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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • The most significant trip to Raleigh yet

    For the fourth time since last June, when the first subpoenas were served on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, I will make the trek to the Terry Sanford Federal Courthouse in Raleigh.

    This trip should prove to be more eventful than the previous three, because I will actually make it into a courtroom this time around.

    During my previous trips I waited outside the courthouse, hoping for a familiar face to walk out of the grand jury room and spill their testimony to me. Of course, it never happened.

  • Patience is a key to academic success

    Patience is a lost virtue for many who live in our contemporary society. People of all ages, races and social economic backgrounds appear to be extremely impatient.

    The pursuit of pleasure is a constant pastime for many people. The concept of hard work and sacrifice seems to be a fading quest of years gone by.