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Today's Opinions

  • This is Calabash?

    Citizens of Calabash, is this how you want your community represented?

    First, the men and women you elected for Calabash Board of Commissioners ignored town hiring policy and hired a person—for its lead administrative position—without doing any educational, work experience or criminal background checks.

  • Naturalization ceremony a unique experience

    You don’t attend a naturalization ceremony and leave unchanged.

    That’s the lesson I learned earlier this month when I was assigned to cover the annual Fourth of July Festival Naturalization Ceremony in Southport.

    Now, I’ve been to nearly every Fourth parade in Southport since I was born. (The only time I remember sitting one out is when I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant.)

  • Beauty pageants paint a perception of perfection

    It wasn’t until I moved to the South that I discovered the truth behind beauty pageants.

    Growing up in Midwest suburbia, they didn’t mean much more than tuning in once a year to catch the last five minutes of the Miss America pageant, only to see who was crowned that year’s queen.

    Living in the South, I have become more exposed to them and have quickly learned beauty pageants are much more than meets the eye.

  • Skydive Coastal Carolinas instructors put the-one-left-behind at ease

     Walking up to the skydiving hangar at the Brunswick County Airport on Oak Island Saturday, I elbowed my boyfriend Cory when I saw a brand new convertible Corvette parked nearby.

    “Of course an adrenaline junkie would have a fast car,” I laughed as we moved closer.

    Cory beamed. He smiled at the car. He smiled at the planes on the runway. He smiled at me. That day, his 35th birthday, he was more than eager to get inside and mark a life adventure off his bucket list—going skydiving.

    While I was excited, I was more than a bit apprehensive.

  • If you’re looking for me, follow the cloud of Lysol

    I sat in the doctor’s office wrapped in a sweater. My teeth were hitting together and my body trembled--I was freezing despite the 90-degree weather. A sore throat, fever and chills had finally forced me to go to a doctor.

    As I sat in the urgent care’s waiting room, I heard the doctor ask who was next.

    “It’s a lady. She’s got fever, chills and sore throat,” a nurse told him.

    “Well, did you give her a mask?” he asked.

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  • Nudists don't worry about what to wear--just mosquitoes

    “I have to go up to the nudist camp,” I quipped last Saturday. “At least I don’t have to dress up.”

    Unlike Brunswick County’s record-setting skinny-dippers I interviewed, I didn’t exactly wear nothin’, either—or my birthday suit. It wasn’t my birthday.

    I was among paparazzi who showed up, fully clothed, at Whispering Pines Nudist Resort to cover a portion of the first cross-country Guinness World Records nudie dunk.

  • The hypocrisy of it all

    To the editor: I read with interest the recent letter from a disappointed reader of Sarah Shew Wilson’s column concerning South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s “hiking along the Appalachian Trail.”

    The reader felt Sanford’s peccadilloes were just a “tempest in a teapot” compared to former President Clinton’s misbehavior while in office.