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Today's Opinions

  • Who is right about history?

    To the editor: I enjoyed the article by Fred David titled “The Pirate Years 1690-1720 at Ocean Isle Beach.”

    In his story, he wrote three pirates who operated in the Ocean Isle Beach area in 1720 were caught and hanged. They were Calico Jack Rackham and two female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

    I just finished watching the History Channel, and the show featured pirates who sailed the Caribbean. The show stated the above pirates were sentence to hang but only Rackham was actually hanged.

  • Questions accuracy

    To the editor: I have been reading with amusement the articles on the history of Ocean Isle Beach written by Fred David.

    It is interesting to note that almost anything that happened in the Caribbean or on the East Coast of America is considered to be the “Ocean Isle Beach area,” especially since, to my knowledge, Ocean Isle Beach was given that name by Odell Williamson in the early 1950s.

  • 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.