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Today's Opinions

  • Thank an EMT

    To the editor: Have you thanked an EMT today? If you haven’t, I’m doing it. As a matter of fact, I’d like to thank a lot of EMTs, law enforcement and fire departments.

    On May 29 my brother, Mark Walker, collapsed in his home in Sunset Beach. Our mother Darlene called 911 and she said that within minutes the yard was full of emergency vehicles willing to help.

    I don’t know everyone’s name, but I want to thank everyone who went to the call. I especially want to thank Brandon Tysinger who stayed by my brother’s side and never gave up.

  • There are ways to fix healthcare system

    To the editor: Democrats have continuously criticized opponents of their healthcare plan as not having a plan to fix healthcare. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Opponents of HR3200 have suggested several plans designed to rectify many of the problems in our healthcare system. What we oppose is the nationalization of our healthcare system, which provides the best medical care in the world.

  • Car lesson learned hard way

    To the editor: I recently had work done on my vehicle, and I am writing this letter to share the hard lessons I learned. Hopefully, this will help others learn things they need to check when picking up their vehicle from a repair shop, and they won’t have to go through the same disturbing experience.

    I picked up my vehicle from a local, supposedly reputable, repair shop after repairs were made to the tailgate. Several days later I noticed the paint didn’t look right and returned it to be repaired again.

  • E-mail terminal is a good step for open government

    Brunswick County government made a good step toward operating as an open and transparent government when it decided to install a computer terminal at the county complex where government e-mails can be accessed by the public.

    The public e-mail computer terminal is in the lobby of Building I at the county government complex in Bolivia. Business hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    By using the computer, citizens can have access to correspondence that takes place within the county’s e-mail system.

  • Learn all about networking at the next Young Professionals meeting

    Are you a young professional who lives or works in Brunswick County? Would you like to meet other young professionals in a fun, social environment while discussing important business issues?

    If you’re between the ages of 21-39, Young Professionals of Brunswick County may be for you.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the group meets one Thursday night each month at different businesses throughout Brunswick County.

  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Stop growth of government

    To the editor: John Heidtke’s column states the benefits of sheriff’s patrol of the Brunswick County waterways. I don’t question the benefit, but I question whether this is a wise use of personnel and resources considering the current economic situation.

    Heidtke implies the patrol may have stopped a series of burglaries that happened two years ago. I ask how many boats and personnel would it take to prevent that type of activity, and where do you think those boats will be at 2 or 3 a.m. when the thieves are on the prowl?