Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Roadside vendors should stay

    To the editor: Shame on the Brunswick County commissioners. Roadside vendors, especially at the “mobile mall,” as it is known by the locals, provide a valuable service to so many people.

    In these tough economic times, rather than applaud and encourage their ingenuity and work ethic, the commissioners have chosen to put them out of work and possibly add more people to the government dole. Everybody loses.

  • Leave roadside vendors alone

    To the editor: I’m totally amazed at the audacity of our county commissioners enforcing a ban on some roadside vendors.

    With so much wrong in our economy, they waste time attacking those who are trying to earn a living legitimately. No wonder we have so many people breaking the laws.

    Leave the farmers, kids and entrepreneurs alone.

  • Thanks for help at Shrine Club

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the Brunswick County Shrine Club, we would like to thanks all of the fire and rescue departments for all efforts on our behalf to save, what we think, is part of Bolivia and Brunswick County history.

    Without their extreme efforts, our history inside the building would have been lost. We thank all of you.

    James Caton, Shriners president

    Brunswick County Shriners

    Brunswick County Shrinettes

    Brunswick County Thunderbolts

  • Returning to ‘dated’ movie evokes weird nostalgia for theory making

    It’s happening again. Every time a new generation of 20-somethings enters the working world, the stereotyping and generalizing hits the media full force.

    A quick Internet search reveals that people in their 20s (also known as “millennials” or “Generation Y”) are now being labeled as being born with a sense of entitlement, doted on by parents who told them they were “special” and given roomfuls of trophies just for participating. Numerous articles have been published about how to deal with them in the workplace.