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Today's Opinions

  • A government bailout of the newspaper industry is the last thing it needs

    Everywhere I go the question is always the same: What is the future of newspapers?

    I try my best to forecast where the newspaper industry is headed—opining about how I think community newspapers will outlive dailies, preaching newspapers must befriend not begrudge the Internet and reminding people there will always be the need for quality, objective news.

    But the answer is simple—the newspaper industry is headed where the market takes it.

  • Elderly woman wants others to be aware of possible phone scam

    When 80-year-old Emily Clark got a call from someone alleging to be her grandson last week, she knew fairly quickly something wasn’t quite right.

    The caller said he was in jail in Canada and needed help. Money would be required to bond him out of the pen after he was allegedly involved in a wreck. The caller pleaded with Clark to not call his parents because they told him not to go to Canada. He didn’t want them to know he was there, so instead he called his “grandmother” for help.

  • Why has common sense eluded those enthralled by an alligator?

    Last weekend, an alligator found a new home in a retention pond that’s only a few feet from where I live.

    I’m not a native Brunswick Countian, and I will admit, seeing one of these creatures up-close for the first time is an experience. It’s not like you see those kinds of animals on the shores of Lake Michigan or while you’re walking through the streets of downtown Chicago, so to a Midwesterner, it’s definitely an experience.

  • Preparers submerged in a taxing time of year

    Laura Lewis

    It’s that season when The Tax Ladies are busy, but not too busy to do your taxes without an appointment.

    Situated in a century-old Victorian house on Holden Beach Road, the team of eight tax-savvy women is hard at work assisting taxpayers and preparing returns before the final IRS tax-bell tolls on April 15.

    Yes, it’s a taxing time, but February was actually busier with people scurrying in to get their fast refunds in, Tax Ladies owner and founder Diana White said.

  • Volunteers make a difference

    To the editor: National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) is hot on our heels, and it is a great time to take action and begin solving problems in our communities. Volunteers inspire by example by encouraging those they help and motivating others to get involved.

  • N.C.: Saying goodbye to a toxic friend?

    If it passes the Senate, the bill outlawing smoking in public places will become a historic law in North Carolina, the state that built itself on tobacco farming.

    I probably would not be here today if not for tobacco. Farming this cash crop in central North Carolina is how my grandfather made his living and how he put my mother through college. My mom’s first job out of school brought her to Brunswick County, which is how she met my dad. The rest, as they say, is history.

    But I’m not the only one with a generational connection to tobacco.

  • Inmate plan could work

    To the editor: I just read the article regarding Sheriff Ingram pondering having inmates work at county animal shelters. I really think that is a wonderful idea.

    I see these young inmates working on the sides of the roads with litter pickup. They do a great job, but I really wish residents would extend a little courtesy toward them and stop throwing their litter out of their cars after these young ones clean it up.

  • Global warming ponderings

    To the editor: Regardless of your current position on global warming, please consider one simple mental exercise that will allow you to put this political and financial issue into proper perspective.