Today's Opinions

  • If transparency becomes a partisan issue, why would anyone want to be on the other side?

    Here we go again.

    For a president who campaigned on transparency, things sure are murky around the Obama White House these days.

    After near constant campaign promises of increased transparency on all things White House-related—specifically healthcare reform—President Barack Obama has failed to make good on his promise.

    The House passed their behemoth healthcare reform bill in November, and then the Senate delivered the same on Christmas Eve.

    Then it was lights out on healthcare reform.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance 2009 Report

    To the editor: On behalf of Brunswick County residents in crisis, the board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) would like to express our gratitude to the community of Brunswick County for their generosity in aiding the county’s neediest. Specifically, BFA in 2009 distributed:

    •$374,000 in food (183 tons) to 3,051 households with 9,546 affected people.

    •$139,000 in heating and utilities to 1,701 households.

    •$158,000 in rental assistance and emergency shelter to 484 households.

  • Help to Haiti comes in many forms in Brunswick County

    When the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, thousands of people were killed and even more were injured.

    With little sound infrastructure in place, it was immediately clear rescue and relief efforts originating beyond Haiti’s borders would be key in survival for a country devastated by this natural disaster.

    Here in Brunswick County, many residents wanted to know how they could help. Some took to aiding national organizations, like the American Red Cross, with fundraising efforts aimed at assisting those in need.

  • SOS weekend a unique scene for a murder mystery

    Dancing, carousing and celebrating a love of beach music are the main things associated with the Society of Stranders (SOS) weekend in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The “Stranders” are fun-loving souls, dedicated to keeping beach music and the king of East Coast dances, the shag, alive and well. Their SOS weekends are all about fun and frivolity.

    But what if something unthinkable happened during an SOS event? What if, shagging with your BFFs at Fat Harold’s some night, you stumbled upon a grisly murder scene? What if you were wrongly suspected of the crime?

  • Study outlines DWI problems in Brunswick County; next step: a strategic plan

    There are a lot of misconceptions about who is drinking and driving in Brunswick County, Jayne Mathews, a member of the Brunswick’s Alcohol Fatality Committee (AFC), said Friday morning at a meeting of the Brunswick Resource Coalition.

  • Opposing smoking in public places

    To the editor: As a smoker early in life and a non-smoker for the last 40 years, I’m opposed to smoking (in all forms) in public places.

    I found Ed Wilson’s editorial cartoon (December 2009) a hard-hitting warning of what is to come. It quickly and effectively tells the story without a lot of words, which so often can lose the reader.

    Good work, Ed.

  • Let undocumented students get an education

    To the editor: You state that taxpayer dollars support community colleges. In this you are correct. You neglect to mention, however, that undocumented workers also pay taxes, and in fact often pay a greater proportion of their lower-than-average wages.

    You also ignore the basic facts of financing community colleges in North Carolina. Tuition pays little of the cost of educating students, so the opportunity to charge out of state tuition would be a windfall for Brunswick Community College.

  • Supports snow delay decision

    To the editor: In response to the two-hour delay the writer insists isn’t needed, I have to say she just doesn’t get it.

    Snow was not the issue, but 34-degree ground temps with the possibility of rapidly falling temps on wet bridges and overpasses were the cause.

    Give our school system a break. They are making decisions based on advice from NCDOT and the NWS with the safety of our school children in their hands.