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Today's Opinions

  • Ingram Planetarium’s stars shine bright

    I was pleased to learn the town of Sunset Beach released a $15,000 capital grant to Ingram Planetarium. As a trustee of the foundation that oversees the planetarium, I am grateful for the town’s support of this important tourist attraction and educational facility.

    I am concerned, however, about some of the comments made at the Sunset Beach town meeting and the manner in which they were reported in the local press.

  • Where’s the bailout for seniors?

    To the editor: How come all the sudden our government has all this money to bail out all these big companies, but they can’t bail out those in poverty and senior citizens?

    We have to suffer so all the CEOs and presidents and vice presidents and board members can be cozy and comfortable in their big homes not knowing what and how the little people are really doing and what we have to deal with to survive.

  • BFA thanks contributors

    To the editor: In October, Brunswick Family Assistance re-evaluated the devastating effect our economy has had on our less fortunate neighbors.

    It was determined we needed to initiate a blitz campaign while temporarily reducing expenses and services to support these individuals during these extreme times while maintaining our financial stability.

    Thanks to you, the Brunswick County community, we have raised more than $70,000, significant amounts of food and increased volunteer support. This will allow us to continue to provide essential services into the New Year.

  • It’s not all about the gifts

    I recently had the opportunity to see a wonderful Christmas drama called “Journey to the Manger” at Ocean View Baptist Church.

    It was a full-on musical production filled with great songs, a terrific story and solid performances by the cast and choir. It also contained an important message for any Christmas, but especially this year’s holiday season: It’s not about the gifts.

  • Are you feeling lucky? Go ahead and make your day!

    “There’s many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip”

    —An old English proverb

    One of my FBI associates made an interesting and astute observation in his recent letter to the editor: “North Carolina does not recognize a ‘citizen’s arrest.’”

    Apparently, he is right.

  • Problems with homeowners insurance

    To the editor: Anyone in North Carolina who either has or is contemplating purchasing homeowners insurance needs to be aware of what the state’s new insurance commissioner has called “a ticking time bomb.”

    Recently elected insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin takes office next month following his mentor, Jim Long, who served 24 years as insurance commissioner before deciding not to run for re-election.

  • Housing market needs spurring

    To the editor: With our nation in the midst of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Congress must be willing to take bold and decisive action to spur a housing and economic recovery.

    Unless we are able to halt the slide in home prices, the nation’s housing and economic woes will continue to grow even worse. This is why a robust housing component must be an integral part of the new economic stimulus package under consideration by the incoming Obama administration and new Congress.

  • Increasing rental rates?

    To the editor: It seems strange with a downturn in the economy, rental rates at Holden Beach seem to be rising.

    Is there so much demand any price will be paid, or are the middle-income people being voted out by overpricing the rentals by the owners and landlords?