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Today's Opinions

  • Be informed about healthcare reform

    To the editor: I read Sen. Richard Burr’s description of the Patients’ Choice Act he co-authored and was intrigued enough to research his proposal.

    Elements of his bill, as well as Democrat-sponsored bills, make sense and can have a positive impact on healthcare in the U.S.

    Medical malpractice reform, prioritizing healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine and eliminating waste and inefficiency in the current system are the “low hanging fruit” in this debate.

  • Thanks for supporting fundraiser

    To the editor: We wish to thank all of businesses in Shallotte and Calabash who graciously donated gifts and time to participate in the open house and silent auction at the Wilmington Treatment Center on Holden Beach Road last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    We were able to raise $1,270 to benefit the Drug Court program, which helps those involved receive transportation to find jobs, medical help as needed, and incentives as they change their lives.

    It is an awesome program I feel privileged to be a part of.

     

  • Extra taxes?

    To the editor: My family became a resident of Calabash on July 1 of this year, not by choice, but by way of annexation.

    On Sept. 16, I received a tax bill from the town for 2009. I called town hall and was told the fiscal year was from July 1-June 30. I was not a resident on June 30, so I am either being billed for taxes when I was not a resident or I am paying taxes in the future.

    A local attorney said, “Annexation is rape by a town.” I feel that way also but now I have to pay the town for the honor.

  • Questions need for park

    To the editor: As a long-time year-round resident of Sunset Beach, I question the “need” for a park and boat ramp, just as I question the “need” for the sewer project. There is a nice boat launch nearby at Ocean Isle Beach and Brunswick County is developing a park on Old Georgetown Road.

    At the town council meeting on Sept. 14, Councilman Steiner launched a filibuster extolling the “need” for Sunset Beach to purchase a tract of land for $5.5 million. The town has previously purchased a tract of land for the same purpose.

  • Where is our raise?

    To the editor: I would like to know why us senior citizens are not getting a raise this coming year?

    I think people in Washington should be put back on Social Security. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them. Why are they better than us?

    And the same goes for this new healthcare program they are pushing. If it is not good enough for the president and his family, the Congress and Senate, then why is it good enough for us?

  • Memories of Hurricane Floyd are greater than images

    My dad pulled up outside the Police Station on Oak Island. I was nervous, but I wanted to do it.

    “You want me to go with you?” he asked.

    “No! That would look dorky,” I said. “I am a grown-up now. I’ll be fine.”

    As I said that, I was shaking inside. It was my first real experience working for a newspaper—well, sort of.

  • The new morality

    To the editor: Many proponents of Health Care Bill HR3200 said support is a moral issue. Of concern are several people in positions to influence HR3200, who stated or wrote the following:

    1) Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health policy advisor in Hastings Center Report: “Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”

  • Students would be hurt by funding freeze

    Charles Warren is right, sometimes you have to take drastic actions, but his proposal to freeze school board funding is just plain wrong.

    Last week at the Brunswick County Commissioners meeting, Warren proposed county commissioners freeze school funding until the Brunswick County Board of Education “gets their act together.”