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Today's Opinions

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Do you think you know who is best in Brunswick? Vote for them now

    There are a lot of opinions about people who have opinions. Some are more than happy to give you an opinion about what you can do with your opinion whenever you try to share it.

    Has not knowing what someone’s reaction to your opinion maybe ever prompted you to hold your tongue and say nothing at all? Have you ever been afraid to speak up about something because you’re not sure how others will react?

  • Bill could increase voter fraud

    Sen. R.C. Soles never ceases to amaze me at the tactics he will use to control his constituents. Could his proposal to change the voter assistance law effectively lead to voter fraud?

    I think it would because I have worked the polls on Election Day, and I can see the potential of voter fraud if Senate Bill 56 is passed.

    When the state board of elections met in Columbus County on Sept. 12, 2008, chairman Larry Leake made it quite clear Jesse Graham, chairman of the Columbus County Board of Elections, was well out of line in his interpretation of the voter assistance law.

  • 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.