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Today's Opinions

  • What exactly is going on at DSS and why is the board keeping it so quiet?

    We’re not exactly clear what’s going on with Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services, but we have some concerns about the actions taken recently by its board.

    On Aug. 6, the board had a meeting where it made a decision to place Jamie Orrock, DSS director, on paid administrative leave. We can find no record of public notice being given for this meeting.

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor:

    Jim MacCallum is a candidate for the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court. It is an important position to residents of the county that requires a thorough knowledge of the laws to make decisions that impact individuals lives, plus trustworthiness to handle millions of dollars in court fees.

    An attorney for 33 years, past-president of the West Virginia State Bar, past-president of the West Virginia State Board of Education overseeing a multimillion dollar budget and practicing law in Brunswick County assure me of his ability.

  • Group forms to help COPD victims

    To the editor:

    An invisible killer is in our midst. It’s called COPD.

    You may not recognize the name COPD but it stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and basically includes disease such as emphysema, fibrosis, alpha 1 deficiency and many more. It is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and is growing rapidly.

    Many people suffer from some form of breathing problem or have someone they know or in their family that does.

  • Thanks for BFA donation

    To the editor:

    A lady I’ve never met walked into Brunswick Family Assistance recently with a generous financial donation from her church.

    Sadly, her church had its last meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, after months of agonizing over the decision to dissolve.

    Hard times hit us in so many ways, but seeing a church dissolve is heartbreaking. We are so thankful to that small fellowship for sharing what was left of the bounty of their tithes and offerings with us.

  • Voters should decide funding status

    To the editor:

  • Don’t wait for November; be the change you wish to see

    What is wrong with our country?

    How and when did we get this way?

    When are we going to wake up before it’s too late?

    At 29 years old, I feel like that’s something my grandparents’ generation should be saying, but the past 18 or so months have aged me it seems.

    We want to blame Washington for out-of-touch policies, out-of-control spending and a general sense they’re all out of their minds (a point I won’t argue), but here at home I fear we aren’t much more in touch.

  • Doesn’t like points in reader’s letter

    As a resident of Sunset Beach, I am appalled by the inflammatory accusations put forth in Mr. Cerrato’s recent letter.

    We have a new town council in place that represents the majority of residents that voted in the past election. Not too long ago, many residents in our town were upset about the impending building of the Waves surf and sport store and its potential eyesore to the area.

  • Turning disaster into triumph

    It’s difficult to see there could be anything good about Sept. 11, but if we look to our past, we find other generations turn disaster into triumph.

    On Sept. 11, 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine, Washington was outflanked and defeated, leaving Philadelphia open to occupation by the enemy. British General Howe and his troops flooded the city. Patriots flooded west to York, taking the Liberty Bell, records of the Continental Congress and possessions.

    Who could know such terrifying events could have a positive result?