: Obviously, everyone is trying to save money and get the most out of their dollar. There are several simple solutions to [Calabash administrator Jeremy] Cribb’s background, education and experience conflicts, such as requiring college transcripts regarding all education, as well as high school diplomas and transcripts.

    A transcript having low grades should be a clear indication of possible trouble.

    Check with prior employers and see if they have processed a background check on this same person. Personally, check out a job seeker’s references.

  • Harsh sentences for sex offenders

    To the editor: I have been a resident of Brunswick County for many years, and I am a native North Carolinian. Over the years, I have seen the judicial system become more and more lenient toward sex offenders.

    That is probably because there are now so many people who have no more pride and human dignity that the jails can hardly hold them. That is why I would like to start a group that advocates going back to the days when such offenders are executed or spend their entire lives making gravel out of large rocks.

  • New bill won’t solve healthcare crisis

    To the editor: Stop the runaway train headed for a wreck known as The Affordable Health Choices Act. The Democrats in the U. S. Senate and House have named this bill the exact opposite of what it is.

    It isn’t affordable—just listen to the analysis of the Congressional Budget Office. They say it will result in unheard of deficits and will not reform healthcare. Congress relies heavily on that office’s analysis; there is no reason to not do so now.

  • Obama didn't get a free pass

    To the editor: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read Ms. Curran’s July 9 opinion: “Somewhere in New York, Katie Couric is probably laughing.”

    Why? Couric simply asked Sarah Palin which publications she normally reads and Palin could think of none. Roe v. Wade was the only Supreme Court decision she could think of. Palin exposed her own ignorance.

    Ms. Curran made the incredulous statement: “During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama got a free pass.”

  • Calabash has successful Fourth of July event

    Hats off to all the folks in and around Calabash for putting together a successful Fourth of July event on Friday, July 3.

    With music, giveaways and more, an estimated crowd of about 10,000 gathered around the docks and waterfront in Calabash for its first fireworks display. The show was a good one, with patriotic music playing while red, white and blue pyrotechnics exploded over the waterway. Launched from Devaun Park, the fireworks lit up the sky and sent the crowd into cheers.

  • Holden Beach man wrangles up small alligator, sets it free in safer waters

    It was the crowd that first got his attention. More than 100 people gathered around the edge of the shore at Holden Beach on the busy Fourth of July weekend staring into the water.

    When Holden Beach resident Johnny Booth approached the crowd last Friday, his eyes peered toward the water to see what the fuss was about. He wondered at first if someone might have drowned or been in trouble in the water.

    Eventually, his eyes landed on a small alligator about 30 feet offshore, and a good mile away from the pier.