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Today's Opinions

  • Who will foot the healthcare bill?

    To the editor: Do you think government should manage your healthcare program and dollars? This letter is not to debate the need for affordable healthcare for all Americans (that decision has already been made for you), but is intended to give an indication of what you might expect from your government.

    Past actions are an indication of what we can expect in the future. News articles recently tell us how effective the government is at handling your money. The homebuyer credit program ($8,000 per claim) has been audited and here are some of the results:

  • Where is the news coverage?

    To the editor:

    “If they could, they would rise up screaming for justice...”

    There were thousands of Americans protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s approved mosque that is very close to the World Trade Center where Muslims killed thousands of Americans.

    Did you see it in your local papers? Are we crazy?

    American dead scream out for coverage, and the media are ignoring them. I am disappointed that every newspaper in the United States is not expressing outrage over this symbol of hatred being erected near such holy ground.

  • A moment of silence for the passing of a name that sparked a dance revolution

    You know you’ve done it.

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the classic Village People song “YMCA” at a sporting event, wedding or the local karaoke bar are genetically programmed to start singing along and making the letters with their arms.

    Most of us have come to terms with this predisposition and have stopped fighting it. We’ll start awkwardly flailing our arms the minute we hear the first notes of the song coming over the speakers.

  • Vendor rules should be the same for all

    Recent news that Brunswick County will step up enforcement on existing roadside vendor regulations has some residents concerned it could put local entrepreneurs out of business.

    However, the county is doing exactly what it should—enforcing ordinances already on the books and making sure every vendor in the county is treated fairly.

  • Tuning into tidbits on a day at the pool

    I was just drifting along, floating on a lazy river on a lazy summer afternoon, feeling I had few worries when a child’s voice rang out.

    “I’m killing ants!” he announced as he stomped and mashed at the edge of the pool.

    “Noooo, Mikey,” protested another boy floating by on his own borrowed yellow inner tube. “It’s nature.”

    Mikey didn’t care about nature.

  • Find out ‘What Made the Clock Rock’ at the Amuzu Theatre

    Do you remember “Those Oldies but Goodies” that made you want to “Rock Around the Clock?”

    Well, “Sh-Boom!” Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Come Go With Me” to the historic Amuzu Theatre in downtown Southport. See for yourself “What Made the Clock Rock,” a musical revue of some of the greatest songs from 1950-1964.

    Twenty local vocalists, myself included, will perform five shows beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21-Sunday, July 25.

  • No more parking studies needed

    To the editor: To the mayor and town council of Sunset Beach:

    The town of Sunset Beach would do itself, its residents and its visitors a huge favor if it would end all studies and attempts to provide more parking spaces on the island.

    Everyone knows this is a small island and can only accommodate a limited number of people. Most weekends, including the July Fourth weekend, have proven we can now get more people on the island and park them than the beach, streets and all other facilities can safely handle.

  • Do something better with port land

    To the editor: What a great idea! The people of southeastern Brunswick County are fighting hard to preserve the beautiful piece of North Carolina we call “home” from becoming a mega-industrial site.

    The port authority is not done trying to jam a port into our daily lives. Three cheers to all the elected officials who have taken a stance against the proposed port.