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Today's Opinions

  • Just hiking the Appalachian Trailee if you know what I mean

    Where’s the governor of South Carolina when you need him? Not on the Appalachian Trail, that’s for sure.

    But that’s where Mark Sanford was assumed to be when he was missing in action from his office in Columbia the week of Father’s Day. When reporters asked his staff where the missing chief had gone, they said he was hiking along the Appalachian Trail for a vacation, because he mentioned he might do that.

    They had no idea he was actually in Argentina. No one did.

  • State trooper honored for his commitment to safety, community

    We’ve all done it—on the way to work, in a hurry, when we see flashing blue lights up ahead. Somebody’s been caught speeding and instinctively you hit the brake and slow down so you won’t be next.

    If you happen to have lead feet, then you may have even gotten caught a time—or four.

    For many of us, tickets are what we think of first when we think of state troopers. But the truth is they do so much more than issue speeding tickets.

  • Good luck, Iler; there’s a long road ahead

    Last week Frank Iler was sworn into the N.C. House of Representatives as a replacement for Bonner Stiller. He assumes responsibilities for House District 17 that serves Brunswick County.

    With Iler’s background in regional politics, we’re hopeful he has a good foundation on which to start the long journey ahead.

    Iler joins the General Assembly at a difficult time. It’s a time when senators and representatives must find great resolve in listening to the will of the state’s people while enduring difficult financial times.

  • Congratulations to Computers for Kids

    Congratulations to Jayne Mathews and all those involved with the Brunswick County Volunteer Center for the recent honor of being named a “Best Of” winner by the National Association of Counties.

    For its work with the Computers for Kids project, the center won an achievement award in the children and youth category.

    Supported by county government, with guidance of the volunteer center, the project donates computers that are no longer being used by the county—and that have been rehabbed by volunteers—to local schools.

  • Internet overload: With so many options, are you getting what you want locally?

    If you’ve got a blog, you can write about things all day long. If you’ve got a Twitter account, you can tell the world your business in 140 characters or less.

    If you’re on MySpace or Facebook, you can tell friends, neighbors, family—and complete strangers—what you’re doing at any time, and post lots of photos to go along with it.

    If sci-fi and fantasy genres are your thing, you can get to know like-minded people at Elftown (or one of many other special interest groups, no matter how bizarre or different they may be).

  • Happy 43rd birthday, FOIA: Let's celebrate by inviting Congress, administration

    As if we don’t already have enough to celebrate and be thankful for on July 4, there’s one more reason—it’s the 43rd birthday of the Freedom of Information Act.

    Born from the minds of lawmakers on Capitol Hill in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, commonly referred to as FOIA, is the crux of an open and transparent government—well, if it’s the executive branch of federal government—but not the president or his immediate staff.

  • Benefits of Bible reading

    To the editor: I have recently visited and/or communicated with many of my former classmates. Most of them are not Christians, and none of them are reading the Bible.

    Without trying to find out for themselves, they have decided it is useless to read the Bible. They have heard many people say many contradictory things about what the Bible says. They feel there is no point in trying to read a book that can be interpreted in so many ways.

  • Thanks for local arrests

    To the editor: I would like to thank the sheriff of Brunswick County and his department for an outstanding job this past week in successfully closing down local prostitution and illegal massage in our area.

    As an N.C. licensed and nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist now in the 11th year of my career, it means a lot to my colleagues and I that this is finally being addressed in earnest.