Today's Opinions

  • We'll all end up helpless

    To the editor: There was a time when most worked for their wealth, a few would welch, and we all went out to help everybody. Then we all wanted to be wealthy, including the welcher, and nobody would be helpless. So we all worked to be wealthy, ignored the welcher, and helped only the helpless. Soon we made somebody else wealthy, envied the welcher and let the wealthy help the helpless.

    Now we despise the wealthy, cater to the welcher and ignore the helpless. Eventually, we will penalize the wealthy, subsidize the welcher and euthanize the helpless.

  • Commissioners are not beyond reproach

    To the editor: In your article, “Carolina Shores assistant town manager apologizes for culvert letter tone,” commissioner Gere Dale responds to an e-mail by Marlene Stewart by stating, in part, “the board of commissioners ‘runs’ the town...” A little bit further he asks, “Were you ‘elected’ to represent the CCCS?”

  • Citizen couldn't speak at meeting

    To the editor: I attended the special meeting for Carolina Shores Friday. Boy, was I disappointed. Not only could these agenda items have waited for the regular meeting in August but we, the citizens of Carolina Shores,could not voice our opinions.

    There was a rush to fill the vacancy left by commissioner John Csernecky with former mayor of Carolina Shores Dan Mann. After he was sworn in, he was voted in as mayor pro tem.

  • So goes the church

    To the editor: There was a letter by a Mr. Shutt in June asking people to read their Bibles. For that, I fully agree because that is the reason that so many church members have been misled by some of their misled preachers.

    Some preachers have been to my home to talk about religion and I would ask them questions about certain verses in the Bible, such as: Were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jacob’s 12 sons ever called Jews, and where did the word come from?

    And if the Jews in the time of Jesus were Israelites, why did he send his apostles away (Matthew: 10-5)?

  • Boat safety is paramount

    Waterways in Brunswick County are often busy, but they can get hectic and dangerous this time of year.

    Last week, at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, people were injured in a boat wreck near Holden Beach. How sad it is that the wreck appears to have involved alcohol and a law enforcement official who, if what he is charged with is true, should have known better.

  • How could a town not do a background check before hiring an administrator?

    This week, a Calabash town commissioner confirmed current town administrator Jeremy Cribb is being investigated by the town’s personnel committee. Tuesday night, the board of commissioners decided to extend his probationary period for 90 more days.

    Even though the town’s personnel policy requires a background check of applicants, one was not done before Cribb was hired, and now questions about his experience and criminal record have surfaced.

  • This is Calabash?

    Citizens of Calabash, is this how you want your community represented?

    First, the men and women you elected for Calabash Board of Commissioners ignored town hiring policy and hired a person—for its lead administrative position—without doing any educational, work experience or criminal background checks.

  • Naturalization ceremony a unique experience

    You don’t attend a naturalization ceremony and leave unchanged.

    That’s the lesson I learned earlier this month when I was assigned to cover the annual Fourth of July Festival Naturalization Ceremony in Southport.

    Now, I’ve been to nearly every Fourth parade in Southport since I was born. (The only time I remember sitting one out is when I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant.)