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Today's Opinions

  • Like things spooky, scary, paranormal and fun? This weekend event may be just for you

    When I first met Patti Starr, she was a restaurant manager pursuing a life calling.

    Starr told me in the first interview I did with her for The Kentucky Standard, that as a kid she saw things, like kids standing around her bed asking her questions. Her mother, she told me, used to tell her they were dreams, and sometimes dreams seemed real.

    But Patti knew what she saw wasn’t a dream.

  • Officer Cully is an asset to town

    To the editor: After attending a meeting Aug. 18, I stopped at the GoGas in Shallotte around 11:15 p.m. During the process, I placed my wallet on my vehicle and did not realize I had not retrieved it until I was home.

  • I might not be a high-flyer, but I love to dance

    I stood in the corner watching the teenagers crowd the floor in their elegant gowns and tuxedos. They moved and grooved to the music, and seemed to be having lots of fun.

    Suddenly feeling a burst of courage, I decided to try it. Senior prom only comes once in a lifetime.

    I tried to reason with myself but I wanted to get out there so bad I couldn’t stand it. After all, dancing was only moving, and moving was nothing more than all that kinetic energy junk my science spewed at me.

    I could do this.

  • Sad remakes in a brave new world

    We all know how the world is changing—faster than lightning communication, people in far-flung parts of the world now connected by computers, science changing the way people work, etc.

    So why do the powers that be in the entertainment industry keep mining the past for ideas? And I’m not talking about history lessons. I’m talking about remakes, remakes and more remakes.

  • Renew McGee's contract

    To the editor: Your article last week, “Longevity issues plaque superintendent position,” was an excellent history lesson and makes a compelling case for why Katie McGee’s contract needs to be renewed and soon.

    With the recent notable exception of Dr. McGee, Marion Wise and John Jones, Brunswick County children have significantly suffered from a series of “under-performing” leaders in the past.

  • Health insurance coverage

    To the editor: On a rainy night in 1974, I was at a reception at Mathilde Krim’s New York City townhouse for Ted Kennedy. It was raining so hard on the Northeast coast that Kennedy was three hours late. When he arrived, he bounded up the staircase and introduced himself to my wife, Kathleen, and proceeded to apologize for the delay. The meeting was to propose a documentary film about healthcare in America and what we should be doing about it.

  • The problem isn't the gate

    To the editor: St James’ problem is not the gate. Many lovely communities in Brunswick County are private and gated. One hundred percent of St. James residents live behind their gate, and we on the outside aren’t envious of them or concerned with how they regulate their lives. The problem occurs only when they attempt to regulate our lives, first by ETJ in 2005 and now by forced annexation in 2009.

  • Thanks for help at wreck

    To the editor: On Friday, Aug. 21, our daughter Kristina M. Bermudez and her friend April Degler were in a car wreck on Stanley Road in Supply around 7:30 p.m.

    Although shaken up and scared after the impact, the girls immediately called 911 and also called their families. The girls soon realized that Kristina was stuck upside down in the passenger seat and was unable to get loose, but with the help of her friend April, they managed to get the seat belt loose themselves and Kristina was finally free. However, it