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Today's Opinions

  • Wake up, commissioners

    To the editor: Calabash commissioners, in particular Emily DeStasio and Cecelia Herman, have continually misrepresented what has been going on in Calabash. They even have made the comment concerning the age group of 30 that the norm is to cheat and falsify resumes. I resent that, as my daughter, who is a federal attorney and graduate of Georgetown Law, is going to be 30 in September and has never lied or cheated to obtain a job or grade.

  • What about those without Medicare?

    To the editor: I just read Sarah Shew Wilson’s article about the Patients First Bus that visited Shallotte and the comments from We The People.

    Of course retirees don’t want reform, because they already have single-payer insurance. It’s called Medicare!

    What about those of us between 18-65 who can’t afford the high cost of insurance? Or those who go bankrupt due to medical bills?

  • Responds to allegations

    To the editor: Mr. [Dan] Mann has aspirations to be mayor again; however, attacking me will fail to produce my resignation or his election.

    The discord in town hall is caused mainly by constant interference by some board of commissioner members, and it will be addressed in the November election.

  • Who is behind healthcare bus?

    To the editor: In interest of transparency and full-disclosure, your piece on the healthcare rally at Rourk Gardens could use a little fleshing-out.

    Like dozens of similar “spontaneous” gatherings of “grassroots” organizations intent on blocking desperately needed healthcare reform, the driver behind the wheel of the Americans for Prosperity bus that rolled into Shallotte is a guy named Tim Phillips.

  • Puppy mill bill ignored

    To the editor: The N.C. puppy mill bill has again been ignored. I am disappointed in N.C.’s legislators. Elected officials are more interested in organizations with lobbying efforts (NRA/AKC) than the interest of voters.

    The taxpayers of N.C. will pay for the cleanup of these mills. The breeder will make money by selling puppies. The puppy mill dogs will continue to live a life confined, without basic care until they can no longer produce puppies. Then, they will be taken to your local animal control, where you–the taxpayer—will pay to euthanize them.

  • Talk about issues, successes

    To the editor: This is in response to Jean Crowley’s letter regarding Mayor Selby and about discord in Carolina Shores.

    Ms. Crowley worked for the town for 42 months, 17 of them with Mayor Selby. She did not work with him for three and a half years. The implication she did is a good example of the misinformation circulating in Carolina Shores.

    After observing the disharmony in our town, I ask this of elected officials and candidates for office:

  • Economy, quality education drives students to BCC

    In a time when a difficult economy marks many cutbacks, declines and belt-tightening, it’s good to see some growth in an important part of our community–Brunswick Community College.

    Registration is now under way at BCC and through its early registration period, student numbers have already exceeded last year’s total fall enrollment numbers.

    BCC President Stephen Greiner said the school would not turn students away. Its first priority will be to fill all seats in its classes, then, if needed, add more classes to accommodate the community’s needs.

  • Nonprofit animal facility has a tough, expensive task of caring for unwanted pets

    Nancy Janovetz is one tough cookie, and as president of Paw’s Place Animal Rescue, she has to be.

    At the no-kill, nonprofit rescue facility for unwanted and abandoned dogs, Janovetz has seen just about everything.

    She knows how heartbreaking it can be to take in animals owners no longer want. She knows how challenging it is to care for litters of puppies that are born because human owners failed to have pets spayed or neutered. She knows the responsibility of giving an animal proper medical care when previous owners have failed to, or can’t, do so.