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Today's Opinions

  • Sunset sewer distortion

    To the editor: Not long ago, Mayor Ron Klein and council members, led by Len Steiner and former member Carl Bazemore, led the push to mandate every citizen be forced to connect to the new sewer system.

    Unfortunately, council members Bobinski and DeVita followed the blind wisdom of their Sea Trail golf partners.

    This mandate would have caused serious financial hardship for many retirees and working class citizens.

  • Supports McCrory for governor

    To the editor: I am a resident of Brunswick County and former resident of the Charlotte area.

    I have known Pat McCrory for more than 20 years. I saw firsthand the leadership he provided as the mayor of Charlotte for more than 13 years, having been re-elected seven times.

    Pat’s leadership in areas such as crime control, transportation and planning has been recognized by both Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.

    Pat wants to take his leadership experience to Raleigh and change the culture of state government.

  • Speaking for those without a voice

    Volunteering with a church in downtown Houston more than a year ago, Mike Jones, a Brunswick County native, walked under a bridge to talk to a homeless woman.

    He had prayed with many homeless people during his time as a volunteer, but this one was different. The woman was pregnant with triplets and living under the bridge with her boyfriend.

    During their prayer, many others joined in, forming a larger and larger circle underneath the bridge as they prayed for the woman and her unborn children.

  • Local political committees have important decisions ahead

    In the coming weeks, representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties here in Brunswick County have some very important decisions to make.

    The Republican Party will be looking for someone to fill the shoes of David Sandifer, a longtime county commissioner and commissioners’ chair, who died after a battle with cancer.

  • Columbine High School shooters the wrong people to idolize

    The Columbine Massacre forever plagues April 20, a school shooting that resulted in 13 deaths and two suicides by high school shooters.

    At the time, it was an event that shook the nation and was considered the worst school shooting in American history.

    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before killing themselves on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. What ended up being a mass shooting was initially meant to kill many more people.

  • Being a 'good person' doesn't excuse someone from the law

    If being a good person were enough to keep someone out of trouble with the justice system, America wouldn’t be facing problems with jail overcrowding.

    Several years back, I wrote a story about a relationship quarrel in which two men were in an argument over a woman. In the ensuing fight, one of the men stabbed the other—in the eye.

    The stabber-man had been formally charged, and I penned the blurry tale of the eye stabbing.

    Before the ink had a chance to dry on newsprint, I got a call from the stabber’s mother.

  • Brunswick citizens seek honest, hard-working sheriff

    Dear future sheriff: Brunswick County citizens are looking for an honest, hard-working sheriff.

    Gone are the days of the “good ole boys' club,” corruption, extortion, coercion, facilitating drug trafficking and other maladies that have seemed to plague the position of high sheriff in Brunswick County.

    The tide has turned, and we are all looking for a leader with character, integrity and a true and constant devotion to law enforcement.

  • We expect elected leaders to follow all laws

    Just 25 days after North Carolina Governor Mike Easley proclaimed March 20, 2008 “Sunshine Day” in North Carolina, nine media organizations filed a lawsuit against him for refusing to comply with public records law.

    Sunshine Day is part of the nationwide celebration of “Sunshine Week,” a week that highlights citizens’ rights to public records.

    The Sunshine Laws and North Carolina Public Records Laws exist to ensure the public has the right to access government documents.