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Today's Opinions

  • Point--Decision was good

    Last week, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen made an appropriate decision to cut short their hiring process and award the position to interim town administrator, Albert Hughes.

    They recognized they had a unique opportunity in promoting Hughes to the position—an opportunity not always available to elected officials who serve in the hiring role for the town’s top paid position.

  • Surviving candy cigarettes, lead-based paint and being tied up by Granny

    We were probably wound up from the sugar.

    We had likely just finished sucking on our candy cigarettes, holding out on the red-colored pretend flame as long as we could.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out one of us had that imitation candy cigarette box rolled up in a shirtsleeve.

    It isn’t unlikely we hadn’t quite recovered from brain-freeze after we gulped down sugary, artificially-colored-and-flavored Icees.

  • Doesn't want gas chamber

    To the editor: How terribly sad and depressing it is that in this modern day, we, as a society, still condone the terrible suffering of our animals through the horrendous and brutal use of a gas chamber.

    Dogs and cats were domesticated by us to become our companions, protectors and at times, our providers. We are the ones who made them dependent on us for their survival.

    It is through our own greed and stupidity we have allowed a population of unwanted and homeless

  • Bonds form over small things, but they can last a lifetime

    Last week, I begrudgingly said a final goodbye to a friend from my younger days who knew how to make me smile no matter what was going on in my life.

    I’d known Konji Harrison since we started sixth grade at South Brunswick Middle School, where I became used to seeing his infectious grin every day. I marveled at the number of friends he made on a regular basis—black, white, male, female, it didn’t matter.

  • The Flash Gordon wannabe

    To the editor: One morning, I was watching “Fox and Friends” when Geraldo Rivera, a Fox commentator, appeared.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why anyone would pay this space cadet to express his opinion, except to lamely fulfill the “balanced” half of the station’s motto. He has no expertise except the uncanny ability to show up when someone or something has just died.

  • A no-kill shelter

    To the editor: The term “no-kill” animal shelter has been bandied about lately by everyone, including county officials, but it is apparent not everyone understands what it means.

    No-kill means not killing any companion animal that is potentially adoptable just because they: aren’t the right color; are too old; are arbitrarily labeled unadoptable; are disabled, sick or injured; have behavioral issues; are deemed “vicious” or the facility just doesn’t have space for them.

  • Parker is acting like a politician

    To the editor: Having personally attended Gary Parker’s recent information meeting to discuss the proposed Sunset Beach Park, it was sad he neglected to provide the complete details of the decision-making behind this saga.

    He boasted the town was spending $3.75 million for the property that’s appraised at $4.65 million, but he failed to offer that the property in question is assessed at only $2.56 million, and the town had previously contracted to purchase it for $4.25 million.

  • Thanks for kindness

    To the editor: We were at the Brunswick Bowling Center on Saturday, Oct. 30, and bowled several games each. Upon leaving, we were told the gentleman and young man in the lane next to us had paid for both of us to bowl our games.

    We hope he sees this special “thank you” from us and knows his generosity is appreciated. It is nice to know there are still people who are kind-hearted and “pay it forward.”

    He was our blessing that day, and we hope he is blessed for his deed. Thank you again.