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Today's Opinions

  • Who can help the schools?

    To the editor: All my adult life has been dedicated to education. When the voters allowed me to serve on the Brunswick County Board of Education, I watched with interest as the lottery was put into place.

    A promise from Gov. Perdue that she would propose “a constitutional amendment to make sure that lottery funds stay dedicated to education” gave me hope.

  • Supports John Ingram

    To the editor: Brunswick County now has a sheriff who runs the department very efficiently and professionally. John Ingram is morally upright. He respects all who serve under him.  Brunswick County deserves a sound, professiona

  • Standing tall for fallen soldiers: Patriot Guard Riders provide escorts, protection

    Those of us who haven’t been in a war zone can’t imagine what it’s like. (I’m talking to you, reporters who describe every disaster scene as looking “like a war zone.”)

    Sorry, but watching “Saving Private Ryan,” “From Here to Eternity” or “The Deerhunter” does not make one an expert on the atrocities of war.

  • What legislator or candidate has what it takes to bring justice for Amy Frink?

    Every few months I receive the same letter in the mail. It always begins the same way: “In complying with North Carolina G.S. 15A-1371(3), the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is notifying you that it has approved the above-referenced case for parole...”

    The above-referenced case is usually someone who was convicted of murder; sometimes it’s a sexual offense. Sometimes they’re sentenced to 30 years; sometimes they’re sentenced to life in prison.

  • Earth Day excitement returns with nature documentaries

    Does anyone get excited about Earth Day anymore?
    I hate to say it, but I am actually a little thrilled about it for the first time in about 15 or 20 years. (The trying-to-be-a-modern-day-hippie years.)
    Between work, marriage and motherhood, I’ve tried to stay informed, but I haven’t really kept up with the latest Earth Day events. But this year is different.

  • Why won’t Rabon debate?

    To the editor:
    Is it just me or does anyone out there find it odd Bill Rabon, Republican candidate for N.C. Senate District 8, has not and will not debate his Republican Primary opponent Bettie Fennell?
    Fennell and Rabon have had several opportunities to conduct a debate and in each case Rabon refuses and makes excuses.
    Why does a candidate with his enormous financial resources that allows a constant bombardment of television and radio ads, not display the courage to debate his opponent?

  • Week of the Young Child

    To the editor: Young children in Brunswick County deserve the best we can give them.
    During Week of the Young Child, April 11-17, we can show our support for children and for early learning in our community by recognizing the needs of young children and thanking the adults involved in their education and care.
    As we thank parents, teachers, caregivers and volunteers, promote early literacy programs and work to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children, we recognize early years are learning years.

  • America, get involved

    To the editor:
    Recently, I attended a Tea Party in Raleigh. The agenda was to persuade Roy Cooper to join a number of states in fighting to repeal the unconstitutional healthcare bill.  
    I was sickened in the way things turned out. I do not care if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever I think you too should be concerned.
    The day before our demonstration, an e-mail came out telling us that poles or sticks with signs would not be acceptable, even the American flag on a pole. The reason given was that these things could be used as weapons.