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Today's Opinions

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.

  • National, international public service beckons Americans

    On Sept. 11, 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain appeared at Columbia University and talked candidly about the need for more public service despite the great personal sacrifices required to practice it.

    It is relevant in its national and international forms.

    Obama spoke about his experience as a community organizer and McCain about his experience as a military officer. Both, in their own way, had practiced public service early in their careers.

  • Readers thank strangers for unexpected assistance

    To the editor: Let it be known to all in Calabash, they have an honest gentleman living in their midst.

    Thank you, Jerry, for delivering my pocketbook left at Walmart on Saturday, directly to my house.

    God bless you.

  • Thanks for help

    To the editor: In these days and times it is rare to have a stranger utter a simple greeting to you. Recently, I had an encounter with a stranger that has given me hope.

    On July 16, I started having chest pains and I began driving myself to the hospital. Along the way I stopped at a gas station. One of the employees, Sue Rhodes, noticed that something was wrong and asked if I needed an ambulance. I declined her offer and returned to my car.

  • Disagrees with columnist's ideas

    To the editor: I beg to differ with Caroline Curran’s assessment that enough has been said about the Bush doctrine and/or global warming. Both will continue to affect us for the foreseeable future, in a most detrimental way.

    Although she and Sarah Palin may not be familiar with the plan that condemned more than a million innocent Iraqis and more than 4,200 of our finest to their deaths, all who march in protest of this traitorous government indeed understand the Bush doctrine and its roots, as does Charles Krauthammer.

  • Upset about allegations

    To the editor: I witnessed one of the most disgraceful and disrespectful shows of a person out of control last Tuesday night at the Brunswick County school board meeting when a woman named Tracy Danka became upset in the meeting.

    She went outside the meeting where, before a group of people, she became very loud and abusive. When [principal] Patricia Rourk and her mother started to leave the meeting, she turned her abusive behavior toward them so much so she followed them to their cars with loud profanity.

  • Good servers deserve tips

    To the editor: I would like to comment on the issue of gratuities. In the service industry, especially in restaurants, the people who serve the public depend on tips for their salary.

    There seems to be a misconception that these very hard-working people are paid well. In the restaurant industry, the base pay for a server is at best half of minimum wage, maybe $3 per hour with deductions. After deductions, there is little left.