Today's Opinions

  • Have a doggone good time this weekend with your four-legged friend

    This weekend, Brunswick County will go to the dogs.

    October seems to be the month for a variety of festivals, fundraisers and competitions, but this weekend is devoted to the canines in the county.

    Being a dog owner myself, I am brought to tears every time I see one of those commercials showing animal abuse and neglect while a sad, sentimental song plays in the background. They affect me so much, I either have to quickly change the channel or scoop up my own puppy and hold her, telling her she is loved and will never end up in that situation.

  • If you get the boot, you'll have to pay

    Darlene Dover had been soaking up beach sun on a pleasant, last Monday in September when she returned to her car parked between the Sunset Beach gazebo and fishing pier.

    Igniting the engine of her 1999 Toyota Camry, the part-time Brunswick County resident put the car in gear and attempted to drive away.

    All she got was a car that wouldn’t budge and a cacophony of metal grinding against metal.

    “I went to see if I left my chair in back,” said Dover, recalling how she got out of her car to check the problem.

  • How to win the war in Afghanistan

    To the editor:

    “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”–Douglas MacArthur.

    I will recount a very brief bit of advice from MacArthur made from his deathbed at Walter Reed Hospital in 1964. Several White House and military types went to see him to discuss strategies for winning in Vietnam. The general had said often not to engage China in a land war, but this time he said with one of his last breaths, “scorched earth, scorched earth.”

  • Dismayed by school board

    To the editor:

    As a new resident of Brunswick County (and retired teacher), I can’t tell you how dismayed I was to read of the local school board’s recent actions against our lawfully elected American president’s speech to motivate our children. He is a fine man and good role model.

    My grandchildren will be attending these schools and in no way do I want them to learn fear, disrespect of authority, anti-patriotism or racism. What kind of reflection is this kind of attitude on this fine county?

  • Is Jesus God?

    To the editor:

    Is Jesus God?

    Heb. 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest (Jesus) who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

    God’s word describes man and his spiritual condition in Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”; Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

  • What is wrong with this?

    To the editor:

    What is wrong with this scenario? North Carolina is billions in debt. Gov. Bev Perdue borrows education lottery funds to meet state obligations. Education funding is cut to schools and people are laid off. The state has to pass a tax increase to keep from going bankrupt. North Carolina awards $400,000 to Shallotte to build a park.

    If Shallotte gets $400,000, and other municipalities across the state also receive their version of pork, some people are lying about the dire conditions facing the state, don’t y’all think?

  • Work together for positive change

    To the editor:

    Carolina Shores encompasses six communities: Carolina Shores proper, The Farm, Village at Calabash, Calabash Lakes, Beacon Townes and Lighthouse Cove. It is a growing town and has needs for more services.

    With the upcoming election, we have the ability to improve our town government and move forward with our needs

  • Support CIS

    To the editor:

    As a member of the board of directors of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the importance of supporting this organization.

    CIS believes every young person needs and deserves a one-on-one ongoing relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a marketable skill to use upon graduating, a chance to give back to their peers and to the community and have a healthy start and a healthy future.