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Today's Opinions

  • The list goes on and on

    To the editor: Today’s media headlines make me painfully aware of the following clear violations of American laws, regulations and just plain old good behavior: a $50 billion fraud perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, in plain sight of whistle blowers and the SEC; illegal aliens crossing the U.S. border in uncontrolled droves, with every law enforcement officers and politician watching it happen and taking little action, if any action at all; the U.S.

  • Encourage young drivers to be careful

    To the editor: For 30 years, I worked with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a lieutenant in charge of major crimes.

    I have been on hundreds of crime scenes and consider myself immune to images that are not for the faint of heart.

    Since retiring from the sheriff’s department, I now work as an investigator for the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office and as a deputy coroner.

  • Spend less time online

    To the editor: I don’t intend to disrespect Laura Lewis in regard to her new Facebook account, but her recent article spurred me to the realization of just how much time people squander on the Internet.

    I see nothing wrong with keeping in touch with old friends, but I personally know people who spend hours every day on the computer that could be spent being more productive in the workplace, volunteering in our community or spending quality time with loved ones.

  • Sunshine Week highlights importance of open government

    This is Sunshine Week, a time when newspapers and other media agencies throughout the country join together to celebrate and focus on the value of open government.

    “Transparency” is the buzzword in government this year, and we wanted to know just how well government bodies that serve Brunswick County respond to open records requests.

  • Brunswick County will likely still be a fast-growing community

    Although Brunswick County has given up its previously held positions as the 14th and then the 17th fastest growing county in America, it’s likely it won’t be long until the boom returns.

    Although the speed of Brunswick County’s growth may have slowed, people are still relocating to this community, and growth is likely to be a trend Brunswick County will long have to embrace.

  • Wanted: Access to an open and transparent federal government

    Lace up the ice skates and get out the hockey sticks—hell has frozen over.

    I have a few kind words for Congress. Well, two members of Congress to be specific.

    Anyone who’s ever read my opinion columns knows I’m not the biggest fan of the 111th Congress, and the 110th wasn’t much better. But this week I find myself pleased with the recent actions of two members of Congress—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.

    I’m sure you’re curious about the change of heart, so I’ll explain.

  • Don't put all the blame on the Internet

    But the journalistic print edifice will be not be replaced - in my view, there will be no great metro bureaus, no overseas reporting staffs, no full-time investigative teams, no cop house reporters, no City Hall beat. A network of thousands and thousands of young reporters taking notes and asking tough questions —and then writing up their reports in public, for the public—at thousands and thousands of school board and town council meetings on gray Tuesday evenings all around the nation will begin to fade.

    —Tom Watson

  • Uniforms would be a good idea for local schools to take into consideration

    In the community where I grew up and later became a newspaper reporter assigned to cover education, the two public school systems—one a city district and one for the county—are known for being progressive institutions of learning.

    They have drawn a lot of attention for adopting and fine-tuning a year-round education calendar that promotes learning in ways that appear to help young people retain knowledge, without facing the “summer slide.”

    Administrators were also forward thinkers when, years ago, both districts adopted strict dress-code policies.