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Today's Opinions

  • Commissioner isn’t a friend of transparent, open government

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren, we don’t think you’re being a friend of open government.

    We’ve had a lot of questions in the last several months about the transparency involving operations of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board.

    We’ve questioned decisions about closed sessions, and we’ve been apprehensive about how hush-hush the board has been on the investigation into former director Jamie Orrock.

  • Limit politicians’ terms in office so it doesn’t lead to terms in the penitentiary

    Talk about a slap on the wrist (not to mention a colossal waste of taxpayer money).

    Our dear former governor, known across the state as the “education governor,” but known affectionately around these parts as “Sleasley,” Mike Easley pleaded guilty to one felony count of certifying a false campaign report in state court last month.

    One count, $1,000 fine, no jail time—that’s apparently your punishment if you’re a former governor.

    Rubbish!

  • Thanks for kindness

    To the editor:

    On Thanksgiving eve, our phone rang. The caller ID was a strange name. “Wrong number,” I thought. I answered it expecting an offer to make the rest of my life worry-free if only I would purchase XYZ product.

    When I answered, a male voice asked if he was speaking to me by name. I responded he was. The caller asked a shocking question, “Have you lost something of great value?”

  • Doesn’t like move of senior center

    To the editor:

    I am writing this letter regarding the relocation of the Shallotte Senior Citizens Center from its present location on Main Street in Shallotte to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

    It is not that we are opposed to the move in whole; it is the fact the move will prohibit some activities that are conducted and embraced by the current clientele of the center. 

  • ‘Blue Collar’

    To the editor:

    My view for the last few,

    was something common, not new.

    At one time considered successful,

    now pinching pennies to buy food.

    They flocked at the chance

    to make an extra dime.

    While the company they give their life 

    to

    takes advantage of their time.

    They stand in line,

    brown, white and black.

    Their food for the week donated by a 

    church,

    in a small but thoughtful paper sack.

  • Residents want to protect their island

    To the editor:

    My name and comments from a parking meeting at Sunset Beach were in a recent article written by Laura Lewis. 

    I think she missed the point I was trying to make. I am concerned about the negative effect paid parking will have on residents, renters and guests. 

    Why take residential streets and turn them into parking lots? It is difficult enough to back out of your driveway. It would be more difficult with parked cars blocking your view. 

  • Shop here at home

    The holiday shopping season is here and many Brunswick County residents who are feeling the crunch from a difficult economy are looking for gift deals.

    If you’re out shopping this season, do your best to try to shop right here at home. Brunswick County has plenty of small business owners who offer everything from unique clothing and accessories to home goods, furniture, electronics and more.

  • Don’t drink and drive

    This past Sunday, a 20-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on N.C. 133 near Belville.

    Investigators believe high speed, failure to use seat belts and alcohol are all factors that may have contributed to the wreck that killed Anthony Burgess. 

    The driver, Efird Johnson, 26, of Bolivia, now faces criminal charges.

    While families across this community plan to celebrate the holiday season, it will be a time of mourning and sadness for the families and friends of these two young men.