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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.