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Today's Opinions

  • Widow is ready to move on

    To the editor:

    I owe so many people my gratitude and apologies. I spent so much time reacting out of anger, hurt, and pain. I have now let go of my pain, anger and hurt.

    My deepest apologies to everyone who stood in my angry line of fire. Thanks for your love, care, kindness, and patience.

    I owe the most gratitude and apologies to my husband, Adam Bradshaw. I was blessed and fortunate when I met Adam. I found someone I could trust with my heart, life, all that I have and all that I am.

  • Holden Beach Causeway Streetscape

    To the editor:

    Being a local Realtor and traveling down the causeway almost daily, I have wondered what our causeway area would evolve to be.

    My family and I moved here in 2000 and other than minor fluctuations of business owners occasionally drifting in and out of leased space of existing buildings, there has been minimal change.

  • Decent people versus thugs: Who will prevail?

    Recently, at my request, a senior Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sergeant escorted me on a late night visit to seven residential areas the department identifies as priority drug enforcement targets.

    They are listed in the article I wrote about the “ride along” experience.

    A trusted friend of mine approached me in church wearing a grin that reminded me of a possum eating peanut butter through a screen door.

  • Season’s hottest toys bring along with them expensive price tags

    At more than two feet long, it might be a little difficult to squeeze Spike the Ultra Dinosaur inside your busy shopping cart this holiday season, but if you’re a parent who is intent on getting your child one of the season’s top holiday gifts, you might want to plan ahead for this one.

    According to besttoysguide.com, Fisher-Price’s Spike is one of the must-haves of the season. The green plastic dinosaur comes complete with a remote control that, when activated, enables Spike to move and sound like the real thing.

  • Memorial service offers hope for victims touched by tragedies

    I sat quietly as the names scrolled across the big screen in the front of the church. Some names I didn’t recognize, but most names I did.

    The names were names of those lost to murder, drunk driving and domestic violence, and the gravity of the evening was not lost on this reporter. Many of the names I recognized because I had reported on their deaths.

    I knew when and how these victims were taken from their families, but for the first times in many of their stories, I saw the people left behind in the wake of their senseless deaths.

  • Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

    At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • Thanks for help for food pantry

    What comes to mind when you hear the words, “second harvest?”

    A second crop that comes to maturity directly on the heels of a previous one? People picking leftover crops still in the fields after mechanical harvesting?

    Either way you’d be correct but, there is a third definition for Second Harvest, one that does not get the acknowledgement it so richly deserves.

    Second Harvest also means the practice of distributing “soon to outdate” foods directly to local food pantries.

  • Dude, where’s my space car?

    All of us older than, say 35, remember the terrific Hanna Barbera cartoon, “The Jetsons,” which told the story of a family of futuristic space dwellers who pushed buttons to get what they wanted and zoomed around in awesome-looking spaceships to get everywhere.

    The Jetsons also had a robot maid to take care of house cleaning, although it didn’t require a whole lot of work.