Today's Opinions

  • Time's up

    To the editor:
    Recognition by one’s peers and/or from the public has long been a reward well earned. Examples are receiving the proverbial gold watch upon retiring, Best Picture at the Academy Awards, top athlete in your sport, valedictorian of your class, Time’s Person of the Year, etc.  

  • Writer denies commissioner's accusations

    To the editor:
    This paper and other media outlets have labeled me a political activist, but in reality, I refer to myself as an involved citizen.
    This is our community and our government...of the people, by the people and for the people. I challenge any elected official when I feel they are off the mark. If you don’t believe me, ask senators Burr, Hagan, Rabon, Rep. McIntyre, the former Sen. Soles and all of the county commissioners.

  • Thanks for help after car crash

    To the editor:
    On U.S. 17 south of the Thomasboro intersection a few weeks ago, my SUV was rear-ended by another vehicle. The law enforcement and rescue personnel were most efficient. I want to thank the young lady and gentlemen who would not leave until the law enforcement arrived and they gave their statement as to how the accident occurred—especially you, Tara, for giving up so much of your time when I knew you had other things you would have liked to have been doing.

  • Heirs of that first revolution

    To the editor:
    These are words spoken by our president shortly after taking his presidential oath:
    “The world is very different now...and yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe: the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”
    -John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores

  • Dr. Oz leads viewers down healthier yellow brick road

    I have to confess, I’m one of those fawning middle-aged women out in TV land who loves to watch Dr. Oz, the new rock star of healthy alternatives.

    Since being graced by the magic wand of Oprah—who from all indications also set up Obama—fit, 50-something Dr. Oz has been jogging down the yellow brick road of fame and influence.

  • Mary Brooks

    Mary Alberta Brooks, 91, of Shallotte, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Autumn Care Nursing Center in Shallotte.
    A funeral service was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Shallotte. Burial was to follow at Angela Faye Cemetery in Shallotte.
    Arrangements by Peoples Funeral Home of Shallotte Inc.

  • Area small businesses are key to economic growth

    Local entrepreneur Lloyd Milliken is looking at ways to create some new jobs here in Brunswick County.
    If all goes as planned, 25 new jobs could be created as Milliken makes changes to business operations at his oyster house on Village Point Road. Milliken hopes to successfully rework his oyster house into a new scallops-processing business.
    In an area where new jobs are desperately needed, and after feeling the effects of the dwindling seafood and related markets over the past several years, it’s good to see a new approach getting under way.

  • Thank a school board member

    To the editor:
    School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure schools are providing the best education possible for the community’s children. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during School Board Appreciation Month in January.
    School board members are citizens whose decisions affect children—what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.