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Today's Opinions

  • Questions need for park

    To the editor: As a long-time year-round resident of Sunset Beach, I question the “need” for a park and boat ramp, just as I question the “need” for the sewer project. There is a nice boat launch nearby at Ocean Isle Beach and Brunswick County is developing a park on Old Georgetown Road.

    At the town council meeting on Sept. 14, Councilman Steiner launched a filibuster extolling the “need” for Sunset Beach to purchase a tract of land for $5.5 million. The town has previously purchased a tract of land for the same purpose.

  • Where is our raise?

    To the editor: I would like to know why us senior citizens are not getting a raise this coming year?

    I think people in Washington should be put back on Social Security. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them. Why are they better than us?

    And the same goes for this new healthcare program they are pushing. If it is not good enough for the president and his family, the Congress and Senate, then why is it good enough for us?

  • Memories of Hurricane Floyd are greater than images

    My dad pulled up outside the Police Station on Oak Island. I was nervous, but I wanted to do it.

    “You want me to go with you?” he asked.

    “No! That would look dorky,” I said. “I am a grown-up now. I’ll be fine.”

    As I said that, I was shaking inside. It was my first real experience working for a newspaper—well, sort of.

  • The new morality

    To the editor: Many proponents of Health Care Bill HR3200 said support is a moral issue. Of concern are several people in positions to influence HR3200, who stated or wrote the following:

    1) Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health policy advisor in Hastings Center Report: “Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”

  • Students would be hurt by funding freeze

    Charles Warren is right, sometimes you have to take drastic actions, but his proposal to freeze school board funding is just plain wrong.

    Last week at the Brunswick County Commissioners meeting, Warren proposed county commissioners freeze school funding until the Brunswick County Board of Education “gets their act together.”

  • Bipartisanship: The real myth of healthcare debate

    The biggest myth surrounding healthcare reform isn’t the idea of death panels. It’s not even the idea of an illegal immigrant free-for-all on government-run healthcare services.

    The biggest myth surrounding healthcare reform is there is hope what comes out of the Capitol in the coming months will have any hint of true bipartisanship.

    It’s not for a lack of trying; it’s not even from a lack of substantive bills, one of which was penned from both sides of the aisle.

    It’s a numbers game. Democrats have the numbers, so they win.

  • Promote positive feelings

    To the editor: This letter is about Catherine Cooke’s comment in a Sept. 9 news article, “If anybody else says it had anything to do with race, I’m going to throw up” and further stating she doesn’t like the president.

    Not liking the president is a personal choice and should not have been expressed in this manner by Ms. Cooke as a representative of the school board.

  • Same healthcare as government

    To the editor: So long as my congressmen and senators have the same healthcare that I have, then it’s a done deal.

    It’s that simple, Mr. President. So let’s get it done.