Today's Opinions

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Great giveaway targets those in need

    Call it a reverse yard sale, a way to shed good, usable items you no longer need, to give to someone who does.

    Members of First Baptist Church in Shallotte are just calling it The Great New Year Giveaway.

    It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the church at 4486 Main St.

    While it may sound like a free-for-all, the church’s first Great Giveaway is targeting people in need.

    For the past few weeks, the congregation has been collecting donations from people in the community, church pastor Bob Weathers said.

  • Next Brunswick County Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 4

    I have been humbled, horrified, saddened and proud of the phone calls and e-mails that have come in since it was announced Brunswick County is putting together a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Many who have called and written have been touched directly by drunk driving. Far too many have lost family members and friends. One person has even had the horrific experience of losing two loved ones in two DWI-related fatalities.

  • 'It only takes a can of peas to help'

    The news footage of the recent earthquake’s aftermath in Haiti is unlike anything most of us have ever seen.

    It’s not every day we turn on the news to see images of dead bodies lined up for miles along the side of the road.

    We don’t normally see doctors taking care of critically ill patients outside under a tent. And we certainly don’t see our homes, schools, businesses and buildings crumbled to the ground, possibly covering up bodies that could be alive or not.

  • Hagan didn't listen to voters

    To the editor: Re: An open letter to Sen. Kay Hagan.

    It is with a heavy heart I write to you about your statements and conduct pertaining to the passage of the Senate Healthcare bill.

    Your statement reported by the Greensboro News and Record, “I’d say that Harry Reid knows how to get 60 votes and that was important to our country in order to move forward with that legislation.”

  • Vegetation can help barrier islands

    To the editor: Life on barrier islands is risky. Insurance rates are climbing. State Farm won’t insure islands.

    On Ocean Isle Beach, the ecological infrastructure is decimated by development. Manicured lawns don’t slow storm surges or block winds. How can we protect property?

    The most effective means of protecting our islands is clustered native vegetation. Vegetation’s role was studied extensively by Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN), funded by the National Science Foundation (www.coastalbarrierisland.org).

  • How is your POA?

    To the editor: I hope there are some out there that live in subdivisions with POAs because you’ll understand or maybe yours is not like ours.

    In ours, you can’t speak at a meeting unless you request beforehand, but there are others who can go sit in and if they don’t like what’s being said, they speak anyway. Strange, huh?

  • There are calendar girls in Brunswick County

    I met a calendar girl this past weekend, and she wasn’t anything like I expected. She was friendly, down-to-earth and approachable.

    She also is a Brunswick County resident—along with more than a dozen other calendar girls.

    These ladies are all members of the Cape Fear Yacht Club in Southport. They recently collaborated to produce a calendar featuring themed photos of them for each of the 12 months.