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Today's Opinions

  • Support March of Dimes fundraiser

    To the editor: Most people do not recall the first steps they ever took. Due to birth defects, my sister took her first steps when she was 4-and-a-half years old with the aid of leg braces. Those braces were provided by the March of Dimes.

    Established by President Roosevelt in 1938, it was called The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the March of Dimes.

    In 2001, the World Health Organization reported only 480 cases of polio worldwide, due partly to research and funding from the March of Dimes.

  • Say no to Senate Bill 921

    To the editor: Senate Bill 921, introduced by Sen. Tony Ward (D), would allow ABC liquor sales on Sunday.

    It is estimated this could add $5.5 million to state coffers. The problem is, this revenue is on the backs of victims with the associated misery and indebtedness. These laws were created in Colonial times so people inclined to go to church would not be tempted to buy liquor instead.

  • Mother's Day service sponsored by NAACP

    To the editor: Are you tired of the same thing every Mother’s Day? Are you tired of going out to eat after morning service, getting over-full, coming home, going to sleep, and then waking up in the afternoon and wondering if Mother’s Day is over?

    Well, not if you come to St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivia at 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 10, for a real Mother’s Day “Mother of the Year” meal—the Bread of Life.

  • Bothered by officer assault story

    To the editor: I read the story about a Holden Beach officer being charged with assault. I am reading this on April 23 and the alleged assault took place on April 7.

    In most cases where there is an assault reported by the newspaper, there is a victim and something about what happened. Not in this case.

    So I guess if you are an officer of the law, this is not important. When it is all over with, there will probably not be anything in the paper to tell what had happened.

     

  • Where is renourishment money coming from?

    To the editor: I go to the beach a lot. There are a lot of people losing their jobs and their homes. We can’t afford to buy health, insurance, a car, food, clothes and so on. Where is the money coming from to replenish the sand on the beach?

    I’ve been watching this for years. These last few years have been windy. The trucks run one after another, day after day for weeks, only to have the sand be washed out as fast as they spread it.

  • Is this the change you voted for?

    To the editor: This week, President Obama’s allies in Congress are having hearings on regulating carbon dioxide, which, as we have been told, is the gas that causes global warming. They call this “cap and trade.”

    Electric companies will buy a permit from the government to discharge carbon dioxide (the cap) and what they do not use they can sell (trade). Gasoline, propane and natural gas will be taxed based on how much carbon dioxide they create when burned.

  • Violating open meetings law is unacceptable

    Calabash commissioners—Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and John Melahn—are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you violate it?

    Last week, the three of you openly violated the law when you joined together to discuss public business—town sewer—without first announcing you were going to do so.

  • If it were all you had, what would your 30-day, get-it-done challenge be?

    Forgive me for being morbid, but I think about death and dying probably more often than I should. It’s an unfortunate learned trait, picked up from a mother who experienced too much death too soon in life.

    After watching her mother, father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cancer she was convinced some day she too would experience the slow, painful battle with the disease. But her death was neither slow nor painful; she died suddenly—and very unexpectedly—in a car crash.