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Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff’s ACE team working to make county safer

    Almost 200 intoxicated drivers were taken off Brunswick County roadways in 2009 thanks to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.

    The team, which receives funding through a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, targets intoxicated drivers and other driving-related offenses.

    Through their efforts, some 3,328 driving, drug and alcohol-related citations were issued in 2009, a significant increase over previous years, according to the sergeant who oversees the ACE team.

  • How Massachusetts was won, and what both parties can learn from it

    From Boston to Washington, D.C., and probably every other city in the country, folks have thrown in their two cents on the series of events that led to a Republican being elected to succeed one of the longest-serving, most beloved liberals in the history of American politics in one of the most historically liberal states in the country.

  • Valentine's Day: Tripping, stumbling and falling through romance

    Consider me romantically challenged.

    As many starry-eyed lovers are looking forward to Valentine’s Day this weekend, I’m just hoping I don’t fall down or drop my fork during a romantic dinner.

    Romance exists in this world; I’m unfortunately the person who sometimes falls over it or runs into a wall when I’m looking back to see what I just missed.

    I’m the type of woman who comes home to a candle-lit house, only to be confused about why the lights aren’t on.

  • Get paid to shop, mystery shopping opportunities available locally

    Two of my favorite things go hand-in-hand—shopping and money.

    To shop, you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get paid to shop?

    The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a worldwide organization that provides mystery shoppers the chance to make money while shopping and performing market research.

    “Our member companies work with their clients to establish mechanisms to measure and improve levels of service,” its Web site states.

  • Census-taking counts--for people and job opportunities

    LAURA LEWIS

    Now is the time for qualified enumerators to count the people of their country.

    Looking for a job, anyone?

    Check out the U.S. Census Bureau, which is still looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to perform various jobs during the history-making, milestone-setting year of Census 2010.

    Employment benefits include good, weekly pay, flexible hours and a chance to travel.

    Census-takers, after all, are pioneers in a way.

  • Supports MacCullum

    To the editor: Did you know that: a) The clerk of the superior court is a judicial position? b) The clerk is a probate judge? c) The clerk is responsible for management of all the information files regarding the thousands of lawsuits, liens, judgments, etc. submitted every year? d) The clerk manages the actions of 70 employees who, among other things, serve the public by filing documents and staffing courtrooms? e) The clerk acts as a controller receiving, accounting for and disbursing millions of dollars collected each year in court fees, fines, etc?

  • Stop use of gas chamber

    To the editor: (Letter was sent to Brunswick County commissioners Phil Norris, J. Martin Cooke, Charles Warren, Scott Phillips and William Sue.)

    Inhumane: unmoved by the suffering of others, cruel, brutal, unkind.

    It is apparent the Brunswick County commissioners are either unfamiliar with this term or they just refuse to recognize it. Shame on you all.

    It is said the true measure of the worth of a society is found in its treatment of its animals. It appears the society

    fostered by the Brunswick County commissioners is a miserable failure.

  • Doesn't want mailing

    To the editor: Today, Feb. 4, a form letter from Mark A. Saunders, CEO of The Coastal Companies, arrived in the mail. It was addressed to me by name but would seem to be one that many or all of Ocean Ridge Plantation residents/owners have also gotten.

    The letter circuitously refers to a lawsuit filed without specifying against whom but implying, because “The Coastal Companies is fighting back for you…” that the suit is filed against it.