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Today's Opinions

  • You decide: Should we go for it?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    North Carolina Cooperative Extension

    When I was a youngster in the 1950s, there were two things I eagerly awaited in the fall. One was the debut of the new TV shows and the second was announcement of the upcoming year’s auto lineup and styles. After a couple weeks of study, I could name every new brand and model from a football field’s length away.

  • Brunswick County people are busy doing great things

    I’m so happy autumn is finally here. It’s not only the time of the year when I celebrate my parents’ birthdays, their anniversary and my kid brother’s birthday, but also enjoy cooler weather, many fall festivals (hello, funnel cake — and welcome back, layered clothing to hide the evidence) and my favorite holiday, Halloween.

  • Calabash business earns A-plus rating

    To the editor:
    I recently purchased flooring from AAA Flooring on U.S. 17 in Calabash. When it was installed, it wasn’t the same as the sample the company had displayed at the store. A representative from the company came to my home and assured me it would be replaced at no charge; however, the company later said it would only replace the flooring, but I would have to pay to have the other removed and the new installation.

  • Hagan’s record speaks for itself

    To the editor:
    Regarding Debora Mawji’s letter in last week’s edition, the writer forgot to check U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s voting record. It is great that Hagan was able to help her husband.

  • Forbid oceanfront pools on Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    As oceanfront property owners since 1997, my husband and I are concerned about the possibility of oceanfront swimming pools being permitted on our beloved island. Not only would the addition of pools adversely impact the environment, but also their presence would be devastating to the aesthetics of Sunset Beach. Privacy and overall atmosphere of Sunset Beach would forever be altered — for the worse.

  • Thanks to hospice for new life

    To the editor:
    In the Bible, it reads: “…to give praise to whom praise is due.” In January, I was given six months to live. Lower Cape Fear Hospice came in and began to take care of me. They started to give me medications to make me more comfortable, but instead of getting worse, I began to get better. There is no group of people that I have ever encountered who are more dedicated, professional and compassionate than these.

  • Problems don’t start with police

    To the editor:

  • Compare, choose Medicare plans from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year.

    The annual election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the annual election period, and save money, improve coverage or both.