Today's Opinions

  • Shallotte not right for rally

    To the editor: Although your editorial supporting the Harley-Davidson rally as being an economic boost to the area makes several good points, I strongly feel there are too many other factors that would make the rally bad for the area.

    I too have seen how inundated with bikers an area becomes when I once worked in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Granted, the bikers were a nice and interesting mixture of people, but even then (1999) the sheer numbers of them strained MB to its limits.

  • BLT knocks it out of the park with 'The Odd Couple'

    A sea of red hats greeted my husband and me when we walked into the Odell Williamson Auditorium last Sunday afternoon to watch Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of “The Odd Couple” (female version) featuring some terrific local talent.

    It was apparently a popular outing for the local Red Hat Society chapters, which was fine with me.

  • Volunteer fire departments: Are they taken for granted?

    In the 1972 film “The Godfather,” a desperate man seeking revenge asks the godfather to murder for money.

    Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, replies in his raspy voice, “We’ve known each other for many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: You never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt.”

  • Do officials really care?

    To the editor: This week, I sent an e-mail to Sen. Kay Hagan regarding an individual problem I was having with a U.S. Government agency. I was seeking her assistance.

    What I got back was a computer-generated form letter thanking me sharing my thoughts and opinions.

    This reaffirms my fear our elected officials do not represent the people whom they are supposed to. Your individual calls will fall on deaf ears. If you don’t believe me, e-mail her and see if you too don’t just get a cold, non-caring form letter back.

  • An open letter to commissioners

    To the editor: On Monday, March 2, I attended a county commissioners’ meeting at the urging of a friend to see what our elected officials were doing and possibly become active in our community politics.

    I was immediately disappointed by the following debacle.

    At the start of the meeting, we had the opportunity to see the recognition of the highest award in Boy Scouting, that of Eagle Scout, given to a young man from Brunswick County.

  • Systematically destroying America

    To the editor: President Obama and his Democrat henchmen in Congress and the media have been systematically destroying America since coming to office.

    They have personally destroyed the hotel and tourist industry, costing thousands of jobs with their demonization of business conferences, while turning a blind eye and silent voice to the AFL-CIO convention at a luxury hotel in Miami this week.

    They are destroying the banking and the insurance industry with unrealistic accounting rules—mark to market.

  • Object to healthcare changes

    To the editor: President Obama has declared a healthcare crisis and demanded action right away. He has said all options are on the table.

    The Congressional Budget Office has prepared Budget Options Vol. 1: Health Care. Three of these options would hit military families and retirees quite hard.

    Option 96 would increase the costs for military retirees older than 65 by up to $2,888 per enrollee ($5,776 per couple), and would start co-pays for services and pharmaceuticals at military treatment facilities. For some, this is three to six months of retirement pay.

  • To the editor: In his letter to the editor recently, Don Hege made quite a few statements and accusations that are clearly more fabrication than fact.

    He states: “There is no doubt by now who thinks they run this town” (referring to Calabash)…with a 3-2 vote on every issue.