Today's Opinions

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • Trying to be everywhere at once

    Remember how I wrote the other week about how great it is we have so much going on in Brunswick County at this time of year?

    I take it back. It’s not as great as I thought it was, and here’s why: We apparently have a minimum of four big events happening on a given weekend and I’ve got three reporters on staff. And as spectacular as they are, they can’t be everywhere at once. Plus, my repeated (some might say ridiculous) requests for a device to clone them continue to be ignored.

  • 15 helpful tips for voting in 2014

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.org and call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

    Here are 15 tips to make your voting experience easier, which we’ve vetted through the State Board of Elections:

  • Elect leader who demonstrates compassion

    To the editor:

    I was invited to an event for this candidate in Hillsborough. We who care about animals were alarmed that the mild sanctions put into place to protect dogs in puppy mills was adamantly fought against by state Sen. Bill Rabon in District 8, who is a veterinarian. This is both scary and alarming.

  • Enough being ignored and insulted by elected officials

    To the editor:

    Tenure is just one of the things the Senate took away from teachers this year, yet tenure is what state Sen. Bill Rabon gains if he is re-elected in November for another term. He thinks tenure for experienced dedicated teachers is not good for North Carolina, but tenure is good for North Carolina senators when they leave office.

  • Stand up for education

    To the editor:

    It is time for educators and community members in this county to take a stand for quality education. Current political leaders are degrading our futures. Students are denied instructional materials and one-on-one instruction because of cuts to schools’ funds and personnel. Teachers are leaving to take positions in other states. Our brightest young people are not choosing education as a future career. We are not the best example of public education in the southeastern United States as we were five years ago. We are near the bottom.

  • Our votes count

    To the editor:

    As we go to the polls this election time, we all hope we can vote for an improvement in our lives. The right to vote is precious and comes at a great price. Our votes do count, but should believers put all their confidence in a process that man administrates? Daniel 2:21: “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…” It looks like God gives us the leaders he believes we deserve.

  • Well done, sheriff's office

    To the editor:

    I was among a group of about 20 other residents to attend the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. This is an 11-week program designed to build a better understanding between law enforcement and those they serve in Brunswick County. What a fantastic program!