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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Old Wooden Bridge’

    To the editor:

    As the crane of change

    With great intent

    Piece by piece

    Removes our past

    Marching to the future

    The unknown ever closer

    For some

    Great sorrow

    Others early joy

    Quality of life

    Filtered through optics

    Of hearts and minds

    From lives past lived

    Good riddance or goodbye

    Great old wooden governor

    Of keeping speed in check

    Your quiet efforts

    For setting pace

  • Don’t bring God into this

    To the editor:

    Life is nothing more than the measurable interlude between the bookends of non-existence. An extremist’s point of view, you say? How else can one interpret the progressive’s commitment to the government’s funding of so-called late-life counseling, or, as Sarah Palin put it, death panels? What a firestorm that observation created! Yet, it did result in the Obama administration’s formal excising from Obamacare, funding end-of-life counseling by physicians under Medicare.

  • Liked the story about young pilot

    To the editor:

    I read with interest about young Drew Holden’s maiden flight at Ocean Isle Beach written by Kathryn Jacewicz. For a 16-year-old, I think it was an amazing accomplishment, and I want to congratulate him for it. Another thing I noticed about the article was a pun in the next to the closing paragraph when she stated that, “He is considering flying commercially, but that’s still ‘up in the air’.” A wonderful pun, if I may say so.

    Leon Cheers

    Shallotte

  • Nominate Brunswick County teachers to be part of next ‘Real Women’ magazine

    Students in the state of North Carolina are expected to attend 180 days of school.

    Spending 180 days with anyone seems like a lot, but when students have teachers who are engaging and inspiring, the calendar year doesn’t seem so long.

  • Winter-wear is a totally different style at the beach

    Call me crazy, but since it’s been so cold and the middle of winter and all, lately I’ve been getting the urge to don a coat and place a knit toboggan on top of my head. Oh, and socks and boots on my feet and leggings, too, which I think are kind of trendy.

    Not at the beach.

    “Cute cap,” remarked a regular, bare-headed patron of Sunset Beach Town Council meetings upon my arrival at the board’s monthly session Jan. 10. His baby grandson, he said, wore the same kind of headgear when the infant went home from the hospital.

  • Doesn’t like decision about students

    To the editor:

    I wanted to comment on last week’s incident at West Brunswick High School. 

    I appreciate Katie (Jacewicz) sticking to the facts, but did it really have to be placed on the front page? 

  • Thanks, taxpayers and voters

    To the editor:

    Thanks to taxpayers and voters of Brunswick County. Thank you for electing Bill Rabon and Jon David.

    In the 2014 election, get rid of liberal U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

    Now for Brunswick County, when prices and incomes were high, they evaluated property values too high. Now people who invested in Brunswick County cannot pay the high property tax.

    Help! Talk with commissioners and the tax department. Cut valuations and the tax rate. Help cut now while the economy is in the ditch.

  • Check bridge safety issues

    To the editor:

    I recently had the opportunity to drive across the newly constructed Sunset Beach Bridge and was impressed with the construction, especially the guardrails. 

    I am requesting the department of highways inspect the bridge at Ocean Isle Beach. I’m sure they would realize the potential for a tragedy to a walker or bicyclist. This inspection will reveal a very narrow bike and pedestrian lane with only a 2-foot guardrail. This lane is generally covered with gravel and other debris.