Today's Opinions

  • Brunswick Literacy Council''s Adult Spelling Bee is looking for competitors

    One of my favorite toys as a child was a red electronic talking box called a Speak N Spell.

    At the top of the device, just below the handy-dandy, hard-plastic carrying handle, was a small, rectangular black screen. High-tech in its day, the device used straight lines to form letters in blue on the screen.

    Below the black screen was a yellow box that encased a keyboard (in alphabetical order) of letters in orange, task keys in red and vowels in yellow.

  • Commends fire department

    To the editor: This letter is about a fire station that shouts, “can do!” Not only has this small rural fire station with its dedicated group of volunteers acquired numerous firefighting, EMS and rescue certifications and hand-built a tower for county rescue training, but it has finished reconstructing a 1997 truck into one mighty fine heavy rescue truck.

    I am talking about the people at Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue and what they have accomplished in a short period of time.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.

  • Yes you can

    To the editor: Remember the News Week cover informing all of us after the election that, “We are all Socialist now?" No more need for any of those nasty two party elections.

    If you just stop and look at what is going on, TARP, stimulus package, bailouts, Cap and Trade, card check…just ask yourself, why does all of this need to be done at the speed of light? Maybe it’s the fact the argument for these hugely expensive programs are weaker than soup made from the shadow of a starving pigeon.

  • Big government wonderful

    To the editor: I am a boomer and semi retired, but for the life of me I cannot understand letters to the editor favoring more government in our lives from people my age or older.

    Statements like Medicaid and Social Security are wonderful programs are true, if you are on the receiving end, but we must look at who is paying for these benefits. It is the millions of folks 18-40 who are still paying into this bankrupt system with little hope of ever receiving a dime of their investment.

  • Summer concerts, movies

    To the editor: I live in the Whiteville area, and I have a cottage at Seaside in Ocean Isle Beach. I like to stop by the Shallotte Chamber of Commerce when I have the time to check on activities, etc.

    Recently, I was looking for the dates for the Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach. My timing was good; I got those dates plus these upcoming concerts and movies.

    I have been to eight concerts so far plus we got rained out of one. I’m looking forward to going to the rest as I have really enjoyed them and so have my friends.

  • Big changes needed at Carolina Shores

    To the editor: I have lived here eight years and have never lived in a community with so much turmoil.

    Under the last two administrations, we were the laughingstock for this part of the state.

    Then we elected Mayor Shelby and things changed. We had peace and quiet in Carolina Shores; unbelievable! Things got so quiet reporters were having trouble staying awake. The mayor’s door or phone were always open for any concerns we had.

  • Thank an EMT

    To the editor: Have you thanked an EMT today? If you haven’t, I’m doing it. As a matter of fact, I’d like to thank a lot of EMTs, law enforcement and fire departments.

    On May 29 my brother, Mark Walker, collapsed in his home in Sunset Beach. Our mother Darlene called 911 and she said that within minutes the yard was full of emergency vehicles willing to help.

    I don’t know everyone’s name, but I want to thank everyone who went to the call. I especially want to thank Brandon Tysinger who stayed by my brother’s side and never gave up.