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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Reading About Bleeding’

    To the editor:

    Was watching TV and saw people stampeding,

    And on you by others, they had been bleeding.

    They did suffer so,

    More than we know

    Changes in all weapons laws we are needing.

    The Second Amendment regarding weapons was made in the 1700s. Fine. People had crossed muskets hanging over their fireplaces. You were authorized a rifle musket and a pistol musket with powder and 20 balls. Those weapons were all they needed.

  • Time for our country to take its medicine

    To the editor:

    The refrain being heard since the horrific event in Las Vegas is: “Something ought to be done! But what?”

    The answer I submit is so obvious that it is missed by many and unacceptable to others.

    We are witnesses to one of the worst decisions in American history. Since prayer and Bible reading in our schools were removed, disciplinary action is not for smoking or spitballs. It is for crimes such as assault and rape.

  • Clowns war against icons

    To the editor:

    When I was a child many years ago, clowns were a source of awe and hilarity. There was Clarabell the Clown of the “Howdy Doody Show,” the Emmett Kelly hobo character Weary Willie and the wonderment of a half-dozen encapsulated clowns erupting from a psychedelically painted Beetle-like car.

    The clowns’ slapstick humor featured rear-end smacks from a loud cracking flat bat and an astonished audience recoiling from a large fire bucket of speckled confetti cascading over them, all beneath the tented canopy at a county fair.

  • President speaks the truth for me

    To the editor:

    If you listen to the news, you would believe President Trump is the one being divisive.

    In reality, that is not true. Most times when he speaks up or tweets on a subject that everyone has been talking about, he speaks the truth.

  • Godspeed, Dr. John Madison

    To the editor:

    I started looking at Shallotte as a prospective place to practice in 1970.

    I met three businessmen who encouraged me to open my practice in Brunswick County: Floyd Kirby, owner of the Steak House (now Jerome’s), and two dentists — John Ward and John Madison — were my first contacts with Shallotte.

  • DACA taxpayers deserve to stay

    To the editor:

    The debate is what to do with or about 700,000 to 800,000 American K-12 educated kids who grew up in America, but are not Americans.

    We are talking about more than 95 percent who have no police record, work and pay both income taxes into Medicare and Social Security.

    These young adults were brought here illegally by their parents, abetted by American employers who hired them illegally, to save labor cost. We do not know if the employers also broke tax laws or passed the savings on to the American taxpayers.

  • Athletes disrespect America, president

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    To me, the NFL is just another industry.

    The owners are the stockholders. Players work for the stockholders. They are to be on time, perform the tasks they were hired to execute and get paid a better than decent salary for the job they do.

  • President more disgraceful than protests

    To the editor:

    Anything short of a hand over heart or military salute while standing to honor our country is disgracing the American flag and America.

    Many athletes failed to do that for many years, yet there was no uproar. President Trump has once again insulted his way into a self-created controversy.

    The protests are against racism, not our military. Trump disgraces this country in countless more ways than the NFL or its players.