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Today's Opinions

  • Bravo, John Kinlaw

    To the editor: Bravo, John Kinlaw for standing tall and tough in the face of adversity with the bullying tactics of San Rio developers, Wakefield Coastal.

    In your position as an elected Shallotte alderman, thank you for standing your ground for the good of Brunswick County, and all of its property owners and residents.

  • Take the 'Commuter Challenge'

    Looking for ways to save money on fuel costs?

    Trying to decrease your dependence on gas-guzzling vehicles?

    Wilmington-based Cape Fear Breeze, New Hanover County’s public transportation system, which is now reaching out to surrounding counties, wants to help.

    The agency has planned its Second Annual Commuter Challenge for Sept. 15-Oct. 17 to encourage employers, employees and the general public in Brunswick New Hanover and Pender counties to take advantage of alternate methods of transportation.

  • Back to school shopping more than crayons and lunch boxes

    Preparing children to go back to school can be costly, but necessary to make sure a productive day in the classroom is possible.

    Going back-to-school shopping has been an expensive outing long before gas was $4 a gallon. Even though it was an expensive time of year, my parents made sure we had everything we needed, and most times a little more.

  • Close encounters with birth, death and beyond

    Over the past seven decades, there have been dramatic events in my professional and personal life worth sharing and reflecting, like the miracle of birth and the tragedy of death.

    Delivering the first baby

    Police officers are trained to respond to a substantial number of calls for service. I had never actually watched a live birth, let alone been the sole assistant for a young woman desperately needing help at a most critical time of her life.

    Nevertheless, I was dealt that card one afternoon as I was on patrol early in my law enforcement career.

  • Nothing's worse than a room that's bugged

    I had just lain down when a menacing dark blob high on the mango-hued wall caught my weary eyes.

    Even in the dark, my sixth-sense bug-detector went off. Is thatee? I wondered, snapping on the lamp and squinting toward the ceiling.

    Yep, it was.

    An August “palmetto bug” had decided to pay a less-than-August, uninvited visit into the living room—my living room. He was staring down at me from his lofty perch, giggling and daring me to take action.

    “Catch me if you can,” he snickered.

  • Reader feedback can sometimes be puzzling but is often valuable

    Thanks to those of you who have taken time to respond to the call I put out last week for feedback about our television listings.

    Readers have called, mailed and e-mailed suggestions about what we can do to make our television listings more user friendly.

    I’m collecting all the suggestions and soon we’ll take those comments and evaluate our current product. The goal will be to determine what, if any, changes we need to make or if we need to continue to offer the service at all.

  • Who are those Tootsie Roll guys?

    To the editor: You may have seen them outside Food Lion, Lowes Food Stores, IGA Grocery or Wal-Mart wearing yellow and red jackets and handing out Tootsie Rolls.

    Who are these men who greet you as you enter the store and ask you to help mentally challenged citizens of Brunswick County?

    They are members of the Knights of Columbus, an organization dedicated to strengthening families and family life, and assisting those most in need in our community.

  • Stop the fox before it gets to the door

    To the editor: Today I read in the news once again American companies are looking to the government for what they like to call a bailout (more like a cop-out).

    I am a firm believer if a person or group of people would like to go public with their company one of the first things on the application in bold letters should say, “If you or your company fails you agree to give any and all you earned back to the shareholders before keeping what (if anything) is left.”