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Today's Opinions

  • Good job, SMS

    To the editor: As a parent of students that attend Shallotte Middle I have heard bad things that have happened but not today.

    I had given my time last week to be a proctor for the end of the testing. I had a chance to be in all three grade levels, and to the students, you are great.

    My hats off to the great staff they have now at Shallotte Middle. The kids should be proud to have such a wonderful support team.

    I have never felt more welcomed by staff, teachers and students as I did these past three days.

  • America is having change, but into what?

    To the editor: Obama wants to give illegal immigrants Social Security. He wants to cut yours for those not paying into it and who should not be here.

    The administration wants states to pay for keeping illegal immigrant lawbreakers in jail. They wouldn’t be here unless the government allowed it.

    The administration has a strange preoccupation with protecting enemy combatants and keeping them comfortable while perpetuating the killing of babies by abortion.

  • Does 'zero tolerance' mean 'zero common sense?'

    While the world goes crazy all around us—drugs and killings and wars and poverty—it’s nice to know academic professionals are there to keep us safe from eyebrow tweezers and nail clippers.

    Catch the sarcasm yet?

    I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that another school district has used the “Safe School Act,” as a reason to suspend and expel a perfectly well behaved, high-achieving student.

  • Lots of new businesses opening right here in Brunswick County

    Good news, Brunswick County! We’re still growing by leaps and bounds.

    While the economy has put many in a pinch—including slowing or completely halting some construction—growth is still happening right here in our community.

    Last week, a larger, brighter, better Food Lion store opened to much fanfare in Shallotte. In June, a new Lowes Food will open its doors in Ocean Isle Beach. The Economic Development Commission indicates another Lowes Food is set to get under construction soon at N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Enjoyed music program

    To the editor: Last Tuesday evening, West Brunswick High School was at Odell Williamson Auditorium for a music program. Thank you to all who contributed. I was especially moved to tears when the young men in the a capella choir did a tribute to their classmate Jake Moseley who had died earlier in a car wreck.

    They sang “Amazing Grace” and then one young man stepped to the microphone prayed a prayer, which was both touching and powerful. I wasn’t alone in wiping tears.

  • Ingram Planetarium gets state-of-the art upgrade

    After going dark for the past month, Ingram Planetarium is set to light up the night sky this coming weekend when it partakes in grand opening events to mark the installation of its new high-definition digital projection system.

  • New smoking bill is a matter of public health

    When the state’s new smoking bill goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in all state government buildings and vehicles as well as public restaurants and bars.

    The measure is a breath of fresh air for North Carolina citizens.

    While some may argue smoking is an individual right—and one the government shouldn’t get involved in—the reality is smoking in public affects far more than just the person puffing on a cigarette.

  • Publishers Clearing House might be looking for me

    The new Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office South Substation hadn’t even opened yet when Publishers Clearing House showed up at its door.

    It’s proof that pigs fly and something had frozen over in mid May (consider this week’s unusually low temperatures).

    But what it really demonstrates is the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Elite Team actually does exist.

    Oh, sure, I and 200 million other Americans had been skeptical for the past 42 years, ever since the first Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes launched in 1967.