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Today's Opinions

  • Questions to ponder

    To the editor:

    If state law requires using headlights when it’s raining, why aren’t violators issued warnings?

    If NCDOT has funds to plant flowers along highways, why can’t they afford to repair potholes?

    If an “activity study” had been performed by the Smith Avenue Extension contractor, would we still see 10 people observing the one worker with the shovel when we drive by?

  • Consider the ‘Madoff Method’

    To the editor:

    I am certain that my opinion is in a minority of thinking citizens. I believe that Bernie Madoff should be appointed Secretary of the Treasury. It appears that anyone who can, by any means, amass a fortune of $65 billion by whatever means deserves to be considered exceptional. To be able to operate without the knowledge and approval of the banking community, investment firms and the greedy individuals who are now claiming ignorance, is beyond my comprehension.

  • When others destroy our sense of personal safety, what to do?

    What defines safety for you? Is it cuddling up closely to the person you love? Is it snuggling down in your own bed at home? Is it going back to your childhood house, enjoying breakfast talks with mom and dad?

    Many of us have definitions of the things that make us feel safe. Many of those are closely associated with our homes.

  • Shelter could benefit from nonprofit group

    From the information we’ve reviewed so far, it seems there could be some good cost savings for Brunswick County taxpayers if the county were to allow a nonprofit group to run the county’s animal shelter.

    Last week, Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), made a pitch to the Brunswick County Health Board to take over shelter operations. 

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey has said he thinks the concept is a good plan, one that could ultimately save the county money.

  • The touching job of telling people's stories after they're gone

    Every single week while proofreading obituaries before the page goes to press, someone in the newsroom always says the same thing—I wish I would have gotten to know this person before he/she passed away.

  • Health board brings 'humane' shelter to screeching halt

    All he had to do was mention PETA.

    So that’s what Brunswick County health board member Chip Carroll did in opposing having a humane element brought into management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Subsequently, at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting, he and seven other members of the board succeeded in rejecting efforts of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), a group of animal advocates who have been working with Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey to take over management of the shelter.

  • ‘The Perfect Fiction’

    To the editor:

    Everything said serves the purpose of good.

    It comes naturally and the outcome of the next day means nothing.

    The sun shines without expiration, life becomes more than a declaration.

    Separation, non-existent. Pleasing a stranger, no longer strange.

    The path less taken is smiled upon, respect once again found in a handshake.

    Love, once again felt in a hug. Even the rich appreciate an old VW bug.

    The smallest of people are looked up to and the tall lend a hand,

  • The message Sunset is sending

    To the editor:

    Like many vacation property owners within the town of Sunset Beach, I pay a nice sum in the form of property tax. Like many others, I also pay an additional $1,000-plus per year to the town in the form of accommodations/vacation tax. 

    What do we get? A few portable toilets in a parking lot that is almost always full. 

    If parking on the island becomes just another expense and is so limited that it is virtually impossible to find a space, I might need to ask why I need to own property there at all.