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Today's Opinions

  • Get out and vote!

    The November General Election is less than a week away, but you don’t have to wait until Nov. 2 to cast your vote.

    Already some 13,000 of Brunswick County’s 77,393 registered voters have headed to the polls to cast early votes. Those voters join about 450,000 across North Carolina who have already headed to the polls.

    Voting is an important right of every American and it’s exciting to see so many people already excited about casting their votes. We hope this trend continues all the way through Election Day.

  • I thought it could be the most impressive, compact medication packaging ever

    For the last several years I’ve suffered from chronic back pain coupled with an inability to sleep regularly at night. 

    It doesn’t help I spend far more of my time at a desk working than I do exercising. It’s a problem that keeps compounding itself.

  • Brunswick County voters put their opinions where it matters—in the ballot box

    When it comes to elections, I tend to be a bit of a hypocrite. I complain about how much extra work it is, how I can’t wait until Nov. 3, when the elections are behind us.

    But, at the same time, I live for this. Yes, I’m tired, I’m cranky, and most of all, I’m sick of dealing with candidates, but I love it.

    In fact, as much as I say I can’t wait for elections to be over, I hate it more when they finally do come to an end.

    I’m actually a little sad when they end, believe it or not.

  • Some people aren’t that smart and they might not be too proud

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.

    Why?

    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • New hospice center is a blessing to county

    Last week Brunswick Countians joined together to celebrate the ground breaking of a hospice care center right here in our community.

    Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has earned a quality reputation for proving caring, compassionate end-of-life services for families from this county. Previously, residents had to travel beyond Brunswick to go to a care center. This new facility means this type of high-level care will now be offered right here at home.

  • Bills are mounting in DSS situation; who is accountable?

    Bills continue to mount as the Department of Social Services Board continues to deal with whatever is related to the recent firing of longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock.

    Last week the board voted to fire Orrock. For what, we still don’t know.

    What we do know is the bills for the investigation into whatever claims against Orrock that led to his firing are adding up.

  • Bridge's 1,119th breakdown surely one of its last

    I don’t really know how many times the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge has broken down.

    The number is written down somewhere in that great tenders’ logbook up in bridge heaven, where this old span—IF THE NEW HIGH-RISE EVER OPENS—is about to go.

    Until that day, “ye olde bridge” suffered another breakdown this past Saturday, and I finally got caught by it.

  • Homemade Halloween costumes provide original looks and memories

    Just about every retailer these days stakes a claim in the Halloween business.

    You can find costumes, wigs, accessories, scary things, gross things and all things spooky at just about every store you venture into. I’m sure for parents on the go, this one-stop shop approach is convenient. But to me, it takes the anticipation and excitement out of the holiday.

    The subject of homemade versus store-bought Halloween costumes came up when talking with friends this weekend, when one said her friend had planned to take her child to buy his costume that day.