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Today's Opinions

  • Local summer events heat up

    The Shallotte Fire Department, whose members recently moved into new headquarters on Wall Street beside the old fire station, has set an achievement ceremony for firefighters followed by an open house for the public on June 19.

    The achievement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and Mayor Gerald Long will recognize individual firefighters for their achievements during the past year, including the various certifications, degrees and awards they received.

    The following fire officials will be recognized:

  • New hospital groundbreaking is another forward step for Brunswick County

    As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County experiences a lot of boom and bust from its growing population.

    While its impact on roads and other infrastructure can be negative, growth also brings a number of positive things.

    For example, many new businesses, stores and restaurants that would have previously overlooked Brunswick are stopping to set up shop here. That means more jobs for area workers. In some cases, it also means bringing more workers into the area, which in turn spurs on increased home building and sales.

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.

  • Committee meetings waste more time than accomplish tasks

    With 17 schools, two in the works, and about 1,200 students and 1,700 employees to preside over, being a member of the Brunswick County Board of Education is no small task.

    Policies to modify, employees to screen and hire, approving programs that will benefit student education—the jobs of the board are endless. And with one board meeting and one day of committee meetings each month, there’s no time to waste.

    But lately, this board has wasted a lot of it.

  • Graduation brings cheers and tears

    My daughter is graduating from high school this week.

    I’m sorry, I stand to be corrected.

    According to proper grammar (for all those honor graduates who actually use it), she is being graduated, flying the coop, officially emptying the nest.

    I have to admit I’m feeling pretty graduated myself, realizing once she heads off to the University of South Carolina in three months, I’ll be forced to find someone else to nag to get up in the mornings, along with other assorted issues. After 18 years, I may actually have to get myself a life.

  • 'Crystal Skull' hits most of the right notes

    “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the ultimate movie for history and adventure nerds.

    At first, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to see the fourth “Indy” installment from powerhouse director Steven Spielberg. When I was 12, I had to walk out of the theater showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” to avoid throwing up.

  • Thanks for enforcing canopy ban

    To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for enforcing the canopy ban on the beaches.

    I am a property owner and was extremely concerned last year when the canopies were in such abundance on the beaches.

    Maybe if they would have been taken down each evening, it may have been tolerable, but to watch the sunrise with canopy “shells” lining our beach was quite frankly horrific, not to mention the negative impact to the sea turtle population.

  • A global warming proposal

    To the editor: There is a considerable ongoing debate over whether there is global warming and, if so, whether mankind is contributing to what many consider to be a planet-threatening phenomenon.

    The former prime minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, has now added his voice to the debate and recently urged the United States to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

    In fact, he is of the opinion that unless we do something now, “damage to the climate will be irreversible.”