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Today's Opinions

  • A smoking gun

    To the editor:

    Just to show you the height of awareness and intelligence of North Carolinian smokers, I was at a gas station getting gas. The customer right across from me was standing outside of his car smoking. I told him that the slice through smoking on the gas pump meant you were not supposed to smoke here. It was a fire hazard.

    He said he could not smoke in the car because there was a baby in it.

  • Thanks for help with fundraiser

    To the editor:

    On Saturday, April 24, Andy’s of Shallotte and Leland (next to Walmart), as part of its corporate philosophy to give back to the community, opened its doors and grills to the Brunswick Housing Opportunities Home Preservation Committee (BHO/HPC) for a fundraising pancake breakfast.

  • Likes board’s decision about prayer

    To the editor:

    The men of Athens had an unknown God and the Apostle Paul proclaimed he knew who He was Acts 17:23: “Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you. Acts 17:23: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.”

  • Banned and challenged books

    My sister, Ashley, and I have always been polar opposites—she was the outgoing one, while I was the shy one.
    She enjoyed gadgets, electronics and technology, while I preferred to stay as far away from those things as possible.
    She hated shopping while I could shop for 24 hours straight.
    Perhaps the biggest difference between us was in our hobbies; I was a bookworm, and she despised reading—with a passion.

  • No matter how many times I do it, I still get excited about voting

    I recently married a Canadian. He gets pretty excited about news—local, national and international.

    When he was still living in Canada, it wasn’t uncommon for him to have absorbed some interesting fact of the day from U.S. news before I even realized something was going on.

    American politics, especially, have always interested him. The differences between the American political system and processes and Canada always have him asking questions and making comparisons.

  • Carolina Shores Town Administrator should have known better

    Seriously, Carolina Shores? Is this really happening again? Have town officials really let Carolina Shores’ citizens down once again?

    Unfortunately, yes.

    We understand people make mistakes, and when they do, we believe they should be given opportunities to correct them, learn from them and hopefully not make them again.

    However, we have a hard time understanding how someone as experienced and versed as Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane could make a mistake by deleting town e-mails from her computer.

  • Sign of distress or disrespect? Oak Island man flies flag upside down to send a message

    Charlie Perry, owner of American Fish Co. in Oak Island, is fed up with where this country is headed.

    He’s frustrated with government bailouts and what he calls “squandering” of tax dollars. He’s so frustrated, about three weeks ago he began flying his flag upside down—what has traditionally been referred to as the national sign of distress.

  • Keep your dogs leashed

    My friends took two puppies for a walk on Sunset Beach recently. They never made it to the sand.

    About 6:30 p.m., they parked in the public lot at the gazebo. He had both puppies on their leashes while she went back to the car to get her sweatshirt. He passed a lady on her cell phone that had an unleashed husky and poodle by her side.