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Today's Opinions

  • Having a community holiday event? We want to know about it

     With Halloween right around the corner, it’s hard to believe soon we’ll be thinking about turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas trees and holiday shopping for Christmas.

    Why is it the end of the year seems to pass us by so quickly?

    With temperatures projected to only reach the 60s this week, we’re hoping you’re getting yourself geared up for the upcoming holidays. And while it might seem a stretch to be thinking of your Thanksgiving Day roasted oysters and Christmas ham, we’d like to ask you to do just that.

  • What should you consider when voting for our next president?

    What to consider when voting for a presidential candidate?

    • Review candidates’ policy positions about their views on civil rights, taxes, abortion, spending, education, defense, healthcare, energy and the economy.

    • Evaluate the management skills of candidates such as how well have they managed their campaigns including fundraising, advertising and delegation of responsibilities.

    • Assess the temperament of candidates such as how they have dealt with challenges and adversity.

  • Tough questions OK as long as they’re pointed in the right direction

    Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity announced on his show on Saturday journalism was dead.

    Arguing journalists failed to complete their standard vetting process for Sen. Barack Obama in his bid for the White House, Hannity said my profession no longer exists.

    That’s a pretty disturbing thought in itself, but as the weekend continued, things just got worse.

    On Sunday, it was reported the Obama/Biden camp has refused further interviews with a Florida TV anchor because she asked tough questions.

  • This average American can’t fathom Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe

    Dressed in a tailored red suit, black knee boots and expensive heels, she poses behind the podium. She can go from politician to moose hunter just by changing into her fleece sweater and camouflage pants.

    No, it’s not vice-presidential Barbie—it’s Sarah Palin.

    Recently Palin has caused quite a stir with her red leather jackets, pink suits and black knee-high boots. The items themselves are not the problem—in fact, they’re quite stylish. It’s the cost of this wardrobe that’s the problem.

  • What you see now is likely what you’ll get

    As exciting as it has been, this election season is quickly winding to a close. In a week, from local to national offices, important decisions are going to be made that will forever affect our future.

    As voters, we each play a crucial role in determining this future. Whether you voted early or plan to head to the polls Tuesday, every vote cast in this election counts.

    With races tightening and candidates heading to the finish line, we can’t help but be left with a nasty taste in our mouths from this election season.

  • Remembering a local legend

    Nearly four years ago, I decided to write a little something different about Thanksgiving traditions, so I visited Carson Varnam’s Oyster Market in Varnamtown, where families were picking up oysters for their Thanksgiving Day oyster roasts.

    Varnam and his wife, Marlene, told me roasting oysters was a popular tradition in Brunswick County, and, as we were talking, a couple from Ash pulled up to pick up their bushel of oysters for the big day.

    “As long as I can get them from Carson, we’ll have oysters for Thanksgiving,” one of the customers told me.

  • A few good cops with their dogs clobber our drug hot spots

    The sheriff of Brunswick County, John Ingram, leaned across the round conference table in his office as I was discussing with him the presence of a half-dozen drug “hot spots” in the county.

    With a grin on his face, he said, “Why don’t you take a ride along with us and find out about them firsthand?”

    On the following Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, I took him up on it. Here is what I found out.

    Riding shotgun unarmed

  • Obama is the right choice

    To the editor:

    Lately, America’s skies have been filled with dark clouds. More than 90 percent of Americans feel we are headed in the wrong direction.

    Many things are not as we wish they were. The list is long. Each problem is complicated and expensive to solve. This election should be solely about who will provide the judgment and initiatives that stir this nation to face our challenges head-on.