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Today's Opinions

  • Summertime good for reviewing (un)mannerly behavior at the beach

    As crowds gather at the summertime coastline, so do their manners—or lack thereof.

    TripAdvisor, a travel website, recently brought that revelation to light with release of results from its latest beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers.

  • Changes coming for FNS benefits

    To the editor:
    July is a transition month for North Carolina families who receive FNS benefits (formerly called Food Stamps). The state Department of Social Services that oversees the FNS program made a recent change that affects the dates families receive their benefits.
    While it is a statewide decision, my concern is for our local families who will be affected. Some families will have to wait 10 days longer this month, requiring them to make their food last 40 days instead of 30 days.

  • Thanks for great service at vet’s office

    To the editor:
    On Monday, June 27, I unfortunately had to pay a visit to a local veterinarian hospital because I have a sick cat named Lucy that I have had for about seven years.
    When I arrived at the office, Lucy was close to death. She had been sick for several days and had gotten sick like this before but it always seemed to pass in a day or two.
    Words can’t describe the compassion and care the staff had for Lucy and me.

  • Thanks for returning purse

    To the editor:
    Thank you to the wonderful lady who found my purse by the side of the road in Seaside Station in Sunset Beach and made sure I got it back.
    Betty Litzenberger
    Sunset Beach
     

  • Thanks for help

    To the editor:
    I would like to thank officer Blaine Cully for his help in recovering my grandson’s wallet that was lost recently. He was nice, polite and very professional.
    A few days after it was lost, Detective Dunn called to say the wallet had been recovered. What a wonderful asset these two officers are for the Sunset Beach Police Department.
    Betty and Jon Hill
    Shallotte

  • Thanks for fireworks show

    To the editor:
    Calabash town merchants and the town of Calabash are commended for their flawless execution of the third annual Independence Day celebration this year.
    The fireworks were fantastic. During a time of economic stress in our community, it is great we can still enjoy and celebrate the past 235 years of our nation’s independence.
    Kelley Southward, interim town administrator, and Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons did a great job in supporting and making this event such a success.

  • Old parlor game, art expression have been made new again

    •The red twister
    twists the
    hippy dancer.

    •A sneaky-spooky Colleen
    forgot the
    promiscuous cowgirl.

    •The ravenous landscape
    undulates a
    hairy spy.

    No, I wasn’t enjoying libations when I typed those, although technically I could have been.
    While the lines may appear to be a misguided attempt at poetry or haiku, they’re actually derived from an almost 100-year-old parlor game called Exquisite Corpse.

  • Make a difference, run for political office

    Brunswick County is a diverse community that is home to people with a lot of talents.
    Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you know you have skills that could help others, but you’re not quite sure how to put them to use.
    Are you a planner? Do you like to sort through details and comb through information before you make decisions?
    Maybe you’re a visionary. Do you dream of how things could be better in this county and do you have viable ideas you think could become reality?