Today's Opinions

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' delivers an inspiring show


    ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ was a superb production

    Inspirational. Creative. Talented.

    I could go on and on about the students who participated in last weekend’s performances of “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School. I was simply blown away  Saturday by the range of talent and depth of insight and energy put into the show.

  • Yes Port N.C. helping make state greater

    To the editor:

    The proposed North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) is a controversial topic in social circles in Brunswick County and surrounding counties of North Carolina. Organizations such as No Port Southport and Save the Cape Fear have expressed great opposition, while many Southport residents and surrounding counties are either in favor of constructing the proposed ocean terminal or undecided. 

  • Respect others when burning

    To the editor:

    Every time the weather outside gets nice and I would like to open up my doors and/or windows and let in a little fresh air, someone feels a need to burn yard debris. It just smolders and makes a lot of smoke. I have seen smoke on my street so thick I could barely see the house next door. 

  • How are we going to pay for this?

    To the editor:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Helmboldt’s letter (Feb.16 edition). I am one of many who oppose this park. In a meeting at Sea Trail, Mr. De Vita and Mrs. Joseph claimed the park would not be bought unless half of the money came from grants.

    Question: Isn’t grant money our tax dollars but from another pot?

  • Add your comments about parking

    To the editor:

    We, those who are not Sunset Beach island residents, believe the restrictions suggested by the Sunset Beach Parking Committee are designed to keep the island for those either renting or living there. 

    The suggestions that parking meters be installed and strict limits on side street parking would help keep the island an enjoyable retreat for those wishing to spend time at the shore are unfounded. 

  • Disappointed county not moving on with RACE

    To the editor:

    I am extremely disappointed in the health board’s decision to reject the application submitted by RACE (Rescue Animals Community Effort) to privatize the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    On the ridiculous advice and absurd notions on the part of Chip Carroll of the agriculture department and Ray Casteen of the Sporting Dogs Association, eight members on the health board caved in to the “good old boy” mentality.

  • The ‘BS’ of ‘SB’

    To the editor:

    I also oppose the parking recommendations presented from the Sunset Beach parking committee. I have never read anything so convoluted and confusing. I was ready to remove my Sunset Beach (SB) decal from my car. Then I realized nobody would know I ever had one. 

    I came up with a better idea—turn the decal upside down as my own personal protest. Now it reads BS. Join me and do the same with your decal if you have one.

    Diane Mangiapane


  • Don’t fix what isn’t broken

    To the editor:

    I recently attended the 100th birthday celebration of a cousin in northeastern North Carolina who is still politically savvy. However, this African-American lady will not be able to vote in the 2012 elections if the legislative leaders in Raleigh pass the proposed voter bill in which a photo ID is required.