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Today's Opinions

  • Spend less time online

    To the editor: I don’t intend to disrespect Laura Lewis in regard to her new Facebook account, but her recent article spurred me to the realization of just how much time people squander on the Internet.

    I see nothing wrong with keeping in touch with old friends, but I personally know people who spend hours every day on the computer that could be spent being more productive in the workplace, volunteering in our community or spending quality time with loved ones.

  • Sunshine Week highlights importance of open government

    This is Sunshine Week, a time when newspapers and other media agencies throughout the country join together to celebrate and focus on the value of open government.

    “Transparency” is the buzzword in government this year, and we wanted to know just how well government bodies that serve Brunswick County respond to open records requests.

  • Brunswick County will likely still be a fast-growing community

    Although Brunswick County has given up its previously held positions as the 14th and then the 17th fastest growing county in America, it’s likely it won’t be long until the boom returns.

    Although the speed of Brunswick County’s growth may have slowed, people are still relocating to this community, and growth is likely to be a trend Brunswick County will long have to embrace.

  • Wanted: Access to an open and transparent federal government

    Lace up the ice skates and get out the hockey sticks—hell has frozen over.

    I have a few kind words for Congress. Well, two members of Congress to be specific.

    Anyone who’s ever read my opinion columns knows I’m not the biggest fan of the 111th Congress, and the 110th wasn’t much better. But this week I find myself pleased with the recent actions of two members of Congress—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.

    I’m sure you’re curious about the change of heart, so I’ll explain.

  • Don't put all the blame on the Internet

    But the journalistic print edifice will be not be replaced - in my view, there will be no great metro bureaus, no overseas reporting staffs, no full-time investigative teams, no cop house reporters, no City Hall beat. A network of thousands and thousands of young reporters taking notes and asking tough questions —and then writing up their reports in public, for the public—at thousands and thousands of school board and town council meetings on gray Tuesday evenings all around the nation will begin to fade.

    —Tom Watson

  • Uniforms would be a good idea for local schools to take into consideration

    In the community where I grew up and later became a newspaper reporter assigned to cover education, the two public school systems—one a city district and one for the county—are known for being progressive institutions of learning.

    They have drawn a lot of attention for adopting and fine-tuning a year-round education calendar that promotes learning in ways that appear to help young people retain knowledge, without facing the “summer slide.”

    Administrators were also forward thinkers when, years ago, both districts adopted strict dress-code policies.

  • Funding or not, keep the Transition Academy open

    It’s no secret Brunswick County Schools will be short more than $5 million during the next fiscal year.

    We know this means a potential loss of jobs, programs and services the district will be available to offer. It takes money to run a school district, and when the money isn’t there, cuts have to be made. It’s unavoidable.

    What should be avoidable and not in question is cutting funding for the Transition Academy, Brunswick County’s newest school that opened last August.

  • Skydiving is a safe sport

    To the editor: I wanted to comment that skydiving is a safe sport that is operated in an equally safe manner at numerous airports worldwide.

    I am 20 years old and have recently earned my A license at the Oconee County Regional Airport out of Clemson, S.C. We have a small area for our intended landing area, and it is a rare sight to see someone not make it there.