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Today's Opinions

  • Seeing a classic for the first time: 'The Third Man'

    For years, the only thing I knew about the 1949 film noir “The Third Man” was Orson Welles made a funny yet disturbing speech about a cuckoo clock during a dramatic confrontation scene.

    Recently, I came across a review calling this movie the seminal film of the 1940s, capturing the desperation and moral wasteland of post-war Europe like none other.

    That certainly captured my imagination, so I ordered it from Netflix. Not surprisingly, “The Third Man” was great from start to finish.

  • Towns need this agreement

    It appears, finally, the towns of Oak Island and St. James are ready to come to an agreement about Midway Road property both towns had intended to annex.

    The proposed annexation sparked outcry from residents and sent lawsuits into Brunswick County courts.

    Now, it appears the towns are ready to settle the matter.

    It’s about time.

  • Why not use facility here for VA center instead of building a new one?

    Brunswick County commissioners have made it clear they would like to see the current Brunswick Community Hospital become a Veterans Affairs facility in the future.

    The current hospital will become vacant when the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens in 2011.

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Great giveaway targets those in need

    Call it a reverse yard sale, a way to shed good, usable items you no longer need, to give to someone who does.

    Members of First Baptist Church in Shallotte are just calling it The Great New Year Giveaway.

    It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the church at 4486 Main St.

    While it may sound like a free-for-all, the church’s first Great Giveaway is targeting people in need.

    For the past few weeks, the congregation has been collecting donations from people in the community, church pastor Bob Weathers said.

  • Next Brunswick County Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 4

    I have been humbled, horrified, saddened and proud of the phone calls and e-mails that have come in since it was announced Brunswick County is putting together a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Many who have called and written have been touched directly by drunk driving. Far too many have lost family members and friends. One person has even had the horrific experience of losing two loved ones in two DWI-related fatalities.

  • 'It only takes a can of peas to help'

    The news footage of the recent earthquake’s aftermath in Haiti is unlike anything most of us have ever seen.

    It’s not every day we turn on the news to see images of dead bodies lined up for miles along the side of the road.

    We don’t normally see doctors taking care of critically ill patients outside under a tent. And we certainly don’t see our homes, schools, businesses and buildings crumbled to the ground, possibly covering up bodies that could be alive or not.

  • Hagan didn't listen to voters

    To the editor: Re: An open letter to Sen. Kay Hagan.

    It is with a heavy heart I write to you about your statements and conduct pertaining to the passage of the Senate Healthcare bill.

    Your statement reported by the Greensboro News and Record, “I’d say that Harry Reid knows how to get 60 votes and that was important to our country in order to move forward with that legislation.”