Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations to Principal of the Year

    When Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee first met Bob Grimes, he left a lasting impression, she recalled.

    Since then, Grimes appears to be leaving an impression on just about everyone he meets, including his peers in the school district.

    Friday, Grimes, the North Brunswick High School principal, was named Brunswick County’s Principal of the Year.

    Grimes was bestowed the honor for a number of achievements, including leading NBHS from being a school in turnaround status to one that had the largest increase in proficiencies for 2008-2009.

  • Isn't healthcare perfect the way it is?

    To the editor: Thousands of enraged Americans have descended on the U.S. Capitol to protest the Democrats’ socialistic healthcare bill. And rightly so!

    As Sen. Shelby has said, this plan is “the first step in destroying the best healthcare system the world has ever known.”

    Why do Democrats want to change things? Aren’t they proud we rank 31st in the world in life expectancy, 34th in maternal mortality? Aren’t they proud that a child in the U.S. is 2.5 times as likely to die by age 5 than a child in Singapore?

  • Bad economics, bad politics

    To the editor: Congressman Mike McIntyre’s opposition to healthcare reform is abhorrent.

    The primary basis for his opposition—“at over a trillion dollars the bill costs way too much.” Yet the CBO reports H.R. 3962 could cut $104 million from the federal deficit by 2019. Thereafter, it would yield further, albeit modest, savings.

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.

  • Every vote really counts; just take a look at this election

    We’ve said it many times before. Every vote counts.

    If you have had any doubts about that, check out election results from last week’s municipal elections. In many local races, decisions about who will lead Brunswick County towns was decided by a small number of voters.

    In Calabash, with unofficial results available, about 40 votes separated the lead person elected to the board of commissioners and two incumbents who weren’t able to retain their seats.

  • Happy two new members elected

    To the editor: I think I speak for the entire Village at Calabash POA Board of Directors and our community when I say how happy we are Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough were elected (by a landslide, I might add) and the referendum was passed. We will revert back to our mayor/council form of government.

    It just goes to show how many people were unhappy with incumbent Gere Dale and his latest antics during his last term.

  • We need a VA facility here

    To the editor: I cannot think of any one event more outrageous than the fact there are no VA medical facilities in Brunswick County.

    We are always caught up with the fact people who immigrate here legally or illegally have the proper medical services and at the same time neglect the military veterans.

  • Property owners sold down river

    To the editor: My insurance policy for 2010 is part of the North Carolina Homeowner’s Windstorm and Hail Policy Program. I noticed the policy premium increase of 21 percent and the coverage for personal property (contents of the house) has been reduced unilaterally by the issuer to a maximum of 40 percent—in my case, a reduction in coverage of $82,000.