Today's Opinions

  • Bye-bye, daytime. Hello, on-demand

    “The Guiding Light” began its life as a 15-minute radio serial in 1937 and was on the air in one form or another until its final episode, broadcast last Friday, Sept. 18.

    That’s 72 years of life for a daytime soap opera, and it’s an accomplishment that deserves some respect.

  • Why aren't others being annexed?

    To the editor: Everybody knows St. James plans to forcibly annex small, commercially zoned tracts at the Midway intersection, which is miles from its main entrance.

    But did you know the St. James Plantation sales office, which is at the traffic light right across the street from the main entrance and directly adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed town hall and community center, is not currently in the town of St. James and is not part of the areas slated to be involuntarily annexed?

  • Be informed about healthcare reform

    To the editor: I read Sen. Richard Burr’s description of the Patients’ Choice Act he co-authored and was intrigued enough to research his proposal.

    Elements of his bill, as well as Democrat-sponsored bills, make sense and can have a positive impact on healthcare in the U.S.

    Medical malpractice reform, prioritizing healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine and eliminating waste and inefficiency in the current system are the “low hanging fruit” in this debate.

  • Thanks for supporting fundraiser

    To the editor: We wish to thank all of businesses in Shallotte and Calabash who graciously donated gifts and time to participate in the open house and silent auction at the Wilmington Treatment Center on Holden Beach Road last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    We were able to raise $1,270 to benefit the Drug Court program, which helps those involved receive transportation to find jobs, medical help as needed, and incentives as they change their lives.

    It is an awesome program I feel privileged to be a part of.


  • Extra taxes?

    To the editor: My family became a resident of Calabash on July 1 of this year, not by choice, but by way of annexation.

    On Sept. 16, I received a tax bill from the town for 2009. I called town hall and was told the fiscal year was from July 1-June 30. I was not a resident on June 30, so I am either being billed for taxes when I was not a resident or I am paying taxes in the future.

    A local attorney said, “Annexation is rape by a town.” I feel that way also but now I have to pay the town for the honor.

  • Questions need for park

    To the editor: As a long-time year-round resident of Sunset Beach, I question the “need” for a park and boat ramp, just as I question the “need” for the sewer project. There is a nice boat launch nearby at Ocean Isle Beach and Brunswick County is developing a park on Old Georgetown Road.

    At the town council meeting on Sept. 14, Councilman Steiner launched a filibuster extolling the “need” for Sunset Beach to purchase a tract of land for $5.5 million. The town has previously purchased a tract of land for the same purpose.

  • Where is our raise?

    To the editor: I would like to know why us senior citizens are not getting a raise this coming year?

    I think people in Washington should be put back on Social Security. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them. Why are they better than us?

    And the same goes for this new healthcare program they are pushing. If it is not good enough for the president and his family, the Congress and Senate, then why is it good enough for us?

  • Memories of Hurricane Floyd are greater than images

    My dad pulled up outside the Police Station on Oak Island. I was nervous, but I wanted to do it.

    “You want me to go with you?” he asked.

    “No! That would look dorky,” I said. “I am a grown-up now. I’ll be fine.”

    As I said that, I was shaking inside. It was my first real experience working for a newspaper—well, sort of.