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Today's Opinions

  • Time for favorite fall flavors is now

    During the past few weeks, I’ve been a party to a robust debate among friends in person and on social media about the merits of all things flavored pumpkin spice and how early is too early to market them to people like me who love them.

    It’s historically an autumn treat, but it’s so delicious and popular, pumpkin spice coffee was already available at Dunkin’ Donuts before the end of August — much too soon, some say, given the fact fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sept. 22.

  • Self-driving cars may keep me sane

    The future we were promised may never get here so long as we don’t have our flying cars.

    Although, the one we got — with the pocket computer/TV/fantasy football draft organizer … I’m forgetting something, give me a sec … oh, and telephone — is pretty good.

    That is, unless your fantasy football draft went south. If so, my condolences.

  • Free speech isn’t free use of media outlets

    Twitter made headlines in July when it permanently banned a Breitbart editor for inciting a deliberate campaign of harassment against comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the reboot of the movie “Ghostbusters” which featured women in the lead roles.

    Those who fight online bullying by racists and sexists applauded the decision while others decried it, saying Twitter violated Milo Yiannopoulos’ right to free speech.

  • Thanks to NCDOT for U.S. 17 paving

    To the editor:

    As I smoothly glided along U.S. 17 from the South Carolina state line heading for Shallotte, I traveled eight miles of newly re-paved road (both ways) that had been constructed over these past two weeks during the evening hours.

    Thank you, North Carolina Department of Transportation, for recognizing the increased traffic patterns this road serves with all our summer visitors to our wonderful beaches and golf courses and for having the foresight to accomplish your work during the low traffic hours. Kudos to your planning department!

  • The kindness of a stranger

    o the editor:

    Dear Mike from New York, I’m sorry I don’t know your last name, but you know who you are. On Aug. 23, I was visiting my son Zach at the cross where we lost him Sept. 4, 2007. The cross is located on N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), across the street from Lowes Food. It was a very difficult visit, as I had to tell him First Bank was getting ready to build on that land and we would have to move the cross where I’ve visited with him for nine years.

  • Vote Casteen, not Rouzer

    To the editor:

    Southern Brunswick County voters: your current GOP congressman is David Rouzer; his opponent this Nov. 8 is Democrat J. Wesley Casteen.

    I will vote for Casteen for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District because my issues are a living wage for hourly wage families, with health care and adequate education for our children. Rouzer opposes adequate funding for all three. Casteen supports adequate funding for all three.

  • Please help Shallotte house fire victims

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 3, an early morning fire destroyed a single-family home at 1683 Pacific Ave. SW in Shallotte.

    Firefighters said the family was “moments from disaster.” The family, along with their four dogs and a cat, escaped, with one person taken to the hospital with second-degree burns to the hands and eyes. Two cats did not survive. The fire was discovered about 6:30 a.m. on the back porch, and quickly spread to the back bedroom and the remainder of the house. Shallotte Point, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach firefighters responded.

  • The concept of freedom

    To the editor:

    In a land far away and at a time long ago, a people uniquely came to recognize they were endowed with a gift, that of self-determination. This concept, theretofore unknown, they called freedom.