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Today's Opinions

  • 15 helpful tips for voting in 2014

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.org and call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

    Here are 15 tips to make your voting experience easier, which we’ve vetted through the State Board of Elections:

  • Elect leader who demonstrates compassion

    To the editor:

    I was invited to an event for this candidate in Hillsborough. We who care about animals were alarmed that the mild sanctions put into place to protect dogs in puppy mills was adamantly fought against by state Sen. Bill Rabon in District 8, who is a veterinarian. This is both scary and alarming.

  • Enough being ignored and insulted by elected officials

    To the editor:

    Tenure is just one of the things the Senate took away from teachers this year, yet tenure is what state Sen. Bill Rabon gains if he is re-elected in November for another term. He thinks tenure for experienced dedicated teachers is not good for North Carolina, but tenure is good for North Carolina senators when they leave office.

  • Stand up for education

    To the editor:

    It is time for educators and community members in this county to take a stand for quality education. Current political leaders are degrading our futures. Students are denied instructional materials and one-on-one instruction because of cuts to schools’ funds and personnel. Teachers are leaving to take positions in other states. Our brightest young people are not choosing education as a future career. We are not the best example of public education in the southeastern United States as we were five years ago. We are near the bottom.

  • Our votes count

    To the editor:

    As we go to the polls this election time, we all hope we can vote for an improvement in our lives. The right to vote is precious and comes at a great price. Our votes do count, but should believers put all their confidence in a process that man administrates? Daniel 2:21: “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…” It looks like God gives us the leaders he believes we deserve.

  • Well done, sheriff's office

    To the editor:

    I was among a group of about 20 other residents to attend the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. This is an 11-week program designed to build a better understanding between law enforcement and those they serve in Brunswick County. What a fantastic program!

  • Regain control of U.S. Senate

    To the editor:

    It is sad that both candidates for our U.S. Senate have so many negative ads flooding our state. However, no matter which candidate you may prefer, the bottom line is the only way to get control of the Senate and to get many necessary bills passed is to vote Republican.

  • Remember to review ballot

    To the editor:

    I would like to remind voters to make sure they review their vote choices before they press the final vote button. If you fail to review your ballot, you may be voting for someone other than whom you desire.

    Catherine Barclay

    Sunset Beach