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Today's Opinions

  • Victims provide support for one another during cycle of grief

    When you lose someone you love in a tragic, sudden, violent way, you spend a lot of time thinking about how you feel.

    In the days and weeks and months that follow a loss, you wonder if you’ll ever survive the weight of the grief you feel—the anger and the hurt and sadness that clings to you.

    As time passes, your brain tells you that you should be coping better—that the pain should be less and the reflection of good times more.

  • Volunteers make important contributions to our community

    Although some people may think the giving season begins the day after Thanksgiving, right here in Brunswick County volunteers show it’s giving season all year long.

    Last week some of those dedicated volunteers were honored by Jayne Mathews and the Brunswick County Volunteer Center for their selfless dedication to this community.

  • Thanksgiving musings from a thankful columnist—political and otherwise

    Instead of writing about all the ways House Speaker-turned minority leader Nancy Pelosi has ruined our country, I thought I’d share what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

    After all, the fact that she is no longer House Speaker come January is reason enough for all of us to be thankful this holiday season.

    I guess that’s one. Here are a few more, in no particular order.

  • Community lost treasured member

    To the editor:

    Friday night, Nov. 5, I lost a good friend, and Ocean Isle Beach lost a truly special man. Howard Fisher, affectionately known to all as “Captain Howie,” passed away at his home while many friends stood by with love and support. 

    Howie was truly an American hero and served his country honorably. He was a man who helped many others and wanted no recognition for it, only to enjoy watching the results of his help and guidance. 

  • Impact of this year’s campaigning

    To the editor:

    The impact of this past election of 2010 goes far deeper than which party controls the House or the Senate. 

    The incivility and tone of the campaign reached a disturbingly new low in American politics. This was evident not only in the advertising but also in many candidate debates and forums and in the public discourse. We were overwhelmed by millions of dollars in negative ads without knowing who paid for many of them.

  • Thanks for info about bridge cost

    To the editor:

    Regarding the Sunset Beach park site appraisals: According to the second appraisal company, “a sales comparison approach and discounted cash flow will yield the most credible value opinion,” and “no comparable acreage tracts have been sold in the previous three years.” 

    No surprise there, given the economy.

  • What about Sunset Beach parking?

    To the editor:

    Along with the discussion and time invested about whether land should be purchased for a future park site, there seems to be total silence about the lack of parking at Sunset Beach.

    A question that needs to be answered is which project should have priority serving the needs of vacationers and residents.

  • Upset about town’s flag display

    To the editor:

    I am the wife of a veteran. I am disturbed about how Holden Beach Town Hall hung its flag on Veterans Day.

    Our American flag is hung at full-staff on Veterans Day because many veterans are still alive.

    Our American flag is hung at half-staff on Memorial Day because then it is honoring our dead veterans.

    The American flag is at full-staff at all times except when to honor someone that has died.

    Please publish this for all our sake (those that don’t know) and especially Holden Beach Town Hall.