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Today's Opinions

  • Kids need a park more than dogs

    To the editor: I find it hard to believe a dog park seems to be so important, when our children who do not participate in organized sports have absolutely no place to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, etc.

    My grandson has to be driven 35 miles each way to skateboard in either Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is not the only one. There is no place in Shallotte for them to skate or bike.

    We have a beautiful park, terrific for soccer or baseball, a tennis court and a basketball court. No bikes or skates allowed. We desperately need someplace for teenagers.

  • Please stop when school buses stop

    To the editor: I am a proud parent of two wonderful school-aged children. Throughout the school year in the afternoons, I wait by the street for my children to get off the bus.

    It seems like almost every afternoon as the bus stops and those red lights flash, and I wait for my little ones to exit, someone passes the school bus.

    As the bus driver wails on her horn, they still continue to pass.

  • Engage brain before engaging the pen

    To the editor: How odd: An open-minded, even-keeled journalist such as Renee Sloan castigating a few presidential candidates for misstatements in public.

    I guess she was too busy traveling the 57 states and visiting Auschwitz with Obama’s uncle to focus on his mistakes.

    I’ll paraphrase her last sentence and offer it back to her as this: Engage your brain before you pick up your pen. Or else, play fair!

  • Road signs should help, not confuse

    To the editor: I’m new to the beautiful, southern Brunswick County area, so it may be a little early to comment on local goings-on, but after reading Rod White’s seemingly ridiculous comments on road sign placements, I just had to write.

    Mr. White’s position is traffic services supervisor for NCDOT; however, he has very little understanding of what his job is.

    Sign placement is meant to guide people who are here for the first time to their destination, not to frustrate them.

  • Does anyone care about wildlife?

    To the editor: “Ocean Isle Beach voted one of the best.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?

    I have lived on a canal lot for seven years and have owned it for eight. When I first moved here from Charlotte, I was pleased to find a nice island with friendly people, but also a fair amount of greenery on both ends of the island.

    Soon I learned on the east end there was a small black bear, some deer and an assortment of wildlife. Among these were the dreaded feral cats that people don’t realize help to control the rat population.

  • One good idea helps save an important piece of local history

    It only takes one person to make a change in our community. When that person gets support of family, friends and others, a good idea can quickly grow into an important project.

  • Tipping tips to help you tip-toe through the tourist season

    It’s official; tourism season is in full swing here in Brunswick County.

    For those brave local souls who dared to venture out to area beaches during the Memorial Day weekend, the full brunt of the busy season was quickly apparent. Immediately upon arrival, already-slim parking pickings were even harder to find.

    Rows upon rows of sun-drenched beach bodies marked the shoreline making it hard, in some spots, to find a good place to lay down a towel of your own.

  • Thinking before speaking even more important for public figures

    “Really, if I had the opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would,” said Kendel Ehrlich.

    Ehrlich was the first lady of Maryland when she made this statement in October 2003. It rocked the world, as the statement was not only inappropriate but threatening in nature.

    Ironically, the statement was made at an anti-violence conference at Hood College in Maryland.