Today's Opinions

  • Valentine’s Day romantic tactics revealed

    Saint Valentine stuck his neck out for love and was beheaded for it, according to one legend. Pursuit of romance on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, can lead to trouble and hard feelings. For that reason, some people retreat from participation rather than risk what goodwill remains with their significant others.

    At the age of 75, I’ve successfully given and received Valentines for more than six decades with great satisfaction. Here are my romantic tactics:


    Significant others

  • Face the Obamacare music

    To the editor:

    The story about county employees facing a big increase in their health insurance is just another example of how Obamacare is affecting the cost and quality of health care throughout the U.S.

    I just hope the county does not pass its health care costs to the residents of the county.

    Hunker down and face the music. For those who voted for a president who authorized this brave new world and who wants to share the wealth and distribute what we earned to someone who did not earn his keep, you are getting what you asked for.

  • BFA extends thanks to community

    To the editor:

    The board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) extend thanks and appreciation to the community for the outstanding support of our 2013 Annual Appeal and Christmas Program.

    As a result of the generosity and compassion of all who contributed to our Annual Appeal, our primary fundraising effort, we surpassed the amount we collected in the 2012 Annual Appeal, and we also exceeded our 2013 goal. This funding enables BFA to provide critical programs and services to our neighbors who are struggling during these hard economic times.

  • Answering to Rabon's voters

    To the editor:

    I was one of the people who attended the recently publicized meeting on proposed N.C. House Bill 930, also known as the puppy mill bill, on Jan. 16 with Sen. Bill Rabon. There are a few points I would like to clarify.

    1) The meeting was represented by voters in his district. No groups were represented or mentioned.

    2) A tape recorder was being held in the hand of one of Sen. Rabon’s constituents in the open, not hidden.

  • Taking issue with protest

    To the editor:

    This letter is in reference to Rev. William Barber’s moral meeting/protest in Raleigh over the weekend of Feb. 8. Let’s get one thing straight right off, and that is that this letter is not racial in nature. It is intended to include all races and nationalities.

    One of the things the reverend is upset about is the voter ID requirement. The reason he gives is that his “constituents” have no way to get to wherever the registration place might be.

  • Killed bill kills puppies

    To the editor:

    The Republican-led North Carolina legislature, said Sen. Phil Berger, has killed the puppy mill bill because someone in the group advocating the bill recorded a meeting with Sen. Bill Rabon in which he used profanity and some other ugly words. Then the news media got hold of it and publicized his bad behavior — his bad behavior, not the group’s.

  • Encounters with angels

    To the editor:

    Since Brunswick County Homeless Coalition (BCHC) organized, some members have volunteered to assist the United Way’s Point In Time (PIT) count of homeless in our county. This was our third year doing this, but the first time encountering guardian angels.

  • Too much of a good thing is sometimes a challenge

    It would seem inappropriate for me to beg for patience when I have so little of it, but I’m about to do it anyway.

    A few months ago, we recreated a community news policy to let readers know about our deadlines for items like club news, honor rolls, wedding announcements, business and education briefs, and church bulletin notes. The policy has been printed on page 2A of every edition since.

    In case you’ve missed it, I’ll save you the trouble of flipping pages and give it to you here: