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Today's Opinions

  • Victim notification is important

    In 1999, five years after 18-year-old Amy Frink was violently murdered by John Paul Counts, her family readied to move on, grieve and heal from the horrific ordeal.

    Counts, who had been found guilty of beating, stabbing and running Frink over with her own car, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. John Gamble was also charged for a role in her murder. He remains in prison.

  • The impact of World War II rationing on two little boys

    My dinner guest was looking over our family photos posted around the living room.

    He came across the one shown here of my brother, Jim, 4 years old, and me, at 5, taken by our grandmother in 1943. She was so proud of her Kodak Brownie Six-20 camera, and Jim and me, too.

    At first, the conversation centered on our trim little physiques. My guest noted we were borderline skinny by today’s standards.

    Then, he poked fun at the high-top leather shoes we were wearing. They were bigger than our feet—almost like clown shoes.

  • Out-of-control baby fever hits superstar-obsessed mags

    All of Hollywood and tabloid readers alike can breathe easy—Brad and Angelina’s twins have arrived.

    Now I’m a self-proclaimed tabloid junkie, but this is too much even for me.

    Reports are circulating on the Internet the first published baby photos are being shopped for about $20 million.

    Break it down, that’s $10 million per baby.

    An editor from People appeared on The Early Show and denied the magazine had made an offer as reported.

  • Questions every citizen should be able to answer

    What do native-born Americans really know about “my country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty”?

    Think they’re smarter than the many immigrants seeking precious citizenship? Even a fifth-grade one?

    This past Fourth of July Eve, a record 98 people representing 48 countries became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Southport.

  • Readers have had enough of cabana issues

    To the editor: I personally have heard enough about this cabana thing on the island.

    The town heard input on this matter from residents before voting on it, and they decided the only measure that would be enforceable would be to ban them altogether.

    I’ve heard it all from suggesting permits be issued to the town disposing of them if they’re left on the beach after 7 p.m. Do you want to know what happens when the town says, “Sure, we’ll do that?”

  • Stop with the cabana debate

    To the editor: I have been living in Calabash for the last year and have subscribed to your newspaper for that time.

    I have read numerous letters to the editor addressing the cabana issue written before the law was passed banning them and then now afterwards.

    I get angry every time I read one because it is the “fault” of our visitors that we have one at all.

  • Supports town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have also been a longtime property owner at Ocean Isle Beach, and I totally support the town council for their tough decision regarding cabana use.

    It is the first time in years I can go to the beach and enjoy the ocean without maneuvering through dozens of canopies to get a view of the ocean and find a place to sit. I feel we now have our beach back.

  • Some annexation is arbitrary

    To the editor: It is difficult to understand how a supposedly democratic body ever passed the present statute determining annexations in North Carolina.

    Many communities will be faced with this arbitrary municipal imperialism in the future.

    I recently attended a meeting in Calabash and was informed the village intended to annex more than 500 residents. The vast majority of these residents were totally against this annexation.