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Today's Opinions

  • If you do the crime you might do the time

    Crime does not pay

    —1935 Radio Program

    One of my old FBI associates recently wrote a letter to the editor in which he mentioned structured sentencing. That triggered my mind into the reminiscing and reflection modes. Here are my thoughts.

    My jail time

    I served about seven months in the Los Angeles County Jail—not as an inmate, but as a deputy sheriff.

  • Think about others on the roads this holiday season

    During a DWI checkpoint over two days last weekend, local law enforcement officers took 23 potentially deadly drivers off area roadways—that’s 23 people who could have tragically changed their lives or the lives of others forever.

    Terry Randolph, a speaker at a recent regional candlelight vigil that honored and remembered those whose lives have been affected by drinking and driving, knows exactly how devastating it can be when someone foolishly decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

  • Tough times in Brunswick County

    To the editor: I recently went to a restaurant in Shallotte with a very good friend for breakfast and fellowship. The meal didn’t give me heart failure, but the check did. I will not darken their door again.

    I had my propane gas tank filled two weeks ago. The bill seemed high to me, so I called a couple of competitors. The first was 20 cents a gallon (or pound) cheaper and the second was 30 cents cheaper.

    I will be ending a long time relationship with my gas company very soon.

  • Ingram Planetarium’s stars shine bright

    I was pleased to learn the town of Sunset Beach released a $15,000 capital grant to Ingram Planetarium. As a trustee of the foundation that oversees the planetarium, I am grateful for the town’s support of this important tourist attraction and educational facility.

    I am concerned, however, about some of the comments made at the Sunset Beach town meeting and the manner in which they were reported in the local press.

  • Where’s the bailout for seniors?

    To the editor: How come all the sudden our government has all this money to bail out all these big companies, but they can’t bail out those in poverty and senior citizens?

    We have to suffer so all the CEOs and presidents and vice presidents and board members can be cozy and comfortable in their big homes not knowing what and how the little people are really doing and what we have to deal with to survive.

  • BFA thanks contributors

    To the editor: In October, Brunswick Family Assistance re-evaluated the devastating effect our economy has had on our less fortunate neighbors.

    It was determined we needed to initiate a blitz campaign while temporarily reducing expenses and services to support these individuals during these extreme times while maintaining our financial stability.

    Thanks to you, the Brunswick County community, we have raised more than $70,000, significant amounts of food and increased volunteer support. This will allow us to continue to provide essential services into the New Year.

  • It’s not all about the gifts

    I recently had the opportunity to see a wonderful Christmas drama called “Journey to the Manger” at Ocean View Baptist Church.

    It was a full-on musical production filled with great songs, a terrific story and solid performances by the cast and choir. It also contained an important message for any Christmas, but especially this year’s holiday season: It’s not about the gifts.

  • Are you feeling lucky? Go ahead and make your day!

    “There’s many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip”

    —An old English proverb

    One of my FBI associates made an interesting and astute observation in his recent letter to the editor: “North Carolina does not recognize a ‘citizen’s arrest.’”

    Apparently, he is right.