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Today's Opinions

  • Oil avengers: McIntyre, Pantano take on oil spill response

    They both want to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and now, two House candidates want to fix, or at the very least, criticize the response to the BP oil spill.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., the seven-term Lumberton incumbent, will host an oil spill preparedness meeting next week to “discuss the recent deepwater spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the need for North Carolina to be prepared for potential ramifications from that spill.”

  • Going a bit bananas and nuts over a little-known regional delight

    What do you get when you takea banana, roll it in mayo and then cover it with crushed peanuts?

    If you’re not from central Kentucky like me and you do that, or ask someone about it, they may think you’re as nuts as those you’re rolling on the banana.

    Or maybe I'm bananas?

    Maybe.

    Ahh, but so is the story of the much-disrespected banana croquette.

    I grew up on this delight. At back-home get-togethers, they go quickly.

  • Open letter to people of Shallotte

    To the editor:Once again, you have made it a pleasure to drive down Main Street.

    The railing boxes holding the beautiful flowers and the hanging baskets from the telephone poles are a nice touch that adds to our trips to town to shop and dine.

    And they are so well tended too, as I see people watering them frequently.

    Keep up the beautification.

    Hayden and Pat O’Neil

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Children’s Medicaid program continues

    To the editor: After reading your article about Health Check Coordination, I would like to clarify for your readers this health insurance program for children on Medicaid is a continuing program.

    As of February, the Community Cares of N.C. Network became responsible for Health Check Coordination. Since February, ACCESS III of the Lower Cape Fear, the local Community Cares organization, has been administering the program in Brunswick County. They worked closely with the Health Check Coordinator funded by Smart Start and as of July 1, the transition has been completed.

  • Support Scott’s agenda

    To the editor: Although receiving the largest vote total in Sunset Beach this past November, councilman Carol Scott’s campaign pledge to inject tax-saving strategies was met with stiff opposition from other council members, Mayor Klein and town administrator Gary Parker.

    As an observer at the budget sessions, I was convinced our elected officials exploit the taxpayers rather than serve them.

  • Thank you to Theresa Tese

    To the editor: I am writing to say a public thank you to Theresa Tese, founder of Comfort Socks, a 501(c)3 charity that provides new socks to homeless shelters all across the USA and to agencies like ours that serve homeless individuals.

    Today, Theresa donated socks to Brunswick Family Assistance, which we plan to share with other agencies that work with the homeless and with homeless people who come to us for assistance.

    Comfort and hygiene are certainly issues for the homeless and Theresa has found a way to address those needs.

  • Duplicated taxpayer services

    To the editor: In his recent letter to the editor, G. G. Dale expressed concern and criticism regarding duplication of utilization of citizen tax dollars.

    The Carolina Shores POA paid their attorney to correspond with the town of Carolina Shores attorney regarding the maintenance of town-owned swales and driveway headwalls.

  • Alien concepts of hunger, housing

    To the editor: Please, someone enlighten me! The wizards in Washington, led by a Republican Senate minority, have decided that an unemployment compensation extension was too expensive. I am sure that those unemployed, by no fault of their own, might find that somewhat unresponsive to their needs.

    I find that hunger and housing are alien concepts to our well-endowed and materially well-off members of the Senate.

    What are the expenses of unending wars? I can’t call them wars since no declaration has ever been made.