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Today's Opinions

  • Programs help residents in tough times

    With high gas prices, a slower-than-normal building and construction industry and other related economic slow downs, it’s no secret some Brunswick County residents are facing hard financial times.

    Luckily, local programs and agencies are ready to provide services and offer skills and training when they’re needed most.

    Through the local Employment Security Commission, unemployed workers can now turn to the Job Training Partnership Act to learn valuable skills while earning money and picking up on-the-job training.

  • Downtown Shallotte keeps moving ahead

    At this month’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen will hear consultant Allison Platt’s report on the 10-year town vision plan she put together with the assistance of town officials, residents and local business owners.

    If all goes well, the board will vote on the plan at its regular board meeting Sept. 2.

    A vision plan for downtown Shallotte is long overdue. The hodgepodge of styles, pedestrian-unfriendly sidewalks and lack of access to such a great potential asset as the Shallotte River have limited the town’s appeal and possible improvements.

  • Reader thanks EMTs, paramedics for help

    To the editor: Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, my husband fainted and fell in the kitchen. I called 911 and was told what to do and that help was on the way.

    In a very short time, an off-duty EMT was at the door and started checking his vitals. Soon, there were six EMTs or paramedics here taking care of him and assuring us it (fainting) was from age, heat and dehydration.

    They recommended going to the emergency room for further testing, which we did. The hospital also was prompt in caring for him in every way.

  • Board must be accountable

    To the editor: Recently, the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to name the new school under construction in the Cedar Grove community Cedar Grove Middle School.

    The decision did not come without controversy, and I applaud the logic and fairness of the board members who voted in accordance with the final decision.

    However, I do have concerns about other actions the board has taken recently under the guidance of the superintendent, Dr. Katie McGee.

  • Flowers help beautify town

    To the editor: Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1741, wrote: “Beauty, like supreme dominion, is but supported by opinion.”

    It’s my opinion the flowers along Main Street and Rourk Gardens in Shallotte have definitely brought enhanced beauty to our town. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sara McCullough and anyone who assisted her with this beautification project.

    I love calling Shallotte home. It’s a pleasure to drive through town and see the gorgeous flowers blooming in the summer sun.

  • Thinks Obama flutters on positions

    To the editor: Have you ever noticed a butterfly’s flight appears to be haphazard, unlike that of most birds who fly generally in straight lines? I’m no aeronautical engineer, so a butterfly’s anatomical design may require such erratic flight.

    However, I am more inclined to believe its flight pattern is a means of self-preservation. Some birds eat insects, including butterflies, but for a bird to match the flight pattern of a butterfly would be a daunting task. A butterfly’s Achilles heal may simply be exhaustion.

  • Taser training a good learning experience for law enforcement officials

    Law enforcement officials are forced to make split-second life or death decisions every day.

    In the moments they have to make decisions to protect themselves and innocent bystanders, they must also figure out ways to effectively and safely subdue perpetrators. While experience gives officers valuable tools to deal with these uncertain situations, frequent, comprehensive training is a vital component in making sure good, safe decisions are made.

  • A sudden jolt of electricity leaves me wondering how tough I am

    I learned this week I am not as cool as I once thought I was.

    I always thought of my self as tough—I’ve swum countless miles for countless hours, ran stadiums until my feet bled and tore my MCL after a mishap on a slippery pool deck.

    Year after year of swim practice, cross-country practice and just about every other sport’s practice, I assumed that made me tough.