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Today's Opinions

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • E-mails are no way to conduct public business

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it until elected and government officials in Brunswick County clearly get the message—doing public business out of the public eye is wrong and violates the spirit of open meetings and public records laws.

    Last week, we took Carolina Shores commissioners to task about seeking a consensus on a public matter through e-mail, only to turn around and find out Brunswick County Board of Education members have done the same.

  • Some say Maco Light is legend, but one man says he’s seen it several times

    Some people may think the ghostly Maco Light is no more than a local legend, but Bob Johannesen believes it’s real.

    He’s seen it several times himself.

    Johannesen, who lives near Greensboro and has a home in the Holden Beach area, vividly remembers going to the Wilmington & Manchester railroad tracks in Maco (near the U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 87 intersection) several times as a kid.

  • Stand up for freedom of information, vote out those who don't

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

    If you’re tired of reading about the public’s right to know, freedom of information and responsible government, you might not want to continue reading.

    But if you’re tired of irresponsible government, behind-the-scenes decision-making and shady, if not unlawful behavior, by public officials, this column might interest you.

    Here comes the broken record part—public business should always be discussed, deliberated on and decided in public.

  • Upset about e-mails

    To the editor: According to another local newspaper, there was an exchange of e-mails pertaining to the recent address given by President Obama to students across our nation.

    The content of the e-mails revealed our school board is populated by some narrow-minded, ill-informed ideologues. They also seem ignorant of the rules they are supposed to operate under as elected officials.

    Maybe they believe rules aren’t meant for them.

  • Injustice everywhere

    To the editor: When we have elected officials who openly say they don’t like the president of the United States, even though he has done nothing to them, or making a speech to advise children to stay in school and do their best no matter what happens, I think this person should not be on a public school board that looks out for the good of all schoolchildren, no matter who they are.

  • Illiteracy comes home to roost

    It was a wintry day during 2001 in Pristina, Kosovo, when as an U.S. International Police Officer for the United Nations, I was dispatched to a routine call for broken windows at a high school.

    That day generated my continuing interest in education for the disadvantaged and abating the tragic effects of illiteracy right here in Brunswick County.

    Beginning in Kosovo

  • Another attack on personal freedom

    To the editor: Congress is working on a bill (HR 3221) to eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

    This bill will eliminate the successful 40-year program of private college education loans, resulting in the closing of many firms and the loss of approximately 35,000 private sector jobs. It will also make the government the sole lender for about $705 billion in new college loans over the next 10 years; another example of unnecessary increased federal spending.