Today's Opinions

  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Stop growth of government

    To the editor: John Heidtke’s column states the benefits of sheriff’s patrol of the Brunswick County waterways. I don’t question the benefit, but I question whether this is a wise use of personnel and resources considering the current economic situation.

    Heidtke implies the patrol may have stopped a series of burglaries that happened two years ago. I ask how many boats and personnel would it take to prevent that type of activity, and where do you think those boats will be at 2 or 3 a.m. when the thieves are on the prowl?

  • The truth shall prevail

    To the editor: Balderdash! A witch-hunt, a wild goose chase and a bunch of lying hooligans...enough is enough. This is not about party affiliations, Republicans or Democrats, it’s about telling the truth.

    Anyone who has ever met Mr. R.C. Soles, a 17-term senator, would immediately know he was a gentleman, and not a wolf in sheep’s clothing as Stacey Scott said he was.

    Stacey Scott’s “I was high on drugs” excuse for telling a bald-face lie, will never be a “good enough” excuse, not now and not ever.

  • Don't stifle voices

    To the editor: Canaries sing incessantly. For someone desiring absolute peace and quiet, they are by no means the ideal pet. But if we would hear the “Song of Life,” a canary is essential.

    I understand early coal miners carried canaries underground with them. A break in their song or one found dead in his cage indicated the presence of noxious fumes and the possibility of a lethal explosion. When the canaries stopped singing, the miners quickly got out of the mine.

  • Senator Soles and his philanthropy

    To the editor: I find it most interesting that many readers, such as myself, are always asking the media to print more positive stories and events. Yet, I am amazed at what the public and media try to make out of people doing good.

    I saw that Senator Soles had said he set up a charitable foundation to do some good things after he died. The senator has said that he has been blessed financially. Why do we condemn and automatically become suspicious when he said he thought he would do some good while he was living?

  • Upset about distemper outbreak

    To the editor: I was watching the news recently and would like to voice my opinion.

    The county failed to inform citizens that distemper was going around in time for us to get treatment for our animals.

    I myself have lost three animals to this because we were not told about this. The county just covered it up and said we couldn’t adopt any animals because they were sick.

    I think it’s a shame the county didn’t tell us in time to get the proper medical treatment for our pets.

  • Numbers will be my undoing

    There’s nothing people in my business love to hate more than numbers.

    That’s why reporters tend to rely on what other people tell us. Unfortunately, a hasty estimation on my part, which I failed to check with another source, recently resulted in a public backlash I haven’t experienced since I wrote about Bibles in school. (Google my name. It still pops up on atheist Web sites.)

    Let me explain.