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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for police program

    To the editor: I would like to thank Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause for the C.H.I.E.F.S program and for allowing my grandson Shar to be a part of it this past school year. Chief Gause worked with the students and even took the time to go on trips with them.

    Detective Ed Marti and Sgt. Robert Gravino (and others from the Shallotte Police Department) did a fantastic job. They provided a thorough learning experience and a true bright spot in Shar’s week.

    Please keep this program at Shallotte Middle School. I am only sorry it does not extend to the high school.

  • Adventurous summer reads just a local author away

    Laura Lewis

    Now that summer’s (almost) here, I hope to catch up on my summer reading, starting with the stack of books I’ve accumulated by local authors.

    Yes, I’d like to brush up on my summer tan or sunburn as it were, but personally I find nothing is more boring than “laying out,” as my friends always called it. (Though I suppose “lying out” is more grammatically correct.)

  • Protect yourself from H1N1

    Summer is here and with winter coats long since put away, many people are thinking more about suntans than they are the chance of getting the flu.

    But just because cold weather has gone away, it doesn’t mean the chance of getting the flu has passed us by. While the seasonal flu season is almost over, residents can still contract the H1N1 virus.

  • Carolina Shores residents exercising their rights

    When Carolina Shores commissioners decided recently to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager, the decision didn’t sit well with some residents. Rather than accept the change some say they don’t want, some residents decided to take action.

    Resident Joe Lowry researched North Carolina General Statutes and found out citizens had the right to seek out residents’ signatures for a petition that could force the town to have a referendum about the future of its form of government.

  • Celebrate ice cream month and make memories

    The hottest season of the year is here, and July will no doubt be the worst of the hot months. Luckily, since 1984, July has been officially designated as “National Ice Cream Month.”

    As far as I’m concerned, that’s a great reason to indulge in the delicious frozen treat.

  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

    To the editor: I have recently read your article on the attempt to restructure the administration of Carolina Shores by its board of commissioners. I understand the vote was three in favor, one opposed and one abstention.

  • Concerned about state budget cuts

    To the editor: Please go to the Web site www.autismsocietync.com to read the blog and information about proposed HHS budget cuts. I would like to encourage others to contact our state representatives and our governor to protest these budget cuts.

    I will remain optimistic that these cuts will not be pushed through. Children are our future. We need to provide all the services and help we can to ensure a bright future for our children.

  • Doesn't like all-star selection

    To the editor: This is pertaining to the selection of players in minor and major league Dixie Youth All-Stars.

    At the end of this year, some of those chosen were sons of coaches or possibly sponsors of the team, and it showed. Quality 12-year-old players who have hit home runs and played every position on the field with intensity and enthusiasm are sitting home discouraged about the effort they put in this season because they were not selected and were replaced by players who are 11 years old and not as qualified and have not played all the games this season.