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Today's Opinions

  • Mother of abducted kids strives to keep the faith

    Amy Smith, computer mouse in hand, scanned the Internet, searching the umpteenth time for any snippet, guideline or miracle to help bring her little boys home.

    It’s become a daily ritual for the Ash mother, whose sons—7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan—are being kept by her husband without her permission in his native Canada, a seemingly amicable North American country where the odds and judgments have been mounting against her.

  • Supports Tim Daniels

    To the editor: I have known Timothy “Salt” Daniels for more than 20 years, and I just wanted to take a moment to ask all the Republican and Independent voters out there to consider the sheriff’s candidate who will be the best for Brunswick County.

  • Cuts are needed, not increases

    To the editor:

    With projected county losses, I would suggest commissioners start looking at new avenues of cuts—not increases.

    I’m sick of liberal Democrats always suggesting tax increases, which are always referred to as a mere this and a mere that.

    Pretty soon the mere increases add up to real money. Increases for trash pickup and recycling are two areas that come to mind.

  • Who can help the schools?

    To the editor: All my adult life has been dedicated to education. When the voters allowed me to serve on the Brunswick County Board of Education, I watched with interest as the lottery was put into place.

    A promise from Gov. Perdue that she would propose “a constitutional amendment to make sure that lottery funds stay dedicated to education” gave me hope.

  • Supports John Ingram

    To the editor: Brunswick County now has a sheriff who runs the department very efficiently and professionally. John Ingram is morally upright. He respects all who serve under him.  Brunswick County deserves a sound, professiona

  • Standing tall for fallen soldiers: Patriot Guard Riders provide escorts, protection

    Those of us who haven’t been in a war zone can’t imagine what it’s like. (I’m talking to you, reporters who describe every disaster scene as looking “like a war zone.”)

    Sorry, but watching “Saving Private Ryan,” “From Here to Eternity” or “The Deerhunter” does not make one an expert on the atrocities of war.

  • What legislator or candidate has what it takes to bring justice for Amy Frink?

    Every few months I receive the same letter in the mail. It always begins the same way: “In complying with North Carolina G.S. 15A-1371(3), the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is notifying you that it has approved the above-referenced case for parole...”

    The above-referenced case is usually someone who was convicted of murder; sometimes it’s a sexual offense. Sometimes they’re sentenced to 30 years; sometimes they’re sentenced to life in prison.

  • Earth Day excitement returns with nature documentaries

    Does anyone get excited about Earth Day anymore?
    I hate to say it, but I am actually a little thrilled about it for the first time in about 15 or 20 years. (The trying-to-be-a-modern-day-hippie years.)
    Between work, marriage and motherhood, I’ve tried to stay informed, but I haven’t really kept up with the latest Earth Day events. But this year is different.