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Today's Opinions

  • Property owner's yard is not a U-turn

    To the editor: For six years now, I have watched and waited for summertime and all the traffic associated with our wonderful beach area.

    I am glad we have visitors from all over, and it’s always nice to know we have a nice place for families to enjoy the sun and fun that Ocean Isle Beach has to offer. On the other hand, I think it is time for me to let people know that four left turns or right turns do make a block.

  • New group formed to fight port

    To the editor: A public meeting took place June 24 in Southport organized by a newly formed grassroots organization named “NO PORT Southport.” Hundreds of people attended.

    We are putting the people of North Carolina and its elected officials on notice. Six hundred acres of some of North Carolina’s most precious land may soon be completely covered with asphalt.

  • Supreme Court decisions not just

    To the editor: There are justices on the Supreme Court. They are supreme, all right, but not necessarily just.

    Let’s take one decision: Boumediane vs. Bush. This decision was rendered in June 2008. It gave all prisoners in Guantanamo prison the right of habeas corpus. What does that mean to us?

    It means a person who was caught on a battlefield attempting to kill American service people and is a foreigner and is considered a terrorist by all relevant nations because they were without uniforms and could, if they wished, blend into the civilian population at any time.

  • Dog parks would waste tax dollars

    To the editor: I wasn’t going to address the issue of dog parks, but Libby and Emma insisted.

    These two felines are very staunch conservatives in our family and border on being Libertarians. They have never depended on public largesse taken from taxpayers to survive and don’t feel dogs should, either.

    They, as well as their guardians, feel if you can’t afford to cope with your dogs’ needs, you shouldn’t have them.

    Don’t accept the liberal view that others should be taxed to provide for your pets.

  • McCain energy plan makes sense

    To the editor: I am in total agreement with Senator McCain’s energy plan to promote drilling for oil off the shores of the U.S.

    Numerous oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and in offshore waters around the world have not caused environmental problems.

    It is estimated we have more than 20 billion barrels of oil reserves off our coastlines, and at least another 30 billion barrels of untapped oil reserves in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and the oil companies say that it is light, sweet crude, which is low in sulfur and easy to refine into gasoline.

  • Everybody needs a cheering section

    At the annual N.C. Fourth of July Parade in Southport last Friday, a cheering section of sorts formed in front of Southport Baptist Church, where a master of ceremonies was stationed to describe each parade entry.

    Every time a car, band or float passed by the church, the M.C. would describe the person or the organization represented, and, every time, a group of people behind me would let out “whoops” and “whoos” for them—whether they knew who the people were or not.

    M.C.: “The mayor of Anytown, U.S.A.!”

  • Brunswick County shows it cares about affordable housing initiatives

    Last week Brunswick County residents showed they care—and are motivated to do something—about quality, affordable housing in this community.

  • Newseum exhibits remind visitors of journalism's importance

    The little girl stood on her tiptoes staring at the empty, hollow, cutout eyes of a white KKK hood.

    Around it, surrounded in a glass case at the Newseum, placards, documents and photographs detailed the story—in the words and images of journalists—of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

    “Mama,” the little girl asked, turning her head away from the display, “do they still kill people just because they’re black?”

    Her mother looked down and back up at the historical items on display.