Today's Opinions

  • Getting access to public information is sometimes harder than it should be

    Getting the news out to the public can be a mix of fun and excitement. Sometimes it’s hard; sometimes it’s emotional.

    And sometimes, it can be down right intimidating.

    As a reporter in Kentucky, I was eager to join up with law enforcement one day after receiving a call about an indoor marijuana-growing operation in my hometown. The officers invited me along and told me I was welcome to take pictures of the enterprise, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the area before.

    I showed up with two cameras in tow, a notebook and several pens.

  • More in store in Carolina Shores

    Four months after Carolina Shores commissioners took part in a questionable closed session and emerged with a reprimand of Mayor Stephen Selby, their asphalt is starting to show.

    The “asphalt scandal,” after all, is commissioners’ first item on their list of infractions Selby has committed since his election as mayor in November 2007, according to a censure-ship resolution approved 3-2 by the board last Friday.

  • Speak out about healthcare reform

    To the editor: I have spent the week listening to the radio, watching the news and reading the paper trying to grasp this healthcare reform bill that Congress is pushing, as if it were the greatest reform ever presented.

    I seem to remember last year the huge stimulus package was touted as that exact same thing, and we see where that got us. I took the time recently to contact my congressmen and actually find out what their stances are and voice my opinion.

  • Appalled by commissioners' actions

    To the editor: I cannot believe the town of Calabash would hire someone and not do a background check, especially when town policy dictates so.

    Mr. King’s excuse is they have never done a criminal check on anyone. Ms. Herman knew nothing of this until a reporter told her. What is wrong with this picture? A convenience store employee goes through a more thorough check than this person that is supposed to be running the town.

  • Enough is enough

    To the editor: “We the People” say enough is enough. This unsustainable federal agenda is ludicrous. The stimulus didn’t work; the hope and change isn’t what we were promised; the healthcare plan of the democrats isn’t “choice”; and the media is a criminal source of propaganda in a “free” society.

  • Appreciates flowers in town

    To the editor: Most of the letters to the editor have a negative tone, but I am writing a positive note. Since spring, I have been noticing all the beautiful flowers along Main Street and some of the other streets here in Shallotte.

    The improvement to Rourk Garden is inviting if an individual decides to pause a few minutes to meditate in the gazebo. The noon church bells at Saint James Episcopal Church add so much to the atmosphere.

  • Dismayed at Calabash

    To the editor: I am dismayed at the Town of Calabash and its board of commissioners after reading the article you published. The idea they may keep someone in that position who does not appear to be even close to being qualified, is disheartening.

    I am from S.C. and own a small home here in Supply. I have been looking for a good job in the area for a couple of years now. I applied for that position.

  • Healthcare is an American issue

    To the editor: (This a response to the letter “Healthcare plan is not the answer” submitted by Mr. Edgerton.)

    The healthcare plan submitted by Sen. Burr does nothing to answer the continuing issue of insurance company denial and recession of policyholders. It also does nothing to answer the ongoing issue of denying insurance to those with pre-existing conditions.

    I do not believe there can be a total free market answer to an issue that directly affects the life and potential death of our fellow citizens.