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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help at wreck

    Many of you know there was a tragic car accident in front of Brunswick Community Hospital on Friday, Aug. 15.

    I would like to express appreciation to the many local agencies that responded to the scene. Responders from Brunswick County EMS, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol and several local fire and EMS agencies were on the scene within minutes. In addition, Brunswick Electric had a crew on-site to restore power to the hospital. Each of these agencies arrived quickly and showed dedication to this community and our hospital.

  • AAA supports boat trailer ban

    Gov. Mike Easley was right when he vetoed House Bill 2167 that would have allowed, without permits, appropriate safety information or time-of-day or night restrictions, boats of a width of 8.5 feet or more to be hauled on the narrowest of North Carolina’s highways.

  • Support emerges for governor's veto of H.B. 2167

    The Highway Patrol supports Gov. Easley’s veto of H.B. 2167. This legislation, if it becomes law, would allow wider boat trailers on our highways both during the day and at night.

    The Highway Patrol’s concern with this legislation is that 9-foot-wide boats traveling on our highways at night, when visibility is limited, will increase collisions. In addition, we asked the General Assembly to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers to .04 that is consistent with the standard for commercial motor vehicles.

  • Thanks to county animal services

    In September 2007 and again last week, two employees with Brunswick County Animal Services were truly heroes in the services they performed on my behalf.

    Being an impossible lover of animals, someone who cannot resist feeding one or more that seems hungry or lost, these two employees rescued me from impossibly sad situations; namely, Colleen Patterson and Dewey Williams.

  • Understanding the political hack

    Political hacks do nothing. You know them and you’ve seen them; they are all around you.

    I used to be a registered Democrat, until Roe vs. Wade, and then my Christian upbringing came into play. How could I belong to a party that believed in killing the unborn? I couldn’t.

  • It's better to give than to trash

    I happened to be in a local store recently when two employees passed by with flat carts loaded with about eight to 10 porch rockers. Another employee inquired where the chairs were being taken and was told they were being taken to the Dumpster to be crushed. The prices of the chairs had not been reduced from the original $78, and all were in good condition except for superficial scratches.

  • Explanation deserved

    As someone who has known John Floyd since we were both small boys playing football in my aunt’s front yard, competing against each other on the Little League diamond, playing side by side on the football field in high school, and as someone who watched his successful college career at ECU and his very successful coaching career afterward, I was elated when I read he had been hired as athletic director once again at West Brunswick. I knew he had finally come home to what he loved.

  • Board of education says it will change course, thankfully

    What happened to John Floyd should have never happened.

    Floyd, a former West Brunswick High School athletics director, reassumed the AD position he had years ago earlier this month. For two weeks, he dutifully fulfilled the role, replacing Marcia Heady who took another position at Shallotte Middle School.

    His signed contract needed only to be approved by the board of education at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug.12. But at that meeting, the board chose not to approve the hiring recommendation.

    Why?