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Today's Opinions

  • Ray Gilbert, a Libertarian?

    Why not? He has been a Democrat, and then a Republican, and now he is a Libertarian.

    Mr. Gilbert’s decision to run in the general election as a libertarian is a legal, albeit sneaky, way to circumvent being tossed out of office.

  • When did we stop caring for all mankind, especially in times of need?

    When did we get so busy, so self-involved, that as humans we have forgotten compassion and how to care for one another?

    In recent months news accounts have told the stories of men and women who have been struck by very unfortunate circumstances and left to suffer—and in some cases die—while others offered no help.

    The most recent incident involves a woman in New York who went to the right place to get help—a hospital.

  • Bravery was on display last week in Brunswick County courtroom

    I saw bravery last week in the faces of two 20-something women.

    Two young women, just out of college, should be busy decorating their new apartments and going out with friends, not testifying in a rape trial.

    But these two young women, now 22 and 23 years old, came back to Brunswick County to testify in the trial of a man who kidnapped and raped them seven years ago.

    They took the stand and with explicit detail relived the worst night of their lives to a judge, three lawyers, 12 jurors and the man who did it.

  • Time to pack those fireworks away, folks

    The Town of Oak Island had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 1. The City of Southport had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 4.

    The Fourth of July has now come and gone, but it seems that several people are still celebrating—every night.

    Every year a few days before the Fourth of July, tourists and vacationers flock to the South Brunswick Islands to enjoy the beach and set off a few of the fireworks they purchased across the border in South Carolina.

  • The importance of role models who share a common heritage or sex

    It is extremely important for children to see role models who look and sound like them. Young people tend to idolize successful people who share their heritage.

    For years there were no high profile black golf professionals until Tiger Woods came on the scene. Woods’ influence has motivated young blacks to play the game of golf.

  • Writer disagrees with Zullo letter

    To the editor: This is in response to Mr. Ralph Zullo’s letter of last week.

    First, Mr. Zullo, let me thank you for your service to our nation in Korea.

    Second, I believe the eight grades of education you received through the 1940s contained much more substantive and useful knowledge than many high school graduates receive today.

    And now to the meat of your letter.

  • More readers against town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have just returned from my vacation to Ocean Isle Beach. We have owned a house there for 16 years and rent it during the summer season.

    I was extremely disappointed at the shortsightedness of the “cabana ban.”

    When my children were small, having a cabana on the beach was essential. When I was taking chemotherapy, it was even more so. And for our fair-haired friends or the elderly, adequate shade is required for their enjoyment of the beach.

  • Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    To the editor:

    I have been a property owner on Ocean Isle Beach for 12 years. The ban the town has put on canopies is an unwise decision.

    There are so many people who suffer from the sun’s harmful rays but still would like to enjoy the beach. And yes, an umbrella is helpful.

    But when a large family gets together for their vacation at the beach and they are banned from using their canopy, it makes their stay an unpleasant one. From the elderly to the very young, they especially need protection from the sun.