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Today's Opinions

  • Area small businesses are key to economic growth

    Local entrepreneur Lloyd Milliken is looking at ways to create some new jobs here in Brunswick County.
    If all goes as planned, 25 new jobs could be created as Milliken makes changes to business operations at his oyster house on Village Point Road. Milliken hopes to successfully rework his oyster house into a new scallops-processing business.
    In an area where new jobs are desperately needed, and after feeling the effects of the dwindling seafood and related markets over the past several years, it’s good to see a new approach getting under way.

  • Thank a school board member

    To the editor:
    School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure schools are providing the best education possible for the community’s children. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during School Board Appreciation Month in January.
    School board members are citizens whose decisions affect children—what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.

  • Hale Swamp column: A good read

    To the editor:
    Thank you to Stacey Manning for the interesting piece on Hale Swamp Road. Although this area does not have the best reputation in some circles, I have lived here 25 years and own a business on that road. There is very little trouble in this area, thanks to good law enforcement and the majority of us who are law-abiding and keep a good eye out for any trouble.
    Your article had some funny points to it, but it does show that you were listening to people who may not have a clue as to what is going on. Gossip is not always the best source.

  • Act of kindness brings thanks

    To the editor:
    I want to thank the person at Cape Fear Surf Shop in Holden Beach for taking the time to mail a check to me that I dropped in the store while shopping there. They enclosed a note but did not give a name. It was a small check but the act of kindness was big.
    Ted Rivenbark
    Holden Beach
     

  • You’re welcome for the bonuses

    To the editor:
    I have lots to get off my chest, so to speak. I’m glad the extra money was found to give county employees a Christmas bonus. I’m sure some of it was found in our “revenue neutral” property tax reassessment that raised my taxes an additional $100 this year.

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash
     

  • Commissioner bonus stinks

    To the editor:
    The Brunswick County Commissioners voted themselves a cash bonus this year. That is akin to the U.S. Congress voting themselves a pay raise each year. This type of playing “fast and loose” with the people’s money has a certain kind of smell to it.
    Norman Horne
    Ash

  • New Year resolutions and more

    A New Year means a new start and for many people it’s a time to assess their lives and make a choice to change something—a New Year’s resolution.

    New Year’s Day has traditionally been a day of strangeness for me.

    New Year’s 2000, I awoke with the flu and the world had not ended. My resolution that year was not to buy into the end of the world theories.

    And yes, I know some say 2012 is it. I don’t buy it.