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Today's Opinions

  • Sad to see restaurant close

    To the editor: Twelve years ago, The Huddle House came to town and with it came a great man by the name of John Hancock. John was the owner and another great man named Paul Norton was the manager.

    When I applied for a job, I knew the Huddle House was going to be a great place to work. The Huddle House and its employees grew on you after a while and we all seemed like family.

    Four years ago, Paul got cancer and within eight months had passed away. Losing him was like losing a family member but somehow we all got through it.

  • Disappointed with board of education

    To the editor: We were disappointed to hear the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to not allow the president’s address to be heard as it was broadcast.

    To have the president of the United States address our country’s students at the beginning of their school year is inspiring, reassuring and tells our children of their importance. Please, someone on the board tell us what is wrong with the speech? Haven’t our presidents been addressing school children for quite some time now?

  • Reasonable ways to reform

    To the editor: I expect reasonable, nonpolitical observers can find various ways to improve our healthcare system, short of government takeover. We know ambulance chasers make a fantastic living by suing hospitals and doctors, who must therefore practice costly, defensive medicine.

  • Upset with board decision

    To the editor: I am an elderly, white grandmother and resident of Brunswick County. My children and I are all college graduates and one is a teacher.

  • Who is taking care of roads?

    To the editor: Have you noticed the past few years the scraggly untended look of the shoulders and medians of most state and county roads?

    Coming back from a trip to Concord, my wife and I (driving carefully as it was Labor Day weekend) particularly noted that most of these areas hadn’t been mowed in many, many months...if ever.

    Those that were neat and well-tended were obviously cared for by homeowners bordering these state and county properties.

  • It's a game, people, not a crime

    Even with everything that’s wrong with the world, there’s always a vocal minority among us that chooses to direct its anger at the most bizarre, inconsequential things.

    The latest pseudo-crisis among entertainment freaks is the release of Guitar Hero 5 featuring the likeness of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

  • With sweepstakes joints, it's deja vu all over again

    It wasn’t that long ago North Carolinians with a penchant for losing money could venture south of the border into my fair town—Little River, S.C.—to play video poker.

    I even visited the joints a few times, only because I was working on a story for the local newspaper.

    Another time, while I was having my car worked on at a service station on U.S. 17, I wandered into an adjacent business called The Donut Hole in search of, well, doughnuts.

  • Parents deserve a say in children’s education

    In a country founded on principles of freedom—including the freedom to choose—it makes sense that Brunswick County Schools administration has offered parents a choice regarding student viewing of the president’s recent educational message.

    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered a message to the nation. The message was directed toward school children and many schools across the country allowed students to view it as it aired lived.