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Today's Opinions

  • Underwear, Times Square bombers dodge ‘No Fly List,’ but alert high for 6-year-old

    With as many terrorists and suicide bombers who are (literally) dying to board our airplanes and cause the next American tragedy, I’d be willing to bet 6-year-old Alyssa Thomas isn’t one of them.

    The Ohio child was stopped on a recent family trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis, when the ticket agent told her parents she was listed on Homeland Security’s “No Fly List” and the airport needed to take “extra caution,” according to her father, Dr. Santhosh Thomas.

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge spans memories, depictions

    Got your bridge memory ready for posting yet?

    It’s countdown time as the Sunset at Sunset committee collects written stories—not to exceed 100 words, please—about the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge for a remembrance book via its website, sunsetatsunset.com.

  • Excited about veterans services

    To the editor: It is indeed a great, great day for Brunswick County veterans to have a clinic in four months.

    After speaking with Congressman Mike McIntyre on the night of my first statement, he informed me the three days a week clinic is just the beginning for the veterans in Brunswick County.

    The congressman stated that when the need for healthcare increases, the clinic would increase the days from three days a week to five days a week to support the needed services.

  • Citizens are paying twice

    To the editor: You’ve read the horror stories about a POA/HOA board of directors running amok. Add one more account.

    The Carolina Shores subdivision POA authorized their remunerated attorney to send a series of letters to the town of Carolina Shores’ government demanding the town assume responsibility for all swale and driveway headwall maintenance.

    This effort was paid with member dues and perpetrated without contact to gauge member support.

  • Paws-Ability has successful event

    To the editor: Paws-Ability’s second annual adoption fair on May 8 met with some very hot weather, but that did not keep visitors away. Five animals found their forever home on this day thanks to our sponsor, Greenup Landscaping of Ocean Isle and Cheri Hewitt.

    Paws-Ability volunteers worked to plan, organize and make this adoption fair a plus for the local rescue shelter.

    Our children’s “petucation” program, chaired by Cameron Brand, introduced a new program for school-age children and teaches responsible pet ownership.

  • Military ideologies can conflict

    To the editor: The military consists of many people, things and separate entities. Its philosophy is wrapped around three factors (ideologies). They are: need to know; rank has its privilege (RHIP); and only give awards to those who deserve them.

    No one had a need to know regarding what Gen. McChrystal said or did. He might believe in military RHIP. The White House only recognizes and believes in civilian RHIP.

  • The crisis in the Gulf

    To the editor: The $20 billion BP payout was a shakedown. It was also something that had to be done. The two conglomerates involved were in bad need of some good public relations. BP and the U.S. government needed to show they cared about the folks directly affected by this absolute tragedy.

    I’m still not convinced either one truly does.

    Regarding BP, they are a corporation and therefore their main obligation is to their shareholders. I believe in the free market system, but in this kind of situation, it’s repulsive.

  • Should songs that make little sense be remade for the next generation?

    Recently, I noticed a new hip-hop version of the old Mungo Jerry song “In the Summertime” was popping up on Disney Channel, “sung” and accompanied by various Disney Channel stars.

    Thankfully, the new version doesn’t include the references to having a drink and a drive or doing “what you feel” with girls who come from the wrong side of the tracks—lines that would charitably be called “questionable” in this day and age.