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Today's Opinions

  • What are the Seneca guns?

    To the editor:

    If we went 180 degrees opposite from where we now are, where would we be? They said that they have Seneca guns in Pakistan.

    If you went 90 degrees and 270 degrees from our latitude and longitude, where would we be? It could be caused by a refraction of sunlight or we are in a skip-zone. It is the result of two air masses coming together. Are the gun sounds coming up, going down or coming from left or right? Where do they start at and where do they usually end up? 

  • Soldier’s letter home

    To the editor:

    I can’t believe it is that time of year.

    I haven’t yet gotten that old Christmas cheer.

    What with you back at home and me over here,

    I love you and miss you my dear.

    And even though I’m near the place of His birth,

    I hear no “Merry Christmas”; see no Christmas mirth.

    And Lord knows from here I see no Peace on Earth,

    I love you and miss you my dear.

    But we’ve put up a tree...looks like Charlie Brown’s.

  • Thanks for help with Cops and Kids

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 53 would like to thank everyone who donated to our annual FOP Cops and Kids program (formerly Shop with a Cop). Your generous donations will provide Christmas for children that reside in families with limited income. Our FOP Cops and Kids program will take place on Dec. 11 at a local Walmart store.

    K.T. Belanovich, Secretary/Treasurer

    Brunswick County FOP Lodge No. 53

  • Commissioner isn’t a friend of transparent, open government

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren, we don’t think you’re being a friend of open government.

    We’ve had a lot of questions in the last several months about the transparency involving operations of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board.

    We’ve questioned decisions about closed sessions, and we’ve been apprehensive about how hush-hush the board has been on the investigation into former director Jamie Orrock.

  • Limit politicians’ terms in office so it doesn’t lead to terms in the penitentiary

    Talk about a slap on the wrist (not to mention a colossal waste of taxpayer money).

    Our dear former governor, known across the state as the “education governor,” but known affectionately around these parts as “Sleasley,” Mike Easley pleaded guilty to one felony count of certifying a false campaign report in state court last month.

    One count, $1,000 fine, no jail time—that’s apparently your punishment if you’re a former governor.

    Rubbish!

  • Thanks for kindness

    To the editor:

    On Thanksgiving eve, our phone rang. The caller ID was a strange name. “Wrong number,” I thought. I answered it expecting an offer to make the rest of my life worry-free if only I would purchase XYZ product.

    When I answered, a male voice asked if he was speaking to me by name. I responded he was. The caller asked a shocking question, “Have you lost something of great value?”

  • Doesn’t like move of senior center

    To the editor:

    I am writing this letter regarding the relocation of the Shallotte Senior Citizens Center from its present location on Main Street in Shallotte to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

    It is not that we are opposed to the move in whole; it is the fact the move will prohibit some activities that are conducted and embraced by the current clientele of the center. 

  • ‘Blue Collar’

    To the editor:

    My view for the last few,

    was something common, not new.

    At one time considered successful,

    now pinching pennies to buy food.

    They flocked at the chance

    to make an extra dime.

    While the company they give their life 

    to

    takes advantage of their time.

    They stand in line,

    brown, white and black.

    Their food for the week donated by a 

    church,

    in a small but thoughtful paper sack.