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Today's Opinions

  • Some potty-mouthed mothers could use a little training of their own

    “Mommy, I want sumpin’ to drink,” wailed the unhappy toddler from the backseat. “I want juice.”
    “I know, honey,” I said. “I’ll get you some when I get home. Mommy’s driving right now.”
    “Oh-kay,” he said whimpering.
    I glanced in the rearview mirror. My 2-year-old son was slumped in his car seat, sticking Spiderman and Blue’s Clues stickers on my car’s back window. He appeared to be occupied for the moment.

  • Federal elections: Where all roads to Washington are lined in dollar signs

    Somewhere along the line I learned a valuable, on-the-job lesson—follow the money.

    Let me rephrase that—always follow the money.

    There might be some twists and turns along the way, but, more often than not, it will usually take you to where you want to go.

    This fiscal rule of thumb pertains to politicians and government officials who are in or are yet to be in office. Campaign finance reports, for instance, are like a window into a candidate’s brain. You thought I was going to say soul, didn’t you?

  • Supports MacCallum for clerk

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s position of Clerk of Courts is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable dedicated attorney. That person is James MacCallum.

    I met Mr. MacCallum a couple of years ago when I was asked to serve on the board of directors for Communities in Schools. I worked closely with Jim on the board, and witnessed his leadership and commitment firsthand.

  • Do officials know what bills contain?

    To the editor: How many times will the Democratic-controlled Congress vote for bills without knowing what the bill contains?

    A recent headline in another newspaper contained an article titled, “Congress acts, but bank bill has work ahead.” The content of the article states details of how this bill will affect every person in this country.

  • Who will foot the healthcare bill?

    To the editor: Do you think government should manage your healthcare program and dollars? This letter is not to debate the need for affordable healthcare for all Americans (that decision has already been made for you), but is intended to give an indication of what you might expect from your government.

    Past actions are an indication of what we can expect in the future. News articles recently tell us how effective the government is at handling your money. The homebuyer credit program ($8,000 per claim) has been audited and here are some of the results:

  • Where is the news coverage?

    To the editor:

    “If they could, they would rise up screaming for justice...”

    There were thousands of Americans protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s approved mosque that is very close to the World Trade Center where Muslims killed thousands of Americans.

    Did you see it in your local papers? Are we crazy?

    American dead scream out for coverage, and the media are ignoring them. I am disappointed that every newspaper in the United States is not expressing outrage over this symbol of hatred being erected near such holy ground.

  • A moment of silence for the passing of a name that sparked a dance revolution

    You know you’ve done it.

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the classic Village People song “YMCA” at a sporting event, wedding or the local karaoke bar are genetically programmed to start singing along and making the letters with their arms.

    Most of us have come to terms with this predisposition and have stopped fighting it. We’ll start awkwardly flailing our arms the minute we hear the first notes of the song coming over the speakers.

  • Vendor rules should be the same for all

    Recent news that Brunswick County will step up enforcement on existing roadside vendor regulations has some residents concerned it could put local entrepreneurs out of business.

    However, the county is doing exactly what it should—enforcing ordinances already on the books and making sure every vendor in the county is treated fairly.