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Today's Opinions

  • Nothing's worse than a room that's bugged

    I had just lain down when a menacing dark blob high on the mango-hued wall caught my weary eyes.

    Even in the dark, my sixth-sense bug-detector went off. Is thatee? I wondered, snapping on the lamp and squinting toward the ceiling.

    Yep, it was.

    An August “palmetto bug” had decided to pay a less-than-August, uninvited visit into the living room—my living room. He was staring down at me from his lofty perch, giggling and daring me to take action.

    “Catch me if you can,” he snickered.

  • Reader feedback can sometimes be puzzling but is often valuable

    Thanks to those of you who have taken time to respond to the call I put out last week for feedback about our television listings.

    Readers have called, mailed and e-mailed suggestions about what we can do to make our television listings more user friendly.

    I’m collecting all the suggestions and soon we’ll take those comments and evaluate our current product. The goal will be to determine what, if any, changes we need to make or if we need to continue to offer the service at all.

  • Who are those Tootsie Roll guys?

    To the editor: You may have seen them outside Food Lion, Lowes Food Stores, IGA Grocery or Wal-Mart wearing yellow and red jackets and handing out Tootsie Rolls.

    Who are these men who greet you as you enter the store and ask you to help mentally challenged citizens of Brunswick County?

    They are members of the Knights of Columbus, an organization dedicated to strengthening families and family life, and assisting those most in need in our community.

  • Stop the fox before it gets to the door

    To the editor: Today I read in the news once again American companies are looking to the government for what they like to call a bailout (more like a cop-out).

    I am a firm believer if a person or group of people would like to go public with their company one of the first things on the application in bold letters should say, “If you or your company fails you agree to give any and all you earned back to the shareholders before keeping what (if anything) is left.”

  • Programs help residents in tough times

    With high gas prices, a slower-than-normal building and construction industry and other related economic slow downs, it’s no secret some Brunswick County residents are facing hard financial times.

    Luckily, local programs and agencies are ready to provide services and offer skills and training when they’re needed most.

    Through the local Employment Security Commission, unemployed workers can now turn to the Job Training Partnership Act to learn valuable skills while earning money and picking up on-the-job training.

  • Downtown Shallotte keeps moving ahead

    At this month’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen will hear consultant Allison Platt’s report on the 10-year town vision plan she put together with the assistance of town officials, residents and local business owners.

    If all goes well, the board will vote on the plan at its regular board meeting Sept. 2.

    A vision plan for downtown Shallotte is long overdue. The hodgepodge of styles, pedestrian-unfriendly sidewalks and lack of access to such a great potential asset as the Shallotte River have limited the town’s appeal and possible improvements.

  • Reader thanks EMTs, paramedics for help

    To the editor: Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, my husband fainted and fell in the kitchen. I called 911 and was told what to do and that help was on the way.

    In a very short time, an off-duty EMT was at the door and started checking his vitals. Soon, there were six EMTs or paramedics here taking care of him and assuring us it (fainting) was from age, heat and dehydration.

    They recommended going to the emergency room for further testing, which we did. The hospital also was prompt in caring for him in every way.

  • Board must be accountable

    To the editor: Recently, the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to name the new school under construction in the Cedar Grove community Cedar Grove Middle School.

    The decision did not come without controversy, and I applaud the logic and fairness of the board members who voted in accordance with the final decision.

    However, I do have concerns about other actions the board has taken recently under the guidance of the superintendent, Dr. Katie McGee.