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Today's Opinions

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Thanks for food drive help

    To the editor: The members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-08 of Shallotte wish to thank the people of Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding vicinity for their most generous contributions of food and money to the Coast Guard Station Oak Island food drive.

    Flotilla 10-08 was able to collect more than 2,000 pounds of food to help Station Oak Island turn in more than 10,000 pounds of food to the North Carolina Food Bank.

    Thank you all so much.

  • Nationalized healthcare?

    To the editor: National healthcare or socialized medicine? It’s one in the same. Want to know if it works? Go to www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare and see for yourself from those living in the moment.

    All the experts tell us this won’t work. Spain, UK and Canada are all living under this rationing of healthcare and it doesn’t work. As a five-year colorectal cancer survivor (stage III going into stage IV), I was fortunate enough to have the options of my professional healthcare providers.

  • Involuntary annexation

    To the editor: Re: St. James involuntary annexation proposal.

    I never cease to be amazed at the audacity of the St. James mayor and town council. Their move toward involuntary annexation on N.C. 211 and Midway to control commercial and private property associated with the new Oak Island bridge corridor is opportunistic and unacceptable.

    Contrary to their assertions, N.C. 211 (named Southport-Supply Road for a reason) is not the entrance to St. James; it merely passes by the entrance.

  • Why do nonprofits get county help?

    To the editor: It will be interesting to see if the county commissioners cut any of the nonprofits from their budget.

    One would think with the overall thinking they might possibly have to cut salaries or worry about laying off employees and cutting nonprofits would be a no-brainer.

    Why aren’t nonprofit organizations conducting their own fundraising?

  • Benefits of being elected

    To the editor: I appreciated your paper’s article and editorial on delinquent taxes. I do not think you went

    deep enough in your articles.

    Each county commissioner receives over $12,000 per year salary plus a cell phone, DSL Internet service, a computer and health insurance. They have the option of adding their family to the policy but are required to pay the additional premium.

  • From the big screen to real lifeee"gatekeepers become personal nightmares

    I’ll never forget my first experience with a gatekeeper.

    I was a little girl, watching the movie “Ghostbusters” with my family. Everything was going OK for me until this scary woman came on the screen. She was perfectly normal until—BAM. She became possessed—and a little crazy.

    With her face twisted up and her hair askew, she thrashed and screamed, “I am the gatekeeper!”

  • There is no room for errors when it comes to child safety

    Last week a Brunswick County special needs student was left behind in a Wilmington park after stopping there with his South Brunswick High School class on a field trip.

    Luckily for him and his family, the Good Samaritans who found 16-year-old Tad Speidell made sure he was safely left in the custody of Wilmington police. These people are heroes in a day filled with unacceptable, unimaginable mistakes.