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Today's Opinions

  • Responds to EDC comments

    To the editor: We read with interest the article by Sarah Shew Wilson regarding her interview with Jim Bradshaw, Brunswick County Economic Development Commission director, about the proposed international port in Southport.

    While she took pains to provide some balance in her article, it was apparent Bradshaw has not availed himself of all the facts. Unfortunately, he would appear to have been lulled by the ports authority’s approach of avoiding answering questions while pleading for time to work things out.

  • Rep. responds to criticism

    To the editor: I would like to clarify a recent letter (Feb. 5 edition) written about my efforts in Congress to revive our economy.

    I voted against both bank bailout bills last fall and against the automakers’ bailout bill. I also recently voted against the extension of another wave of funding for the banks’ bailout. These bills were not the “stimulus bill,” as stated in the Feb. 5 edition.

  • Congress has lost touch

    To the editor: I am writing to address some situations that have had a negative effect on my ability to reason objectively. It seems Congress has lost touch with those whom they are sworn to represent. To bring them back into focus, I would suggest the following actions:

    Members of Congress should be furloughed without pay or benefits at the same ratio of unemployment that now exists. That would mean, presently, about seven senators and somewhere between 25-30 members of the House.

  • The power behind the people at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative

    How much do you really know about your home or business electricity? Do you ever wonder where it comes from, who’s behind it, and how they’re working to better the environment?

    In an introductory six-part series, I’ll answer these questions.

    At Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, we’re here for you. It is our job to ensure your lights stay on. We’re a team of professionals dedicated to our members in Brunswick, Columbus, as well as parts of Bladen and Robeson counties.

  • Redefining Valentine’s Day for everyone

    Valentine’s Day is the day most people associate with sweetheart dances, romantic dinners, flowers and candy.

    But, believe it or not, Valentine’s Day also has a historical connection to the biblical definition of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    Church history records that St. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages in secret and was martyred because he refused to recognize pagan gods. That’s a little more devotion to real love than any Hallmark card ever told us about.

  • Public humiliation may not be the answer for struggling student's woes

    Many parents have probably dealt with a child who does all the assigned homework but simply forgets to turn it in.

    Not turning in homework proved to be Trenton O’Neil’s downfall, as the Virginia teenager failed several classes for not turning in completed homework assignments to his teachers.

    His father, Don General Jr., said he and his wife tried everything from supervising his homework, talking to teachers, and even having him medically examined for underlying learning disabilities that might be keeping him from turning in his work.

  • Worst Valentine's gifts are real heartbreakers

    A weed whacker, cellulite cream, a Campbell’s Soup thermos, a mushroom-growing kit, a heart-shaped potato—what do these items have in common? They’re among less-than-lovely presents submitted in Talbots women’s retailer’s worst Valentine’s Day gifts contest.

    They’re also on a lengthening list of things not to give your beloved on the day of love, if you don’t want to find yourself written about on the Internet.

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: Thank you. You know who you are.

    I’m residing in the Holden Beach area for the winter. On Sunday, Feb. 1, I lost my wallet somewhere in the area. You found it and left it anonymously at the police station on Holden Beach.

    The police department saw to it I got it back. You will never know how grateful I am. A very “sincere thank-you” to you and the police department.

    In appreciation I am making an anonymous donation to a local charity.