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Today's Opinions

  • Where is renourishment money coming from?

    To the editor: I go to the beach a lot. There are a lot of people losing their jobs and their homes. We can’t afford to buy health, insurance, a car, food, clothes and so on. Where is the money coming from to replenish the sand on the beach?

    I’ve been watching this for years. These last few years have been windy. The trucks run one after another, day after day for weeks, only to have the sand be washed out as fast as they spread it.

  • Is this the change you voted for?

    To the editor: This week, President Obama’s allies in Congress are having hearings on regulating carbon dioxide, which, as we have been told, is the gas that causes global warming. They call this “cap and trade.”

    Electric companies will buy a permit from the government to discharge carbon dioxide (the cap) and what they do not use they can sell (trade). Gasoline, propane and natural gas will be taxed based on how much carbon dioxide they create when burned.

  • Violating open meetings law is unacceptable

    Calabash commissioners—Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and John Melahn—are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you violate it?

    Last week, the three of you openly violated the law when you joined together to discuss public business—town sewer—without first announcing you were going to do so.

  • If it were all you had, what would your 30-day, get-it-done challenge be?

    Forgive me for being morbid, but I think about death and dying probably more often than I should. It’s an unfortunate learned trait, picked up from a mother who experienced too much death too soon in life.

    After watching her mother, father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cancer she was convinced some day she too would experience the slow, painful battle with the disease. But her death was neither slow nor painful; she died suddenly—and very unexpectedly—in a car crash.

  • Spring things bring sole-ful weekend times

    It’s that most wonderful time of year when people weary of taxes, the economy and goings-on in Cala-clash can and should venture outside themselves and soak up some spring things going on in Brunswick County.

    I know I did that just this past Saturday, when I was invited to be a judge in the Calabash Fire Department’s first Show and Shine Car Show.

    If the fire department hired me for my car-judging expertise, they had asked the right woman.

    Any car that looks pretty, has cruise control and a great stereo always gets my vote.

  • Supports Salazar's approach to energy

    To the editor: Since taking office in January, Secretary Salazar has prioritized renewable energy, put the brakes on the Bush administration’s full-steam-ahead approach to destructive oil shale development and canceled oil and gas leases on the edge of Utah National Parks and historic sites on nearby public land.

  • Picture heralds the future

    To the editor: The prettiest picture I have seen in eight years was my president reaching out to shake hands with Hugo Chavez at the Latin American summit last weekend.

    I wish rightwing pundits would present the picture against the backdrop of eight years of U.S. interference in Venezuela. Chavez, an indigenous man, was democratically elected in 1998, and in every election since, with around 59 percent of the vote. And every election has seen U.S.-funded opposition and infiltration of Venezuelan news media, especially RCTV, the Venezuelan version of FOX.

  • Spring break renews energy

    Spending time away from the office for a week was a great way to recharge my batteries.

    I spent most of the time with my 6-year-old in Charlotte visiting my brother, sister-in-law and 11-month-old nephew. It was a delight, especially since he started walking while we were there.

    My daughter Taryn and I also made a visit to Discovery Place, where she saw a mad scientist blow things up, made all sorts of scientific discoveries and watched her first IMAX movie, “Fly Me to the Moon,” (not a great movie for adults, but she liked it.)