Today's Opinions

  • Opposing smoking in public places

    To the editor: As a smoker early in life and a non-smoker for the last 40 years, I’m opposed to smoking (in all forms) in public places.

    I found Ed Wilson’s editorial cartoon (December 2009) a hard-hitting warning of what is to come. It quickly and effectively tells the story without a lot of words, which so often can lose the reader.

    Good work, Ed.

  • Let undocumented students get an education

    To the editor: You state that taxpayer dollars support community colleges. In this you are correct. You neglect to mention, however, that undocumented workers also pay taxes, and in fact often pay a greater proportion of their lower-than-average wages.

    You also ignore the basic facts of financing community colleges in North Carolina. Tuition pays little of the cost of educating students, so the opportunity to charge out of state tuition would be a windfall for Brunswick Community College.

  • Supports snow delay decision

    To the editor: In response to the two-hour delay the writer insists isn’t needed, I have to say she just doesn’t get it.

    Snow was not the issue, but 34-degree ground temps with the possibility of rapidly falling temps on wet bridges and overpasses were the cause.

    Give our school system a break. They are making decisions based on advice from NCDOT and the NWS with the safety of our school children in their hands.

  • Spread the word about lung cancer

    To the editor: I would like to thank Sarah Shew Wilson for the nice article she did on lung cancer awareness. She was professional and courteous and told my story well.

    Now, I need the help of all you good people to help me to spread the word about the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act Of 2009, H.R. 2112. This bill needs to be passed so more money is allocated for lung cancer research for finding a definitive screening test to diagnose lung cancer in its earliest stages and to find a cure for this deadly disease that attacks smokers and non-smokers.

  • Supports Sunset Beach park

    To the editor: Re: Sunset Beach Town Council’s vote to buy the land between Twin Lakes restaurant and Bill’s Seafood.

    The three members of town council who support the plan to develop a boat launch and community park on this waterfront property deserve our praise and support for their farsightedness.

    Their vote should allay the concerns of two council members that only one appraisal was done. It’s not the number of appraisals performed but the quality of the appraisal. Armchair appraisers should let the experts do their jobs.

  • Warm Homes, Warm Hearts helps local families

    We’ve editorialized several times in the past year about how the economy has affected Brunswick County families.

    From residents losing jobs, to those who are having difficulties making ends meet, many residents have found themselves in need. Some need help with food and clothing; others need help paying bills for life essentials like housing and electricity.

    The weather recently has added an additional strain on some of the county’s cash-strapped residents.

  • R.C. Soles Jr. should step down

    Last week we said we were waiting to see what would happen next for North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    We were quick to find out.

    Soles, North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday, Jan. 7, for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    He was indicted on one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Soles has maintained the shooting was in self defense.

  • Mystery still surrounds Bolivia plane crash more than 50 years later

    Brunswick County native Ouida Hewett was 26 years old when Brunswick County gained national attention.

    Hewett, who was living on Civietown Road in Supply on Jan. 6, 1960, was standing at the backdoor of her home, feeding her youngest son a baby bottle.

    She had just warmed the milk, added syrup and was shaking it up, when all of a sudden she heard a plane overhead.

    She opened the backdoor just in time to see an explosion that looked as if it were somewhere over Bolivia, or just south of it.