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Today's Opinions

  • Kudos to Carolina Shores residents sticking up for town employee

    During the past two months, residents in Carolina Shores have rallied to defend town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin,who they feel is being treated like trash.

    The residents say it all started when Franklin received a reprimand from town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon based on a single complaint: Someone told Donlon that Franklin failed to provide proper assistance at the recycling center.Now, they say, Franklin is no longer allowed to assist residents with their garbage and anyone who needs assistance must alert him by pointing at their bag of garbage.

  • Rabon patronizes people and pets

    Some Brunswick County animal advocates did not play fair by recording a Jan. 16 meeting with state Sen. Bill Rabon and then releasing it to the public, so the Senate is taking its ball — legislation passed by the House to regulate puppy mills in the state — and going home. It is an immature reaction to the childish behavior of one of its own who also happens to be one of our own.

  • Bravo to Brunswick County for weather response

    The National Weather Service forecast early last week for Brunswick County was dire. Meteorologists guaranteed a dusting of snow to cover about an inch or more of ice that would not only blanket the area, but also not thaw completely in 48 hours of mostly below-freezing temperatures, beginning Jan. 28.

  • Charter school process needs reform

    The greater a school district’s enrollment, the more money it will receive from taxpayers for operations. This principle is apparently at the heart of a battle between Brunswick County Schools and Roger Bacon Academy, which is preparing to open its second charter school in the county this summer.

    The opening of charter schools means fewer students will be served by the public school system, but local school districts are still responsible for funding the charter schools.

  • Insurance rate hike proposal too costly to ignore

    The insurance hits just seem to keep coming for homeowners in Brunswick County.

    Thanks to the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed in July 2012, flood insurance premiums rose by an average of 10 percent with policy renewals after Oct. 1 last year. That was coupled with a Federal Emergency Management Agency surcharge on policies amounting to 5 percent of those premiums. North Carolina’s legislators at both the state and federal level are still trying to resolve the unintended, unreasonably expensive consequences of the Biggert-Waters Act.

  • Do not wait for a crisis to donate blood

    One of the side effects few considered in the wake of last week’s polar vortex was the impact on the availability of blood.

    According to the American Red Cross, 280 blood drives across 25 states were canceled because of the snow and extreme cold. The blood drive cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 8, 400 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2.

  • ‘Color Purple’ controversy takes on insulting tone

    At the start of the 2013-14 year for Brunswick County Schools, the students in 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement courses and their parents were required to sign a syllabus that agreed to the terms of the course. “The Color Purple” was among books on the reading list, which was part of the syllabus.

    Those opposed to it seem to have forgotten or ignored this fact, and that is far more offensive than any of the questionable subject matter in the award-winning novel.

  • Time for charity is always

    The end of 2013 signaled the deadline for people to make charitable contributions of cash or property in time to claim it on their next tax filings.

    The recently released 2012-2013 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities collected $32,160,894.49 from North Carolinians as reported by professional solicitors during the 12-month period.

    The annual report does not look at all charitable and nonprofits operating in North