Today's Opinions

  • Doesn't want gas chamber

    To the editor: How terribly sad and depressing it is that in this modern day, we, as a society, still condone the terrible suffering of our animals through the horrendous and brutal use of a gas chamber.

    Dogs and cats were domesticated by us to become our companions, protectors and at times, our providers. We are the ones who made them dependent on us for their survival.

    It is through our own greed and stupidity we have allowed a population of unwanted and homeless

  • Bonds form over small things, but they can last a lifetime

    Last week, I begrudgingly said a final goodbye to a friend from my younger days who knew how to make me smile no matter what was going on in my life.

    I’d known Konji Harrison since we started sixth grade at South Brunswick Middle School, where I became used to seeing his infectious grin every day. I marveled at the number of friends he made on a regular basis—black, white, male, female, it didn’t matter.

  • The Flash Gordon wannabe

    To the editor: One morning, I was watching “Fox and Friends” when Geraldo Rivera, a Fox commentator, appeared.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why anyone would pay this space cadet to express his opinion, except to lamely fulfill the “balanced” half of the station’s motto. He has no expertise except the uncanny ability to show up when someone or something has just died.

  • A no-kill shelter

    To the editor: The term “no-kill” animal shelter has been bandied about lately by everyone, including county officials, but it is apparent not everyone understands what it means.

    No-kill means not killing any companion animal that is potentially adoptable just because they: aren’t the right color; are too old; are arbitrarily labeled unadoptable; are disabled, sick or injured; have behavioral issues; are deemed “vicious” or the facility just doesn’t have space for them.

  • Parker is acting like a politician

    To the editor: Having personally attended Gary Parker’s recent information meeting to discuss the proposed Sunset Beach Park, it was sad he neglected to provide the complete details of the decision-making behind this saga.

    He boasted the town was spending $3.75 million for the property that’s appraised at $4.65 million, but he failed to offer that the property in question is assessed at only $2.56 million, and the town had previously contracted to purchase it for $4.25 million.

  • Thanks for kindness

    To the editor: We were at the Brunswick Bowling Center on Saturday, Oct. 30, and bowled several games each. Upon leaving, we were told the gentleman and young man in the lane next to us had paid for both of us to bowl our games.

    We hope he sees this special “thank you” from us and knows his generosity is appreciated. It is nice to know there are still people who are kind-hearted and “pay it forward.”

    He was our blessing that day, and we hope he is blessed for his deed. Thank you again.

  • Now is the time to pay close attention to election laws

    Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore has admitted a mistake was made last week when a press release was sent from his office announcing his plans to run for re-election.

    The misstep was immediately reported to officials, and it was later determined it did not violate election laws.

    However, the issue can serve as an important reminder to all those seeking political office. Now is the time to educate yourself about the state’s campaign laws.

  • Sheriff’s ACE team working to make county safer

    Almost 200 intoxicated drivers were taken off Brunswick County roadways in 2009 thanks to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.

    The team, which receives funding through a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, targets intoxicated drivers and other driving-related offenses.

    Through their efforts, some 3,328 driving, drug and alcohol-related citations were issued in 2009, a significant increase over previous years, according to the sergeant who oversees the ACE team.