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Today's Opinions

  • When it comes to tightening purse strings, leave arts programs in schools alone

    Seems like everyone is doing a bit of budget adjusting these days.

    The county just announced a $12 million adjustment, and the board of education learned its local and state funding would be reduced to the tune of several million of dollars, resulting in the loss of many programs, services and even teachers.

    When times get tough, it seems as if fine arts programs are first on the chopping block. Schools across the nation have cut music, art, drama and dance, and left students without a creative outlet after hours of core subjects, studying and testing.

  • Looking for old photographs

    To the editor: To all local residents: If you have any photographs from the pre-1800s, and particularly plantation homes, rice fields, slaves or other photographs depicting the Civil War era and would like to have them considered for inclusion in a book about plantations and slaves, please submit them to me at www.bsar@2khiway.net or call 842-7942.

    This is a book on the history of southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, New Hanover, Bladen and Pender counties and surrounding areas. The due date is March 20.

  • Hats off to Carol Scott

    To the editor:

    Hats off to Carol Scott, a concerned citizen, with spunk and commitment.

    Some people just “talk the talk”; she, instead, “walks the walk.” Her stick-to-it efforts in pursuing a resident petition for a 30-year sewer payback plan may, in fact, bear fruit for the benefit of Sunset Beach residents.

    Her attitude is truly reflective of “action” rather than just “reaction.” She is proof of the old adage: “Do something and something happens. Do nothing and nothing happens.”

  • Calabash business district needs changes

    To the editor:

    Before everyone condemns the Calabash UDO, it might be a good idea to take a walk around Calabash, from the dust bowl across from Granny Allyn’s caused by parked trucks (which happens to be one of the entrances tourists see when entering Calabash) to the parking lot of concrete barricades strewn about the empty lot on N.C. 179 among overgrown weeds.

    One will also find signs that are faded, missing letters and in general in need of maintenance.

  • 'The Power Behind the People:' Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation's 'Balanced Solutions'

    In August 2007, North Carolina became one of the first states in the country to pass legislation requiring utilities to generate more electricity from renewable energy sources.

    The goals of the legislation are to diversify the resources used to reliably meet N.C.’s energy needs, provide greater energy security by using indigenous resources available within the state, encourage private investment in renewables and energy efficiency and provide improved air quality.

  • Shallotte not right for rally

    To the editor: Although your editorial supporting the Harley-Davidson rally as being an economic boost to the area makes several good points, I strongly feel there are too many other factors that would make the rally bad for the area.

    I too have seen how inundated with bikers an area becomes when I once worked in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Granted, the bikers were a nice and interesting mixture of people, but even then (1999) the sheer numbers of them strained MB to its limits.

  • BLT knocks it out of the park with 'The Odd Couple'

    A sea of red hats greeted my husband and me when we walked into the Odell Williamson Auditorium last Sunday afternoon to watch Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of “The Odd Couple” (female version) featuring some terrific local talent.

    It was apparently a popular outing for the local Red Hat Society chapters, which was fine with me.

  • Volunteer fire departments: Are they taken for granted?

    In the 1972 film “The Godfather,” a desperate man seeking revenge asks the godfather to murder for money.

    Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, replies in his raspy voice, “We’ve known each other for many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: You never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt.”