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Today's Opinions

  • Stereotypes about bikers don’t always apply anymore

    According to the dominant archetype in popular culture, the motorcycle rider is a disrespectful criminal with no regard for the law or other human beings. They’re ready to fight anyone who gets in their way and to do whatever it takes to maintain their “freedom”—even kill.

    They’re loud, offensive and crude and don’t care if people know it.

    The image has been used over and over again in movies such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild Ones.”

  • What should the government’s role be in providing non-essential services?

    A recent letter to the editor has stirred some good responses from the community. The letter brought up the discussion about the government’s role in providing social and quality-of-life services.

  • Difficult decisions are ahead because of financial constraints

    In light of a struggling economy, the reality is tough decisions are going to have to be made when local government officials put together budgets for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners got a taste of that recently when it had its budget workshops. Officials looked at a number of ways to generate new and increased revenue and also explored possible cuts and decreases.

  • Honor Flight funds sought for second takeoff May 26

    The inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina on April 13, which took World War II veterans from the region on a day trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., was a high-flying success.

    So much so, organizers are planning a repeat, second flight on May 26.

    All they need is money.

  • Sweepstakes phenomena

    To the editor:

    For all Brunswick County townships, it’s time to duplicate the sweepstakes moratorium imposed recently by Leland, Burgaw and Wilmington—rejection of new business licenses for Internet waging and a renewal fee of $1,000 per year for each computer used for gambling.  The usual grandfather clause should exist for current operations.

  • Celebrate National Photography Month by sharing favorite photos with us

    My mom used to keep hundreds of photos in shoeboxes inside the buffet chest in our dining room. While those photos never made their way to albums, they were not ignored; I used to spend hours upon hours looking at every photo in every box.

    I have always loved photography. Of course, back then, I knew nothing about composition or lighting, but I loved how a complete story could be conveyed on a 4-by-6 piece of paper.

  • Razor nails, axes and hockey masks: Like Jason, the slasher flick never dies

    Summer blockbuster season is here, and guess which wholesome, wacky, family-pleasing comedy was the No. 1 movie last weekend? That’s right, “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

    The old nemesis of squeamish moviegoers of the 1980s is back, “retooled,” of course, for the 2010s, from the same production company that brought us the returns of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th.” Thanks a lot, guys.

  • Libraries offer valuable services

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to the gentleman who suggests the county should cut computer services in our county libraries.

    Our county is large and diverse in our population and the needs of our residents are therefore large and diverse.

    I am retired and have been using this library for years on a regular basis and am appreciative of the services they provide.

    Some of the services I know the Rourk Library has available include: