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Today's Opinions

  • 'Substandard' bridge is major part of our lives

    The annual list of substandard bridges in North Carolina is out, and AAA Carolinas’ has named the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge—that steel drawbridge that connects Brunswick to New Hanover County—as number 10 on its top-20 list.

    AAA Carolinas’ annual study ranks bridges on structural conditions and gives extra “points” to bridges with high traffic volumes.

    According to the latest traffic counts, the bridge carries about 72,000 cars each day between the two counties.

  • Newspapers’ cutbacks, closings big losses for freedom of speech, information

    Like many other business operations in this economy, the newspaper industry isn’t faring so well.

    Across the country, newspapers—large and small—have had to make significant cuts to staffs, production and products. Pay freezes, furloughs and unfilled vacant positions are steps taken by some to keep doors open and people in their jobs.

  • Good things to say about Citizens Academy

    To the editor

    I recently completed and graduated from the Citizens Academy sponsored by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. This exciting and informative seminar spanned an eight-week period from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

    Deputies, detectives, K-9 corps, judges and attorneys served as our instructors, educating our class on numerous duties of the sheriff's office.

    From missing persons, 911 call center, firearms, drugs, actual detective work to excellent speakers, the class proved intriguing. And it is free to our community.

  • Think hard about skydiving request

    To the editor:

    To start with, I am not for or against skydiving. I moved here from South Jersey, and we had a skydiving operation near my home, like the one being proposed at Ocean Isle Beach Airport.

    Every year, some skydivers would miss the landing zone, which by the way, was larger than the one proposed at OIB Airport. Skydivers in the past had landed on the local roads, around houses, in the Home Depot parking lot, in the movie theatre parking lot and in the surrounding woods.

  • Upset with senator’s response

    To the editor:

    I have never written to the editor before, but after a call to Sen. Kay Hagan’s office, I cannot ignore this issue and wish to make it public.

    After numerous calls and e-mails to her office and never receiving a reply or letter of acknowledgement about the issue I was addressing, I called one day to complain about this and ask some other information about the recently signed stimulus bill.

  • A poetic look at the economy

    To the editor:

    With pen and paper, I seek to address

    A nation of many now found in distress

    Where mighty men strive to hold their composure

    In a time of recession and record foreclosure

    Where a sinking market leaves us to doubt

    If the government can save with another bailout

    Where debts rise quickly up to one’s neck

    That just can’t be paid with a welfare check

    Where we watch as poverty reaches a pinnacle

    Where women fear and men grow cynical

    And the helpless starve while the lucky are fed

  • Doesn’t want Harley event here

    To the editor:

    I urge the Shallotte mayor and alderman to reject the request by Rick Noyes, owner of the new Coastal Harley-Davidson dealership, for a permit to conduct a weeklong grand opening event.

    Mr. Noyes’ proposal to the Carolinas Harley-Davidson Dealers Association to conduct a weeklong rally in May was rejected in favor of New Bern. This makes sense because New Bern, unlike Shallotte, has a more extensive infrastructure to support the large number of anticipated motorcyclists.

  • Speak out about childcare

    To the editor:

    My grandson has attended a local daycare facility for nearly seven months. As requested, I provided the facility with a two-week notice of intent to remove him from the facility; however, during an unpleasurable phone conversation with the owner, I revealed why he was leaving but did not satisfy her thirst—where was he going?

    Several hours later, a phone conversation with the owner indirectly instructed me not to bring my grandson back to the facility because of my dissatisfaction with the services he was receiving.