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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for helping others in need

    To the editor:
    On Friday, Nov. 18, I was privileged to witness the overwhelming generosity of those living in Brunswick County toward their neighbors in need.

  • What makes a town?

    To the editor:
    What makes a town? Definitions describe an area in which residents earn their living through industry, commerce and public service with schools, churches and restaurants. A town is a community with strengths and support.
    The town of Carolina Shores does not meet that definition. Annexed neighborhoods remain separate. Residents of other towns say folks never stop arguing, and that our town is filled with rancor.

  • New BCC program should help more kids get to college

    We’re quite proud of our community college.
    Brunswick Community College has been an innovator in education. Through creative fundraising and knowledgable, visionary leaders, the institution of higher learning continues to grow.
    It offers courses for area students who may have otherwise missed out on a college opportunity or who could have been ill-prepared for life at a bigger university.

  • Post-Thanksgiving frenzy enough to make some people freaky on Friday

    In light of this year’s horrendous shopping incidents, Black Friday ought to be re-christened “Wacky Friday.”

    But what do we expect, when the lure of after-Thanksgiving bargains has people rising at ridiculous hours—or not even going to bed at all?

    Sleep deprivation could have been a culprit when one California woman, hell-bent on getting her hands on a bargain Xbox before anyone else, got a bright idea to clear the decks to the deal by pepper-spraying competing shoppers.

    Or maybe she was just plain crazy.

  • Generations separate us, but technology links newfound friends

    We are unlikely pen pals.

    He’s a World War II-era veteran who has tales to share about his service as an Army Air Force medic. 

  • When you fall, make sure you fall forward

    It is so easy to look around and find things in my life I wish were different. There could always be a little more money, a little more food in the pantry, a little more gas in the truck, a little more time off work, a little more time to write, five more minutes to sleep.

    I could make a list a mile long of all the things I want.

    This week as I attempted to write my column I thought a lot about what I am thankful for and the list ranges from my health, a roof over my head, family and friends to the sand in my bed and the meowing of my cats.

  • A heartfelt thanks for Thanksgiving and a community challenge for Christmas

    With super committees and debt ceiling debates, presidential primary politics and economic woes, it’s easy to get caught up (and fired up) with today’s political and economic climate.

    It’s easy to get frustrated, wishing your hard-earned portfolio didn’t take a nosedive every time someone in Europe sneezed. Perhaps it’s pushed back your retirement another few years. Maybe you can’t sell your house to get out from under an upside-down mortgage.

  • ’Tis the season to buy—and give

    It’s hard to believe it’s already time to talk turkey, and before you know it, Old Saint Nick will be here.
    Before Thanksgiving dinners have a chance to fully digest, many Brunswick County residents will have their focus set on holiday gift buying and getting the biggest and best deals on Black Friday.