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Today's Opinions

  • State needs to take a more comprehensive look at gambling

    Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill that would outlaw video gaming entertainment. 

    If the same measure were to be approved by the state House of Representatives, it would essentially force electronic sweepstakes operations, like those which have popped up throughout Brunswick County, out of business.

  • Does technology really make easy things easier or are we lazy?

    Shortly after graduating from college and getting my own home, I couldn’t wait to show my mom around.

    We toured the rooms and talked about paint selections, furniture and floor coverings. The tour ended in the kitchen where I proudly walked over to the dishwasher.

    “Look at this,” I said, doing my best Vanna White impression as my hands trailed along in front of the dishwasher.

    I beamed.

    “A dishwasher?” mom asked. “Hmm. Don’t want one,” she retorted.

  • Thanks for poem

    To the editor: This is a public thank-you to a special person. Stacey Manning, who works at this very newspaper, has so graciously allowed me to use a poem that she wrote in memory of her mother to commemorate the 10th anniversary of my son’s death.

    I know that she wrote this poem from the depths of her sorrow and it touched me deeply. I have kept a copy of it, and when I asked her permission to use it, she said yes.

    Thank you so much, Stacey.

    Janet Evans

    Supply

  • Supports electronic gaming businesses

    To the editor: I recently read Laura Lewis’ article on gaming parlors. Thank goodness, she did not call all of us that like to play these games “criminals.”

    We have met a lot of nice people while playing these games. There are also a lot of people we have met who have no one at home to talk to and are lonely. They can play on 25 cents for a long time and are enjoying themselves.

    It has given a lot of people jobs, therefore, not on unemployment. I get a lot of enjoyment from this and can see that is not hurting anyone.

  • Hayward and BP: Proving false the old adage, ‘All press is good press’

    Just when you thought the epic disaster surrounding BP, the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the Obama administration’s response couldn’t get any worse, BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward was on a boat—sending ripples of frustration throughout the Gulf Coast.

    No, he wasn’t off the coast of the devastated Gulf of Mexico, or even surveying damage on the shores of Alabama.

  • It’s great to have the ‘Two Fat Ladies’ back on TV again

    For cable TV fans and foodies of all stripes, The Cooking Channel debuted May 31, aiming at a younger, “hipper” demographic than Food Network—importing all sorts of flashy-looking cooking shows from other countries, creating some original shows about the history of food and even re-running some of our old favorites.

    Imagine my surprise when remote surfing recently I came upon one of my favorite old shows from when Food Network was in its infancy—“Two Fat Ladies.”

  • Protect yourself from the dangerous heat lingering in the county

    Here’s a comment from Captain Obvious, “It’s hot outside.”

    As I sit here writing this Monday afternoon, Brunswick County is under a heat advisory. The National Weather Service has Monday’s highs at about 98 degrees, with the heat index potentially pushing as high as 107.

    Tuesday, the day the newspaper is printed and readied for the public, temperatures are expected to teeter in the mid-90s, with temperatures hanging out around 90 degrees for the rest of the week.

  • Terminal groin bill should go to the House floor

    The decision about whether terminal groins could be a viable option for coastal erosion control is now in the hands of one person, and that’s not how it should be.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith and Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney is controlling whether Senate Bill 832 will be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session.