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Today's Opinions

  • Don't pick on the seagulls or feed them

    There is nothing better than spending a relaxing day on the beach, reading a book and soaking up the sun.
    When I am picking my beach spot, I always have a strategy—stay far away from other people. I don’t want to invade their space and I don’t won’t to be bothered with their sometimes loud radios and incessant talking. Mostly I don’t want to sit next to a group of tourists who are going to feed the seagulls. (Actually the proper name is gulls, but I have always called them seagulls.)

  • ID please: Why it doesn’t matter if birthers are right

    There’s a popular saying in our newsroom we reporters utter more often than others and it has to do with begging for forgiveness being easier than asking permission.

    It usually has to do with needing access to a story or information that may be behind police tape, on private property or even downright shady.

    In politics, this is also the case—you know, the whole shoot first, ask questions later concept.

  • Calabash isn’t doing public business clearly and transparently

    It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.

    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.

    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • Guest Opinion - House Bill 33 sends wrong message

    To the editor:
    Recent passage of House Bill 33 in the North Carolina legislature introduced by Rep. George Cleveland (R-Onslow) and co-sponsored by Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) raises the immigration issue in North Carolina in the wrong way.

  • The search for the truth

    To the editor:
    Good, peer-reviewed scientific research is different from assumptions, innuendo and anecdotes. What we had recently from Mr. Walter Carolus on global warming was all of these and more.

  • Calabash isn't doing public business clearly and transparently

    It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.
    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.
    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • Soon to leave board position

    To the editor:
    So many “thank yous” to everyone who volunteers. I will soon come to the end of my reign for Communities in Schools with mixed feelings.
    I am sad to be leaving the board of many dedicated members and yet excited to what the new chairperson will bring. Each time a nonprofit changes board members, valuable time, dedication, knowledge and most of all, friendships, take a step in another direction.

  • Don't take it out on senior citizens

    o the editor:
    Isn’t it amazing that our federal government, when trying to cut the budget, doesn’t have any problem cutting programs for seniors, yet they can find money for their pet projects and foreign aid?
    It looks like we have the same attitude here in Brunswick County. It seems that Brunswick Senior Resources has the same approach to cutting local senior services.