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Today's Opinions

  • Violating open meetings law is unacceptable

    Calabash commissioners—Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and John Melahn—are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you violate it?

    Last week, the three of you openly violated the law when you joined together to discuss public business—town sewer—without first announcing you were going to do so.

  • If it were all you had, what would your 30-day, get-it-done challenge be?

    Forgive me for being morbid, but I think about death and dying probably more often than I should. It’s an unfortunate learned trait, picked up from a mother who experienced too much death too soon in life.

    After watching her mother, father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cancer she was convinced some day she too would experience the slow, painful battle with the disease. But her death was neither slow nor painful; she died suddenly—and very unexpectedly—in a car crash.

  • Spring things bring sole-ful weekend times

    It’s that most wonderful time of year when people weary of taxes, the economy and goings-on in Cala-clash can and should venture outside themselves and soak up some spring things going on in Brunswick County.

    I know I did that just this past Saturday, when I was invited to be a judge in the Calabash Fire Department’s first Show and Shine Car Show.

    If the fire department hired me for my car-judging expertise, they had asked the right woman.

    Any car that looks pretty, has cruise control and a great stereo always gets my vote.

  • Supports Salazar's approach to energy

    To the editor: Since taking office in January, Secretary Salazar has prioritized renewable energy, put the brakes on the Bush administration’s full-steam-ahead approach to destructive oil shale development and canceled oil and gas leases on the edge of Utah National Parks and historic sites on nearby public land.

  • Picture heralds the future

    To the editor: The prettiest picture I have seen in eight years was my president reaching out to shake hands with Hugo Chavez at the Latin American summit last weekend.

    I wish rightwing pundits would present the picture against the backdrop of eight years of U.S. interference in Venezuela. Chavez, an indigenous man, was democratically elected in 1998, and in every election since, with around 59 percent of the vote. And every election has seen U.S.-funded opposition and infiltration of Venezuelan news media, especially RCTV, the Venezuelan version of FOX.

  • Spring break renews energy

    Spending time away from the office for a week was a great way to recharge my batteries.

    I spent most of the time with my 6-year-old in Charlotte visiting my brother, sister-in-law and 11-month-old nephew. It was a delight, especially since he started walking while we were there.

    My daughter Taryn and I also made a visit to Discovery Place, where she saw a mad scientist blow things up, made all sorts of scientific discoveries and watched her first IMAX movie, “Fly Me to the Moon,” (not a great movie for adults, but she liked it.)

  • Kudos to Ocean Isle

    To the editor: Kudos to Ocean Isle Beach for the spectacular pansies around the roundabout and at the entrance to the bridge.

  • One world, one government?

    To the editor: The Bible declares in Revelation before the Lord brings seven years of great tribulation to the earth for all who sin, there will be one world government and one world church. There is plenty of evidence these things are coming quickly—especially one world government.

    The European Union had been established. A North American Union (U.S., Mexico and Canada) is in the works behind the scenes, the United Nations is being given more sovereignty over nations and world leaders are seriously discussing a one-world currency.