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Today's Opinions

  • This isn't the way we hoped the board would move forward

    The Brunswick County Board of Education had a great opportunity to start anew with the hiring of a new superintendent last week, and yet somehow the announcement got flubbed up.

    When the community should have been celebrating and welcoming the district’s new leadership with Dr. Edward Pruden, there was dissent among the board.

    In a prepared statement, board member Scott Milligan said he was voting against the hiring of Pruden, not because of Pruden’s candidacy, but because of what he believed were some shady actions of some board members.

  • Awareness begins with those brave enough to speak out, regardless of how they sound

    “Migraine attack gives English woman a Chinese accent.”

    Sounds like one of those phony news stories you’d come across while browsing an “entertainment journalism” website, right? Or maybe you’d see it sprawled across the cover of a similar print product while scanning the racks at the check-out lanes at the supermarket right next to another headline that claims Elvis was last spotted going for a jog in a secluded neighborhood in southern New Mexico?

  • Mother of abducted kids strives to keep the faith

    Amy Smith, computer mouse in hand, scanned the Internet, searching the umpteenth time for any snippet, guideline or miracle to help bring her little boys home.

    It’s become a daily ritual for the Ash mother, whose sons—7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan—are being kept by her husband without her permission in his native Canada, a seemingly amicable North American country where the odds and judgments have been mounting against her.

  • Supports Tim Daniels

    To the editor: I have known Timothy “Salt” Daniels for more than 20 years, and I just wanted to take a moment to ask all the Republican and Independent voters out there to consider the sheriff’s candidate who will be the best for Brunswick County.

  • Cuts are needed, not increases

    To the editor:

    With projected county losses, I would suggest commissioners start looking at new avenues of cuts—not increases.

    I’m sick of liberal Democrats always suggesting tax increases, which are always referred to as a mere this and a mere that.

    Pretty soon the mere increases add up to real money. Increases for trash pickup and recycling are two areas that come to mind.

  • Who can help the schools?

    To the editor: All my adult life has been dedicated to education. When the voters allowed me to serve on the Brunswick County Board of Education, I watched with interest as the lottery was put into place.

    A promise from Gov. Perdue that she would propose “a constitutional amendment to make sure that lottery funds stay dedicated to education” gave me hope.

  • Supports John Ingram

    To the editor: Brunswick County now has a sheriff who runs the department very efficiently and professionally. John Ingram is morally upright. He respects all who serve under him.  Brunswick County deserves a sound, professiona

  • Standing tall for fallen soldiers: Patriot Guard Riders provide escorts, protection

    Those of us who haven’t been in a war zone can’t imagine what it’s like. (I’m talking to you, reporters who describe every disaster scene as looking “like a war zone.”)

    Sorry, but watching “Saving Private Ryan,” “From Here to Eternity” or “The Deerhunter” does not make one an expert on the atrocities of war.