Today's Opinions

  • Questions commissioners’ salary increase

    To the editor:

    Let me see if I understand what is going on with Brunswick County commissioners’ compensation.

    The commissioners were doubling (or more) their salary through per diem and mileage reimbursements. Following the outcry of public protests, the commissioners eliminated their $50 attendance appearance fee, as well as local mileage compensation. They then increased their annual base salaries (it must be nice to be able to increase your own salary without public approval) to nearly double what they previously received.

  • Supports McIntyre

    To the editor:

    We have two choices for U.S. Congress.

    Pantano: A New Yorker that moved to North Carolina just a few short years ago. He has never
    done a thing for North Carolina. He is spending thousands of dollars coming into North Carolina from
    who knows where, trying to buy the election. He also was charged by the military with killing two
    unarmed prisoners. What a choice.

  • The Simple Things

    To the editor:

    Remember when fun was just a laugh,

    like a lost craft it vanishes with maturity,

    over ran by the impurities, we struggle with the simple things.

    On your pants you feel a tug, a little boy gazes at you for a hug, you submit

    because he leaves you with no choice, his actions louder than any voice he

    keeps it simple.

    Like a friend who really listens and is always there, comfort comes from the

    heart not a judgmental stare, they speak the truth and the truth is always

  • Supports Pantano

    To the editor:

    It’s time to bring Rep. Mike McIntyre home.

    I’ve always voted the person, not the party, and I am a Republican. I’m disappointed in McIntyre wanting another term after he initially pledged he would serve no more than six terms. Personally, I don’t care for “career politicians.” Think about it this way: Career politicians lose touch with their home base and they become corrupt by the influences of Washington because their own pockets are lined more heavily each term.

  • Is God behind creation?

    To the editor:

    Stephen Hawking says in his new book, “there need not be a God behind the creation of the universe.”

    In a previous book, he appeared to accept the possibility of a Creator. He now writes “because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

  • Comments may not have made it to town hall

    To the editor:

    I know there is a controversy in the town of Sunset Beach on exactly how many people voiced support for saving the old swing bridge. I recently learned the town’s website had a wrong link address under their “Contact Us” option, then “Town Hall General Email.” The address is now corrected.

    Therefore, I feel there is now a new light on how many support or oppose saving the bridge. Myself and others I know have sent opinions to this link, and now we find they never got to the town officials.

  • Lung Cancer Awareness month

    To the editor:

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and pearl is our color.

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among every ethnic group, accounting for one out of every three cancer deaths. It is also the least funded. Lung cancer will kill:

    •More people than the next four deadly cancers combined.

    •More than three times as many men as prostate cancer.

    •Nearly twice as many women as breast cancer.

    •An average of 437 people a day.

  • Want to get scared? There’s plenty to do in the area for Halloween

    It’s no secret how much I love the fall, the month of October, Halloween and everything scary, fun and shocking about the paranormal.

    I cut my journalism teeth while I was a page designer at my first newspaper by doing a series of fun stories on supposedly haunted locations in my hometown.

    My thrill for all things scary—albeit not gory—followed me here to Brunswick County. While I’ve had fewer opportunities to creep around in old buildings hoping to see or hear something unexplained, I still love this time of year.