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Today's Opinions

  • Doesn't want to be annexed by St. James

    To the editor: I want to make clear I have no animosity toward the people in the St. James community. I’m sure at least 85 percent of the people of St. James would like to remain a gated community and enjoy their beautiful development.

    A note of interest:

    1. St. James became a gated town, because you did not want to be annexed by Oak Island. How ironic 10 years later.

    2. You have enjoyed receiving our state and county taxes for 10 years and offer what?

    3. The county sold you land at a token price to help you become a real town with our tax money.

  • Don't cut assistant positions

    To the editor: If the Brunswick County School System must make budget cuts, it would be a tragic mistake to eliminate teacher assistants, especially those in the early primary grades.

    As a former educator, I have observed firsthand the vital role these hard-working people play in the education process during the formative years.

  • Watts will not run for re-election

    To the editor: I wanted to share that I will not be filing for re-election to the Sunset Beach Town Council this fall. I encourage those interested in helping to guide our town to consider filing for the position this month.

  • Inspired by father's story

    To the editor: Your article in last week’s paper titled “A father’s love” should be inspiring to us all.

    In picture and in print your staff writer, Sarah Shew Wilson, has captured the sense of dedication that we would all hope for if we were in his situation. Buster’s unconditional love, his dedication and his integrity represent the very best of the human condition.

    We could all learn from Mr. Gillis. I know I did.

     

  • Stand up for the Lord

    To the editor: According to some experts, a pattern is emerging reminiscent of Jewish persecution in post-war Germany.

  • Just hiking the Appalachian Trailee if you know what I mean

    Where’s the governor of South Carolina when you need him? Not on the Appalachian Trail, that’s for sure.

    But that’s where Mark Sanford was assumed to be when he was missing in action from his office in Columbia the week of Father’s Day. When reporters asked his staff where the missing chief had gone, they said he was hiking along the Appalachian Trail for a vacation, because he mentioned he might do that.

    They had no idea he was actually in Argentina. No one did.

  • State trooper honored for his commitment to safety, community

    We’ve all done it—on the way to work, in a hurry, when we see flashing blue lights up ahead. Somebody’s been caught speeding and instinctively you hit the brake and slow down so you won’t be next.

    If you happen to have lead feet, then you may have even gotten caught a time—or four.

    For many of us, tickets are what we think of first when we think of state troopers. But the truth is they do so much more than issue speeding tickets.

  • Good luck, Iler; there’s a long road ahead

    Last week Frank Iler was sworn into the N.C. House of Representatives as a replacement for Bonner Stiller. He assumes responsibilities for House District 17 that serves Brunswick County.

    With Iler’s background in regional politics, we’re hopeful he has a good foundation on which to start the long journey ahead.

    Iler joins the General Assembly at a difficult time. It’s a time when senators and representatives must find great resolve in listening to the will of the state’s people while enduring difficult financial times.