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Today's Opinions

  • Interrupting these programs for a Lenten intervention

    Laura Lewis

    The cartoon in my New Yorker desk diary this week is supposed to be funny, as are most New Yorker cartoons.

    “I’m giving up Google for Lent,” a woman announces to her husband as he’s cruising the computer in the depiction.

    Actually, it is funny. But it also correlates with what I’m seriously trying to do this week by giving up television.

  • Be an informed citizen; share input when solicited

    Calabash residents and business owners have been fired up lately about the current Unified Development Ordinance being reviewed by Calabash commissioners.

    In several public meetings business owners have claimed regulations set forth in the UDO are unfair. There have been complaints about everything from how the document was produced to the details inside it.

    The UDO, if approved in its current form, would affect everything from eliminating rooftop signs in the town’s commercial district to requiring more uniform design policies throughout.

  • What to do when businesses close their doors

    In this challenging economy, it’s an unfortunate reality businesses are closing their doors every day.

    To assist residents of North Carolina, state Attorney General Roy Cooper has provided a list of tips to help us deal with companies that are going out of business to keep us from being left high and dry.

    Cooper suggests the following:

  • Coupons intended to save money burn a bigger hole in pocket

    Everyone in my family has always loved a bargain.

    My dad’s greatest joy is returning from the supermarket and announcing his greatest deal of the day. More often than not, it’s a couple of dollars saved on a gallon of milk.

    “And I didn’t even need a coupon!” he’ll say every time.

    My cousin Debbie is always swindling freebies from people, but the good part about it is she’s always willing to share. You can’t leave her house without a bag full of gourmet coffee samples or vending machine snacks.

  • The power behind the people: Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative 'going green'

    In today’s dynamic environment, climate change and green power are in the socio-economic makeup of our everyday life. To us at BEMC, its means being mindful about the state of our resources and taking care to use them efficiently and effectively to ensure we meet the needs of our future generations of members.

  • Volunteering: When we become the hands and feet of God

    “…Here am I; send me.”

    Isaiah 6: 8

    An insightful moment came to members of the Holden Beach Chapel’s Council at our monthly meeting.

    We were brainstorming on the subject of how to stimulate interest in volunteer work. Everyone had an opinion as to what it meant to become a volunteer.

    Finally, Maureen volunteered an opinion. She simply said, “Volunteering is a time when we become the hands and feet of God.”

  • Supports Robert Robinson

    To the editor: I want the people of Brunswick County to know they have had the privilege of having a great public servant for 28 years. I remember a young Register of Deeds Robert Robinson in 1981. He was full of energy and dedicated to doing his new job. He never lost this enthusiasm over the next 28 years.

    Robert was anxious to be ahead of the curve on technology to better serve his customers both public and attorneys who toiled long hours completing title searches. He was tireless in his efforts to do the job he was duly elected to perform.

  • Ditch issues

    To the editor: At the February Town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner Gere Dale publicly chastised the residents of the Village at Calabash development for expressing their feelings they were being unfairly treated economically. He then went on to point out the Village received services in the form of road repair and street lighting approximately equal to the property taxes collected from the development, and therefore the Villagers had no right to complain.