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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Disagrees with Shutts' letter

    To the editor: Regarding the letter by Jay and Peggy Shutt in the April 3 issue, they sure are testing our intelligence.

    They write that we Anglo-Saxons have a Jewish heritage. The Jewish religion and the Christian religions worship two different gods.

    If anyone has any doubt, let them read the Christian Bible and the Jewish Talmud.

    There is a so-called preacher named John Hagge misleading a lot of people. I wonder if Jay and Peggy have been reading some of his books?

    When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, Moses led them to the land of Canaan.

  • Former alderman responds to 'bulldozed' letter

    To the editor: The brutal move, referenced in the letter (about Shallotte Point being bulldozed), implies the town of Shallotte is actively seeking the annexation of properties on the “Point.” This is not true.

    Shallotte has not asked or requested any of the annexations mentioned in the letter. All of the annexations of properties on the “Point” have been voluntary.

  • Thinks Jessie Mae is a good school

    To the editor: In light of all the recent negativity surrounding the teachers at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, I thought it would be nice for a change to hear the positive.

    My name is Kimberly Southward. I have four children attending JMMES. My oldest, Hannah, has been there since the doors opened.

    I’ll admit in that first year there were kinks to work out. I think that was completely understandable as it was the first year, but since then I have had no complaints about the school or its teachers.

  • Center should be centrally located

    To the editor: I have kept quiet up until now, but seeing it in the Brunswick County tax budget has made me want to speak up.

    Whose idea was it to build a Brunswick County senior center in Southport?

    What percentage of Brunswick County’s seniors live in the Southport area? Whatever that percentage, they are the seniors with the most revenue available. How many of the other seniors in the county can afford the gas to go to Southport to take advantage of a senior center?

  • Speed bumps problematic

    To the editor: What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?

    A bump is designed for cars traveling between 2-5 mph. A hump has a gentler design for vehicles moving from 5-10 mph. Speed humps are typically applied to residential streets where speed limits don’t exceed 25 miles per hour. Both are referred to as “traffic calming” methods.

  • Surf fishing workshops set at aquarium

    It’s a beautiful time of year to take up fishing, particularly fishing in the surf—one of the most enjoyable ways to obtain the “catch of the day” and enjoy spending time at the beach.

    Some of my favorite beach memories of childhood are sitting with my family on the east end of Oak Island waiting for blues to catch our bait.

    Being a child, I didn’t have to worry about all the unglamorous parts of the adventure, and these days, I would have no idea how to get started. I’m sure others are the same way.