Today's Opinions

  • Support resolution to ban undocumented students

    Allowing undocumented students to attend North Carolina community colleges is a bad idea, however, the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges doesn’t think so.

    In September the college board voted 16-to-1 to allow undocumented individuals to attend the state’s community colleges. 

    They implemented a contingent—those students have to have graduated from a U.S. high school and they must pay an out-of-state tuition rate of about $7,700 per academic year.

  • Time is right for Soles to not seek re-election

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. announced last week he would not seek re-election.

    We think it is the right decision.

    Soles, the state’s longest serving senator, was first elected in 1968. He served as a state representative until 1976. In 1977, he began his stint as a state senator.

    During his 42 years of service, Soles has done a number of good things for North Carolina and the people of Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

  • Not-so-terrible moments overshadow the terrible twos

    As I headed toward the ringing phone, I was cutoff at the pass by a mischievous 2-year-old.

    Grabbing the phone, Levi took off running. I tried to step into his path, zigging when I should have been zagging. I continued to pursue him down the hall and into the bedroom.

    “Hello,” he said in his sweet toddler voice throwing the phone under the bed.

    I knelt down beside him to try to grab it. As I reached for it, he did too, and pushed it farther from my reach--and ran.

  • Let volunteers into animal shelter

    To the editor: I have volunteered with animal shelters for many years. I have never found a shelter that did not welcome volunteers into the shelter. Refusing to allow volunteers into the shelter is perceived as hiding what happens there.

    Many residents of Brunswick County would volunteer time, energy and talents to help animals there find new homes. I firmly believe if you allow volunteers into the shelter, your adoption rates will improve and public perception of animal control will improve.

  • What events make your Top 10 list of the last decade?

    The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and it’s safe to say several events that occurred during the 2000s will definitely be printed in history books for years to come.

    When I think about the decade in rewind, my mind automatically thinks back to Sept. 11, 2001, and recalls the recent the election of President Barack Obama.

    Much like the Kennedy assination, 9/11 is an event that seemed to stop time, as everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing at that time.

  • Theater is becoming a hot property in Brunswick

    Believe it or not, Brunswick County is turning into a real happening place for community theater.

    More than 25 years ago, a group of performance-minded ladies in the Southport/Oak Island area put together the first local theater group, The Brunswick Players. Led by longtime theater lover Stuart Callari, the group thrived for years and put on numerous plays at Hatch Auditorium at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

  • Paying for our government

    To the editor: After World War II, all the countries of Europe went socialistic. They decided their governments would practice socialism versus capitalism.

    That being said, it is common practice for people under socialism—democratic socialism—to take a whole year off with full pay if a woman bears a child. The woman can take off a whole year with pay, and in some countries, the father can do the same.

    Likewise, unemployment insurance is full pay for whatever time it takes to find another job.

  • Happy New Year

    To the editor: We have all had someone wish us “Happy New Year!” Did those words ever come true? If not, could it be because what makes us happy has not become a reality in our lives?

    “We are all created with a god-shaped vacuum in our hearts,” said Billy Graham. Some attempt to fill this vacuum with many different activities other than a relationship with God.