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Today's Opinions

  • President’s final stretch to 100th day punctuated by tasteless photo op

    A marriage of poor taste and pure stupidity unfolded over Lower Manhattan on Monday when Air Force One buzzed Ground Zero.

    As it flew low over Manhattan, Air Force One—sans Mr. President, so I guess it was just a really expensive Boeing 747—was tailed by two fighter jets.

    People panicked, evacuated buildings and frantically called 911 in a state of what I can only imagine was sheer terror—evoking the frightening and permanent memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Learning from the citizens' academy

    To the editor: What would cause a person to respond to a call for help at 5 p.m. and be four hours late for dinner or leave his home at 2 a.m. to respond to a serious accident or crime?

    Since attending the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, I think I have the answer.

    I am so amazed at the honest concern, teamwork and devotion the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has to protect us. We were instructed on everything from history, to patrol and detective divisions, to courthouse procedures to narcotics.

  • Say thank you to teachers for educating your children

    As I peek around the corner of his bedroom, I see my son, Levi, sleeping soundly. He’s stretched out in this crib, with his arm around his stuffed dog.

    I dread the battle ahead of me. I know Levi will cry and scream as I wake him from his peaceful sleep and get him dressed for day care. But it’s what I have to do. The fit will only last a short time. As soon as we are out the door, he will be happy again. That’s because he knows he’s going to day care.

  • Questioning my views, biases? Here they are

    Numerous pundits on the Internet, the letters to the editor pages and the 24-hour-cable networks like to question reporters’ biases, ask where we get our facts and basically, accuse us of being shills or liars.

    Some of us need it. Sometimes, reporters don’t report. Some repeat talking points or ignore important issues in favor of personalities and scandals.

  • Support March of Dimes fundraiser

    To the editor: Most people do not recall the first steps they ever took. Due to birth defects, my sister took her first steps when she was 4-and-a-half years old with the aid of leg braces. Those braces were provided by the March of Dimes.

    Established by President Roosevelt in 1938, it was called The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the March of Dimes.

    In 2001, the World Health Organization reported only 480 cases of polio worldwide, due partly to research and funding from the March of Dimes.

  • Say no to Senate Bill 921

    To the editor: Senate Bill 921, introduced by Sen. Tony Ward (D), would allow ABC liquor sales on Sunday.

    It is estimated this could add $5.5 million to state coffers. The problem is, this revenue is on the backs of victims with the associated misery and indebtedness. These laws were created in Colonial times so people inclined to go to church would not be tempted to buy liquor instead.

  • Mother's Day service sponsored by NAACP

    To the editor: Are you tired of the same thing every Mother’s Day? Are you tired of going out to eat after morning service, getting over-full, coming home, going to sleep, and then waking up in the afternoon and wondering if Mother’s Day is over?

    Well, not if you come to St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivia at 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 10, for a real Mother’s Day “Mother of the Year” meal—the Bread of Life.

  • Bothered by officer assault story

    To the editor: I read the story about a Holden Beach officer being charged with assault. I am reading this on April 23 and the alleged assault took place on April 7.

    In most cases where there is an assault reported by the newspaper, there is a victim and something about what happened. Not in this case.

    So I guess if you are an officer of the law, this is not important. When it is all over with, there will probably not be anything in the paper to tell what had happened.