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Today's Opinions

  • Historic changing of the guard marks 2,684 days of security for Americans

    At this writing, we have one president. As you read this, we have another.

    As I pen these words, we are teetering on the brink of history, and as you read this, history has come to life.

    Millions of Americans have flocked to our great nation’s capital for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, and to experience history.

  • Open the door for all to participate

    To the editor:

    How long is it going to take for our society to stop treating anyone as second class? The historic election certainly is a reminder we can grow. However, there are many in this country that may want public office but will not get it based on race or party label or religion.

    It wasn’t that long ago blacks and women would have no shot at any high office, much less local public office. I am thrilled the son of an immigrant is now our president, which affirms that we are truly a nation of immigrants.

  • Keys program is another creative way to help kids

    When it comes to keeping young people motivated and out of trouble, it often calls for those who work with them most often to be creative.

    At Shallotte Middle School it appears administrators have done just that. Somehow, they’ve convinced young people it’s in their best interest to come to school—and to be there early.

  • There are many reasons to love fish. PETA, not so much

    Picking on PETA is like shooting fish in a barrel. (Yeah. I said it.) But I can’t let their latest tirade go by without comment.

    I’m convinced the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” do the bizarre things they do just to get attention and see their names in the paper. It has nothing to do with their love for animals.

    Their latest stunt is asking school officials in Spearfish, S.D., to change the name of Spearfish High School to “Sea Kitten High School.”

  • High taxes, high insurance rates

    To the editor: All property owners on the beaches of Brunswick County are in the same situation concerning ridiculously high property taxes and insurance costs.

    When they revaluated property taxes two years ago, they went up more than 300 percent on the property I owned on Holden Beach and I’m sure everyone else. That is why “For Sale” signs are everywhere, but no “Sold” signs.

  • Thinks speed limit should be reduced

    To the editor: I live off N.C. 179 just before the Regency condominiums facing Sunset Beach. The speed limit is 45 mph.

    After 20 years of watching motorists rev up their engines on this stretch of highway in a tremendous, heart-pounding hurry to get to the water, the speed limit needs to be reduced.

  • Thinks increase is unfair

    To the editor: Once again, property owners in Brunswick and other coastal counties get slammed with another property insurance increase. Whatever happened to the insurance concept of “shared risk?”

  • Thanks for help after wreck

    To the editor: I want to thank some special people in the community.

    On Jan. 3, my husband Jim and my daughter Jaimee Lynn were in a terrible accident at the curve on Thomasboro Road just before U.S. 17. My husband’s car rolled over three times and they landed upside down across the ditch.

    A family named Hoover helped my daughter to safety and applied pressure to her laceration on her head.