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Today's Opinions

  • What legislator or candidate has what it takes to bring justice for Amy Frink?

    Every few months I receive the same letter in the mail. It always begins the same way: “In complying with North Carolina G.S. 15A-1371(3), the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is notifying you that it has approved the above-referenced case for parole...”

    The above-referenced case is usually someone who was convicted of murder; sometimes it’s a sexual offense. Sometimes they’re sentenced to 30 years; sometimes they’re sentenced to life in prison.

  • Earth Day excitement returns with nature documentaries

    Does anyone get excited about Earth Day anymore?
    I hate to say it, but I am actually a little thrilled about it for the first time in about 15 or 20 years. (The trying-to-be-a-modern-day-hippie years.)
    Between work, marriage and motherhood, I’ve tried to stay informed, but I haven’t really kept up with the latest Earth Day events. But this year is different.

  • Why won’t Rabon debate?

    To the editor:
    Is it just me or does anyone out there find it odd Bill Rabon, Republican candidate for N.C. Senate District 8, has not and will not debate his Republican Primary opponent Bettie Fennell?
    Fennell and Rabon have had several opportunities to conduct a debate and in each case Rabon refuses and makes excuses.
    Why does a candidate with his enormous financial resources that allows a constant bombardment of television and radio ads, not display the courage to debate his opponent?

  • Week of the Young Child

    To the editor: Young children in Brunswick County deserve the best we can give them.
    During Week of the Young Child, April 11-17, we can show our support for children and for early learning in our community by recognizing the needs of young children and thanking the adults involved in their education and care.
    As we thank parents, teachers, caregivers and volunteers, promote early literacy programs and work to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children, we recognize early years are learning years.

  • America, get involved

    To the editor:
    Recently, I attended a Tea Party in Raleigh. The agenda was to persuade Roy Cooper to join a number of states in fighting to repeal the unconstitutional healthcare bill.  
    I was sickened in the way things turned out. I do not care if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever I think you too should be concerned.
    The day before our demonstration, an e-mail came out telling us that poles or sticks with signs would not be acceptable, even the American flag on a pole. The reason given was that these things could be used as weapons.

  • BFA helps families

    To the editor:
    As the new executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance, I am writing to thank our supporters and to introduce the organization to those who do not know us yet.
    Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income families and to
     increase awareness of the social and economic problems in our community.
    Please look at ways BFA helped Brunswick County residents last year.
    In 2009 BFA provided:
    •$374,000 in food (183 tons) to 3,051 households, feeding 9,546 individuals.

  • Thanks for help

    Thanks for help
    To the editor:
    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the sing at Old Shallotte Baptist Church on March 14 in my honor.
    It was truly an amazing event and an honor to see so many friends and family supporting me in this fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
    For those that could not attend, I would also like to thank you for your support, prayers, visits, cards and words of encouragement.

  • Thanks to 911 telecommunicators

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to say happy National Telecommunicators Week to all my coworkers at Brunswick County 911 Center.
    April 11-18 this year has been designated as Telecommunicators Week as it is every year. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough when you think about all the sacrifices telecommunicators make.