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Today's Opinions

  • Olympic victories unite the world, give us something to cheer about

    The Olympic Games provide a brief respite from all of the turmoil going on in the world around us.

    It’s an opportunity once every four years to focus on the truly great accomplishments of our own, and others’ countrymen and women.

    It’s a time when the political conversations (save the Edwards/Hunter drama) cease for a few weeks, and we focus on what is great about this world instead of what’s not.

  • Being a mom is a tough, but fun, rewarding job

    The dump truck rolls along the bumpy ground, spilling some of its sandy load. The driver toots the horn. I study the truck’s unique paint job—bright green cab with orange around the front fenders, and a black bumper.

    Suddenly the truck goes a little off course and crashes into my beach chair.

    “Whaaaaaa,” my son cried. “Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma,” he said, gesturing toward his truck.

    “OK, here you go baby,” I said as I set the truck beside him.

  • Impaired driving invites your sudden death or worse

    Among the worst traffic accidents I investigated early in my police career was a tragedy that came my way one quiet afternoon.

    Unfortunately, the conditions that prompted it are duplicated daily right here in Brunswick County, short distances from my home.

    As I turned my police car into my neighborhood one quiet Sunday afternoon, the watch commander’s voice came over the radio assigning me to what was reported to be a routine traffic accident investigation in an intersection near my home.

  • Act on your dreams, build positive relationships with other people

    We live in a time when many people fail to achieve goals and objectives because they are prisoners within their own minds.

    Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, spent 27 years in prison due to a corrupt apartheid legal system. He was physically in prison, but he was mentally free because freedom is a state of mind.

    Mandela endured the humiliation of being penned up like an animal with little hope of being freed. His movement was restricted, and his options were few. He could have easily given up and escaped into a world of depression and despair but he did not.

  • Mother warns of spider dangers, cautions parents to keep eyes open

    Brian Brown gave little thought to danger as he slipped on his boots and headed out for a typical afternoon of weed-eating and lawn work on a family farm Saturday.

    Shortly after setting to work, he felt what he thought was a bee sting on his knee. Thinking little of it, Brian swatted the annoyance off and went back to work.

    But by that evening, his mother Patricia Brown of Calabash recounts, Brian’s knee started to swell and streaks could be seen shooting upward from his knee to his groin.

  • Thinks Rep. Mike McIntyre stands up for soldiers, veterans

    To the editor: I was surprised to read an editorial in a state newspaper that Congressman Mike McIntyre should be voted out in favor of someone who would speak up for national security and the rights of soldiers and veterans.

    McIntyre has been a member of the House Armed Services Committee since he entered Congress in January 1997 and has been committed to the men and women of our active forces, our veterans and our retirees.

  • Political pandering in election process

    To the editor: The other day I saw the movie, “Swing Vote.” It wasn’t a particularly great film. There was some not-so-subtle political satire, which was amusing.

    The improbable plot has a presidential election coming down to the decision of a single voter, and that voter is clueless on issues. The candidates then spend 10 days trying to win over this man to their side.

    In the course of doing this, they both pander to him to the extent the Republican becomes an environmentalist and the Democrat takes an anti-immigration position.

  • Paws-Ability has successful clinic

    To the editor: Paws-Ability, a fundraising group formed to assist existing animal rescue groups and shelters in Brunswick County, had its first microchip clinic on June 21 at Seaside Animal Care in Calabash as a fundraiser for the organization.

    Dr. Ernie Ward and Seaside Animal Care staff helped to make this clinic possible. He offered facility and manpower. Dr. Jami Rose and Julie Mullins of Seaside Animal Care assisted with implanting 52 dogs and cats with permanent microchip identification and their efforts helped Paws-Ability raise money for rescue needs.