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Today's Opinions

  • Agrees with paddling

    To the editor: I just wanted to comment on Stacey Manning’s article pertaining to discipline. It is commendable that someone will voice his or her opinion about discipline in schools and at home.

    We often talk about how a large number of the young generation was never taught respect for anyone and most do not respect themselves.

    Thank you for doing that article.

  • Public should get report on how board thinks district is doing

    Each year, the Brunswick County School Board reviews its superintendent’s performance in closed session. Because the evaluation is a personnel issue, the law does not require it to be released to the public. However, the law does not prohibit a superintendent from releasing any information from his or her evaluation once it is complete.

  • Journalism integrity is worth its weight in gold

    Here it comes again.

    This time, I was eating lunch, minding my own business and trying to complete the word jumble when I couldn’t help but overhear a nearby group of lunch buddies utter the words that make most journalists’ skin crawl: “The media is just so negative about everything.”

  • 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.