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Today's Opinions

  • Razor nails, axes and hockey masks: Like Jason, the slasher flick never dies

    Summer blockbuster season is here, and guess which wholesome, wacky, family-pleasing comedy was the No. 1 movie last weekend? That’s right, “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

    The old nemesis of squeamish moviegoers of the 1980s is back, “retooled,” of course, for the 2010s, from the same production company that brought us the returns of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th.” Thanks a lot, guys.

  • Libraries offer valuable services

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to the gentleman who suggests the county should cut computer services in our county libraries.

    Our county is large and diverse in our population and the needs of our residents are therefore large and diverse.

    I am retired and have been using this library for years on a regular basis and am appreciative of the services they provide.

    Some of the services I know the Rourk Library has available include:

  • Stop with the political games

    To the editor:

    On April 26, Congressman Mike McIntyre proudly stood with Blue Dog Democrats proclaiming he has co-sponsored legislation to reduce discretionary spending by 6 percent. 

    At first glance, this sounds like a great idea because it sounds like the initiative cuts out wasteful spending; however, I researched what programs are mandated to be under discretionary funding and among others it included the Veterans Affairs Department, which covers healthcare for veterans.

  • 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.