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Today's Opinions

  • Seat belt safety important to remember in light of recent fatalities

    Saferoads.org, an advocate for highway and auto safety Web site, reports 55 percent of those killed in traffic crashes in 2006 were not wearing seat belts.

    As we know, the two West Brunswick students who died after a fatal car wreck earlier this month were not wearing seat belts. Two of the three passengers that survived were wearing seat belts at the time of impact.

    At times like these, it’s always a question of, “What if?”

  • What has happened to the school board?

    To the editor: What has happened to the Brunswick County Board of Education? Their leadership has never been great, and I think it’s time for a new board.

    Last year, when it came to an appointment to the Brunswick Community College board, the board chairman told Ray Gilbert they would appoint a black person next time, but Shirley Babson stated after they appointed another white this time, there is always another time.

  • Food first, what's next?

    To the editor: Democrats have proposed the taxing of sugary drinks and other “unhealthy” foods to help fund the healthcare “overhaul.”

    When it is determined the tax on soda, chips, etc. aren’t teaching us to live more healthy lifestyles (or getting them enough money for their massive programs), Congress will be open to another tax to another food service or activity they deem “unhealthy.” There is no end to the excise taxes they can impose on us.

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Thanks for food drive help

    To the editor: The members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-08 of Shallotte wish to thank the people of Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding vicinity for their most generous contributions of food and money to the Coast Guard Station Oak Island food drive.

    Flotilla 10-08 was able to collect more than 2,000 pounds of food to help Station Oak Island turn in more than 10,000 pounds of food to the North Carolina Food Bank.

    Thank you all so much.

  • Nationalized healthcare?

    To the editor: National healthcare or socialized medicine? It’s one in the same. Want to know if it works? Go to www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare and see for yourself from those living in the moment.

    All the experts tell us this won’t work. Spain, UK and Canada are all living under this rationing of healthcare and it doesn’t work. As a five-year colorectal cancer survivor (stage III going into stage IV), I was fortunate enough to have the options of my professional healthcare providers.

  • Involuntary annexation

    To the editor: Re: St. James involuntary annexation proposal.

    I never cease to be amazed at the audacity of the St. James mayor and town council. Their move toward involuntary annexation on N.C. 211 and Midway to control commercial and private property associated with the new Oak Island bridge corridor is opportunistic and unacceptable.

    Contrary to their assertions, N.C. 211 (named Southport-Supply Road for a reason) is not the entrance to St. James; it merely passes by the entrance.

  • Why do nonprofits get county help?

    To the editor: It will be interesting to see if the county commissioners cut any of the nonprofits from their budget.

    One would think with the overall thinking they might possibly have to cut salaries or worry about laying off employees and cutting nonprofits would be a no-brainer.

    Why aren’t nonprofit organizations conducting their own fundraising?