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Today's Opinions

  • It’s past time to pay property taxes

    In these difficult economic times, private citizens, businesses and public agencies are looking for ways to tighten purse strings.

    From local, county and state government agencies to nonprofit organizations, everyone knows just how difficult it can be to make ends meet these days.

  • Concerts, movies free for families

    Looking for some good, free family fun this summer? You need not look much further than your own backyard.

    Thanks to the generosity of local community sponsors, towns throughout the county will treat the public to a variety of musical tunes and some movie selections—all at no cost to attendees. From opportunities to take in the coastal view, to chances to catch movies downtown on a big screen, there’s plenty to do for the entire family.

  • For tweet's sake: Shared self-indulgence in 140 characters or less

    The literati, the glitterati and the Twitterati invaded our great nation’s capital last week for one of the most exclusive events on the social calendar, The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

    Once heralded as the “it” event for Washington’s media elite, this year’s event, which now spans several days, lunches, brunches, dinners, parties and meetings, was a melding of journalists, celebrities, professional athletes—most of whom want you to know what they’re doing in 140 characters of less.

  • Heart aches for wreck victims

    To the editor: I am writing this letter in regard to the five students involved in the car accident on Friday morning.

    My heart goes out to all the families affected by such a tragic accident. As a parent, I understand the heartache all are facing today.

    I would like to commend Stephanie Allen, Andrea Allen, Emily Craven and Joseph Crawford for stopping at the scene of the accident and being Good Samaritans. In today’s society, many people would have walked away or not even stopped to lend a hand because they are worried about themselves.

  • Now is the time for terminal groins

    To the editor: I was quite surprised to read in the May 7 issue Dr. Pietrafesa, Dr. Young and Dr. Pilkey believe “Senate Bill 832 would reverse 24 years of sound coastal management policy to permit the construction of terminal groins.”

  • Thanks for help with food drive

    To the editor: A big thank you to Wilmington city and rural letter carriers, who collected 36,671 (and still counting) pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Saturday, May 9.

    This will help provide more than 30,000 meals for those at risk for hunger in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties.

     

  • Didn't like tax article

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s No. 1 industry is real estate and vacation rentals. The citizens mentioned in the unpaid tax article, and this industry as a whole, invested heavily in national marketing dollars, attracting new residents to Brunswick County.

    This led to Brunswick County’s explosive growth over the years, thus contributing to the Brunswick County tax base, as can be seen in the expansion of Brunswick County’s Government Complex facilities and work base.

  • Tax office is heartless

    To the editor: Our tax office is heartless. It’s not just Mark Saunders, Marty Cooke and Andy Sayre who are having difficulties paying their taxes.

    Police officers, real estate agents, teachers, plumbers, preachers, painters, nurses, brick masons, landscapers, carpenters, county employees, farmers, doctors, lawyers, commercial fishermen, banks, and 90 percent of all your neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers are effected by this economy.