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Today's Opinions

  • Lessons from the end of a paddle left lasting impressions

    My teacher made it very clear. She was leaving the room. We were to work on our assignments and should not speak a word while she was gone.

    Knowing my penchant for jabbering—reflected in the “Stacey talks too much” that often appeared on my grade-school report cards—my teacher looked right at me.

    “Don’t talk,” she said as she headed out the door.

    I tried hard to do my work, but with the teacher gone, the impulse to talk was much bigger than my third-grade body could contain.

  • How many jobs will port create here?

    The Port Authority hangs its economic development argument on an ill-defined premise the International Terminal in Southport will bring 477,000 jobs to the state. I, for one, would like to see a detailed analysis of what those jobs will be and how many of them will actually be filled by Brunswick County residents. To try and gather support from county residents by promising an economic boon requires responsible and honest accounting from the Port Authority. To date, this information has not been available or accessible.

  • Great job WBHS

    A love for children and community, tireless worker, integrity, flawless character, detail-oriented and passionate about all of the aforementioned are merely a few of the attributes and qualities of John Floyd, the newly hired athletics director at West Brunswick High School.

    What great news it was to hear of Coach Floyd’s hiring just two weeks ago. Having had the pleasure of knowing Coach Floyd for the past 13 years, I feel qualified to speak regarding his work ethic and qualifications concerning his most recent employment.

  • Thanks for help at wreck

    Many of you know there was a tragic car accident in front of Brunswick Community Hospital on Friday, Aug. 15.

    I would like to express appreciation to the many local agencies that responded to the scene. Responders from Brunswick County EMS, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol and several local fire and EMS agencies were on the scene within minutes. In addition, Brunswick Electric had a crew on-site to restore power to the hospital. Each of these agencies arrived quickly and showed dedication to this community and our hospital.

  • AAA supports boat trailer ban

    Gov. Mike Easley was right when he vetoed House Bill 2167 that would have allowed, without permits, appropriate safety information or time-of-day or night restrictions, boats of a width of 8.5 feet or more to be hauled on the narrowest of North Carolina’s highways.

  • Support emerges for governor's veto of H.B. 2167

    The Highway Patrol supports Gov. Easley’s veto of H.B. 2167. This legislation, if it becomes law, would allow wider boat trailers on our highways both during the day and at night.

    The Highway Patrol’s concern with this legislation is that 9-foot-wide boats traveling on our highways at night, when visibility is limited, will increase collisions. In addition, we asked the General Assembly to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers to .04 that is consistent with the standard for commercial motor vehicles.

  • Thanks to county animal services

    In September 2007 and again last week, two employees with Brunswick County Animal Services were truly heroes in the services they performed on my behalf.

    Being an impossible lover of animals, someone who cannot resist feeding one or more that seems hungry or lost, these two employees rescued me from impossibly sad situations; namely, Colleen Patterson and Dewey Williams.

  • Understanding the political hack

    Political hacks do nothing. You know them and you’ve seen them; they are all around you.

    I used to be a registered Democrat, until Roe vs. Wade, and then my Christian upbringing came into play. How could I belong to a party that believed in killing the unborn? I couldn’t.