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Today's Opinions

  • 'Dueling ceremonies' familiar Memorial Day scenario in Calabash

    Calabash has to be the most patriotic town in Brunswick County, if not North Carolina and the entire United States.

    For the past decade, as best my not-so-baby (boomer) memory strains to serve me, I have covered Memorial Day ceremonIES in the Seafood Capital.

    I stress the plural part because, as most Calabash Seafood Capitalists know by now, the town traditionally has two, even three, ceremonies paying tribute to our fallen heroes, veterans and active-duty service members alike.

    This is an absolutely good thing.

  • Busing situation lacks consistency

    In the newsroom we often hear about stories we aren’t involved in covering, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.

    This week, that story is the board of education’s decision to switch back to a traditional bussing schedule.

    A surprising twist considering our man with the school system, Sam Hickman, had explained the superintendent intended to switch the high school and elementary route times, but remain on a staggered bus schedule.

  • A divided Union

    To the editor:

    President Washington was leery of political parties, as the most passionate on each side of a policy issue often become unbending. A union, such as a marriage, a partnership, or even our Congress, requires understanding and tradeoffs to function. The shorthand my wife and I use is “this for that.” At its simplest form, I cut the grass as she does the laundry, each appreciating the other.

  • Kudos to ATMC, tech support staff

    To the editor:

  • Council members should answer for proposed tax increase

    To the editor:

    When corporate executives knowingly cover up their fiscal mismanagement and mislead their shareholders and the Security Exchange Commission, they resign and are prosecuted. In Sunset Beach, Councilmen Lou DeVita, Mike Williams and Wilson Sherrill have committed the same violation, as evidenced by a 31.4 percent tax rate increase recommendation.

  • Florence Bruce at age 100

    By Verniece E. Stanley

    Guest Columnist

    The first half of the 19th century, freed blacks had increasing difficulties surviving.

    Florence Bruce was born in Bolivia on May 22, 1914. She can tell how her father got the land. The land deeds were kept by grandparents and given to him to keep as a young man. The land was located near a plantation. The owners were no longer living there. Most of the soil was good for farming. Farming was a way of life with a family.

  • General Assembly report

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina Senate convened the 2014 Short Session. The new Senate members were recognized and seated on opening day, Wednesday, May 14. They are Jeff Jackson from Charlotte, Joyce Kraweic from Kernersville and Terry Van Duyn from Asheville. Inductees from the NASCAR Hall of Fame were also recognized that day. We finished up tasks from the interim committees. We are now working in standing committees. We are off to a fast start and are excited about our plans for this session.

  • From the state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Although the General Assembly kicked off last week, things began to heat up before the gavel came down at noon Wednesday, May 14. There were various committees and meetings all over Raleigh. Of course, most of them were in the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. About 300 bills were filed which covered a variety of subjects, including taxes, education, transportation and local issues.