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Today's Opinions

  • Better, new dental care access is a good reason to smile

    For most people, routine dental checkups are as much a part of their routine as brushing and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Good oral health is something we tend to take for granted. For too many others, however, it is a luxury they forego in favor of paying for food, shelter and other necessities like utilities and transportation.

  • No excuse for cruelty to animals

    Meet Pearl, a three-week-old cat who was tossed from a moving vehicle onto N.C. 130 last Wednesday. She suffered a broken eye socket, broken jaw and severe lacerations to her face and legs; even in a black-and-white photo, you can see the blood.

    Someone saw what happened to Pearl and rescued her. The tiny kitten made it thorough emergency surgery at Ocean Isle Veterinary Hospital hours later and, after round-the-clock foster care, joined the family of Doug and Brandi Turner of Douglas Diamond Jewelers in Shallotte who will keep her safe and loved.

  • Self-driving cars may keep me sane

    The future we were promised may never get here so long as we don’t have our flying cars.

    Although, the one we got — with the pocket computer/TV/fantasy football draft organizer … I’m forgetting something, give me a sec … oh, and telephone — is pretty good.

    That is, unless your fantasy football draft went south. If so, my condolences.

  • Free speech isn’t free use of media outlets

    Twitter made headlines in July when it permanently banned a Breitbart editor for inciting a deliberate campaign of harassment against comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the reboot of the movie “Ghostbusters” which featured women in the lead roles.

    Those who fight online bullying by racists and sexists applauded the decision while others decried it, saying Twitter violated Milo Yiannopoulos’ right to free speech.

  • Thanks to NCDOT for U.S. 17 paving

    To the editor:

    As I smoothly glided along U.S. 17 from the South Carolina state line heading for Shallotte, I traveled eight miles of newly re-paved road (both ways) that had been constructed over these past two weeks during the evening hours.

    Thank you, North Carolina Department of Transportation, for recognizing the increased traffic patterns this road serves with all our summer visitors to our wonderful beaches and golf courses and for having the foresight to accomplish your work during the low traffic hours. Kudos to your planning department!

  • The kindness of a stranger

    o the editor:

    Dear Mike from New York, I’m sorry I don’t know your last name, but you know who you are. On Aug. 23, I was visiting my son Zach at the cross where we lost him Sept. 4, 2007. The cross is located on N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), across the street from Lowes Food. It was a very difficult visit, as I had to tell him First Bank was getting ready to build on that land and we would have to move the cross where I’ve visited with him for nine years.

  • Vote Casteen, not Rouzer

    To the editor:

    Southern Brunswick County voters: your current GOP congressman is David Rouzer; his opponent this Nov. 8 is Democrat J. Wesley Casteen.

    I will vote for Casteen for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District because my issues are a living wage for hourly wage families, with health care and adequate education for our children. Rouzer opposes adequate funding for all three. Casteen supports adequate funding for all three.

  • Please help Shallotte house fire victims

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 3, an early morning fire destroyed a single-family home at 1683 Pacific Ave. SW in Shallotte.

    Firefighters said the family was “moments from disaster.” The family, along with their four dogs and a cat, escaped, with one person taken to the hospital with second-degree burns to the hands and eyes. Two cats did not survive. The fire was discovered about 6:30 a.m. on the back porch, and quickly spread to the back bedroom and the remainder of the house. Shallotte Point, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach firefighters responded.