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Today's Opinions

  • Speak out about proposed insurance rate increases

    Recently, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners decided it would join other coastal county officials in a fight against newly approved homeowners’ insurance rates.

  • The Windy City has nothing on the wind here in Coastal Carolinas

    There are things I am just not good at keeping.

    In the past year and a half, I have gone through eight cell phones. Don’t ask me how; let’s just say that the extra $3.99 a month for the insurance is well worth it.

    I have to buy a new Chapstick at least once every two weeks. For some reason, my dog has an internal Chapstick detector and can fish it out of my purse, even when it’s zipped in an inside pocket.

    But most recently, I have had a battle with any and every umbrella that has come my way.

  • Lack of interest in television drives writer to finally dive back into books

    As a newspaper person with more than 10 years of writing under my belt—and a lifetime of passion for writing before that—it would be easy to assume I’m quite a reader. Toss in the fact my mother was rarely spotted anywhere without a book in hand, and it would be simple to peg me as a bookworm.

    But somehow, unlike other writers I know, the bug to read, the obsession to peruse everything literary, somehow escaped me. I’ll blame it partly on rebellion—mom always had a book in tow, so I never wanted one.

  • Ways to give back, even in tough times

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    —Winston Churchill

    Even in tough times, people find ways to give back. Dealing with difficult times makes us realize the importance of helping others.

    During the holiday season, many charities saw more people pulling together to donate what they could to make things better for those in need. But the need doesn’t stop once the holidays are over.

  • Now is prime time to paint that quaint bridge

    With a $32 million high-rise bridge rising taller in the west, in less than two years the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will finally get to do something it’s been trying to do for decades—retire and die with dignity.

    We’ll no longer take for granted the photographs and renderings of the half-century-old span lining local walls—scenic in art-show paintings, snow-covered in a fluke weather-year picture at Sunset Beach Town Hall, hot with beach traffic in summer and quiet at Christmastime.

  • Upset about bobcat

    To the editor: I was so dismayed to see the picture of the beautiful bobcat killed by Mr. Faircloth. I don’t see the point of killing that animal. They are rare in these parts.

    I hope you are proud of yourself, Mr. Faircloth, because I certainly am not. I would love to see such a beautiful animal out in the wild, and I would have shot it too, with a camera.

     

  • A tribute to Mildred Mercer

    To the editor: On Dec. 27, I attended a celebration of life for my dear friend Mildred Mercer, a cornerstone of the history of Bolivia. I thought about how she had influenced my life since I was a child and the lives of so many who knew her.

    If you needed to know anything about Brunswick County history, you could go to Mildred or Ernestine Mercer in the heart of Bolivia.

    They were always the caretakers of so many wonderful stories about the people, the history of Bolivia and the surrounding area.

  • Power corrupts politicians

    To the editor: To the Washington bureaucrats: 1) If you really want to jump-start the economy, give that remaining money back to the taxpayers, the ones who put it there to begin with. If you politicians really want to give money to jump-start the economy, do this math equation: $350 billion divided by 250 million taxpaying Americans and you get $1,400 per taxpayer, more if there are fewer taxpayers.