Today's Opinions

  • Socialism is not the answer

    To the editor: The book “The Road to Serfdom” by Frederick Hayek is a primer on the socialist world into which we are plunging.

    With the takeover of healthcare by the government, our descent into a government-controlled plantation begins.

  • Wrong assumptions about cat

    To the editor: (In response to L. Hiester of OIB letter.) Is your glass always half empty, never half full? Felines do not deposit waste in driveways; they cover their feces and their urine. Many cats, including Bob, cohabitate with the avian population. Cats kill to eat, unlike humans.

    Nothing ever entered my door without being neutered (with the exception of my husband and our sons).

  • Bob was a good neighbor

    To the editor: New to the neighborhood, I was walking my Labrador retriever Sasha by the house next door when I saw a beautiful Siamese cat. Instead of bolting, the cat sat quietly assessing us.

    Later, I met the Hardings. I was invited into their backyard for a cold drink. I saw the Siamese lying close by, quietly watching birds on a feeder. Our eyes met, and I swear the cat seemed to say, “Hi, I’m Bob. Welcome to the neighborhood.”

  • Do you know history?

    To the editor: Mr. Donnelly [in his recent letter] proves he either does not know his history or does not understand it.

    The U.S. fought in Korea and withdrew without victory. The U.S. fought in Vietnam and withdrew without victory.

    President Bush claimed victory when there was none. Eight years after starting a war that has been proven to be without a basis, the U.S. is still engaged but will withdraw without victory.

  • Pill abuse on the rise

    To the editor: Prescription pain pill abuse is on the rise, and more and more we are hearing about people becoming addicted to medicine that was prescribed for pain.

    Pill addiction is growing like a brush fire in Brunswick County. It doesn’t help matters that Hollywood has made it almost glamorous to take these pills, not to mention doctors doling out prescriptions like candy.

  • Fire department says thanks

    To the editor: Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue would like to thank the community for its support in 2009. We are looking forward to serving the community needs in 2010.

    We also are looking for any unwanted or discarded vehicles, farm equipment, big trucks and trailers for training props in classes we will have in 2010. These training props will serve our fire department and other fire departments in the county.

  • All the merriness of a picture-perfect holiday greeting card

    A little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy standing with a border collie in front of the Christmas tree, both wearing reindeer antlers. He is smiling. She is wagging her tail.

    Hallmark probably has a Christmas card just like that on a shelf somewhere. It’s probably $3 or less. I could have gone got a few of those and been done with it.

    But I didn’t.

    Every year, I get Christmas cards from my friends with their pictures of their children, pets and families. They always look really nice, and I say, “Why can’t I do that?”

  • Randy Thompson has served Brunswick County well

    Accountability, loyalty, respect, integrity, professionalism, teamwork, mentor, counselor and friend.

    Those are words friends and co-workers use to describe Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson.

    After serving Brunswick County since 2000, Thompson is poised to leave behind that position as he retires from the county agency.