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Today's Opinions

  • Parker is acting like a politician

    To the editor: Having personally attended Gary Parker’s recent information meeting to discuss the proposed Sunset Beach Park, it was sad he neglected to provide the complete details of the decision-making behind this saga.

    He boasted the town was spending $3.75 million for the property that’s appraised at $4.65 million, but he failed to offer that the property in question is assessed at only $2.56 million, and the town had previously contracted to purchase it for $4.25 million.

  • Thanks for kindness

    To the editor: We were at the Brunswick Bowling Center on Saturday, Oct. 30, and bowled several games each. Upon leaving, we were told the gentleman and young man in the lane next to us had paid for both of us to bowl our games.

    We hope he sees this special “thank you” from us and knows his generosity is appreciated. It is nice to know there are still people who are kind-hearted and “pay it forward.”

    He was our blessing that day, and we hope he is blessed for his deed. Thank you again.

  • Now is the time to pay close attention to election laws

    Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore has admitted a mistake was made last week when a press release was sent from his office announcing his plans to run for re-election.

    The misstep was immediately reported to officials, and it was later determined it did not violate election laws.

    However, the issue can serve as an important reminder to all those seeking political office. Now is the time to educate yourself about the state’s campaign laws.

  • Sheriff’s ACE team working to make county safer

    Almost 200 intoxicated drivers were taken off Brunswick County roadways in 2009 thanks to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.

    The team, which receives funding through a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, targets intoxicated drivers and other driving-related offenses.

    Through their efforts, some 3,328 driving, drug and alcohol-related citations were issued in 2009, a significant increase over previous years, according to the sergeant who oversees the ACE team.

  • How Massachusetts was won, and what both parties can learn from it

    From Boston to Washington, D.C., and probably every other city in the country, folks have thrown in their two cents on the series of events that led to a Republican being elected to succeed one of the longest-serving, most beloved liberals in the history of American politics in one of the most historically liberal states in the country.

  • Valentine's Day: Tripping, stumbling and falling through romance

    Consider me romantically challenged.

    As many starry-eyed lovers are looking forward to Valentine’s Day this weekend, I’m just hoping I don’t fall down or drop my fork during a romantic dinner.

    Romance exists in this world; I’m unfortunately the person who sometimes falls over it or runs into a wall when I’m looking back to see what I just missed.

    I’m the type of woman who comes home to a candle-lit house, only to be confused about why the lights aren’t on.

  • Get paid to shop, mystery shopping opportunities available locally

    Two of my favorite things go hand-in-hand—shopping and money.

    To shop, you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get paid to shop?

    The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a worldwide organization that provides mystery shoppers the chance to make money while shopping and performing market research.

    “Our member companies work with their clients to establish mechanisms to measure and improve levels of service,” its Web site states.

  • Census-taking counts--for people and job opportunities

    LAURA LEWIS

    Now is the time for qualified enumerators to count the people of their country.

    Looking for a job, anyone?

    Check out the U.S. Census Bureau, which is still looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to perform various jobs during the history-making, milestone-setting year of Census 2010.

    Employment benefits include good, weekly pay, flexible hours and a chance to travel.

    Census-takers, after all, are pioneers in a way.