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Today's Opinions

  • Get paid to shop, mystery shopping opportunities available locally

    Two of my favorite things go hand-in-hand—shopping and money.

    To shop, you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get paid to shop?

    The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a worldwide organization that provides mystery shoppers the chance to make money while shopping and performing market research.

    “Our member companies work with their clients to establish mechanisms to measure and improve levels of service,” its Web site states.

  • Census-taking counts--for people and job opportunities

    LAURA LEWIS

    Now is the time for qualified enumerators to count the people of their country.

    Looking for a job, anyone?

    Check out the U.S. Census Bureau, which is still looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to perform various jobs during the history-making, milestone-setting year of Census 2010.

    Employment benefits include good, weekly pay, flexible hours and a chance to travel.

    Census-takers, after all, are pioneers in a way.

  • Supports MacCullum

    To the editor: Did you know that: a) The clerk of the superior court is a judicial position? b) The clerk is a probate judge? c) The clerk is responsible for management of all the information files regarding the thousands of lawsuits, liens, judgments, etc. submitted every year? d) The clerk manages the actions of 70 employees who, among other things, serve the public by filing documents and staffing courtrooms? e) The clerk acts as a controller receiving, accounting for and disbursing millions of dollars collected each year in court fees, fines, etc?

  • Stop use of gas chamber

    To the editor: (Letter was sent to Brunswick County commissioners Phil Norris, J. Martin Cooke, Charles Warren, Scott Phillips and William Sue.)

    Inhumane: unmoved by the suffering of others, cruel, brutal, unkind.

    It is apparent the Brunswick County commissioners are either unfamiliar with this term or they just refuse to recognize it. Shame on you all.

    It is said the true measure of the worth of a society is found in its treatment of its animals. It appears the society

    fostered by the Brunswick County commissioners is a miserable failure.

  • Doesn't want mailing

    To the editor: Today, Feb. 4, a form letter from Mark A. Saunders, CEO of The Coastal Companies, arrived in the mail. It was addressed to me by name but would seem to be one that many or all of Ocean Ridge Plantation residents/owners have also gotten.

    The letter circuitously refers to a lawsuit filed without specifying against whom but implying, because “The Coastal Companies is fighting back for you…” that the suit is filed against it.

  • Voters can force change

    To the editor: We were made huge promises when we first began investing with Bernie back in ’35.

    “Your money is safe with me, and it will be there when you need it! It’s in a locked box and I alone have the key! You can trust me…”

    Well, who wouldn’t trust Bernie? Just look at that face! And, after all, he kept his word to the first few of us who needed our money. Of course, his personal budget was becoming enormous, but who noticed? I can trust Bernie.

  • Supports Wilson for clerk

    To the editor: This letter is in response to Ms. Achterberg’s letter in support of an attorney for clerk. I was shocked at her lack of recognition of the current Clerk of Superior Court, Cheryl Cheers Wilson’s experience in the legal field.

    Here are the facts surrounding the clerk’s position: North Carolina State statutes do not require that position to be held by an attorney. Out of 100 counties in the state, only 20 counties have attorneys in this position.

  • Not doing things behind closed doors

    To the editor: Rich Cerrato believes the government of Sunset Beach is somehow corrupt by my having meetings at Sandpiper Bay and Sea Trail on the proposed park.

    Three council members were present at the Sea Trail meeting, and two were present at the Sandpiper Bay meeting. They are property owners in the developments and were attending as members of those POAs.