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Today's Opinions

  • Where was Rabon at events?

    To the editor: I’m all for the “more the merrier” when it comes to choices in a primary election race, but I’m also for commitment to principle.

    This commitment to America’s conservation ideology is what we grassroots activists are demanding in our lawmakers. Lead by example.

    Upon learning that Bill Rabon of Southport would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state Senate seat currently held by the indicted R.C. Soles, I was a bit confused.

  • Modern moviegoers are 'rom-commed' and 'bromanced' within an inch of our lives

    It is it just me or is every movie preview for the same two movies—with different actors and a slightly different script?

    The first type I can’t get away from is a cloying romantic comedy in which a serious, big city career woman has to leave her modern, uppity ways behind and settle down in a small town with an honest, blue collar, regular Joe to be happy and realize what life’s really all about.

  • Seeing a classic for the first time: 'The Third Man'

    For years, the only thing I knew about the 1949 film noir “The Third Man” was Orson Welles made a funny yet disturbing speech about a cuckoo clock during a dramatic confrontation scene.

    Recently, I came across a review calling this movie the seminal film of the 1940s, capturing the desperation and moral wasteland of post-war Europe like none other.

    That certainly captured my imagination, so I ordered it from Netflix. Not surprisingly, “The Third Man” was great from start to finish.

  • Towns need this agreement

    It appears, finally, the towns of Oak Island and St. James are ready to come to an agreement about Midway Road property both towns had intended to annex.

    The proposed annexation sparked outcry from residents and sent lawsuits into Brunswick County courts.

    Now, it appears the towns are ready to settle the matter.

    It’s about time.

  • Why not use facility here for VA center instead of building a new one?

    Brunswick County commissioners have made it clear they would like to see the current Brunswick Community Hospital become a Veterans Affairs facility in the future.

    The current hospital will become vacant when the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens in 2011.

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Great giveaway targets those in need

    Call it a reverse yard sale, a way to shed good, usable items you no longer need, to give to someone who does.

    Members of First Baptist Church in Shallotte are just calling it The Great New Year Giveaway.

    It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the church at 4486 Main St.

    While it may sound like a free-for-all, the church’s first Great Giveaway is targeting people in need.

    For the past few weeks, the congregation has been collecting donations from people in the community, church pastor Bob Weathers said.

  • Next Brunswick County Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 4

    I have been humbled, horrified, saddened and proud of the phone calls and e-mails that have come in since it was announced Brunswick County is putting together a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Many who have called and written have been touched directly by drunk driving. Far too many have lost family members and friends. One person has even had the horrific experience of losing two loved ones in two DWI-related fatalities.