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Today's Opinions

  • Attending RNC was an honor

    To the editor:

    It was an honor to be one of the three delegates from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, and the only one from Southport and from Brunswick County, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The convention could not have been run more smoothly and with such a high level of security without planning by Cleveland, the RNC and more than 3,000 volunteers and about 3,000 security officers who kept planned protestors from even wanting to come to Cleveland.

  • What ‘destitute’ really means

    To the editor:

    Today I am so much wealthier than I was 19 hours ago! The reason is because of finding out the meaning of the word “destitute.”

  • Purpose of Black Lives Matter is confusing

    To the editor:

    So, Black Lives Matter? Some, most, all? I am truly confused.

    Two black men, one in Baton Rouge, La., and the other in Minneapolis, were shot and killed by police officers. Those killings initiated demonstrations once again and some violence in several cities across the country by this group, Black Lives Matter, much as it had in Ferguson, Mo., where another black man was shot and killed by a police officer.

  • Task force offers hope

    To the editor:

    It was encouraging to read about the success of the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force. The explosion of heroin in Brunswick County and surrounding counties continues the destruction of young men and women in quantities never before seen.

    Untreated addiction to drugs and alcohol has no happy ending. At best, an addict can look forward to death, prison or a body and mind riddled with disease (I’ll spare you the details).

  • No summer vacation from allergies

    The other week, I took my youngest cat, Mimi, to the vet for an overdue dental cleaning. As friendly as she is, she, like her two older brothers, gets frightened when I take her away from our home for any reason.

    At the veterinarian’s office, Mimi doesn’t throw a hissing, growling and spitting tantrum like her 14-old-brother Linus or cower in her carrier, trying to shrink into a tiny ball, like her 14-pound brother Pepper. Her defense mechanism of choice is to try to shed as much of her plush coat as possible at one time without going bald.

  • You decide: Is there a winner in the investment boxing match?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Like many, I mourned Muhammad Ali. I watched Ali rise through the ranks of boxing’s heavyweight division and admired his skill and tenacity. Of course, I was also sad to see him in pain in the latter years of his life.

    Boxing is popular to some, in part, because it is a one-on-one competition where it’s easy to determine who is responsible for the win and the loss.

  • The world could use many more Day Kreuzbergs

    To the editor:

    There are people in our community who give so much and, when we lose them, there is a hole in the community. One such person lost recently is Day Kreuzberg. Day embraced the community he called home to do his part.

    A champion of animal welfare in Brunswick County, he served on the Paws-Ability board as treasurer for five years. This past year, he served as director of logistics, negotiating and managing contracts, services and needs for our various fundraising activities.

  • Flag etiquette refresher in order

    To the editor:

    I attended a small Fourth of July parade over the holiday and was flabbergasted that I was the only adult in sight with her hand over her heart when the flag passed.

    Here’s a refresher on the rules for showing respect for our flag, and the country it represents: According to the U.S. Code, your hand should be placed over your heart (current and former military may salute) during the national anthem, the pledge, when the flag is being raised or lowered and when it passes in review, like at the beginning of a parade.