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Today's Opinions

  • Compare president’s words to actions

    To the editor:

    Have we ever witnessed an administration operate in a more schizophrenic manner than the current one? Since his inauguration, the president has used words to convey one thing while his actions, or those of his subordinates, have done the opposite. 

    Let’s compare words to actions.

    Words: “We must rein in spending.” (State of the Union speech)

    Actions: “We must ‘invest’ money on high-speed rail.” (State of the Union speech)

  • Car was damaged; who is responsible?

    To the editor:

    As I was leaving a local car wash recently, I noticed my passenger side mirror was out of position. 

    The spray tubes in the car wash went around the car twice. On the third time around, I heard a bang and noticed a different look to the passenger side mirror. 

    In showing the mishap to the car wash manager, I noticed a hole in the back of the mirror casing. The manager offered no relief for the situation. 

  • Did the devil make you do it?

    To the editor:

    In the ’70s, there was a comedian named Flip Wilson. Flip would play “Geraldine” who would say “the devil made me do it” when caught in something she was hiding.

    Can we blame the devil for our shortcomings? 

    There is no question the devil seeks to make us disobey God and his word (1Peter 5:8). God sometimes allows his people to be tested to show their faith and, therefore, bring glory to himself. 

  • January has come and gone; have you kept your resolutions?

    Hello, February, welcome to 2011. It seems like the new year just got started and already we’re rolling into a new month.

    As January drew to a close, a lot of people were looking back at the resolutions they made last Dec. 31. How successful have you been in keeping your resolutions?

    One of my resolutions was to be healthier in 2011 than I was in 2010. One of the ways I committed to do that was kick caffeine, coffee and aspartame to the curb.

    How am I doing so far in 2011?

  • Making the switch to a new radio system is the right thing to do

    Since 2004, Brunswick County has invested millions of dollars to purchase a new emergency radio system and maintain and repair it.

    The problem is, even with all of that money dedicated to it, some of the men and women who use it regularly—emergency responders whose lives depend on it—say the system doesn’t always work.

  • Bill to lift cap on charter schools a good first step for North Carolina students

    With the North Carolina General Assembly in session, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the bills introduced in the state House and state Senate over the next few weeks and how, if ratified, they would affect people in Brunswick County.

    When you step on the campus of Roger Bacon Charter Day School in Leland, it doesn’t take long to realize this is not the norm—that you are at an exceptional educational facility.

  • All commissioners need to adhere to code of ethics

    In December, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners adopted a code of conduct for county employees and a code of ethics for board members.
    The code of ethics, which was mandated counties adopt per the General Assembly, specified county commissioners should no longer serve on county boards because of possible conflicts of interest. 
    The exception to this was boards where law mandated a commissioner serve. For Brunswick County, that is the county’s board of health.

  • Where are elected officials when it matters?

    To the editor:

    An effort has been under way in recent months to privatize the operation of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. The organization responsible is Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), hopefully the first recipient of a shelter-operating contract with the county. Its primary objective is to preclude the need to exterminate 5,000 innocent animals every year without raising costs to county taxpayers—a challenging, but attainable goal.