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Today's Opinions

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.

  • Sad, shocking events in Brunswick County leave community numb

    My mind is numb from the goings-on of last week.

    It was as if the community has been in mourning for Ronald Hewett and the sheriff’s department, and rightly so.

    I think we were all stunned and in disbelief from the allegations we read and heard both on television and in print.

    I know full well there are folks on both sides of the aisle who support or denounce Ronald Hewett. I’ve known him personally for almost 30 years, and I know that whatever judgment is handed down, he will stand tall in the saddle.

  • Readers give differing views of sheriff situation

    To the editor: I have lived in Brunswick County since 1983. I worked the polls for Ronald Hewett. I believed in him then and I believe in him now.

    I remember when he had people shooting at his home; I even saw the bullet holes. No wonder he moved off the road, and who else is supposed to watch his property if not the law?

    I know I would have but I’m just a citizen of Brunswick County. Now we can’t have that, so whose job is it?

  • McIntyre gives local update

    To the editor: As Brunswick County’s representative in the U.S. Congress, I am constantly striving to meet the many challenges this wonderful county faces.

    From beach renourishment to economic development, from agriculture to education and veterans’ healthcare, I appreciate the partnership we have formed and the results we have achieved in moving Brunswick County forward.

  • Give sand trucks a holiday, too

    To the editor: I am an owner of an oceanfront property on Holden Beach and have been aware that beach renourishment was scheduled for some time on our part of the beach.

    I contacted town hall several times prior to a meeting in November and then again for Christmas 2007. There was no set date.

    My husband was at the beach in February this year for 10 days and there was no activity. I assumed the renourishment was put on hold for this year.

  • Book about Jones is enlightening

    To the editor: In the midst of this past week’s news concerning our sheriff, I have been busy promoting the book “Out With Three: The Murder and Betrayal of Bald Head Island Police Officer Davina Buff Jones.”

    Timing is truly everything. From the first proof I read around Thanksgiving 2007, to our initial printed books arriving appropriately on Valentine’s Day 2008, to our second order coming on the holiday of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I know wholeheartedly this is all God’s timing.

  • Amount of cheap labor appalling

    To the editor: I’ve been following the news both in the paper and on TV concerning the indictment against Ron Hewett. I’m writing to put a different spin on the controversy.

    I am appalled at the low dollar amount that has been attached to the embezzlement charges. As a private citizen, I have had trees removed from my property.

    I would love to have had access to “cheap labor” like Mr. Hewett did when he had his 52 trees removed.

    Unfortunately in my case, I found the charge was per tree, and quite high, I might add.

  • County lacks checks and balances

    To the editor: Ms. Curran’s article was “right on”; Ms. Sloan’s article that rationalizes theft was deplorable!

    We have all been bruised by life. On the way up, everyone is your friend; on the way down, it is a feeding frenzy.

    Mr. Hewett will find out who are his true friends. I truly feel for him, but I don’t excuse him. He will be a better person after this matter passes on.

    Like our local governments, there are no checks and balances in our system; no place for one to go to file a grievance without fear of retaliation.