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Today's Opinions

  • Tough questions OK as long as they’re pointed in the right direction

    Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity announced on his show on Saturday journalism was dead.

    Arguing journalists failed to complete their standard vetting process for Sen. Barack Obama in his bid for the White House, Hannity said my profession no longer exists.

    That’s a pretty disturbing thought in itself, but as the weekend continued, things just got worse.

    On Sunday, it was reported the Obama/Biden camp has refused further interviews with a Florida TV anchor because she asked tough questions.

  • This average American can’t fathom Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe

    Dressed in a tailored red suit, black knee boots and expensive heels, she poses behind the podium. She can go from politician to moose hunter just by changing into her fleece sweater and camouflage pants.

    No, it’s not vice-presidential Barbie—it’s Sarah Palin.

    Recently Palin has caused quite a stir with her red leather jackets, pink suits and black knee-high boots. The items themselves are not the problem—in fact, they’re quite stylish. It’s the cost of this wardrobe that’s the problem.

  • What you see now is likely what you’ll get

    As exciting as it has been, this election season is quickly winding to a close. In a week, from local to national offices, important decisions are going to be made that will forever affect our future.

    As voters, we each play a crucial role in determining this future. Whether you voted early or plan to head to the polls Tuesday, every vote cast in this election counts.

    With races tightening and candidates heading to the finish line, we can’t help but be left with a nasty taste in our mouths from this election season.

  • Remembering a local legend

    Nearly four years ago, I decided to write a little something different about Thanksgiving traditions, so I visited Carson Varnam’s Oyster Market in Varnamtown, where families were picking up oysters for their Thanksgiving Day oyster roasts.

    Varnam and his wife, Marlene, told me roasting oysters was a popular tradition in Brunswick County, and, as we were talking, a couple from Ash pulled up to pick up their bushel of oysters for the big day.

    “As long as I can get them from Carson, we’ll have oysters for Thanksgiving,” one of the customers told me.

  • A few good cops with their dogs clobber our drug hot spots

    The sheriff of Brunswick County, John Ingram, leaned across the round conference table in his office as I was discussing with him the presence of a half-dozen drug “hot spots” in the county.

    With a grin on his face, he said, “Why don’t you take a ride along with us and find out about them firsthand?”

    On the following Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, I took him up on it. Here is what I found out.

    Riding shotgun unarmed

  • Obama is the right choice

    To the editor:

    Lately, America’s skies have been filled with dark clouds. More than 90 percent of Americans feel we are headed in the wrong direction.

    Many things are not as we wish they were. The list is long. Each problem is complicated and expensive to solve. This election should be solely about who will provide the judgment and initiatives that stir this nation to face our challenges head-on.

  • New leadership needed in Raleigh

    To the editor:

    Sen. R.C. Soles has been in the legislature in Raleigh since1963 and the state senate since 1977. He serves on the senate transportation committee and is vice chairman of the appropriations committee for the Department of Transportation. He has oversight on the NCDOT, its budget and the plans for roads in our state.

    Last week, the Brunswick County commissioners rightfully rejected the Comprehensive Transportation Plan that would have transformed U.S. 17 into a major expressway to accommodate through traffic at the expense of local traffic.

  • Agrees with editorial issues

    To the editor:

    I would like to voice agreement with the part of last week’s editorial that instructed citizens that “if you don’t like the way government does things, vote for change.”

    Being able to keep their homes? Vote for someone who didn’t profit in the collapse of Fannie Mae and vote against oversight.

    Uncertain about their jobs? Vote for someone who won’t raise the capital gains. Most economists agree this will surely bring about a depression.