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Today's Opinions

  • Proper planning for parents, children can lead to safe Halloween

    The weather has finally turned and the chill of fall is at last in the air.

    Throughout Brunswick County, families have been busy transforming their homes and yards into frightful fun as they prepare for Halloween night. Store shelves are stocked with ghoulish decorations and an assortment of candy—everything from traditional popcorn balls, to chocolate bars and lots of eewy, gooey, gross things to delight taste buds.

  • An ounce of preventionee

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell always says one of the main goals of the department is to reduce the number of fires in the district by educating the public about fire safety and having the proper preventive measures in place.

    Dunwell, fire marshal Andrew Thompson, members of the Shallotte Fire Corps, the department’s volunteers, as well as the paid firefighters are always planning new ways to educate the public, especially through their “fire and life safety education” initiatives.

  • Seems like everybody doesn't like Sarah P.

    “Sarah Palin is a bimbo.”

    Bubba Joe, my old high school buddy back in Tennesssee, blurted that out this past weekend when I rang him up to see who he was voting for.

    Me being a nosy reporter, I wanted to know just why Bubba Joe placed the Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential contender in such a low intelligence-quotient bracket, as if the media hadn’t already done a bang-up job of that.

  • Disappointed in McIntyre

    To the editor:

    I am disappointed in Rep. Mike McIntyre, who has been the longtime incumbent in Congress, representing the 7th District of North Carolina.

    My husband and I have always crossed party lines to vote for McIntyre because of the conservative views we believed he held.

    It has come to our attention, and it is our understanding McIntyre has wholeheartedly endorsed Barack Obama.

    It seems he has also thrown his support to Nancy Pelosi, who has proven to be ultraliberal, by voting to put her in the powerful position of Speaker of the House.

  • How will Obama’s tax cut work?

    To the editor:

    The media has never questioned how Obama can give 95 percent of Americans a tax cut when only 45 percent of people pay income taxes.

    He can only do this by giving taxpayer money to non-taxpayers—in other words—income redistribution. If people can’t see this as another step toward socialism they are ostriches with their heads in the sand.

  • Make sure your vote is an informed one

    I have never enjoyed politics, but as this year may be the most important presidential election in history, I have tried to change that.

    The next leader of the free world needs to have an action plan in place the minute he steps into office, because there’s some major work to be done.

    This will be the second presidential election I am old enough to vote in, and I fully intend to do so. But to make the most informed decision as possible, I have tried to research each candidate with a clear head and an open mind.

  • Where are the educators on school board?

    To the editor:

    I am sure everyone living in Brunswick County realizes we have problems in our school system. I

    believe the majority of these problems can be laid to the poor leadership of our school board and of our

    superintendent.

    Parents, you may not be aware of this, but not one member of our school board is a

    professional educator. Is it any wonder little academic progress was made during the school year

    ending in 2007 and we had more than 400 students drop out? What does this say for our school board’s

    leadership?

  • Unhappy with Republican mailings

    To the editor:

    Dear N.C. Republican Party leaders:

    In the past week, I have received two mass mailings from the North Carolina Republican Party. Both mailings contained scurrilous, biased and deliberately misleading personal attacks on the Democratic candidates for U.S. President and N.C. State Senate.

    The mailing about Barack Obama was four pages of malicious (and very old) information about William Ayers, intended to lead any reader to the conclusion Obama must be a terrorist or support terroristic activities.