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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Puma Travels to Italy’ the first book (of many?) for local author, illustrator

    Ever think about seeing the world from your pet’s perspective? What would they enjoy seeing and experiencing on a trip to Europe or South America?

    OK. Maybe you haven’t thought of that, but it’s the kind of thing your kids and grandkids may daydream about when they spend time with your dogs and cats.

    So what better way to introduce them to geography, history and reading than by telling stories about far-off places from a dog’s-eye-view?

  • Reader feedback, interaction important to newspaper's growth, survival

     When newspaper people get together, we often swap war stories about things that have happened to us in the business.

    Like many professionals who are proud, we sometimes talk about things we’ve done well, awards garnered, favorite pieces written, photos we’ll never forget and people who’ve shared amazing stories with us.

  • Terminal groin project could be started here

    In a close vote last week, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) voted 8-5 to recommend to the state General Assembly that the use of terminal groins could be feasible when used in conjunction with beach renourishment.

    That’s a step in the right direction for officials who have been pushing for terminal groins, like Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith.

    Now, the decision about whether terminal groins will become a possibility goes to the General Assembly.

  • Discerning the politics from the 'politi-facts' of healthcare reform

    I don’t know what’s more outrageous—the fact that no one who voted for it knows exactly what’s included in the healthcare overhaul or the fact anyone is surprised Congress and the president are in the proverbial dark about the legislation.

    I mean, as Vice President Joe Biden said, this is a big deal. Well, he said a little more than that, but this is a family-friendly newspaper, so I won’t repeat it.

  • Must love dogs (and cats and any other helpless animal that happens by)

    I’m a sucker for animals. The sadder they look, the more pathetic they are, the more I want to help them.

    It started when I picked my miniature pinscher Thor out from a litter about 12 years ago. He was the runt. He was smaller than the palm of my hand, and while his siblings were busy fattening up, he was by himself. When I picked him up and he nuzzled my hand with his eyes closed, I knew I wanted him.

  • Sometimes it’s just best to let sleeping children be sleeping children

    A child’s first Easter egg hunt is always an important milestone.

    In my mind I pictured little girls clad in pink dresses, their hair pinned back with pink-and-white ribbons. The boys were dressed in khaki slacks and pastel button-down shirts, and brown or black oxford shoes. The little boys and girls would wander around a yard or park clutching their baskets, giggling and looking for eggs.

    In reality, children’s Easter egg hunts are much different. It’s a free-for-all.

  • Time to oust McIntyre

    To the editor: A few weeks ago, Mike McIntyre said he was not for the healthcare bill. Then he lost his backbone and a special interest group spent thousands of dollars on TV ads saying that, “Mike was standing tall for you.”

    If standing tall in a political cesspool is standing tall, may we all forever stand short. Before the final vote, Mike said he was again not for the bill because of the cost. What a pathetic answer.

  • Anointed Vessels Ministry brings home story of Jesus, just in time for Easter

    There’s something intimate yet impressive about outdoor dramas. The large-scale setting allows more freedom to create more expansive sets and less time having to set up and take down scenery between scenes.

    It’s also certainly a more casual atmosphere for the audience, which can lead to a closer emotional connection to the action.