Today's Opinions

  • St. James annexation

    To the editor: It is hard to believe here in America I have to fear oppression and theft of my property rights from a local government. A government that was formed in fear they would be annexed is now in the process of performing that same atrocity on its less prosperous neighbors.

    The town that already brags they have more than $100 million in amenities feels the need to step on a handful of people who have little more than a will to fight.

  • No more public business behind closed doors

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said recently the town is at a point of “forgiveness and forgetfulness…We’re starting new and afresh now. Those days are behind us.”

    Seems to us those days are yet behind the folks at Carolina Shores. Their antics of discussing things in closed session that should be discussed openly continue.

  • There's still plenty of time to get involved with a local MADD chapter

    ’Tis the season for holiday festivities, parties and gift giving.

    It’s also the season for dangerous highways, as drivers who partake in libations bring the ho-ho-ho happiness of spirit consumption directly onto area roads.

    In Brunswick County, law enforcement officers stay busy year-round with traffic stops and DWI checkpoints. It only gets worse this time of year.

  • Support healthcare reform

    To the editor: As I write this letter, Aetna has just announced it will drop more than 600,000 folks from its rolls so they can retain their profit margin.

  • Count your holiday blessings: most of us aren't Tiger

    No doubt about it, things are difficult this holiday season, even for Tiger Woods. Or perhaps I should say especially for him.

    Just think about all the sponsorship revenue he’s suddenly not earning. As his New Zealand caddy said in his defense just this week, the media is all over him, all because of “one mistake.”

    One? Which one?

    As Gillette put it, “In the midst of a difficult and unfortunate situation…we will support [Tiger’s] desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing campaigns.”

  • Caroling is great, but not as sentimental as it sounds

    When most of us think of Christmas caroling, scenes of Dickensian street orphans singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in cockney accents for tuppence from the upper class or of well-dressed, top-hatted men and bonneted women singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and good-naturedly begging for figgy pudding often come to mind. (OK, maybe just to my mind.)

    But in reality, my experiences with caroling have been a lot less picturesque.

  • Vote was arrogant

    To the editor: The last vote by the old council typifies the arrogance our town leaders have displayed for many years.

    The appointment of councilman Bob Bobinski as chairperson of the ABC Board demonstrates the exclusion of qualified women appointments to lead positions.

    I requested this appointment be delayed until the new council took office; however, as expected, that request was ignored.

    Sea-Trail councilmen Lou DeVita and Len Steiner, along with our passive mayor, Ron Klein, sided with their neighbor and golf league buddy councilman Bobinski.

  • Enjoyed laser light show

    To the editor: We recently visited Ingram Planetarium to see the holiday laser show and what a delight it was; an hour of wonderful holiday music, accompanied by amusing laser figures dancing in tempo.

    While the audience was small, it was certainly entertained. Out-of-town visitors did not realize they would see a holiday laser show and asked about the regular planetarium offerings. They also did not know our planetarium has one of three SciDome HD digital projection systems in the world.