Today's Opinions

  • Do kids know gun safety?

    To the editor: In John Heidtke’s column, “Stories of Living, Working and Dying in America’s Gun Culture,” he asks local high school students: “Are there loaded guns in your home? Have you secretly handled the guns?”

    You failed to ask: What is the first thing you should do when you find a gun or someone hands you a gun? What are basic firearms safety rules? Surprise—it’s not part of their public school curriculum.

  • Thanks for help with gala

    To the editor: Boys & Girls Homes of N.C. Family Foster Care and Adoption Program celebrated its first annual gala on May 21. The gala, with a Mardi Gras theme, was a dinner cruise on the Henrietta III in Wilmington, including live entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of fun.

    The Boys & Girls Homes of N.C. Foster Care and Adoptions Program would like to thank the sponsors and everyone who attended the first annual gala for making it a success.

  • Affordable healthcare needed

    To the editor: I am disheartened our administration and Congress appear more concerned with controlling health insurance than providing excellent care at a reasonable cost with freedom of choice.

    The federal government has never done anything well, with the notable exception of our armed services. The U.S. Postal Service, Amtrak and other ineffective and costly government programs have been a drag on the economy and have mainly benefited federal employees with generous health insurance and pension programs that all American taxpayers are obligated to pay.

  • Needs help with missing wallet

    To the editor: On June 2, I was involved in an automobile accident on U.S. 17 in Shallotte. I was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital by Brunswick County EMS, and the Shallotte Police Department was at the scene.

    After about five hours in the emergency room, I was released and called a friend to pick me up and take me home. Upon arriving home, it occurred to me I didn’t have my wallet in its usual place.

    My friend and I called the Shallotte Police Department and the hospital, but unfortunately, no one could tell me the whereabouts of my wallet.

  • Petition won't change things in Carolina Shores

    To the editor: Misinformation is circulating in Carolina Shores. Often, after citizen input is heard, the board appears to disregard it. This is because extensive research, knowledge and discussion precede board votes.

    Residents dissatisfied with those decisions must elect replacement commissioners. The powers of the figurehead mayor are the same in mayor-council and council-manager government. Under both forms of government, the mayor’s role is limited per N.C. General Statute 160A-151 per the following:

  • Appreciates hospital, staff

    To the editor: I just recently had a stay in Brunswick Community Hospital. I went in as an emergency patient and was later admitted. I want to praise the hospital and its staff for taking such exceptional care of me.

    I could not have received better care anywhere else in the country. The staff in the ER was right on top of things from

    the start and once I was admitted, I received exactly what I needed.

    I would like to say thanks to the doctor and nurses who helped me. It is so nice to know we have a quality

  • 'Luna' now the star of her own exhibit

    I recently put in a plug for the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s albino alligator naming contest, and I’m proud to report the aquarium has opened its exhibit and named its star: Luna.

    According to the aquarium, visitors got a sneak peek at the exotic creature in March during “Scales and Tails” and immediately initiated the naming contest.

    The aquarium received 1,500 submissions both onsite and online, some from as far away as Germany and Scotland. Entries include Lilly, Allie, Pearl and Opal.

  • Recycling revives good intentions

    So I’ve finally grown concerned about all the plastic grocery bags drifting around out there—getting lodged in trees, floating aimlessly along the highway like lost balloons.

    I realized if I had a dollar for each homeless bag littering our otherwise pristine environment (except for the beer cans), my 401K and I could reconsider retirement.

    Apparently, nobody is offering reimbursement for these little eyesores and wildlife hazards.