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Today's Opinions

  • Girls Inc. works to lower number of teen pregnancies

    According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, in Brunswick County in 2007, 183 women younger than 19 became pregnant. The youngest reported was a mere 12 years old. Across the state, more than 20,000 women younger than 19 got pregnant last year.

    In the Brunswick County Health Department’s Community Assessment for 2007, the report indicated the county “continues to have an unusually high rate of teen pregnancy,” referring to 296 children born to mothers younger than 19 during a year-and-a-half period.

  • Shallotte loses forefather

    To the editor: Shallotte lost another of our town forefathers last month.

    Those of you who have been here for a long time remember Dykes Tires as Shady Park Esso, which opened around 1940.

    You remember Dykes checking your tires, looking under the hood, chit-chatting while he filled up your tank, never seeming to be in a hurry for you to leave.

  • Programs available to help women with weight issues, eating problems

    If you owned a television at all in 1988 you probably remember the scene that played out on countless “entertainment” television shows, and the follow-up images and stories that later came in newspapers and magazines.

    That was the year media tycoon Oprah Winfrey rolled a wagon of fat onto the set of her show representing the 67 pounds she reportedly lost. Since then the daytime talk show host has become a spokesperson for many—touting eating healthier and exercising.

  • Wait and see what the president-elect can do before calling him ‘fascinating’

    Since we’re knocking on 2009’s door, this is the time of the year when, among everything else, we’re inundated with the “best-ofs” and the “year-in-reviews” and all other shows, programs, stories and broadcasts remembering all things great in 2008.

    I watched one such show last week, and I think that’ll be enough to last me for at least another year.

    I found it mind-numbingly predictable, and I’m willing to bet all the rest will be equally unsurprising.

  • In hard times, locals step up to help

    I don’t think any of us needed an official announcement to know that. We’ve seen too many of our neighbors and friends losing jobs, losing income and struggling to make it. We’ve experienced it ourselves.

    It’s good to know, then, in these troubled times, some people are stepping up to the plate to make things a little better here in Brunswick County.

  • Doesn’t like road change

    To the editor: I would like to know who thought up the turnaround on U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road?

    Instead of putting up a traffic light, which would have been safer for drivers, now they have you crossing three lanes to make a U-turn to go south on U.S. 17.

    I feel this must have been a first-grade project. I don’t think an adult would have thought of something like this turnaround. It is backing up traffic on Ocean Isle Beach Road, which we never had before this turnaround was put in.

  • New leaders should reflect on past

    To the editor: The following excerpt is written by Rev. William J.H. Boetcker from the turn of the century. Its relevance to today’s political climate is quite evident.

  • Yes, Virginia, there are Christmas Angels

    To the editor: A mother sat next to the fireplace lost in thought. Three years ago that day, her oldest child left and never returned home.

    A year later, her other child, next to the oldest, joined his brother in heaven. Her sadness echoed through the house. She did what all mothers do when they are hurting—she called her mother.

    “Please pray for God to comfort me. I just feel so broken. I know that he has reassured me over and over that the children are with him, but I am sure that he understands the heart of a mother.”